The China History Podcast


  • Ep. 303 | The History of Guangzhou (Part 1)
    In this Part 1 episode of a multi-part series Laszlo introduces the most ancient history of the great city of Guangzhou. Long known as Canton in many places, this city has a history that is both fascinating and unique in China. In this installment of the series, we’ll explore the early stories and legends from…
  • Ep. 302 | Chinese Anarchists of the Late Qing
    Thanks to Leigh for the inspiration to cover this sidebar to all the history happening during the end of the Qing and early Republic. This episode examines the lives of these late-Qing intellectuals who went to Paris, Tokyo, and other places to study alternative political systems that might be a good fit for China. Though…
  • Ep. 301 | The History of the Chinese Jamaicans
    For this 301st CHP episode, we cover some more great Overseas Chinese history. Rather than biting off more than I could chew by taking on the bigger story of Chinese emigration to the Caribbean, the focus will be on the island nation of Jamaica. The Chinese Jamaican story is another Hakka story. Contained in this…
  • Ep. 300 | The History of Chinese Alchemy (Part 2)
    For this Milestone Episode in CHP history, we finish off our overview of the history of Chinese alchemy. Top billing this time will be the biggest name in the industry, Ge Hong. Other notable alchemists and alchemical works will be introduced up to the Ming, followed by a Lightning Round of emperors who died by…
  • Ep. 299 | The History of Chinese Alchemy (Part 1)
    This is the first of a two-part series that will explore the history of Chinese alchemy. We’ll look at the most important names of alchemists and the works they produced. The emphasis of this series will be on “Waigong” 外丹 External Alchemy. Hard to believe people ingested toxic heavy metals as long as they did…
  • Ep. 298 | Homer Lea
    This episode is another listener request. In fact, Homer Lea’s been requested regularly throughout the years. He’s more of a footnote from history than actual history itself. Homer’s story is kind of unique because of the stumbling blocks life threw his way. He didn’t live long but in his short life he got to witness…
  • Ep. 297 | Austro-German Jewish Musicians in Wartime Shanghai
    Laszlo welcomes Scripps College professor of music Dr. Hao Huang onto the CHP to discuss the stories of Jewish musicians from Germany and Austria who fled Europe and ended up in Shanghai. This is a companion episode to the six-part series on the Jewish Refugees in Shanghai (Episodes 208-213). Professor Huang discusses the trials and…
  • Ep. 296 | Sino-Roman Relations (Part 2)
    In this episode, we will finish up this overview of the relations between Rome and China. The Roman Empire in the West ended in 476. In this Part 2 episode, we’ll look at relations between the Byzantine Empire and China during the Tang, Song, and Yuan. As you’ll soon discover the Nestorians and then later…
  • Ep. 295 | Sino-Roman Relations (Part 1)
    This is sort of a strange topic. In Part 1 we’ll look at the early history that took place between the Han Dynasty and the Western Roman Empire. Before we tuck into the chicken ribs that are Sino-Roman Relations, I’ll introduce you to the far-out theory that Professor Homer Dubs came up with in the…
  • Ep. 294 | The Warlord Ma's of Northwest China
    If the title sounds familiar, that’s because this is a new version of an old episode from 2014 that got pulled from the CHP back catalog. But here it is, newly recorded and enhanced. This episode looks at the Ma family of soldiers and warlords in the northwest provinces of Ningxia, Gansu and Qinghai. Their…
  • Ep. 293 | David Tran
    In this 293rd CHP episode, we feature the Sriracha Chili Sauce King, David Tran. His life is a great immigrant success story and an inspiration to many aspiring immigrants and entrepreneurs. It’s not often that a living person is featured on the CHP. David Tran’s ancestors came from the Chaozhou region of China and emigrated to…
  • Ep. 292 | Olive Yang
    In this episode, Laszlo introduces the story of Olive Yang, 杨金秀. She was a Kokang Chinese born and raised around the border region of Myanmar and China. Her story took place in the Shan State of Myanmar. Though she was not someone of great historical impact on the times she lived in, she was part…
  • Ep. 291 | The History of Hainan (Part 2)
    This is the second part of a brief overview of Hainan history with special guest Professor Jeremy Murray. In this episode, Laszlo and Dr. Murray discuss Hainan history during the Qing, Republican, and PRC eras with some discussion of Hainanese culture. For more content and ways to support Teacup Media, visit our website at teacup.media
  • Ep. 290 | The History of Hainan (Part 1)
    Laszlo welcomes California State University professor Dr. Jeremy Murray onto the CHP to help introduce the history of Hainan. In this Part 1 episode, they discuss the Hainan history timeline up to the end of the Ming Dynasty. For more content and ways to support Teacup Media, visit our website at teacup.media
  • Ep. 289 | China's Himmler, Dai Li (Part 3)
    We continue with the conclusion of this series that looks at the life and times of Chiang Kai-shek’s Spymaster, Dai Li, and his eight-year reign of terror. After being dealt a heavy blow in the Yan Baohang and Zhang Shuping spy cases, Dai found himself back on his heels with a legion of haters trying…
  • Ep. 288 | China's Himmler, Dai Li (Part 2)
    The tale of Dai Li continues beginning with the passing of Sun Yat-sen in March 1926 and the rise of Chiang Kai-shek. The dreaded Blue Shirts are introduced along with Dai Li’s rise up the ladder hanging on the coattails of Chiang. He demonstrates his undying loyalty to the Generalissimo during the Xian Incident and…
  • Ep. 287 | China's Himmler, Dai Li (Part 1)
    In this Part 1 of a 3 episode series covering the life and times of Dai Li, we look at his early beginnings, living the thug life in Shanghai and falling in with all the right people. We’ll trace his quick rise up the ranks of Chiang Kai-shek’s formidable spy agencies. He was often called…
  • Ep. 286 | Tang Empress Zhangsun
    Though the villainous empresses always seem to generate the most popular interest, this time we’ll look at the life of one of the many good ones, an outstanding one if I may add. Empress Zhangsun was the bride of Tang Dynasty heavy Li Shimin. When he became the second Tang emperor following one of the…
  • Ep. 285 (Bonus) | Reading of an 1894 Article on the L.A. Chinatown Massacre
    In addition to the latest CHP episode on the L.A. Chinatown Massacre, I also wanted to offer you a reading of an article that appeared in an 1894 edition of The Historical Society of Southern California journal. This article by C.P. Dorland was written only twenty-three years after the incident took place and described the…
  • Ep. 285 | The L.A. Chinatown Massacre
    On October 24th, 1871 the Los Angeles Chinatown Massacre took place near the present-day location of Union Station, just north of the core downtown L.A. area. Though mostly unknown rather than forgotten, this incident that happened one hundred fifty years ago this month will be remembered through a number of commemorative events. The Chinese American…