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CHP-158-The Rise and Fall of the Qin Part 2
CHP-158-The Rise and Fall of the Qin Part 2
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This time Laszlo finishes off the Qin in two parts as promised.  Apologies for the lopsidedness of it all.  In this extra long episode Laszlo takes the Qin to their height and examines their legacy.  The Qin Dynasty had a spectacular fall lasting only a few years after the early death of its founder Qin Shihuang. TERMS FROM THIS EPISODE Qin Shihuang  秦始皇  The...

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CHP-157-The Rise and Fall of the Qin
CHP-157-The Rise and Fall of the Qin
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In this first of two episodes Laszlo gives Qin Shihuang, the subject of the first ever China History Podcast episode, a total makeover. The Historic Teas of China: Check it out right here:  http://www.teasenz.com/historic-teas-china-gift-box   TERMS FROM THIS EPISODE Qin Shi Huang  秦始皇 The first emperor of China, Qin Dynasty founder Y.K. Pao  包玉刚  Featured in CHP-124, HK tycoon and philanthropist Zhongguo ren   中国人  A...

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CHP-156-Joseph Needham Part 2
CHP-156-Joseph Needham Part 2
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In this Part 2 episode Laszlo continues his intro of Joseph Needham in 1943 right after Needham returned from his perilous adventure to the northwest of China to visit the sights of Dunhuang.  We’ll conclude the life of Joseph Needham in this episode. He truly was, as Simon Winchester called him, “The Man Who Loved China.”   Terms from this episode: Jianqiao Daxue yu Zhongguo...

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CHP-155-Joseph Needham Part 1
CHP-155-Joseph Needham Part 1
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In this long awaited topic Laszlo introduces “The Man Who Loved China”, Dr. Joseph Needham.  A true friend of China for most of his adult life, Needham’s contribution was the epic work “Science and Civilization in China”.  Today this massive undertaking is spread out over 24 volumes, 17 of which were written in Needham’s own lifetime.  Prior to Jospeh Needham getting the word out, China...

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CHP-154-The Secret Nüshu Script
CHP-154-The Secret Nüshu Script
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In this shorter than usual episode Laszlo introduces a little piece of culture taken from the southern portion of Hunan Province.  Generations of illiterate women from a single county on the Hunan-Guangxi border, denied education, created their own writing script.  Men never learned it and so it was used by these women to communicate with each other and to record their secret throughts and...

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CHP-153-The History of Opium in China
CHP-153-The History of Opium in China
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In this episode Laszlo examines remarks made by distinguished UCLA Professor of Public Policy Mark Kleiman who had commented on Britain’s participation in the Opium War.  The main point was that the cause of the Opium War was due more to protecting imperial tax revenues and the domestic market than trying to stamp out the opium problem. Opium’s history in China began centuries before, at least during the...

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CHP-152-The Flying Tigers Part 2
CHP-152-The Flying Tigers Part 2
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Laszlo finishes off the CHP overview of the story of the AVG in World War II. In this episode the battle commences on December 20, 1941. From that point forward until the organization was disbanded on July 4, 1942 the Flying Tigers wrote their name into the history books. Laszlo finishes off the CHP overview of the story of the AVG in World War...

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CHP-151-The Flying Tigers Part 1
CHP-151-The Flying Tigers Part 1
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In this Part 1 episode Laszlo provides all the setup and background for the magnificent story of the American Volunteer Group, known more popularly as The Flying Tigers.  Their’s was only an eight month long story but their success at a time when all seemed hopeless provided an inspiration to many and showed Japan was not invincible. Zhong-Mei guanxi  中美关系  Sino-US relations Zhōng-Mei hezuo ...

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CHP 150 The History of the Hakka People
CHP 150 The History of the Hakka People
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[raw]In this milestone 150th CHP episode Laszlo shines a light on the Hakka people and where they fit in Chinese history.  There are no shortages of authoritative sources that all disagree as to their origins ands when the Hakka’s migrated from where to where.  Legends and stereotypes surrounded this sub-group of Chinese.  But one thing is for sure they  have carved an indelible spot...

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CHP-149-The History of Tea Part 10
CHP-149-The History of Tea Part 10
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In this final episode of the CHP’s ten-part History of Tea series Laszlo travels from province to province introducing the more famous of China’s teas. The History of Tea Part 10 Terms Pu’er普洱  City in Yunnan famous for Pu’er Tea Qingming Festival  清明节 Grave Sweeping Festival, usually around April 5-6 Shu Pu’er  熟普洱Ripe Pu’er Tea Wodui  渥堆  The process to speed up the ripening...

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CHP-148-The History of Tea Part 9
CHP-148-The History of Tea Part 9
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In this penultimate episode of the China History Podcast History of Tea series Laszlo finishes off the story of Robert Fortune and introduces Sir Robert J. Lipton. This CHP long history of Chinese tea started off slow and in this Part 9 fizzles out altogether.  Laszlo also introduces a little overview of Pu-erh Tea as an extra bonus.   TERMS FROM THIS EPISODE Wuyi...

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CHP-147-The History of Tea Part 8
CHP-147-The History of Tea Part 8
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In this 8th installment of the CHP History of Tea series Laszlo introduces the story of Mr. Robert Fortune.  With Britain’s East India Company bankrolling him, Fortune played a most key role in breaking China’s millennia old monopoly of tea manufacturing and export. TERMS FROM THIS EPISODE Shen Nong神农 One of the all time greats in legendary Chinese history. Discovered tea’s pleasures and passed...

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CHP-146-The History of Tea Part 7
CHP-146-The History of Tea Part 7
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  In Part 7 of the CHP History of Tea series we look at what happened after Europeans first came to China and instantly fell in love with tea. The period covered in this episode is the late Ming and the Qing. CHP-145 TEA PART 7 TERMS Bohea  武夷茶One of the early and historic teas of the age of the China Clippers Hyson  熙春茶One...

