Laszlo Montgomery presents easy-to-digest stories, events and people from China’s most ancient times up to our present day.
Join Laszlo Montgomery for weekly episodes that introduce commonly used Chinese Sayings and the stories and rich meanings behind each phrase. Whether you speak Chinese or not, enjoy a few stories and pick up a phrase or two from China’s ancient times.
Transport yourself to the Qing Dynasty where Laszlo Montgomery delivers eyewitness accounts from travelers and explorers who visited China and wrote about what they saw. A lot has changed since the 1800’s. But not everything.
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 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.
Jack Jones is the bearded one in the image. His story is told today in this little snapshot of a not very well-known organization that operated in 1940’s China. The Friends Ambulance Unit, later re-named the Friends Service Unit, was a Quaker-funded charity that operated ambulances, provided urgent medical care and other charitable services during wartime. In China the China Convoy was created and in consort with the International Relief Committee, distributed medicines, medical supplies and equipment that aided thousands of local and usually impoverished Chinese. Continue reading “CHP-160-Jack Jones and the FAU China Convoy 1945-1951”
In this episode Laszlo focuses on the history of Chinese-Americans in the early years of Hollywood. The period will focus on the 1920’s to the 1950’s. During those years Asian-Americans had a rough time in Hollywood trying to break away from stereotypical roles. American laws and attitudes stacked the deck against them but through their sacrifices and perseverance they blazed the trail for today’s generation of Chinese-American movie, theater and TV artists. CHP-159 looks at the lives of Anna May Wong and Jadin Wong as a window into these times. Below are the terms from this episode as well as some resources about Chinese Hollywood and Chinatowns. Continue reading “CHP-159-Chinese American Stars and Entertainers of Old Hollywood”
This time Laszlo finishes off the Qin in two parts as promised. Apologies for the lopsidedness of it all. In this extra long episode Laszlo takes the Qin to their height and examines their legacy. The Qin Dynasty had a spectacular fall lasting only a few years after the early death of its founder Qin Shihuang. Continue reading “CHP-158-The Rise and Fall of the Qin Part 2”
In this first of two episodes Laszlo gives Qin Shihuang, the subject of the first ever China History Podcast episode, a total makeover. Continue reading “CHP-157-The Rise and Fall of the Qin”
In this long awaited topic Laszlo introduces “The Man Who Loved China”, Dr. Joseph Needham. A true friend of China for most of his adult life, Needham’s contribution was the epic work “Science and Civilization in China”. Today this massive undertaking is spread out over 24 volumes, 17 of which were written in Needham’s own lifetime. Prior to Joseph Needham getting the word out, China was not getting the respect it deserved for all it’s great contributions to human civilization. He carried out intensive research and brought his findings to the public. In this Part 1 episode we only go up to 1943 and the end of Needham’s first expedition in China.
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.
Continue reading “CHP-152-The Flying Tigers Part 2”