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A weekly discussion of current affairs in China with journalists, writers, academics, policy makers, business people and anyone with something compelling to say about the country that's reshaping the world. A SupChina production, hosted by Kaiser Kuo and Jeremy Goldkorn.
 
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The Slowbrow Show

Anneli Olander Berglund

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The Slowbrow Show explore the artist world focusing mainly on female artists, artist parents, and people who experience various life changes clashing with the fresh coolness of artlife. Fear not! I will also hand out useful techniques for various styles and helpful advice from inspiring artists and curators. Do you have a question for me or my guests? Email me at theslowbrowshow@gmail.com or record a voice message using the free Anchor app. Thank you for listening!
 
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This week on Sinica, we kick off the new network show, the China-Global South Podcast, with a conversation with the show’s hosts and co-founders of the China-Global South Project (formerly the China Africa Project), Eric Olander and Cobus van Staden. Kaiser chats with them about where the show is going, and common misconceptions about China’s role …
 
0:45: Mark recounts his earthquake experience in Taiwan and highlights how the cluster of former China journalists now based on the island is affecting the overall narrative. 6:03: The livestream is back for a second week — with one crucial difference thanks to feedback from a listener/viewer. 8:10: F1 releases its 2023 calendar. Shanghai is down f…
 
How did Yuan Chonghuan, who achieved one of China’s greatest military victories and ascended to the highest ranks of government, fall so far from favor that he ended up executed by lingchi, death by a thousand cuts? Click here to read the article by James Carter. Narrated by John Darwin Van Fleet. China Stories is published twice weekly, on Tuesday…
 
Pink elephants, fish, genitalia: For young feminists in China, tattoos have become a way to express their womanhood and take back their bodies. Click here to read the article by Wanqing Chen. Narrated by Sarah Kutulakos. China Stories is published twice weekly, on Tuesday and Friday. Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.…
 
This week on Sinica, we kick off the new network show, the China-Global South Podcast, with a conversation with the show's hosts and co-founders of the China-Global South Project (formerly the China Africa Project), Eric Olander and Cobus van Staden. Kaiser chats with them about where the show is going, and common misconceptions about China's role …
 
This week on China Corner Office, Chris Marquis is joined by George Shen from IBM, a tech exec and thought leader in artificial intelligence (AI) and Cloud technologies, spanning the U.S. and China. George provides background on the general development of AI, and the similarities and differences between the strategies of China and the U.S. While Ch…
 
China’s political structure is simultaneously simple and dense. As we approach the Party Congress on October 16 — a monumental meeting in which Xi Jinping is expected to begin a third term as leader — let’s lay out some basics about the Chinese government. Click here to read the article by Florence Duchet. Narrated by Elyse Ribbons. China Stories i…
 
This week on Sinica, we kick off the new network show, the China-Global South Podcast, with a conversation with the show's hosts and co-founders of the China-Global South Project (formerly the China Africa Project), Eric Olander and Cobus van Staden. Kaiser chats with them about where the show is going, and common misconceptions about China's role …
 
The first Beijing 798 Biennale, in 2009, came during a time of hope that the Chinese government would be more permissive of free expression. But the core of the art scene would soon become co-opted and eventually controlled by the state. Click here to read the article by Florence Duchet. Narrated by Kaiser Kuo. China Stories is published twice week…
 
Philanthropy in China is in the middle of doing everything everywhere all at once — building a broad-based culture of charitable giving; appealing to a new generation of donors; and experimenting with the use of technology to meet these goals. Read the article by Josephine Lau. Narrated by Sarah Kutulakos. China Stories is published twice weekly, o…
 
As Europe burns and China swelters through a merciless summer, the Paris climate goals are a distant mirage. Determined to double China’s GDP by 2035 and overtake the U.S., it seems impossible that Xi Jinping can meet both his political and environmental commitments. Click here to read the article by Richard Smith. Narrated by Cliff Larsen. China S…
 
0:45 The (new!) livestream starts with some differences in playing club tennis around the world. 2:37 Both hosts express anxiety about their upcoming returns to Beijing. 5:14 Chengdu is set to go ahead with the World Team Table Tennis Championships later this month, despite an ongoing lockdown. What lessons have organizers learned from the Beijing …
 