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CHP-145-The History of Tea Part 6
CHP-145-The History of Tea Part 6
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The China History Podcast’s ten part History of Tea continues with this sixth episode.  The time is now the late Ming and Qing dynasty.  Now Western people are getting a nice close look at tea and imagining the possibilities. TERMS FROM THIS EPISODE: Shen Nong神农 One of the all time greats in legendary Chinese history. Discovered tea’s pleasures and passed it on to Chinese...

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CHP-144-The History of Tea Part 5
CHP-144-The History of Tea Part 5
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In this episode Laszlo looks at tea in the Ming dynasty.  This is when loose leaf tea, Jingdezhen and Yixing tea pots hit the big time. CHP-144-Terms Mocha  抹茶 Ground tea in powder form (also written 末茶) Cai Xiang  蔡襄  Great calligrapher and tea expert from the Northern Song Huizong  徽宗  Last emperor of the Northern Song Myoan Eisai  明菴栄西  Japanese Monk Zhao Kuangyin  赵匡胤 ...

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CHP-143-The History of Tea Part 4
CHP-143-The History of Tea Part 4
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This time in History of Tea Part 4 we continue along the timeline and look at tea in the Song Dynasty.  Tea may have been brought to great heights during the Tang but during the Song. TERMS FROM THIS EPISODE Lu Yu  陆羽  Lu Yu, writer of the Classic of Tea Kukai  空海 Japanese Monk, among other things introduced tea to Japan Saicho最澄  Japanese monk also helped...

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CHP-142-The History of Tea Part 3
CHP-142-The History of Tea Part 3
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  In Part 3 of the CHP ten-part history of tea series we look at the life of the Tea Saint, Lu Yu and his great work The Classic of Tea.   TERMS FROM THIS EPISODE Lu Yu  陆羽  Lu Yu Cha Jing茶经 The Classic of Tea Shen Nong  神农  Shen Nong, the Divine Farmer Tianmen 天门  Birthplace of Lu Yu Hubei ren  湖北人  someone from Hubei Longgai Temple  龙盖寺  Dragon Cloud Monastery Chan Buddhist  禅宗  Better...

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CHP-141-The History of Tea Part 2
CHP-141-The History of Tea Part 2
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Laszlo continues his 10-part series introducing the history of tea in China from ancient times to the modern age.  This time the focus is on the 7th to 9th centuries during the Tang Dynasty.  Tea by now has been transformed from a medicine to an enjoyable and inspirational beverage. TERMS FROM THIS EPISODE Charen 茶人  Tea Person Shen Nong  神农  Shen Nong, the Divine...

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CHP-140-The History of Tea Part 1
CHP-140-The History of Tea Part 1
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TERMS FROM THIS EPISODE Sanhuang Wudi 三皇五帝 The Three Sovereigns and Five Emperors Wang Xufeng  王旭烽  One of China’s great writers and Tea Ambassadors Mao Dun Prize  茅盾将  China’s answer to the Booker or Pulitzer Prizer Charen Sanbu Qu  茶人三部曲 Trilogies of the Teamen, written by Wang Xufeng Wang Laoshi  王老师  Respectful salutation, “Teacher Wang” Yipian Shuye de Gushi  一片树叶的故事   The Story of a Leaf Yuantou 源头...

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CHP-139-Sir Edmund Backhouse Part 3
CHP-139-Sir Edmund Backhouse Part 3
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In this episode we will conclude our CHP overview of the life of Sir Edmund Backhouse, 2nd Baronet.  In this 3rd part of the series we’ll look at the last couple decades of Backhouse’s life.  Backhouse remains in Beijing amidst all the turmoil going on during the Japanese invasion and the leadup to WWII.  In his final years Backhouse will write a memoir that will engrave...

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CHP-138-Sir Edmund Backhouse Part 2
CHP-138-Sir Edmund Backhouse Part 2
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Fast on the heels of Part 1 of this CHP overview of the life of the Sinologist Sir Edmund Backhouse, we present Part 2 in this episode. We’ll look at the years 1911 to 1924, the years Backhouse committed a bunch of frauds and established himself in London and Beijing as a bit of a flake and someone not to be trusted. TERMS FROM THIS EPISODE...

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CHP-137-Sir Edmund Backhouse Part 1
CHP-137-Sir Edmund Backhouse Part 1
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In this episode we will begin a 3-part series covering the life of Sir Edmund Trelawny Backhouse, 2nd Baronet. He lived from 1873 to 1944, spending more than half his life in Beijing.  Backhouse is best known for the various frauds he committed over the period of his life.  In his last year of life he was urged by Dr. Reinhard Hoeppli to commit...

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CHP-136-Wong Chin Foo
CHP-136-Wong Chin Foo
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CHP-136-Wong Chin Foo

Jul 2, 2014

Once again after an almost record-setting gap in the action, we look at a great but unknown Chinese American, Wong Chin Foo (王清福). Though not a well-known person from history, he nonetheless played a major role during the 1880’s and 1890’s fighting against the racist anti-Chinese immigration laws passed by the U.S. Congress. Author Scott Seligman’s book, The First Chinese American tells the whole...

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CHP-135-The Song Emperor Huizong Part 4
CHP-135-The Song Emperor Huizong Part 4
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In this final installment of the history of the life and times of the emperor Huizong we look at the series of events that followed the Jürchens’ Seige of Kaifeng in 1126-1127.  What followed was the Jingkang Incident that for centuries, made Chinese bow their heads in shame.  The entire Song imperial family was captured and sent north to live out the rest of...

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