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‘Selling’ Chinese history to the world [China Daily]

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‘Selling’ Chinese history to the world [China Daily]

By Liu Xiangrui (China Daily) Laszlo Montgomery launched his ambitious China History Podcast program four years ago. Since then, he has uploaded 135 audio episodes, over 80 hours. “My idea was to explain China to my fellow Americans and spread goodwill between the two peoples,” says the 54 year old Illinois born businessman. Montgomery, as he asks to be called, didn’t expect that his self produced free podcasts on the Internet would connect him with so many people; a recent system statistics report shows that he is downloaded 1.5 million times a year, with about 45 percent of his audience in the United States, 15 percent in China and the rest in some 100 other countries. “After more than 25 years doing sales and marketing of ‘made in China’ products, I’ve now become a sort of a salesman of Chinese history,” says Montgomery, who visits China several times a year and speaks fluent Chinese. When China and the US normalized diplomatic relations in 1979, Montgomery, who was at college, believed he’d find his place in the future interactions between the two countries, and decided to study the Chinese language. “My friends laughed at my decision,” he recalls. “People in the US knew little about China then. Who knew what China would become in the 21st century?” To find a “Chinarelated” job after graduating from university with a degree in history and Asian studies, he moved to Los Angeles. Since then, he has been a businessman involved in US China trade, and he is currently doing business consulting for Chinese companies trading with their US counterparts. Traveling and meeting people in different parts of China, he found that the more he learned about China, the more he was fascinated by its history and culture. When he found that there was no English podcast about Chinese history in 2010, he decided to launch one himself. He works from home using very simple recording and editing facilities. Each of the half hour episodes takes him 18 to 20 hours to research, write, record and edit. He tried to imitate other broadcasters at first before he found the formula that works best for him. Montgomery says he enjoys the work: “It’s my hobby.” But it is also about his passion to make a contribution to building friendly relations between China and the US. “China has a great history. I try to get Americans to appreciate it more and promote the mutual understanding,” says Montgomery. “There are many topics to talk about. I use my common sense to feel what will be interesting to most people.” Over the years, he has received a steady stream of appreciative emails, and he has met some of his fans face to face, too. “It’s fun to meet my listeners. They treat me like a star,” he jokes. His program has been effective in attracting listeners like Scott D. Seligman, who wants to know more about China but doesn’t want to read it in a book. “I downloaded a few episodes and discovered that they were perfect for those days when I drive a long distance. It turned the boring hours into enjoyable learning experiences,” says Seligman, 62, an author who spent eight years in China. He is impressed by Montgomery’s engaging and enthusiastic narration. “Lazlo brings Chinese history and culture to life. As you listen, you often get the impression that he was a witness to the events he described,” says Seligman. Many overseas Chinese are grateful to...

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Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business

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Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business

For full article click here A hobby, then turned into an obsession. In 2010, Laszlo Montgomery listened to his first history podcast. Because of his years of working in China, he naturally looked for a China history podcast, but couldn’t find one. So he started his own. Now, the China History Podcast Read More at click here , Written by Carl Thoren, Copyright © CKGSB...

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China File – Laszlo Montgomery and the CHP

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China File – Laszlo Montgomery and the CHP

Read full article click here  As should be obvious from our title, this week on Sinica we are delighted to be joined by the one-and-only Laszlo Montgomery, the force behind the China History Podcast. We waylaid the creator of our favorite history podcast during his most recent trip to Beijing, and dragged him into the studio to hold him accountable for everything he says on his shows. So if you’re a fan like us, be sure to join us as we talk shop…… read...

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China Law Blog – CHP. It Is That Good

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China Law Blog – CHP. It Is That Good

Read full article click here A few days ago, I received an email congratulations from a friend for China Law Blog having made the 2013 edition of Danwei Model Workers.  Danwei’s Model Workers lists out “the best China-related blogs” and among those who deal with China daily, its list is really the sine qua non of the China blogosphere.  The email was from my China lawyer friend,Frederic Rocafort, and it congratulated me for having made the list along with the China History Podcast.  Not being familiar with that podcast ….. read...

