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 Tang and maybe as far back as the Eastern Jin. The focus of this episode is on opium’s history in China prior to the Opium War.
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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.
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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.
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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 in worldwide Chinese culture. More than 80 million Hakka’s call this solar system their home. Fifty minutes hardly offers a comprehensive look at any culture, let alone 客家文化. In this episode Laszlo offers a general overview. As always there is plenty of reading you can do and videos you can watch that give you a more satisfying meal than this episode can. Continue reading “CHP 150 The History of the Hakka People”
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. Continue reading “CHP-149-The History of Tea Part 10”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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