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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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  • Jun 16 2022

    This week on the Sinica Podcast, Shelley Rigger of Davidson College returns to the show to talk Taiwan. She's joined by Simona Grano, a sinologist and Taiwan specialist at the University of Zürich. They talk about President Joe Biden's recent "gaffes" that call into question the longstanding, unofficial U.S. policy of "strategic ambiguity," talk about how Taiwan has been impacted by the Ukraine War, and much more.

    4:59: – What did Joe Biden's latest "gaffe" on Taiwan actually signify?

    10:06 – Did "strategic ambiguity" serve its intended purpose?

    16:23 – The mood in Taiwan

    20:51 – The impact of the Ukraine War on thinking in Beijing and in Taipei

    34:12 – European countries navigating relationships with Taiwan

    43:54 – The "One China Principle" versus the "One China Policy"

    47:20 – Are bilateral trade agreements enough for Taiwan?

    50:27 – Ethnicity, nationality, and the Taiwan issue

    59:00 – Making sense of the PRC claim to Taiwan

    A complete transcript of this podcast is available at SupChina.com.

    Recommendations:

    Simona: Orphan of Asia, a novel by Wu Zhuoliu; and the show Orange is the New Black

    Shelley: Occupied, a Norwegian thriller series on Netflix

    Kaiser: Meizhong.report, a Chinese-language resource from the Carter Center's U.S.-China Perception Monitor, covering official, media, and social media commentary on U.S.-China relations



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    1 hr and 12 mins
  • Jun 9 2022

    This week on Sinica, Kaiser chats with James (Jay) Carter, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia. Jay, who joined us on the show in December 2020 to talk about his book Champion's Day, is the author of one of the most widely-read columns that SupChina runs: This Week in China's History. In honor of two full years of contributions, with over 100 columns, Kaiser asked Jay to talk about his process, his purpose, and the challenges and the rewards of writing this excellent column.

    6:34 – The origin story of the column, and its original intention

    11:34 – How the hell does Jay do it week in and week out?

    23:84 – Jay talks about Jonathan Spence and what it was like to study under him at Yale

    31:32 – On the diversity of perspectives in the column

    40:53 – How the column keeps Jay connected to academic work and intellectual life

    43:35 – Threading the needle in deploying historical analogy, and right-sizing historical "rhymes" and patterns

    A complete transcript of this podcast is available at SupChina.com.

    Recommendations:

    Jay: The Broadway musical Hadestown; and the New York City Ballet

    Kaiser: The inaugural Sinologia Conference on June 10




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    57 mins
  • Jun 2 2022

    This week on Sinica, Kaiser welcomes back Dr. George Hu, a clinical psychologist based in Shanghai, who has a lot to say about the state of mental health in Chinese cities under lockdown. Unsurprisingly, mental health disorders like anxiety and depression have been exacerbated under conditions of isolation and food insecurity. Surprisingly, there's a silver lining or two to the whole thing.

    6:52 – Getting a sense for the scale of mental health problems related to the lockdown in Shanghai

    16:23 – Have the lockdowns increased awareness of and empathy for people suffering from mental health disorders in Shanghai and in China?

    20:07 – The lockdowns and impact on children and on the elderly

    34:05 – The impact on essential workers

    42:21 – What other Chinese cities are learning from Shanghai's COVID-19 experience

    45:22 – The quarantine centers and mental health services

    A full transcript of this podcast is available at SupChina.com.

    Recommendations:

    George: How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid For Success by Julie Lythcott-Haims

    Kaiser: Nicholas Confessore's series in the New York Times on Tucker Carlson, "American Nationalist"





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    58 mins

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