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28 minutes | 5 days ago
Ep. 268 | Eunuchs in Chinese History (Part 2)
This time we look at eunuchs in the Tang from Xuanzong to hapless Emperor Ai. We'll see how it was a long hard downhill slide once Xuanzong let Gao Lishi amass so much power. Subsequent emperors were either too weak or too young to push back against eunuchs who, once given an inch of authority, took a mile more and never let go. They grew in power and venality at the expense of the dynasty's fortunes. Finally they drove it into the ground.
27 minutes | 19 days ago
Ep. 267 | Eunuchs in Chinese History (Part 1)
This topic was coming sooner or later. Laszlo offers up another general overview of Chinese history, this time with eunuchs serving as the prism to view it all. In this episode we'll look at the story of the maybe/maybe not eunuch/official from the Qin Dynasty Zhao Gao and his antics trying to cover up the sudden and unexpected death of Qin Shihuang. Then we'll finish off with eunuchs in the Later Han including the rise and fall of the Ten Attendants.
37 minutes | a month ago
Ep. 266 | Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu
This time Laszlo introduces an outstanding Chinese-American scientist who will be honored in the United States on February 11, 2021 with a new commemorative postage stamp. Dr. C.S. Wu came to America in 1936 and due to circumstances in her homeland, ended up staying in the US for good. She made many contributions in the field of physics and worked on the Manhattan Project. Dr. Wu was role model and tireless campaigner for encouraging young women to study the sciences and for equal rights. Her's was a great American success story.
31 minutes | 2 months ago
Ep. 265 | The History of the Thai Chinese (Part 7)
We bring this light but informative series about the history of the Thai Chinese to a close in this 7th episode. This time we wind things down with events that happened during and after WWII with a patented CHP rush to the finish with Thailand's role in the region as a modern economic powerhouse. Thanks, everyone for listening. In the years to come, I plan to return to Thai Chinese history and do some deeper dives into some of the people and events. Support Laszlo and the CHP: PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/ChinaHistoryPodcast PAYPAL: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/chinahistorypodcast Visit the website: https://teacup.media
31 minutes | 2 months ago
Ep. 264 | The History of the Thai Chinese (Part 6)
Laszlo continues on with this light but a satisfying overview of the Thai-Chinese. With Field Marshal Phibun in charge in Bangkok, the flames of Thai nationalism are being furiously fanned and the ethnic Chinese inhabitants of Siam are feeling the heat. But with the ultimate defeat of Japan, the Chinese can finally breathe a sigh of relief....or could they? Consider supporting the China History Podcast via Patreon or Paypal. Thanks in advance! https://www.paypal.me/chinahistorypodcast https://www.patreon.com/chinahistorypodcast
30 minutes | 2 months ago
Ep. 263 | The History of the Thai Chinese (Part 5)
We leave the 19th century and focus on the events in Siam during the early 20th century. This time we look at some of the histories that happened during the reigns of the progressive king and friend to the Thai Chinese King Chulalongkorn and his son, the not so friendly to the Thai Chinese King Vajiravudh. Whenever flames of nationalism are fanned, certain elements of society are bound to get burnt. Consider supporting the China History Podcast via Patreon or Paypal. Thanks in advance! https://www.paypal.me/chinahistorypodcast https://www.patreon.com/chinahistorypodcast
28 minutes | 3 months ago
Ep. 262 | The History of the Thai Chinese (Part 4)
Laszlo continues on with the second half of the 18th century, a prosperous time for the Kingdom of Siam. With all this unprecedented good fortune sloshing around the kingdom thanks to free trade, the demand for labor drew waves of Chinese immigration to this western edge of the South Seas. Consider supporting the China History Podcast via Patreon or Paypal. Thanks in advance! https://www.paypal.me/chinahistorypodcast https://www.patreon.com/chinahistorypodcast
32 minutes | 3 months ago
Ep. 261 | The History of the Thai Chinese (Part 3)
In this 261st episode, we'll take the Thai Chinese history a little further up the timeline to the Thonburi Kingdom of Taksin the Great and into the Chakri Dynasty with King Rama I. After shaking things up profoundly in China, the Age of Imperialism will now come knocking on Siam's door. As before and in the years to follow, Siam's ethnic Chinese proved to be a formidable force in keeping the ship of state afloat and prospering while colonialism raged across Southeast Asia. Consider supporting the China History Podcast via Patreon or Paypal. Thanks in advance! https://www.paypal.me/chinahistorypodcast https://www.patreon.com/chinahistorypodcast
29 minutes | 4 months ago
Ep. 260 | The History of the Thai Chinese (Part 2)
More 18th-century Thai history. King Phetracha to the end of the Ayudhya Kingdom. The ethnic Chinese contribution to building the foundation of the Thai economy is legendary. Here's where it all began. During this period China, ruled by the Manchu Qing emperors was on a major roll, and Ayudhyan kings were anxious to be friends with Kangxi, Yongzheng, and Qianlong. Having the Thai-Chinese around came in handy in a very big way.
