A weekly discussion of current affairs in China with journalists, writers, academics, policy makers, business people and anyone with something compelling to say about the country that's reshaping the world.
A SupChina production, hosted by Kaiser Kuo and Jeremy Goldkorn.
The controversy over Fang Fang’s ‘Wuhan Diary’: A conversation with the translator, Michael Berry
Thursday 02 July 2020
: This week on Sinica, Kaiser speaks with Michael Berry, the translator of the Wuhan-based writer Fang Fang’s controversial Wuhan Diary:...
Why doesn't the China bubble pop? A conversation with Bloomberg’s chief economist, Tom Orlik
Thursday 25 June 2020
: This week on Sinica, Kaiser chats with Bloomberg’s chief economist, Tom Orlik, about his new book, China: The Bubble That Never Pops. A...
Censored: Molly Roberts on how China uses deterrence, distraction, and dilution to control its internet
Thursday 18 June 2020
: This week on Sinica, we continue with the ongoing California series of podcasts that Kaiser recorded last winter, and present a conversation...
‘Superpower Interrupted’: A conversation with veteran China journalist Michael Schuman about his Chinese history of the world
Thursday 11 June 2020
: This week, Kaiser and Jeremy speak with Michael Schuman, a reporter and writer who’s been covering China for 23 years, about his new book,...
Max Fisher of the New York Times on media coverage of China, COVID-19, and Trump
Thursday 04 June 2020
: This week on Sinica, Kaiser chats with Max Fisher, one of The Interpreter columnists for the New York Times, on what U.S. media coverage got...
Has China won? Part 2 of our conversation with Singapore’s Kishore Mahbubani
Thursday 28 May 2020
: In this second half of our interview with Kishore Mahbubani, a former UN ambassador of Singapore, he talks to Kaiser about the perils of...
Has China won? A conversation with Singapore’s Kishore Mahbubani
Thursday 21 May 2020
: In the first part of this two-part conversation, Kishore Mahbubani, a former UN ambassador of Singapore, returns to Sinica to chat with...
Kaiser interviews Gordon Chang!
Thursday 14 May 2020
: No, not that Gordon Chang. The other one: the good one. Gordon H. Chang is a professor of American history at Stanford University, where he...
Grounding China's drones: Leading drone maker DJI's Brendan Schulman on U.S. regulatory challenges
Thursday 07 May 2020
: A congressional bill and a draft executive order threaten to prevent U.S. government agencies from using drones made in China or that...
The pathogen and the prejudice: Jiwei Xiao on COVID-19 in China and in America
Thursday 30 April 2020
: Literature professor and cineaste Jiwei Xiao, who grew up in Wuhan and whose mother still lives there, published a piece in the New York...
The Sinica Podcast turns 10
Thursday 23 April 2020
: For our 10th anniversary show, Kaiser and Jeremy recorded live on Zoom, shared some reminiscences, reflected on how China and the podcast...
China's Venezuelan vicissitudes
Thursday 16 April 2020
: In a show taped on March 2, before the full force of COVID-19 had hit the U.S., Kaiser and Jeremy chatted with Parsifal D'Sola Alvarado...
R.I.P. Liu Dehai, pipa virtuoso
Monday 13 April 2020
: Liú Déhǎi 刘德海, master of the pipa, a type of Chinese lute, died at the age of 83 on April 11, 2020. Liu was born in Shanghai in...
Will China save the planet? A climatic conversation with NRDC's Barbara Finamore
Thursday 09 April 2020
: In a show taped in late February, Kaiser chats with Barbara Finamore, senior attorney and senior strategic director, Asia, for the Natural...
Former U.S. ambassador Michael McFaul on democracy promotion in Russia and China
Thursday 02 April 2020
: This week, we bring you another show from the California podcast series that Kaiser recorded back in December, before the ravages of...
Dexter Roberts on ‘The Myth of Chinese Capitalism’
Thursday 26 March 2020
: On this week's show, veteran reporter Dexter "Tiff" Roberts chats with Kaiser and Jeremy about his new book, The Myth of Chinese Capitalism:...
Janet Yang and Michael Berry on the state of cinema in a time of souring U.S.-China ties
Thursday 19 March 2020
: This week on Sinica, Kaiser continues his California series with a conversation with Janet Yang, one of the legends of the U.S.-China film...
USCBC President Craig Allen on trade in a time of disruption
Thursday 12 March 2020
: In a show taped live at the China-U.S. Summit at Duke University on February 29, Kaiser chats with Ambassador Craig Allen, the longtime...
UCLA's Alex Wang on where China leads and lags in climate change
Thursday 05 March 2020
: In this episode, part of Sinica's California series, Kaiser chats with Alex Wang, a professor of law at UCLA and an expert on China's...
Jeff Wasserstrom on music in protest and revolution in modern China
Thursday 27 February 2020
: From the Xinhai Revolution of 1911 that ended the Qing dynasty to the Second Sino-Japanese War to Tiananmen in 1989 and Hong Kong 30 years...
Chinese industrial espionage and FBI profiling and overreach, with Mara Hvistendahl
Thursday 20 February 2020
: In a live show taped at the Asia Society, in partnership with ChinaFile, Kaiser sat down to chat with prolific author Mara Hvistendahl at...
U.S. tries to persuade Africa it is a credible alternative to China
Thursday 13 February 2020
: This week, we feature an episode from the newest member of our Sinica Podcast Network: the China in Africa Podcast, hosted by Eric Olander...
Bonus Episode - coronavirus update with Yanzhong Huang
Friday 07 February 2020
: Kaiser and Jeremy chat with Yanzhong Huang, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), where he directs the...
China policy and the American presidency
Thursday 06 February 2020
: With the United States now in a presidential election year, how should an incoming administration — whether a Democratic presidency or a...
Former NSC official Jeff Prescott on China-Iran relations
Thursday 30 January 2020
: In the aftermath of the targeted killing of Qasem Soleimani in early January, Kaiser talked to Jeff Prescott, a veteran China-watcher who...