Absolute Beginners - The Public Security Alarm09/12/14
Through many countries and over many seas I have come, dear brother, to this futuristic society in which you live, only to find myself astonished and humbled by its paradoxical embrace of social monitoring tools which seem to assure social order, yet...
Sinica - Islamic State Sinica
With the recent capture of a Chinese ISIS solder triggering speculation about the involvement of Chinese citizens in the Iraqi civil war, Kaiser Kuo and Jeremy Goldkorn are joined in our studio by Edward Wong from the New York Times and Prashant Rao...
Intermediate - Beijing, 2015
The government had first dismissed rumours of the city's impending water scarcity, yet as the months dragged on and the supply trucks grew less and less frequent, public denial morphed into slow acceptance as the city baked. In time, even the moat...
Sinica - Ghost Cities to Luxury Malls
Remember the good old days when people did not talk obsessively about real estate and housing prices, and dinner parties would feature conversations about art? Well so do we, but with those days long gone, we're delighted to host two experts on the...
Sinica - The Formulation of Chinese Essence
This week, Kaiser and David host Jeremiah Jenne, the Hutong, Beijing’s premier culture exchange center, for light conversation about modernity and the formulation of Chinese Essence “中体西用”. Particularly, we will consider the meaning of those all-too...
Advanced - Zhu Jing and Her Music
Sinica - In Memory of Jenkai Kuo
This week on Sinica, Jeremy and David welcome back Kaiser to remember the life and lessons of his father, Jenkai Kuo (Guo Jingkai) (郭倞闓). He was an upstanding man who spent much of his life dedicated to his passions, none more important than his...
Elementary - Travelling Light
Xiao Wang strained to tighten the security strap around her luggage, pressing her knee against the bulging fabric to muscle the suitcase closed. She was not sure when or how packing had become this problematic. For while she had long ago become...
Sinica - The Rule of Law in China
This week on Sinica, Jeremy and David are joined by Donald Clarke, professor at George Washington University where he specializes in Chinese law, for a discussion of what is happening with the Zhou Yongkang corruption scandal, as well as ongoing...
Sinica - Hong Kong Protests and Suicide in China
This week on Sinica, we’re delighted to welcome back the stalwart Mr. Gady Epstein, Beijing correspondent for The Economist, to discuss the recent protests in Hong Kong, as well as the flux in China's suicide rates. And specifically, we’ll be looking...
Quiz Night - Einstein on the Beidaihe
Did you ever thumb through a fresh copy of City Weekend and wonder why the Readers' Choice Award for Creepiest Park in Beijing has been awarded to Jingshan Park every year since the mid-1660s? Well, we have the answer. In this episode, Megan squares...
Sinica - Debating Societies in China
This week on Sinica, we're happy to welcome back Jeremy Goldkorn in conversation with David Weeks, founder and president of the National High School Debate League of China, a debating society currently established in twenty-seven cities throughout...
Advanced - Beijing Fun Life
Sinica - Education in China
This week on Sinica, Kaiser Kuo and David Moser are joined by Jiang Xueqin, deputy principal of Tsinghua Fuzhong Affiliated High School and author of Creative China, for a discussion of the education system in China. Specifically, we’re curious to...
Absolute Beginners - A Loosely Hammer-Related Lesson
Xiao Zhang loved his job. Even that time he fractured his arm at the water cooler, it wasn't until the pain began to trigger hallucinations that he even thought of going to the hospital. And then there was the day he had a spinal fracture and laughed...
Sinica - Sin and Vice
This week on Sinica, Jeremy Goldkorn and David Moser turn their attention to vice, in conversation with Robert Foyle Hunwick, a media consultant and editor for BeijingCream.com. We talk about everything naughty that happens here, with special...
Intermediate - The Anarchists and the Printing Press
After years in the metaphorical wilderness, the Society of Anarchists had finally gathered enough funds to purchase their printing press. Tucked away covertly below the buildings of parliament, the machine stood as a symbol of intellectual resistance...
Sinica - Narendra Modi and Sino-Indian Relations
This week on Sinica, Kaiser and Jeremy grab Ananth Krishnanin, correspondent for India's national newspaper The Hindu, and drag him into our studio for a discussion of the state of Sino-Indian relations. In particular, we're curious why Sino-Indian...
Elementary - A Trip to the Hospital
Having spent the weekend puttering around Chaoyang hospital listening to the groans of the infected, certain members of our staff would like to suggest that a priority for the next Fifth Year Plan be fixing the vending machines in all major health...
Sinica - Isolda Morillo: una vida en China
This week on Sinica, Kaiser and Jeremy are delighted to be joined by Isolda Morillo, a Peruvian journalist for the Associated Press whose life story is as interesting as they come. Growing up in Beijing in the 1980s, where she attended local schools,...
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