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CHP-189-The History of Chinese Philosophy Part 6

Laszlo gives the subject of Daoism, the Daodejing and the Zhuangzi a fresh makeover, covered before in an old China History Podcast episode from days gone by. The history of Daoism is explored as well as its main characters, Laozi and Zhuangzi, and what they called for in those dark Eastern Zhou times. Daoism is both a philosophy and a religion, but this episode only explores the former. The Xuanxue thinkers Wang Bi, Guo Xiang and Xiang Xiu are also discussed, as well as the Neo-Daoism...

Duration: 00:45:47

CHP-188 - The History of Chinese Philosophy Part 5

Laszlo gives the subject of Daoism, the Daodejing and the Zhuangzi a fresh makeover, covered before in an old China History Podcast episode from days gone by. The history of Daoism is explored as well as its main characters, Laozi and Zhuangzi, and what they called for in those dark Eastern Zhou times. Daoism is both a philosophy and a religion, but this episode only explores the former. The Xuanxue thinkers Wang Bi, Guo Xiang and Xiang Xiu are also discussed, as well as the Neo-Daoism...

Duration: 00:40:26

CHP-187-The History of Chinese Philosophy Part 4

Laszlo is back on track, picking up where we left off in part two following the death of Master Kong in 479 BCE. A lot happened in the world of Chinese philosophy right after Confucius passed. He had both disciples who carried on his teachings, and naysayers who pointed to flaws in this Ru School of philosophy and offered an alternative kind of thought. As the countdown to the milestone year of 221 BCE gets nearer, a hundred schools of thought contended like never before, each offering...

Duration: 00:41:38

CHP-186-The History of Chinese Philosophy Part 3

Although covered before in an old China History Podcast episode, Laszlo takes the Yi Jing (I Ching, sometimes called the ‘Book of Changes’) off the shelf for a total makeover and freshening up. In this brief detour along the history timeline, Laszlo picks the Yi Jing apart and offers up both a history of this timeless classic as well as a brief intro about how it works and the role it plays in the life of some people. The Yi Jing is a book with a lot of staying power and has been kept as a...

Duration: 00:45:24

CHP-185-The History of Chinese Philosophy Part 2

In this second helping of Laszlo's overview of the history of Chinese philosophy, the Great Sage himself is the center of focus. Arguably China's most famous citizen of all time, Confucius (and his disciples) created an ideology and political system that had incredible lasting power. Part two examines the stories surrounding Confucius's life growing up and operating in the State of Lu during the last decades of the Spring and Autumn period of the Zhou Dynasty. In addition to the trials and...

Duration: 00:47:33

CHP-184-The History of Chinese Philosophy Part 1

After the longest break in the action since 2001, The CHP is back with this pleasant little 9-Part overview covering the history of Chinese philosophy. The series will run from pre-Confucian times clear through to Wang Yangming in the mid Ming Dynasty, a period stretching for more than two thousand years. And don't forget to download the free Infographic that will accompany the series. I predict it will do wonders in keeping all the names, dates, philosophies and texts straight. Thanks for...

Duration: 00:39:05

CHP-183-The Nanjing Massacre Part 2

Laszlo finishes off the overview of the Rape of Nanking as well as the stories of John Rabe, Robert O. Wilson, Minnie Vautrin, Rev. William Magee and others who directed the Nanjing Safety Zone during the worst weeks of the atrocities. The aftermath of the Nanjing Massacre is also examined. TERMS FROM THIS EPISODE: The Nanjing Safety Zone Nánjīng Ānqúan Qū 南京安全区 Jīnlíng Women's College 金陵女子大学 Now part of Nanjing Normal University Jīnlíng 金陵 ancient name of Nanjing during the Zhou...

Duration: 00:52:24

CHP-182-The Nanjing Massacre Part 1

By popular demand Laszlo finally introduces the Nanjing Massacre. This is a very emotional, controversial and sensitive subject for a whole lot of reasons. Over the next two episodes Laszlo will review material from past episodes to discuss the lead-up to the Massacre. Then in Part 2 the actual event itself as well as the story of the Nanjing Safety Zone and some of the foreigners who became eyewitnesses to the horrors of the Nanjing Massacre. It's also referred to as the Nanking Massacre...

Duration: 00:45:13

CHP-181-The Early Years of Sino-Russian Relations

After more than 40 days wandering in the desert Laszlo is back with a topic that languished on the list for more than six years. At last the early years of Russia-China relations can see the light of day (here at Teacup Media, that is). As you can see, this is another one of those hour plus episodes that was not long enough for two episodes and a bit overly long for one. Basically this covers the beginnings back in the late Ming when they first met and mostly in the Qing where all the...

Duration: 01:06:10

CHP-180-The Earliest Years of Christianity in China

Many people don't know that the first preaching of Christianity in China pre-dated the Jesuits by more than nine centuries. We'll take a second cursory look at the Jesuits as part of a bigger story that includes Christianity in China during the Tang and Yuan dynasties. We'll see that prior to the arrival of Matteo Ricci, there were two other lesser known attempts to grow Christianity in China. TERMS FROM THIS EPISODE: Āluóběn 阿罗本 Nestorian monk who visited Chang'an in 635 CE Dàqín...

Duration: 00:49:35

CHP-179-The Ancient History of Silk

Thanks to Carole in Virginia for giving me enough of a push to get this episode finally produced. This might have been one of the first ten topics I came up with when I began writing the original list back in 2010. The history of silk is really an amazing testament to humankind's ingenuity and the randomness of life since Neolithic times. I hope you enjoy this episode. It turned out to be a much greater story than I was ever aware of. TERMS FROM THIS EPISODE: Shén Nóng 神农 The Divine...

Duration: 00:41:31

CHP-178-William Mesny Part 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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