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Now displaying: October, 2015
Oct 27, 2015

The West has spent decades pleading with China to become a responsible stakeholder in the global community, but what happens now that China is starting to take a more proactive role internationally? In today's show, Kaiser Kuo and David Moser are delighted to be joined by a Dutch journalist, Fokke Obbema (the de Volkskrant correspondent with a perfectly normal Dutch name), who is the author of the recent book China and the West: Hope and Fear in the Age of Asia.

Recommendations:

Fokke Obbema’s China and the West

https://www.amazon.com/China-West-Hope-Fear-Asia/dp/178453384X 

Susan L. Shirk’s China: Fragile Superpower

https://www.amazon.com/China-Superpower-Susan-L-Shirk/dp/0195373197 

David Moser

Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

https://www.amazon.com/Sapiens-Humankind-Yuval-Noah-Harari/dp/0062316095 

Fokke Obbema

David Eggers’ The Circle

https://www.amazon.com/Circle-Dave-Eggers/dp/0345807294 

The Social Credit System

https://chinacopyrightandmedia.wordpress.com/2014/06/14/planning-outline-for-the-construction-of-a-social-credit-system-2014-2020/

Kaiser Kuo

Will and Ariel Durant’s The Story of Civilization Volume Ten: Rousseau and Revolution

https://www.amazon.com/Rousseau-Revolution-Story-Civilization-Durant/dp/1567310214 

Oct 21, 2015

This week on Sinica, we are delighted to present a show on Tu Youyou, the Chinese scientist who recently shared a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for her discovery of the anti-malaria drug Artemisinin, thus making her the first citizen of the People's Republic of China to receive a Nobel science award.

Recommendations:

Beijing’s Test Tube Baby, by Christina Larson

http://foreignpolicy.com/2015/09/29/beijings-test-tube-baby-china-science-zhao-bowen-bgi-start-up-gene-mapping-dropout/

Jeremy Goldkorn

Nobel Renews Debate on Chinese Medicine, by Ian Johnson

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/11/world/asia/nobel-renews-debate-on-chinese-medicine.html?_r=0

A Guide to the Mammals of China, by Andrew T. Smith and Yan Xie 

http://www.amazon.com/Guide-Mammals-China-Andrew-Smith/dp/0691099847

Ian Johnson

Neither Donkey Nor Horse: Medicine and the Struggle over China’s Modernity, by Sean Hsiang-lin Lei

http://www.amazon.com/Neither-Donkey-nor-Horse-Weatherhead/dp/022616988X

Christina Larson

Why Nothing Works, by Eric Vance

http://discovermagazine.com/2014/julyaug/14-why-nothing-works

Corn Wars, by Ted Genoways

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/122441/corn-wars

Kaiser Kuo

Can the Chinese Government Get its People to Like G.M.O.s?, by Christina Larson

http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/can-the-chinese-government-get-its-people-to-like-g-m-o-s

Follow the Money, by Mike Chinoy

http://china.usc.edu/assignment-china-follow-money

David Moser

The Web That Has No Weaver: Understanding Chinese Medicine, by Ted Kaptchuk

http://www.amazon.com/The-Web-That-Weaver-Understanding/dp/0809228408

Chinese Medicine in Contemporary China: Plurality and Synthesis, by Volker Scheid

http://www.amazon.com/Chinese-Medicine-Contemporary-China-Plurality/dp/0822328720

Oct 4, 2015

Edmund Backhouse, the 20th-century Sinologist, long-time Beijing resident, and occasional con artist, is perhaps best known for his incendiary memoirs, which not only distorted Western understanding of Chinese history for more than 50 years, but also included what, in retrospect, can only be seen as patently fictitious stories of erotic encounters between the British baronet and Empress Dowager Cixi.

This week on Sinica, we are delighted to be joined by Derek Sandhaus of Earnshaw Books, who has recently produced an abridged edition of Backhouse's memoirs for the Hong Kong publishing house. As an expert on the facts and fictions of Edmund Backhouse, Derek joins us for a discussion of what is real and less-than-real in Backhouse's deathbed reminiscences, and what we can and should learn about Qing-era China from his memoirs.

Recommendations:

David Helliwell's blog

https://oldchinesebooks.wordpress.com

Decadence Manchu, by Edmund Backhouse

https://www.amazon.com/Decadence-Mandchoue-Memoirs-Trelawny-Backhouse/dp/9881944511 

Derek Sandhaus's two works:

Baijiu: The Essential Guide to Chinese Spirits

http://www.amazon.com/Baijiu-Essential-Guide-Chinese-Spirits/dp/0143800132

Tales of Old Peking

http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Old-Peking-Tumultuous-Capital/dp/9881815428

David Moser

Asian Observer: This Day In Chinese History

Derek Sandhaus

The Hermit of Peiking, by Hugh Trevor-Roper

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/190601101X?

Homoerotic Sensibilities in Late Imperial China, by Cuncun Wu

http://www.amazon.com/Homoerotic-Sensibilities-Routledge-Association-Australia/dp/041564836X/

Kaiser Kuo

Chublic Opinion - Down with Nihilism

http://chublicopinion.com/2015/08/31/down-with-the-nihilists/

Can the Chinese Government get its people to like GMOs?, by Christina Larson

http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/can-the-chinese-government-get-its-people-to-like-g-m-o-s

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