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CHP-203-The History of Chinese Martial Arts, Wing Chun and Ip Man Part 1

6/15/2018
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Don't be fooled by the title. Wing Chin and Ip Man will be covered next episode. Today's the first in a two part series that offers up a survey of the development of martial arts in China from the mythical times of the Yellow Emperor to the present day. Let's look at the China history timeline once more, with feeling, and see how these martial arts embraced by millions and millions around the world slowly developed through the centuries. This will serve as the setup to next episode when we...

Duration:00:56:18

CHP-202-The History of China-Vietnam Relations Part 6

5/11/2018
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From Zhao Tuo to the present day, the history of the relations of these two great countries and frenemies is a great story. In this episode we enter the 20th century and explore the end of French domination in Indochina, Vietnam's fight to unify the country and the most recent Sino-Viet history. All three Indochina Wars will be discussed and the outcomes they produced. Although this six-part series was only a simple 走马看花 overview of the subject, I hope anyone not schooled in the basics of...

Duration:00:51:10

CHP-201-The History of China-Vietnam Relations Part 5

4/30/2018
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The series picks up in the early part of the Later Lê and finishes off in the 19th century with the arrival of La France and the beginnings of Indochine. Many heroes from Vietnam history will make appearances in this episode. Be sure to come back next time for the exciting conclusion of this overview of China-Vietnam Relation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:49:39

CHP-200-The History of China-Vietnam Relations Part 4

4/13/2018
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In this landmark two-hundredth episode Laszlo carries the story of China-Vietnam forward, beginning with the three Mongol invasions of Đại Việt during the Trần Dynasty. We'll get as far as the great (Later) Lê Dynasty founding emperor and resistance hero Lê Lợi. . Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:41:00

CHP-199-The History of China-Vietnam Relations Part 3

3/30/2018
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The CHP series covering the history of China-Vietnam Relations continues with Part 3. This episode will take the history all the way up to the Tran Dynasty on the eve of the Mongol invasions from Yuan Dynasty China. Heroes from Vietnam history making an appearance in this episode include Ngô Quyền, Lê Hoàn, Lý Thái Tổ, Lý Thường Kiệt and Trần Thái Tông. Sorry about inundating everyone with this deluge of Chinese and Vietnamese names. I'll keep everything listed in the terms from each...

Duration:00:34:49

CHP-198-The History of China-Vietnam Relations Part 2

3/25/2018
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Shi Xie's impact on bringing Chinese culture to the Jiao region is discussed. For most of this period, Vietnam remained under the direct administrative control of China. Aside from a few quiet moments, there was sustained local unrest to deal with. Either local Viets were rising up against their Chinese overlords or there was a constant battle being fought with Lao, Linyi, Champa and other tribes, states, and kingdoms that surrounded Vietnam to the west and south. It was also a period...

Duration:00:41:26

CHP-197-The History of China-Vietnam Relations Part 1

3/20/2018
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In this first of a multipart series, Laszlo explores the ancient relationship between China and Vietnam. In this episode, the earliest days going back to Zhao Tuo and the Nanyue Kingdom are discussed. A thousand apologies for the poor editing job splicing the Vietnamese pronunciation. I'm hoping for an A for effort at least. The remaining episodes will go off more smoothly. Thank you for your understanding. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:39:58

CHP-196-The British East India Company Part 2

2/27/2018
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Laszlo finishes off this brief overview of The Honorable Company as tea takes center stage in the history. It's a very rough landing for the East India Company as their commercial rivals and political enemies gradually put an end to their winning run going back to the 17th century. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:31:56

CHP-195-The British East India Company Part 1

2/21/2018
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Maybe this isn't the most "China history flavored" topic but The Honorable Company did play a somewhat starring role during the Qing Dynasty starting from about the Jiaqing Emperor. In this first of a two-part series, I am offering you an overview of who they were, where they came from and how they came to be so hated by so many. I originally did this series for Cathay Pacific Airways' Inflight Entertainment system as an accompaniment to the "Taboo" miniseries starring Tom Hardy. And now...

Duration:00:34:18

CHP-194-The History of Toi San and US Immigration

2/12/2018
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In this episode, Laszlo looks at U.S. Immigration during the bad old days of Chinese Exclusion. The subject will be examined through the telling of the stories of three rather plain and non-extraordinary brothers from Haiyang Village in Toi San (Taishan in Mandarin). These three Moy brothers were featured in Scott Seligman's 2013 book "Three Tough Chinamen" (Earnshaw Books). In addition to the Chinese Exclusion laws, Laszlo briefly introduces the life of another Toisanese, Ng Poon Chew....

Duration:00:57:47

CHP-193-Whitey Smith and Early Shanghai Jazz

1/28/2018
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In this episode, Laszlo tries something new. This time we look at the life and times of Whitey Smith. Who?