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A life-long love affair with China

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A life-long love affair with China

Click here for original advert I am an American who has felt a closeness and interest in China from the earliest times I can remember. Despite growing up with chop suey and occasional trips to Chinatown, everything about China, no matter how mundane or kitsch, was exotic and fascinating to me. Fueled by James Clavell novels and TV documentaries, that passion about China led me, in 1979, midway through my university studies, to begin studying Mandarin. My hope was that upon graduation it might lead me to some kind of opportunity in the coming boom in US-China relations. Perhaps it might lead to a career in the US Foreign Service or in some other government capacity. Or perhaps learning Mandarin might lead to some other career in journalism or business. Back in 1979 there was a great buzz in the air about how everything would one day be made in China. I graduated in 1981 and moved to Los Angeles to get closer to the Pacific Rim and seek out opportunities that could lead me to a career in China. This was the earliest phase of China’s opening up to the outside world. It wasn’t as easy and convenient back then to visit China or seek out opportunities as it is now. I moved to Hong Kong in September 1989. I landed at Kai Tak Airport in September 1989 and by October tenth I was working for a very large Hong Kong manufacturer who was playing a role in the miracle going on north of the border in Shenzhen. From 1989 until I left Hong Kong in 1998, I worked for two different China manufacturers, both publicly traded companies, both typical of the tens of thousands of enterprises who manufactured light industrial consumer goods shipped to the US mass market. In both companies I was the sole Westerner. I enjoyed a front row seat working in this exciting industry not only as a participant but also as a Westerner working inside the China operation. Being fluent in Mandarin, I sat in on important meetings and from all these years working for Chinese companies, I gained an appreciation and understanding of Chinese sensitivities and sensibilities that few foreigners can ever see. The road I have traveled in this career has been as interesting and fulfilling as much as it has been long and winding. To this day I am still doing the same work I have done since 1989, working as the “Western guy” in the China enterprise. For twenty-two years I have helped Chinese deal with difficult Westerners, opened up doors, managed problems and crises, translated, interpreted, acted as a concierge and tour guide and served as a point man for a variety of projects and what not. And on occasion when my skills are needed for some PR or shoe-shining endeavor, I always represented my China employers well and I know they privately beam with pride when I particularly give them good face in front of foreigners or officials. Specials Hu attends SCO summit more Columnists Li Xing Academic excellence spawns innovative ideas Liu Shinangive them good face in front of foreigners or officials. I recall in 1979 when many of my friends and relatives had a good laugh at my expense when I commenced my Chinese language studies. Of course it was all good-natured kidding but where I came from it was an extremely unconventional road to take. Of course back in 1979, who knew what 21st century China would be like. Although I’m sure there are plenty like me out there, I haven’t met anyone who took my unique road,...

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GDTV Laszlo Montgomery Interview

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GDTV Laszlo Montgomery Interview

GDTV Laszlo Montgomery Interview The China History Podcast Guangdong Television (GDTV; Chinese: 广东电视台; Mandarin Pinyin: Guǎngdōng Diànshì Tái; Jyutping: Gwong2 dung1 din6 si6) is a television network owned by Southern Media Corporation in Guangzhou, Guangdong province in China. Guangdong TV is the oldest television station in Guangdong province, based in Guangzhou, near the Guangzhou TV...

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Podcast aims to serve as bridge between China and U.S.

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Podcast aims to serve as bridge between China and U.S.

For full article click here In the past three and half years, Laszlo Montgomery has uploaded 127 episodes of his Chinese History Podcast, each of which took him 18 to 20 hours to do research, write, record and edit. For the 54-year-old Illinois-born Jewish businessman, it is not only his interest, but also a passion to make contribution to build a cushion of friendly relations between….. read...

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MANDMX – 10 Questions for Lazlo Montgomery

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MANDMX – 10 Questions for Lazlo Montgomery

Read full article click here  There’s a podcast out there for all you Sinophiles if you haven’t seen it yet.  The Chinese History Podcast by Lazlo Montgomery is a jewel of a podcast in the caverns of iTunes and the interwebs.  If you haven’t heard of it or if you haven’t gone over to his site we would highly recommend it.  Even MX likes his podcast and  …. read...

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Anne’s podcast reviews

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Anne’s podcast reviews

Read full article click here  Laszlo Montgomery’s podcast I found on iTunes while looking for national histories. The China History Podcast brings every week a story from Chinese history told by Montgomery in a very agreeable fashion (feed). It is the way of many history podcasters: to simply sit down in front of the microphone and read out the script you have for this program. An… read...

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