Xinjiang’s “Re-Education” Camps

Welcome back! After a hiatus, the ChinaLab podcast is back with season two. Our first episode is the audio for an event on Cornell’s campus on 10 September 2018. Magnus Fiskesjö and John Hubbel Weiss joined me to talk about the current situation facing Xinjiang and its Uyghur population. The topic’s significance hopefully can make up for the lower than normal audio quality and a short interruption that comes in after about 7 minutes. I hope to have more episodes so share throughout this school year.


Jiang-Wallace Interview, Take 2

Welcome back! On Jiang Zemin’s 90th birthday, I’m happy to share another Jiang-Wallace interview that might help improve understanding of China and Chinese politics. I had the pleasure of talking with Junyan Jiang, who is finishing his PhD in Political Science at the University of Chicago and starting as a post-doc at University of Pennsylvania, about his recently published paper, “Lying or Believing? Measuring Preference Falsification From a Political Purge in China” in Comparative Political Studies and co-authored with Dali Yang also at UofC. The paper navigates a difficult task: it measures citizens in a dictatorship falsifying their preferences about the government when interacting with survey researchers.

David Bandurski on Dragons in Diamond Village

David Bandurski of the China Media Project spoke with me last month about his new book, Dragons in Diamond Village. The book is full of deeply reported tales of urbanizing China. Our conversation touches on how to structure and set the boundaries for a project that can seem boundless.

FYI: Unfortunately, the recording cuts off our conversation early, but I’m posting it in the hopes that listeners will be excited for the book which is coming out this fall.

Yongheng Deng on Risks in China’s Housing Market

Yongheng Deng, Provost’s Chair & Professor of Real Estate and Finance at National University of Singapore, presented some of his research on China’s housing market on campus as part of Cornell’s Contemporary China Initiative. For this special episode, I’m posting the audio from that lecture to give you his thoughts on this important subject. A video recording of the lecture can be found here.

China through Imperfect Analogies with Jeffrey Wasserstrom

Jeffrey Wasserstrom spoke with me about his newest book, Eight Juxtapositions: China through imperfect analogies from Mark Twain to Manchukuo, which illuminates nuances and deconstructs the facile comparisons that dominate so much thinking and writing about China today.



Land Bargains and Chinese Capitalism with Meg Rithmire

Meg Rithmire talked with me about her new book, Land Bargains and Chinese Capitalism: The Politics of Property Rights under Reform. If land prices and fiscal reforms aren’t enough to hold your interest, be on the lookout for the Bo Xilai anecdotes.

China in the International Financial System with Wang Hongying

Wang Hongying joins me to discuss Enter the Dragon: China in the International Financial System, a new book that she edited with Domenico Lombardi. The country’s evolving place in international finance is a key but understudied piece of “China’s rise.”

Exceptional States: Chinese Immigrants and Taiwanese Sovereignty with Sara Friedman

Sara Friedman joins me to discuss her new book, Exceptional States: Chinese Immigrants and Taiwanese Sovereignty. The book explores with incredible detail and nuance the exceptional world of borders, immigration, and sovereignty while keeping its focus on the people—Chinese and Taiwanese spouses, but also the bureaucrats that watch them—whose lives make up this story.