This week on Sinica, Wall Street Journal reporters Josh Chin and Liza Lin join the program to discuss their new book Surveillance State: Inside China's Quest to Launch a New Era of Social Control. From Urumqi to Uganda and from Hangzhou to the Bronx, the book explores every facet of technological surveillance from the technocratic mindset that birt…
 
This week on Sinica, Wall Street Journal reporters Josh Chin and Liza Lin join the program to discuss their new book Surveillance State: Inside China’s Quest to Launch a New Era of Social Control. From Urumqi to Uganda and from Hangzhou to the Bronx, the book explores every facet of technological surveillance, from the technocratic mindset that bir…
 
This week on Sinica, Wall Street Journal reporters Josh Chin and Liza Lin join the program to discuss their new book, Surveillance State: Inside China's Quest to Launch a New Era of Social Control. From Urumqi to Uganda and from Hangzhou to the Bronx, the book explores every facet of technological surveillance from the technocratic mindset that bir…
 
A century ago today, Xi Shangzhen, the first woman employee of a progressive Shanghai newspaper, committed suicide. The case transcended individual tragedy after details of her life were seized upon by the media to debate the social and economic upheaval of the times. Click here to read the article by James Carter. Narrated by John Darwin Van Fleet…
 
This week on Sinica, Kaiser welcomes back University of Michigan political scientist Yuen Yuen Ang, who discusses a recent piece in the Journal of Democracy titled “How Resilient is the CCP?” The essay examines why Xi Jinping surprisingly seeks to retain a competent and selectively adaptive bureaucracy, despite his personalist style of rule 3:51 – …
 
This week on Sinica, Kaiser welcomes back University of Michigan political scientist Yuen Yuen Ang, who discusses a recent piece in the Journal of Democracy titled "How Resilient is the CCP?" The essay examines how China's bureaucracy remains surprisingly competent and even relatively autonomous despite Xi Jinping's highly personalistic style of ru…
 
The China Sports Insider Podcast is back after a busy summer and will continue to evolve as Zero COVID continues to dominate the sports industry in China. 6:10 – To illustrate that point, the Chinese women’s volleyball team competed at a recent tournament in the Philippines wearing N95 masks during their game — something that drew unusual criticism…
 
The U.S. Senate recently passed a bill that would ban Chinese investment in U.S. agribusiness, in response to a proposal by China-based Fufeng Group to build a corn milling operation in Grand Forks, North Dakota. To understand the significance and implications of such investment, this week on China Corner Office, Chris Marquis talks with Brandon Bo…
 
This week on Sinica, Kaiser welcomes back University of Michigan political scientist Yuen Yuen Ang, who discusses a recent piece in the Journal of Democracy titled "How Resilient is the CCP?" The essay examines how China's bureaucracy remains surprisingly competent and even relatively autonomous despite Xi Jinping's highly personalistic style of ru…
 
After footage of a group of men sexually harassing and assaulting a woman in a restaurant went viral, authorities in the city of Tangshan have vowed to get tough on the perpetrators who they say are gang members, and on the officials who have apparently protected them. But Chinese social media users are not convinced. Click here to read the article…
 
Does a musical background make you better at Chinese? Believe it or not, there is research on this very subject that John and I are going to delve into. Guest interview is with Murray James Morrison, jazz musician, composer, and professor at NYU Shanghai. Links from the episode: Research Paper | Identification of Mandarin tones by English-speaking …
 
It’s been more than five years since Canadian athleisure brand Lululemon, known for its yoga pants, entered the Chinese market. But one specific product — workout leggings — never took off until this summer… alongside the rise of an alternative sport. Click here to read the article by Zhao Yuanyuan. Narrated by Elyse Ribbons. China Stories is publi…
 
This week on Sinica, Kaiser welcomes back the Cornell political scientist Jessica Chen Weiss, who is back in Ithaca after a year spent as a CFR International Affairs Fellow working in the State Department’s Office of Policy Planning. She talks about an important essay published in the latest edition of Foreign Affairs, titled “The China Trap: U.S. …
 
This week on Sinica, Kaiser welcomes back the Cornell political scientist Jessica Chen Weiss, who is back in Ithaca after a year spent as a CFR International Affairs Fellow working in the State Department's Office of Policy Planning. She talks about an important essay published in the latest edition of Foreign Affairs, titled "The China Trap: U.S. …
 
