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.
Fokke Obbema’s China and the West
Susan L. Shirk’s China: Fragile Superpower
Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
David Eggers’ The Circle
The Social Credit System
Will and Ariel Durant’s The Story of Civilization Volume Ten: Rousseau and Revolution
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.
Beijing’s Test Tube Baby, by Christina Larson
Nobel Renews Debate on Chinese Medicine, by Ian Johnson
A Guide to the Mammals of China, by Andrew T. Smith and Yan Xie
Neither Donkey Nor Horse: Medicine and the Struggle over China’s Modernity, by Sean Hsiang-lin Lei
Why Nothing Works, by Eric Vance
Corn Wars, by Ted Genoways
Can the Chinese Government Get its People to Like G.M.O.s?, by Christina Larson
Follow the Money, by Mike Chinoy
The Web That Has No Weaver: Understanding Chinese Medicine, by Ted Kaptchuk
Chinese Medicine in Contemporary China: Plurality and Synthesis, by Volker Scheid
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.
David Helliwell's blog
Decadence Manchu, by Edmund Backhouse
Derek Sandhaus's two works:
Baijiu: The Essential Guide to Chinese Spirits
Tales of Old Peking
Asian Observer: This Day In Chinese History
The Hermit of Peiking, by Hugh Trevor-Roper
Homoerotic Sensibilities in Late Imperial China, by Cuncun Wu
Chublic Opinion - Down with Nihilism
Can the Chinese Government get its people to like GMOs?, by Christina Larson