CHP-132-The Song Emperor Huizong Part 1

We’re going to begin a new series that will look at political, social and cultural life in the late Northern Song. The second the the last emperor Huizong will serve as our vehicle to examine this period in late 11th and early 12th century China. University of Washington professor Dr. Patricia Buckley Ebrey has recently published a book entitled Emperor Huizong. I’m going to use this as one of the main sources. Continue reading “CHP-132-The Song Emperor Huizong Part 1”

CHP-131-Morris Two-Gun Cohen Part 2

We’re going to finish off the last 45 years of Morris Two-Gun Cohen’s life in this extra-long episode. With Sun Yat-sen now gone, Morris Cohen worked hard to reinvent himself and remain relevant in the world of the Chinese business and politics. Morris will hit some highs and lows in this episode as he tried to leverage his past association with Sun and his obvious loyalty to the KMT into an ongoing and lucrative career. As you’ll see in this episode, the road was hardly a smooth one. Continue reading “CHP-131-Morris Two-Gun Cohen Part 2”

CHP-130-Morris Two-Gun Cohen Part 1

Today I wanted to introduce a sort of lovable rogue who haunted the hotel lobby’s of Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, London and Edmonton. Today’s subject was by no means a historic figure. In fact, I don’t think you can even call him a bit player. Nonetheless, Morris Abraham Cohen had a China story that deserves a telling. Today’s episode will look at his early life, how he ended up in Canada and how he got hooked up with the local Chinese Canadians.  We’ll get as far as the death of Sun Yat-sen in early 1925.  We’ll finish up next time with Morris Cohen’s life after Dr. Sun.  I mainly used Daniel S. Levy’s superb biography: Two-Gun Cohen, A Biography. Continue reading “CHP-130-Morris Two-Gun Cohen Part 1”

CHP-129-The Incident at Xuanwu Gate

In this episode we revisit the founding of the Tang Dynasty and focus in on the events leading up to, during and right after the Incident at Xuanwu Gate. This slice of historic theater took place on July 2, 626. It resulted in the victory of Li Shimin over his two brothers. Not long afterwards Li Shimin was promoted by his father to the emperorship and reigned as Tang Taizong. Continue reading “CHP-129-The Incident at Xuanwu Gate”

CHP-128-The History of American Chinese Cuisine

After a record-breaking pause in the action Laszlo is back with one last episode to finish of 2013. This time we look at the interesting and amusing history of Chinese cuisine in America, an oft-requested topic here at the China History Podcast. This is a history that goes hand-in-hand with the earliest Chinese immigration to the US. If you’re interested to learn more on the subject check out Andrew Coe and Jennifer 8 Lee’s books: Continue reading “CHP-128-The History of American Chinese Cuisine”

CHP-127-The Birth of US-China Relations

In this episode we take a look at the circumstances and times when the brand spanking new nation of the USA came a calling to China for the very first time. The so-called “Most Important Relationship in the World” had very humble origins indeed. When representatives of the United States first arrived in Canton in August 1783 they really had a lot of explaining to do about who they were and where they came from. Repeatedly they had to explain to the Chinese who interacted with them that they weren’t British. Continue reading “CHP-127-The Birth of US-China Relations”

CHP-126-Yelü Abaoji

This week we look at the Khitan people of the steppes. These people came from the lands in between Manchuria and Mongolia. Their most famous son was Yelü Abaoji who took his people to great heights in the early 10th century. His Liao Dynasty in the north of present day China ran concurrently with the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period (as well as the Song Dynasty) that resulted after the breakup of the Tang Dynasty. Continue reading “CHP-126-Yelü Abaoji”

CHP-125-Zhuge Liang

In this episode we explore the life and times of Zhuge Liang (181-234 AD). He’s a very good example of a well-known name from Chinese history that many have heard of but aren’t quite sure why. He lived during the Eastern Han and Three Kingdoms periods. Zhuge Liang is mostly remembered for his cleverness and many consider him right up there with Sunzi (Sun Tzu) as far as the works of strategy and military science he left behind. Continue reading “CHP-125-Zhuge Liang”

CHP-124-Sir Y.K. Pao

Today after a month-long break the China History Podcast is back with another episode. This time we look at the life and times of Sir Y.K. Pao. In telling the story of Sir Yue-kong Pao (Bao Yugang in Mandarin) we can also relive the periods in China and Hong Kong during the 1960’s, 70’s and into the 80’s. Through the life of Sir Y.K. Pao we can also look back on those difficult times between China and Britain that preceded the signing of the Sino-British Joint Declaration in December 1984. Sir Y.K. lived an amazing but all too brief life and was one of the early Hong Kong Chinese to rush to aid China when Deng Xiaoping emerged and began setting China on the path of reform and opening up to the world. Continue reading “CHP-124-Sir Y.K. Pao”