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The "Harvard on China" podcast brings you the latest in-depth research and analysis on China from Harvard's Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, hosted by James Evans.

The "Harvard on China" podcast brings you the latest in-depth research and analysis on China from Harvard's Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, hosted by James Evans.
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The "Harvard on China" podcast brings you the latest in-depth research and analysis on China from Harvard's Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, hosted by James Evans.






Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides Trap? With Graham Allison

Graham Allison, Douglas Dillon Professor of Government at Harvard Kennedy School, asks how America and China can escape future conflict. Discussed by Roderick MacFarquhar, Leroy B. Williams Professor of History at Harvard University, and Oriana Skylar Mastro, Assistant Professor of Security Studies at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. Chaired by Michael Szonyi, Director of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University,


Metaphor, Myth, and “Dividing up the Chinese Melon,” with Rudolf Wagner

China's leaders often invoke the "century of humiliation" at the hands of foreigners as a means to promote national unity and garner public support for China's return to great power status. An historical metaphor for outside intervention is the vivid image of foreigners "dividing China up like a melon." As Rudolf Wagner explains, however, this metaphor has a more complex history, which highlights a continuing reverse-engineering of history by China's leaders for political gain. Rudolf...


Revolution and Factionalism in China’s Cultural Revolution, with Guobin Yang

From 1966 to 1968, youth in urban China were embroiled in factional battles in what many of them believed to be a revolution of a lifetime. Guobin Yang explores how this factional violence was the result of the enactment of China's earlier revolutionary tradition, and how echoes of this tradition persist in online forums. Guobin Yang is the Grace Lee Boggs Professor of Sociology and Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication and Department of Sociology at the University of...


My Life as a Chinese Rock Star, with Kaiser Kuo

Kaiser Kuo is a household name among China watchers as host of the Sinica Podcast with Jeremy Goldkorn, a current affairs podcast that invites prominent China journalists and China-watchers to participate in uncensored discussions about Chinese political and economic affairs. Before launching the podcast, however, Kaiser was the guitarist in the Chinese heavy metal band "Tang Dynasty." Kaiser's story of China's burgeoning rock & roll scene in the late 1980s colorfully fuses the music,...


U.S. Foreign Policy, Trump, and China, with Nicholas Burns

As President Trump returns from his first visit to China as Commander-in-Chief, how is U.S. foreign policy reacting to a new administration in Washington and a new rising power in Beijing? The Harvard Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation present Ambassador and Harvard Kennedy School Professor Nicholas Burns, in conversation with Jeeyang Rhee Baum, Ezra Vogel, and Odd Arne Westad, moderated by Michael Szonyi. Speaker: Ambassador (Ret.)...


An Instant Analysis of China's 19th Party Congress

The Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation present a panel discussion with exclusive insight and opinions on China’s 19th Party Congress. Moderator: Mark Elliott, Vice Provost of International Affairs and Mark Schwartz Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History, Harvard University Panelists: Anthony Saich, Director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and Daewoo Professor of International Affairs. Joseph...


Embracing Sovereignty: China, the U.S., and the Future of World Order, 2017 Neuhauser Lecture

James Steinberg, University Professor of Social Science, International Affairs, and Law at Syracuse University, presents the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies' 2017 Neuhauser Lecture. In the past year, the leaders of China and the United States laid out their respective visions for future peace and prosperity in widely noted speeches at Davos (President Xi) and the UN (President Trump). What do those speeches tell us about the emerging grand strategies of the world’s two leading powers...


How to Teach Digital Methods for Chinese Studies, with Donald Sturgeon

Digital methods are a developing field in the humanities and social sciences that is still little understood by many in the academy. Dr. Donald Sturgeon is a former Fairbank Center An Wang Postdoctoral Fellow, founder of the Chinese Text Project, and currently teaching digital methods at Harvard University. Based on his class at Harvard, Donald discusses how to develop a curriculum for teaching digital methods in Chinese Studies. The "Harvard on China" podcast is hosted by James Evans at...


How should we assess engagement with China? With Orville Schell

The U.S. has maintained a policy of engagement with the People’s Republic of China since Richard Nixon normalized relations with Mao Zedong in 1972. But how is 'engagement' actually understood in Washington and Beijing? And has engagement changed under the new Trump administration? Orville Schell is Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society in New York. The "Harvard on China" podcast is hosted by James Evans at Harvard's Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies.


How to Censor a Billion People, with Gary King

Gary King, Weatherhead University Professor at Harvard University and Director of Harvard's Institute for Quantitative Social Science, talks to the "Harvard on China" podcast about his latest research into online censorship in China. Professor King is the co-author of a 2017 article, "How the Chinese Government Fabricates Social Media Posts for Strategic Distraction, Not Engaged Argument." This paper builds on his previous research about how censorship in China allows government criticism...