39 minutes | 4 months ago
Ep. 259 | The History of the Thai Chinese (Part 1)
In a new series that may or may not take us to the end of 2020, Laszlo looks at the great Kingdom of Thailand and the history of the Chinese immigrants who decided to call that place home. In this Part 1 episode of the new series, we'll focus on the goings-on in the Chinese community during the Ayudhya Kingdom (1350-1767) up to the time of King Phetracha. Consider supporting your humble narrator at https://www.patreon.com/ChinaHistoryPodcast One time PayPal Donation: https://PayPal.Me/ChinaHistoryPodcast
33 minutes | 5 months ago
Ep. 258 | Jiang Ziya
In this 258th CHP episode, just in time for the guaranteed blockbuster animated movie “Jiang Ziya: Legend of Deification” Laszlo brings you an overview of this hero and strategist from ancient Chinese history. Jiang Ziya’s story takes place during the waning years of the Shang and the founding of the Zhou Dynasty. For non-Chinese speakers, try not to get tripped up with King Zhòu Xīn of the Shang and the Kings Wen, Wu and Duke of the House of Zhōu. Consider supporting your humble narrator at https://www.patreon.com/ChinaHistoryPodcast One time PayPal Donation: https://PayPal.Me/ChinaHistoryPodcast
51 minutes | 5 months ago
Ep. 257 | Emily "Mickey" Hahn
Not to be confused with Emily Hahn, the voice of Bonnie in Toy Story 3 who got to live happily ever after with Woody and Buzz, Emily Mickey Hahn (1905-1997) was a woman who lived a long and interesting life. Her writings from her years in China from 1935 to 1943 and the dispatches she sent back to The New Yorker Magazine were essential reading for those hungry to learn about China during a time when the world was becoming smaller and more dangerous. She experienced first hand the desolation and ravages of Japanese invasion and occupation. Besides her journalistic contributions to the early American understanding of China, she was an early feminist patron saint, living life to its fullest and ignoring the conventions of her day that still demanded women know their place.
37 minutes | 6 months ago
Ep. 256 | Vincent Chin
With the Xinjiang series behind us, we look at a tragic event from modern Chinese-American history that happened almost four decades ago. The person we will focus on today, Vincent Chin, was living in Detroit, working as a draftsman, and was soon to be married. But then on June 19, 1982 his life took a violent and tragic turn. This story from history concerns the life of Vincent Chin whose death inspired a movement.
46 minutes | 6 months ago
Ep. 255 | The History of Xinjiang (Part 12)
In this final 12th episode we'll look at Xinjiang from 1885 to 1949. More unrest, well intentions gone wrong, Soviet subterfuge and two East Turkestan Republics. And after all the events that happened going back to Qianlong, Xinjiang finally goes out with a whimper in 1949 with the Communist PLA takeover. We'll look at the rogue's gallery of Xinjiang governors/warlords who ran the place from 1912 to 1949. I hope you enjoyed this twelve-part series. If you want to learn more you're in luck. The number of books (including serious academic works), scholarly papers, web resources, and videos that are out there, should be able to satisfy you to no end.
37 minutes | 7 months ago
Ep. 254 | The History of Xinjiang (Part 11)
In this penultimate episode of the series Laszlo introduces some of the major happenings in Xinjiang during the waning decades of the Qing Dynasty. After a brief glance at Yaqub Beg and his time in the limelight during the turbulent 1860's and 1870's. We'll finish off with Zuo Zongtang and the Qing re-conquest of Xinjiang.
34 minutes | 7 months ago
Ep. 253 | The History of Xinjiang (Part 10)
Laszlo is back with more History of Xinjiang. The focus this time in Part 10 will be on the Qing Dynasty during the emperors Kangxi, Yongzheng, and Qianlong. The rise and fall of the Zunghar Khanate will also be explored, as well as the violent and tragic aftermath following the Zunghars defeat.
35 minutes | 7 months ago
Ep. 252 | The History of Xinjiang (Part 9)
In this episode, we'll look at the 13th to 17th centuries, Yuan to Qing. After the final end of the Chagatai Khanate, it's going to be non-stop wars, alliances, and betrayals in this portion of Central Asia. The Zunghars will emerge as a new power in Xinjiang that posed a threat to the new Qing Dynasty. That will lead to all kinds of trouble that we'll look at the next episode.
35 minutes | 8 months ago
Ep. 251 | The History of Xinjiang (Part 8)
After inserting that 10-Year Anniversary special 7-Part program in between the last episode (Part 7) and this one, we're back with more Xinjiang in Part 8. Lots of action happening during the 9th to 13th centuries. We start off with the great Uyghur diaspora that followed after the fall of the Uyghur Khaganate in 840. In this episode, we'll see what happened to them after they arrived in Gansu and Xinjiang. We'll also skim the surface to review the Kara-Khanid and Kara-Khitai Khanates who both had such a profound influence on shaping the future development of Central Asia and the spread of Islam.
34 minutes | 8 months ago
10-Year Anniversary Series | US-China Relations 1969-1972 (Part 7)
In this episode we finish off the 1972 visit of Richard Nixon to the PRC. The series finale looks at the exciting meeting between the two leaders, Nixon and Mao and relive "the week that changed the world."
23 minutes | 8 months ago
10-Year Anniversary Series | US-China Relations 1969-1972 (Part 6)
In Part 6 of this CHP 10-Year Anniversary Program looking back at the visit to China in 1972 of Richard Nixon, we're still in October 1971. Kissinger is deftly trying to get Zhou Enlai to back off on few points. Because the communique could not be finalized General Al Haig was sent back in January to nail down final details for the visit of Nixon in February 1972. And then the moment happens. Nixon lands in Beijing and has that magic moment with Zhou Enlai at the steps of Air Force One. Next episode we'll conclude with the actual visit of Nixon and his historic meetings with Mao and Zhou.
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