East Asian Podcasts

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East Asian Podcasts

Postby John Ross » Tue Jul 19, 2016 11:27

As I may have mentioned once or twice, I'm a work-from-home ~ slurp ~ guy and as such have the good fortune to indulge my weakness for… intelligent listening.
Here are some podcasts I’ve previously recommended plus some new ones.

The History of Japan Podcast is produced by a young American academic called Isaac Meyer. Amazing how he puts out such good shows almost every week.

My favourite China podcast, Sinica, is produced by Jeremy Goldkorn (the man behind Danwei.org) and Kaiser Kuo – with a bit of help from David Moser. They used to be based in Beijing, but Jeremy and Kaiser have recently moved to the United States, and their Sinica podcast has been picked up by (the unfortunately named) SupChina. I think this switch will bring an injection of funding resulting in more frequent, more professional* podcasts, and a greater emphasis on US-China relations.
*They were already expertly produced – great sound quality and content – so by this I just mean less swearing from Jeremy.

There's a good new "Barbarians at the Gate" podcast out of Beijing from Jeremiah Jenne, the chap behind the blog Jottings from the Granite Studio.


Heavens above!! I think I’ve just stumbled on a plot. Isaac Meyer, Goldkorn, Moser, Jeremiah, …
Wow! Wall Street, Hollywood, and now East Asian podcasting. Damn, I never realised podcasting was so lucrative.


Another good China podcast is Laszlo Montgomery’s China History Podcast.

Before anyone accuses me of being a panda-obsessed perv, let’s turn our attention to Taiwan. Sadly, it’s a lean field. I’ve just got one recommendation: Keith Menconi’s Taiwan Talk. The podcast gives extended versions of the Taiwan Talk segments that are broadcast on ICRT.

My final recommendation is as much for for the website as the podcast (sound quality is sometimes poor because host Carla Nappi does the interviews over Skype) - New Books in East Asian Studies. These books are usually from academic presses; they're sometimes a bit dry but plenty of gems too.

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Re: East Asian Podcasts

Postby Bubbha » Fri Jul 22, 2016 22:40

Thanks for these recommendations. Something to edify me during my upcoming trip to the US with overnight stopover in Shanghai (ugh).
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