Laszlo offers up the exciting conclusion to the 3-part series introducing the Tong Wars.
In this Part 2 episode the Tong Wars begin in earnest. The first and second Tong Wars are discussed. Continue reading “CHP-172-The Tong Wars of New York Chinatown Part 2”
In this long awaited and oft requested episode Laszlo explains about the Tong Wars of New York’s Chinatown. With the help of Scott Seligman’s latest book, Tong Wars, The Untold Story of Vice, Money and Murder in New York’s Chinatown, we go back to late 19th – early 20th century America and focus on New York’s Chinatown. These were terribly unpleasant days for most citizens of Chinese ancestry and especially for those immigrants who either had not begun the process or lived in the shadows illegally. The Chinese Exclusion Laws tarred these citizens like no other immigrant group in US history. The Tong Wars didn’t happen because of these laws but they were certainly part of the story. With everything Chinese-Americans have done to make America great over the past century it’s interesting to look back at another time when the ordinary law-abiding Chinese and the bloodiest Tong soldier were equally reviled in society that was loathe to accept them.
Laszlo finishes up the story of the Yuan Dynasty, founded in 1271. The parts of China not yet conquered were done in by 1276 and the last holdouts gone by 1279. But the Great Yuan didn’t last long. This episode takes a nice little overview of the dynasty, its slow demise and the legacy they left.
In this long overdue episode with a deceiving title we don’t actually get around to the Yuan Dynasty. However, a nice handy and confusing overview tracing the rise of the Mongol nation is presented which includes a bio on Genghis Khan. We’ll get to rise of Kublai Khan this time and look at the Yuan Dynasty next episode.
In this bonus one-hour+ episode we look at the last six years of Zhou Enlai’s life. It was a bittersweet end for Premier Zhou. In between doing great things for China and guiding the country’s general well-being he was forced to play a central role in some of the worst internecine politics in CCP history. Continue reading “CHP-168-Zhou Enlai Part 8”
In this longer than expected seventh episode of the series, the Cultural Revolution gets underway, something that Zhou will have to deal with until his dying day. Aside from this, China’s illustrious Premier also has his hands full with a thousand other responsibilities, both foreign and domestic.
More Zhou Enlai again. This time we look at the second half of the 1950’s. Zhou was as busy as ever, setting up the government, handling foreign relations and dealing with Chairman Mao. This episode will see Zhou during the Gao Gang Affair, Hundred Flowers, Anti-Rightist, San Fan and Wu Fan Campaigns, Land Reform, rapid agricultural collectivization and the disastrous Great Leap Forward. Continue reading “CHP-166-Zhou Enlai Part 6”
The PRC is founded and Premier/ForeignMinister Zhou Enlai has his work cut out for him. In this episode the focus is on the Korean War and the Geneva Conference. Zhou already enjoyed some degree of international respect from those he had come to know during his Shanghai and Chongqing years. By 1954 he had established himself as a respected tour de force on the world stage and earned begrudging admiration from those who refused to recognize the country for which he was head of state.
In this Part 4 episode of the CHP Zhou Enlai series Laszlo re-tells the always amusing story of when the Americans came around Yan’an to kick the tires of the CCP and see what they were all about. Many of these events from today’s episode were covered in previous podcasts (Kang Sheng, Deng Xiaoping, John Service and Civil War). This time Zhou again proves his loyalty and devotion to Mao and as always to China. He gets a real workout as far as developing his role as the Communists (and later China’s) chief diplomat.