Mukund Padmanabhan on The Great Flap of 1942

Asian Review of Books | 25 April 2024 | 0h 31m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Mukund Padmanabhan about his book The Great Flap of 1942: How the Raj Panicked over a Japanese Non-invasion. Backgrounds the events of April 1942 when at least half a million people fled Madras, now Chennai, fearing Japanese invasion. Discusses the debate about how to respond to the threat of a Japanese invasion.

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Robert D. Kaplan on The Loom of Time

Asian Review of Books | 11 April 2024 | 0h 27m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Robert D. Kaplan about his book The Loom of Time: Between Empire and Anarchy, from the Mediterranean to China. Introduces the “Greater Middle East”, a region spanning from the Mediterranean, south to Ethiopia and eastwards to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Discusses the experiences that stood out to him over decades of reporting on the region; criticises US policies of intervention and regime change that have divided the region; and his conclusions on how to think about democracy, order, and anarchy in this part of the world.

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Ben Rothenberg on Naomi Osaka

Asian Review of Books | 7 March 2024 | 0h 43m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Ben Rothenberg about his book Naomi Osaka: Her Journey to Finding Her Power and Her Voice. Backgrounds the life of the tennis phenomenon and discusses her headline-making advocacy for racial justice and mental health, and the challenges of a life in the international spotlight.

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Elise Hu on Flawless: Lessons in Looks and Culture from the K-Beauty Capital

Asian Review of Books | 21 December 2023 | 0h 35m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Elise Hu about her book Flawless: Lessons in Looks and Culture from the K-Beauty Capital. Discusses the mix of gender politics, culture of lookism, K-Pop, and cosmetic surgery that brought South Korea to dominate the cosmetics industry.

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Aarathi Prasad on Silk: A History in Three Metamorphoses

Asian Review of Books | 10 November 2023 | 0h 51m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Aarathi Prasad about her book Silk: A History in Three Metamorphoses. Explore the world of silk and why it may be the hottest new material in biotechnology today. Covers not just the traditional silk we use today, but all its different varieties: wild silks, made from less famous moths; sea silks, made from molluscs; and spider silk, strong, yet significantly more difficult to harvest.

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Nicholas Hoover Wilson on Modernity’s Corruption

Asian Review of Books | 17 August 2023 | 0h 45m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Nicholas Hoover Wilson about his book Modernity’s Corruption: Empire and Morality in the Making of British India. Uses East India Company rule in India, and Robert Clive’s behaviour in particular, to examine how society’s view of corruption changed–from something governed by one’s situation, to a behaviour that violates a universal code of ethics.

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Michael Seth on Korea at War

Asian Review of Books | 27 July 2023 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Michael Seth about his book Korea at War: Conflicts That Shaped the World. Discusses the Korean War, Korea’s pre- and post-war history, and how South Korea is unique in charting its own development while still, technically, in a state of war.

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Tarun Khanna & Michael Szonyi on Making Meritocracy

Asian Review of Books | 29 December 2022 | 0h 42m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Tarun Khanna and Michael Szonyi about their edited volume Making Meritocracy: Lessons from China and India, from Antiquity to the Present. Compares and contrasts the history and practices of identifying and promoting talent in China and India, drawing lessons for meritocracy elsewhere more generally.

 

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