Duration:00:56:47

CHP-178-William Mesny Part 2

1/9/2017
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In part two of this series examining the forgotten life of William Mesny, we hear the second half of his story in China. We're mostly using author David Leffman's 2016 book "The Mercenary Mandarin" TERMS FROM THIS EPISODE Chéngdū 成都 Capital city of Sichuan Khampa 康巴 Area in eastern Tibet bordering Sichuan Yúnnán 云南 Southwestern province of China Huí 回族 Musilm ethnic minority Guìlín 桂林 Beautiful city in Guangxi Lí River 漓江 River running through Guilin Liǔzhōu 柳州 City in...

Duration:00:45:18

CHP-177-William Mesny Part 1

1/9/2017
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In this first part of a two-part series we examine the forgotten life of William Mesny. Drawing from author David Leffman's 2016 book "The Mercenary Mandarin," Laszlo discusses an unknown character from the bad old days of late Qing Dynasty China. Though he never made it to the history books, he nonetheless witnessed and took part in a lot of it. Through Mesny we can once again wander through some of Imperial China's worst years. TERMS FROM THIS EPISODE Qīng 清朝 The Qing Dynasty...

Duration:00:37:56

CHP-175-Su Dongpo

10/27/2016
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In this 175th episode Laszlo gives the great Northern Song jack-of-all-literary-trades Su Dongpo the once over. This isn't meant to be a deep dive into the reasons for all his renown in literature, calligraphy and painting. Instead, this is just a "popular Chinese historical" overview of who he was and the times he lived in. And for those who never heard of him, this is a good intro. In America we have Washington Irving, Mark Twain, Hemingway and so on. In China....Su Shi would be...

Duration:00:45:40

CHP-174-The Pirate Queen Zheng Yi Sao

10/12/2016
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In this latest episode Laszlo finally gets around to the oft requested subject of piracy in early 19th century China. Pirates had been a fact of life going back to the most olden days. Mid to late Qing Dynasty the amount of trade being plied on the China coast attracted pirates like never before. Zheng Yi Sao ("Zheng Yi's Wife") was a tough woman from the Pearl River Delta who married the most notorious pirate of his day Zheng Yi. Upon Zheng Yi's death, his widow took control of his...

Duration:00:31:41

CHP-173- The Tong Wars of New York Chinatown Part 3

9/2/2016
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Laszlo offers up the exciting conclusion to the 3-part series introducing the Tong Wars. TERMS FROM THIS EPISODE On Leong Tong 安良堂 The Tong led by Tom Lee Wanguo Jinyanhui huizhi 万国禁烟会会址 Meeting place of the International Opium Commission weiji 危机 A crisis Charlie Boston 李观长 One of the top guys in the On Leongs Tom Lee 李希龄 Chinatown elder credited with the formation of the On Leong Tong and other NY Chinatown organizations Hip Sing Tong 协勝堂 The rival of the On Leongs, led by (but...

Duration:00:41:27

CHP-172-The Tong Wars of New York Chinatown Part 2

8/28/2016
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In this Part 2 episode the Tong Wars begin in earnest. The first and second Tong Wars are discussed. "Tong Wars, The Untold Story of Vice, Money and Murder in New York's Chinatown" Scott Seligman's Amazon Page The Tong Wars book home page Article from Signature Magazine that explains the Turf Wars in NY Chinatown "Wish Lanterns - Young Lives in New China" Alec Ash - UK Amazon link to Wish Lanterns 21st Century China Program - UC San Diego Link to their Website Link to the...

Duration:00:41:52

CHP-171-The Tong Wars of New York Chinatown Part 1

7/27/2016
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In this long awaited and oft requested episode Laszlo explains about the Tong Wars of New York's Chinatown. With the help of Scott Seligman's latest book we go back to late 19th - early 20th century America and focus on New York's Chinatown. These were terribly unpleasant days for most citizens of Chinese ancestry and especially for those immigrants who either had not begun the process or lived in the shadows illegally. The Chinese Exclusion Laws tarred these citizens like no other...

Duration:00:39:53

CHP-170-The Mongol Yuan Dynasty Part 2

6/18/2016
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Laszlo finishes up the story of the Yuan Dynasty, founded in 1271. The parts of China not yet conquered were done in by 1276 and the last holdouts gone by 1279. But the Great Yuan didn't last long. This episode takes a nice little overview of the dynasty, its slow demise and the legacy they left. TERMS FROM THIS EPISODE Da Yuanchao 大元朝 The Great Mongol Dynasty Tolui 拖雷 Fourth Son of Genghis Khan, father of Kublai Khan Golden Horde 金帐汗国 Originally the northwest portion of the Mongol...

Duration:00:59:01