Are Bugs the Answer to China's Urban Waste Crisis? With Amy Zhang

How could bugs and insects be used to process urban waste in an environmentally-conscious way? Amy Zhang - An Wang Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard's Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and Assistant Professor of Anthropology at New York University - talks to the "Harvard on China" podcast about how black fly larvae are used in communal composting in Guangzhou, China. Could insects hold the answer to China's urban organic waste crisis? The "Harvard on China" podcast is hosted by James Evans...


Teaching Global Community in An Age of Anti-Immigration, with Eileen Chow

What role is there for storytelling and roleplay in teaching about Chinatowns and Chinese diasporas? The "Harvard on China" podcast talks to Eileen Chow (Duke University), the author of the forthcoming “Chinatown States of Mind,” as well as the co-translator with Carlos Rojas of Yu Hua’s two-volume novel “Brothers” and the co-editor of the “Oxford Handbook of Chinese Cinemas.” The “Harvard on China” podcast is hosted by James Evans at Harvard’s Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. Don’t...


China's Banking Transformation, with James Stent

Pundits have been predicting the impending collapse of the Chinese banking system. The collapse has not happened, so what have these pundits been missing? James Stent is the former director of two Chinese banks from 2003 to 2016, and the author of the “China’s Banking Transformation: the Untold Story,” which dissects China’s hybrid banking model. Stent demonstrates that the banking system can be used as a prism for understanding how the contemporary Chinese political economy works. The...


The Souls of China: Religion after Mao, with Ian Johnson

Ian Johnson is a Pulitzer Prize winning writer, journalist, and reviewer of China’s society, religion, and history. His writing appears regularly in leading publications such as the New York Times, The New Yorker, National Geographic, and the New York Review of Books. This year, he was awarded the Shorenstein Journalism Award by Stanford's Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center. Ian's latest book, "The Souls of China: The Return of Religion after Mao," follows three religious...


Same-Sex Marriage in Taiwan: Politics, LGBT Rights, and International Reputation, with George Yin

On May 24, 2017, a court in Taipei struck down Taiwan’s ban on same-sex marriage. This ruling, the result of years of campaigning by LGBT-rights activists in Taiwan combined with recent political support, opens the doors for Taiwan to become the first place in Asia to recognize same-sex unions. The Taiwanese legislature now has two years in which to pass a law permitting same-sex marriage, but in the meantime the effects of today's ruling will resonate across Taiwan and Asia. George Yin, a...


Corruption in China on the Eve of the 19th Party Congress, with Michael Forsythe

Michael Forsythe is a New York Times journalist who is well known for his detailed reports on the links between money and politics in China. The "Harvard on China" podcast spoke to Michael Forsythe on the eve of China's 19th Party Congress, an important political event where Chinese President Xi Jinping will formally appoint new members to China's politburo standing committee. What outcomes can we expect to see from this quinquennial event? How do foreign journalists cover sensitive...


Reporting From China, with Pulitzer Prize winner David Barboza

In 2004, David Barboza became the New York Times' Shanghai correspondent, where he began researching a story that would fundamentally change the relationship between Western journalists and the Chinese government. The story involved the former Prime Minister of China, Wen Jiabao, and his billions of hidden assets in stocks, companies, and through family and close friends. By confirming rumors that indicated corruption at the highest levels of the Chinese government, David Barboza's report...


Chinese Reformers, Western Economists, and "Unlikely Partners," with Julian Gewirtz

China has a long and complex history of interacting with foreign thinkers. After Mao's death in 1976, the Chinese leadership solicited foreign economists in order to curate China’s path towards market reforms and the economic boom that continues today. These little-understood partnerships between foreign economists and China's leaders are the subject of Julian Gewirtz’s new book “Unlikely Partners: Western Economists, and the Making of Global China" from Harvard University Press. This...


What Bamboo Slips teach us about Ancient Chinese Philosophy, with Sarah Allan

Today’s guest on the “Harvard on China” podcast is Sarah Allan, the Burlington Northern Foundation Professor of Asian Studies at Dartmouth College, and Chair of the Society for the Study of Early China. Professor Allan's research explores previously undiscovered Chinese philosophical texts from the Warring States period (475-221 BCE) written on bamboo slips and buried in tombs in rural China. The "Harvard on China" podcast is hosted by James Evans at the Fairbank Center for Chinese...


Rural Women under Mao: Oral Histories of China with Gail Hershatter

Today’s guest on the Harvard on China podcast is Gail Hershatter, Distinguished Professor of History at the University of California Santa Cruz. Her research spans the history of China’s long twentieth century. She re-examines the immense societal changes of China's communist past through oral histories of rural women. While Mao Zedong's mass campaigns for collectivization, anti-intellectualism and ideological purity raged in China’s coastal cities, did these rural women experience the...


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