How Tech Adoption Fuels China’s Innovation Boom

HBR IdeaCast | 4 May 2021 | 0h 25m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Zak Dychtwald about his HBR article China’s New Innovation Advantage. Explains that the perception of China as a copycat and not an innovator is outdated. Argues that the willingness of Chinese consumers to try new things is powering the country’s new innovation economy. Technology adoption rates in areas such as mobile payment are extremely high (90% in China versus 24% in US). Describes how non-Chinese companies can learn important lessons from this rapidly changing market and potentially use it to jump-start their own innovation.

Invisible China: How the Urban-Rural Divide Threatens China’s Rise

ChinaTalk | 9 April 2021 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Scott Rozelle about his book Invisible China: How the Urban-Rural Divide Threatens China’s Rise, co-authored with Natalie Hell. Discusses how China’s 900 million-strong low-income population will decide China’s future development path; parallels with Mexico’s development; why it is easy to solve poverty but not low income; why local governments don’t spend enough on rural education and health; and how the relationship between academia and government has changed from the Hu Jintao-era to the Xi Jinping-era.

Sean Roberts – The War on the Uyghurs

Princeton UP Ideas Podcast | 24 March 2021 | 1h 16m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with The War on the Uyghursabout his book The War on the Uyghurs: China’s Internal Campaign against a Muslim Minority. Explains how China is using the US-led global war on terror to erase and replace Uyghur culture and persecute this ethnic minority in what has become the largest program of mass detention and surveillance in the world.

To The Quad! The Origins of “Indo-Pacific”

ChinaTalk | 13 March 2021 | 0h 51m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Rory Medcalf about his book Indo-Pacific Empire: China, America and the Contest for the World’s Pivotal Region. Discusses 15th-century Korean maps, the promise of the 1947 Asian Relations Conference, Australia and India’s shifting conceptions of their place in the region, the origins of the Quad (US, Japan, Australia-India Quadrilateral Security Dialogue), and China-Australia relations.

Chaos & Communism: China’s 1949 Revolution

History Extra | 18 February2021 | 0h 38m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Graham Hutchings about his book China 1949: Year of Revolution. Explores the events of a tumultuous year that saw communist victory in the Chinese civil war and the birth of the People’s Republic of China.

Yuen Yuen Ang – China’s Gilded Age

New Books in Economics | 18 December 2020 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Yuen Yuen Ang about her book China’s Gilded Age: The Paradox of Economic Boom and Vast Corruption. Defines four types of corruption: petty theft, grand theft, speed money, and access money, Explains that not all types of corruption carry the same harm and have the same impact on growth. Overviews research on corruption and argues that countries that appear free of corruption are just characterized by more sophisticated forms of corruption.

The Cultural Revolution

In Our Time | 17 December 2020 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | iTunes
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Chairman Mao and the revolt he led within his own party from 1966, setting communists against each other, to renew the revolution that he feared had become too bourgeois and to remove his enemies and rivals. Universities closed and the students formed Red Guard factions to attack the ‘four olds’ – old ideas, culture, habits and customs – and they also turned on each other, with mass violence on the streets and hundreds of thousands of deaths. Over a billion copies of Chairman Mao’s Little Red Book were printed to support his cult of personality before Mao died in 1976 and the revolution came to an end.

Sören Urbansky – Beyond the Steppe Frontier

New Books Network | 8 September 2020 | 1h 15m | Listen Later
Interview with Sören Urbansky about his book Beyond the Steppe Frontier: A History of the Sino-Russian Border. Discusses the border’s formation over 300 years and shows how the inter-state boundary took shape as a result of actions by local people, whose lives have in turn been transformed by existence next to a geopolitical faultline.