This week on Sinica, Kaiser welcomes back the Cornell political scientist Jessica Chen Weiss, who is back in Ithaca after a year spent as a CFR International Affairs Fellow working in the State Department's Office of Policy Planning. She talks about an important essay published in the latest edition of Foreign Affairs, titled "The China Trap: U.S. …
 
Rumors, tweets, and even reports in serious newspapers are suggesting that Premier Li Keqiang is challenging Xi Jinping’s authoritarian rule, and may even put an end to Xi’s plans to rule for a third term after the upcoming Party Congress. Forget about it, argues veteran China business journalist Dexter Tiff Roberts. Click here to read the article …
 
This week on the Caixin-Sinica Business Brief: Wildfires rage in Sichuan and Chongqing as a heatwave and drought turn forests into tinderboxes and reservoirs evaporate; Huawei’s Ren Zhengfei warns of dire difficulties ahead for the telecoms equipment giant; a labor scam in Hong Kong fleecing people lured to Southeast Asia with the promise of high-p…
 
Song Jiaoren is China’s “lost future,” remembered as a democrat who opposed authoritarianism — and not for reneging on promises in the naive hope that he could build an electoral coalition. Click here to read the article by James Carter. Narrated by John Darwin Van Fleet. China Stories is published twice weekly, on Tuesday and Friday. Subscribe to …
 
This week on the Sinica Podcast, Kaiser and Jeremy welcome back Tom Orlik, Bloomberg's chief economist and author of the book China: The Bubble that Never Pops. Ahead of the release of the new, updated edition of his book, we ask him about all that has changed in the two-and-a-half years since the publication of the first edition — and whether the …
 
This week on the Sinica Podcast, Kaiser and Jeremy welcome back Tom Orlik, Bloomberg’s chief economist and author of the book China: The Bubble that Never Pops. Ahead of the release of the new, updated edition of his book, we ask him about all that has changed in the two-and-a-half years since the publication of the first edition — and whether the …
 
This week on the Sinica Podcast, Kaiser and Jeremy welcome back Tom Orlik, Bloomberg's chief economist and author of the book China: The Bubble that Never Pops. Ahead of the release of the new, updated edition of his book, we ask him about all that has changed in the two-and-a-half years since the publication of the first edition — and whether the …
 
Anyone can learn a language, but in this episode, John and I are going to talk about five qualities of good language learners. Call them qualities, call them attitudes — these adjustments will help maximize your learning results. Guest interview is with Zachary Gidwitz, who despite having a Chinese teacher tell him to give up, later progressed to a…
 
In the early hours of August 14, 1524, as many as 250 officials of the Ming dynasty staged a protest in the Forbidden City, a last desperate attempt to resolve what became known as the Great Ritual Controversy. Click here to read the article by James Carter. Narrated by Cliff Larsen. China Stories is published twice weekly, on Tuesday and Friday. S…
 
This week on Sinica, Kaiser and Jeremy welcome Leroy Chiao, a NASA astronaut who flew three shuttle missions and served as commander of the International Space Station for over six months. Leroy is also very knowledgeable about China’s space program and was the first American astronaut to visit the Astronaut Center of China outside of Beijing. He d…
 
This week on Sinica, Kaiser and Jeremy welcome Leroy Chiao, a NASA astronaut who flew three shuttle missions and served as commander of the International Space Station for over six months. Leroy is also very knowledgeable about China's space program and was the first American astronaut to visit the Astronaut Center of China outside of Beijing. He d…
 
There is significant uncertainty about how companies can deal with the sweeping UFLPA which just went into effect in late June. To understand this policy and how it is being enforced, this week on China Corner Office, Chris Marquis discusses the UFLPA with Craig Allen, President of the US-China Business Council, and Jon Gold, vice president of supp…
 
A small-scale exhibition entitled “Trash Talk” highlighted the work of a beach cleanup collective in Hong Kong and invited visitors to reflect on their contribution to marine waste. Click here to read the article by Trevor Tong. Narrated by Sylvia Franke. China Stories is published twice weekly, on Tuesday and Friday. Subscribe to the podcast on Sp…
 
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