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Qing Wen - The Usage of "来"

ChinesePod - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 13:00

Sinica - Finding the Essence of China

Popup Chinese Lessons - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 01:00

This week, Kaiser Kuo and David Moser are delighted to host Jeremiah Jenne, Director at The Hutong, Beijing’s premier cultural exchange center, for a conversation that picks apart this country's obsession with "Chinese characteristics" and asks whether this is empty rhetoric, or something that actually matters. In the process, we wade back to Imperial efforts to reconcile the "essence" of China with "practical" Western technologies and ideas (中体西用).

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Sinica - The Formulation of Chinese Essence

Popup Chinese Lessons - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 01:00

This week, Kaiser and David host Jeremiah Jenne, the Hutong, Beijing’s premier culture exchange center, for light conversation about modernity and the formulation of Chinese Essence “中体西用”. Particularly, we will consider the meaning of those all-too common additions “with Chinese characteristics” and if it is reconcilable.

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Advanced - Zhu Jing and Her Music

Popup Chinese Lessons - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:18

“梦想是很单纯的”、“当你无法左右这个世界的时候,就去创作吧”、“妈妈,我希望下辈子你可以做我的女儿,这样我就可以像你爱我一样来爱你”……今天,让我们一起走近朱婧——一位才华横溢的创作歌手,去了解她与音乐的不解之缘,去聆听她歌声背后的一个个平凡、真实又感动人心的故事。那时,那人,那天籁般的歌喉……

Qing Wen - All about "But"

ChinesePod - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 13:00

Qing Wen - All about "But"

ChinesePod - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 13:00

Sinica - In Memory of Jenkai Kuo

Popup Chinese Lessons - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 01:00

This week on Sinica, Jeremy and David welcome back Kaiser to remember the life and lessons of his father, Jenkai Kuo (Guo Jingkai) (郭倞闓). He was an upstanding man who spent much of his life dedicated to his passions, none more important than his family. From the beginning, he formed a strong self-identity as Chinese and, after raising his family in America, dedicated himself to building bridges to China. Trained as a Mechanical Engineer at National Taiwan University, Ohio State University and the University of California, Berkeley, Jenkai was known for his intellectual prowess and steadfastly worked on his inventions until his passing.

Coming to see himself as living in two worlds, Jenkai reconciled this with integrity and ferocious logic, two traits which stood out to those who met him. His profound love for his family and country(ies) can be seen through his evolving views on justice as well as his lasting legacy of Sino-US identity. The spirit and quality of a man of Jenkai’s ilk is rare, and on what would have been his 82nd birthday, we are proud to hear some of his life as chronicled by his son, Kaiser.

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Elementary - Travelling Light

Popup Chinese Lessons - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 01:00

Xiao Wang strained to tighten the security strap around her luggage, pressing her knee against the bulging fabric to muscle the suitcase closed. She was not sure when or how packing had become this problematic. For while she had long ago become accustomed to the need for travelling light, it nonetheless seemed that there was somehow more and more to pack for each trip.

Qing Wen - "Continue" and "Very"

ChinesePod - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 13:00

Qing Wen - "Continue" and "Very"

ChinesePod - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 13:00

Sinica - The Rule of Law in China

Popup Chinese Lessons - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 01:00

This week on Sinica, Jeremy and David are joined by Donald Clarke, professor at George Washington University where he specializes in Chinese law, for a discussion of what is happening with the Zhou Yongkang corruption scandal, as well as ongoing events in the 4th Plenary Session. Although you may not have heard of his name, we are fairly sure you'll have run into his work, seeing as Professor Clarke founded and maintains ChinaLaw, the leading English-language Internet resource for discussing legal issues in China.

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New HSK Level 4 - Reading exercise #993

Popup Chinese Lessons - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 01:00

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Sinica - Hong Kong Protests and Suicide in China

Popup Chinese Lessons - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 01:00

This week on Sinica, we’re delighted to welcome back the stalwart Mr. Gady Epstein, Beijing correspondent for The Economist, to discuss the recent protests in Hong Kong, as well as the flux in China's suicide rates. And specifically, we’ll be looking at the similarities and differences in the stories told by officials and rural women on this front.

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Quiz Night - Einstein on the Beidaihe

Popup Chinese Lessons - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 01:00

Did you ever thumb through a fresh copy of City Weekend and wonder why the Readers' Choice Award for Creepiest Park in Beijing has been awarded to Jingshan Park every year since the mid-1660s? In this episode, Megan squares off with returning champion Zhiqiang to answer this as well as questions on rehab and earth's diminishing dolphin population. Normally, Megan and Joakeem are trapped in a discussion on how to define their relationship but during Quiz Night this week they stay off that topic for 16 uninterrupted minutes of bliss.

Learning Chinese? The Popup Chinese Quiz Night is easy-to-digest mixed-language edutainment for intermediate learners. Our goal is offering up stimulating high-level vocabulary that can help you hone your listening comprehension and vocab while havng fun, or at least enjoying the warm feeling of knowing that your Chinese is better than that of the Swedish guy who is hosting the show.

Qing Wen - "在 时间" and "中"

ChinesePod - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 13:00

Qing Wen - "在 时间" and "中"

ChinesePod - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 13:00

Sinica - Debating Societies in China

Popup Chinese Lessons - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 01:00

This week on Sinica, we're happy to welcome back Jeremy Goldkorn in conversation with David Weeks, founder and president of the National High School Debate League of China, a debating society currently established in twenty-seven cities throughout China. Join us as we discuss the history and current state of debate activities here in China and look into the role that these kind of groups play in promoting critical thinking in the Chinese education system.

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Live Q & A Broadcast Tomorrow with Yangyang

Laowai Chinese - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 17:03

I’m currently back in the USA for a short trip and Yangyang from Yoyo Chinese has invited me to do a live Google Hangout with her tomorrow. I’ve never done this before, but from what I understand she and I will sit in front of the camera and anyone who “tunes in” (how THAT works, I don’t quite know) can type questions to us. Then, everyone watching can vote questions up to the top of the list and I guess we’ll just start at the top and answer them as we go (I’ll follow Yangyang’s lead on that).

The time zone is hard to figure out so I suggest looking at the time zone conversions Yangyang has already worked out in the official hangout page on the right, look under the “Details” heading, click “Read more (33 lines)”.

Oh, and it appears there’s a countdown on Youtube if you’re in a country where that’s not banned, or even if you are and you have a wink-wink, nudge-nudge, know-what-I-mean.

I’m excited to try this and see what kinds of questions we get asked!

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