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East Asia for All

East Asia for All

East Asia for All

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A podcast about the East Asian pop culture and media that you love.

Latest Episodes

The Handmaiden and Colonial Korea

Park Chan-wook set his 2016 filmThe HandmaideninKorea under Japanese colonial rule (1910-1945). Colonial Korea proves to be the perfect setting for a romantic crime story that explores sexuality, deception, and power. Park is known for his gorgeous—and gory—films like Oldboy and Lady Vengeance. The Handmaiden is based on Sarah Waters's 2002 novel The Fingersmith, set in Victorian-era Britain and shortlisted for the 2002 Man Booker Prize. Professor Kelly Y. Jeong of UC Riverside joins us to discuss the film.

28 MIN2019 SEP 2
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The Handmaiden and Colonial Korea

The Three Body Problem

Liu Cixin's The Three Body Problem is a wildly popular Chinese science fiction novel, and it's easy to see why. It opens during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, setting the tone for a multigenerational, universe-spanning story that careens between missing scientists, a mysterious video game, and an exploration of the nature of humanity and the cosmos itself. In this episode, we situate Liu's novel within the history of Chinese science fiction and also bring in Dr. Colin West, a theoretical physicist from the University of Colorado, to help us understand the science in the The Three Body Problem.

19 MIN2019 JAN 16
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The Three Body Problem

Hooligan Sparrow and Activism in China

"Principal, call me if you want to get a room. Leave the students alone." This was the sign that Ye Haiyan, a Chinese activist better known by the nickname Hooligan Sparrow, held up during her protests over the handling of the kidnapping and rape of six girls in Hainan province, China. In this episode, Prof. Gail Hershatter joins us to talk aboutHooligan Sparrow, Wang Nanfu's2016 documentary about Ye Haiyan and her activism.

43 MIN2018 NOV 8
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Hooligan Sparrow and Activism in China

Hero (2002) and Tianxia

Do you love wuxia (martial arts) films, Chinese history, Jet Li, the gorgeous 2002 film Hero, or all of the above? This is the mini-episode for you! We talk about Zhang Yimou'sHero,the historical narrative it tells about Qin Shihuang — best known as the first emperor of unified China, the concept oftianxia, and much more!

12 MIN2018 JUL 18
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Hero (2002) and Tianxia

The Interview and North Korea in the News

We originally planned for this episode to focus on the 2014 film The Interview, but we ended up talking about the Olympics, U.S.-North Korean relations, the Korean War, and even a Korean folk story about the war! If you want some perspective on all the recent developments in North Korea, listen to this episode, featuring an interview with Christine Hong, professor of literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

54 MIN2018 JUN 29
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The Interview and North Korea in the News

Tampopo and the History of Ramen

Tampopo, Juzo Itami's "noodle western," came out in 1985, back when most Americans had never even heard of ramen. Join us for a discussion of this hilarious film as well as the history of ramen in Japan and the U.S.

23 MIN2018 FEB 11
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Tampopo and the History of Ramen

Girl Crush? Boy Crush?: ACRUSH and Gender-bending in China

ACRUSH, a popular new boy band, is also one of the most recent examples of gender-bending in China. Join us for a discussion of ACRUSH and a whirlwind tour of China's long history of women who refuse to be limited by their gender.

13 MIN2017 DEC 8
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Girl Crush? Boy Crush?: ACRUSH and Gender-bending in China

The Simpsons in China and Bullet Subtitles

We're talking about Chinese TV-viewing habits in this mini episode about the Simpsons in China and bullet subtitles. Did you know that the Simpsons, often considered a quintessentially American television show, is popular in China? And have you ever heard of "bullet subtitles" (danmu), a live-chat function on many Chinese streaming websites? We discuss all this and more!

10 MIN2017 OCT 5
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The Simpsons in China and Bullet Subtitles

Board Games & Queerness in Taiwan

This mini episode has it all! We play the board game "Home Play," discuss the history of LGBTQ people in Taiwan, and respond to a listener question with help from Prof. Chia-rong Wu.

13 MIN2017 SEP 6
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Board Games & Queerness in Taiwan

Ep. 5: Balzac and the Chinese Cultural Revolution

Two urban Chinese youth are sent to live in the countryside during the Chinese Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) in Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, a film based on the novel of the same name. In our fifth full episode, we discuss the film, the Chinese Cultural Revolution, and more, with help from Profs.Chris Connery and Emily Honig.

51 MIN2017 JUL 18
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Ep. 5: Balzac and the Chinese Cultural Revolution

Latest Episodes

The Handmaiden and Colonial Korea

Park Chan-wook set his 2016 filmThe HandmaideninKorea under Japanese colonial rule (1910-1945). Colonial Korea proves to be the perfect setting for a romantic crime story that explores sexuality, deception, and power. Park is known for his gorgeous—and gory—films like Oldboy and Lady Vengeance. The Handmaiden is based on Sarah Waters's 2002 novel The Fingersmith, set in Victorian-era Britain and shortlisted for the 2002 Man Booker Prize. Professor Kelly Y. Jeong of UC Riverside joins us to discuss the film.

28 MIN2019 SEP 2
Comments
The Handmaiden and Colonial Korea

The Three Body Problem

Liu Cixin's The Three Body Problem is a wildly popular Chinese science fiction novel, and it's easy to see why. It opens during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, setting the tone for a multigenerational, universe-spanning story that careens between missing scientists, a mysterious video game, and an exploration of the nature of humanity and the cosmos itself. In this episode, we situate Liu's novel within the history of Chinese science fiction and also bring in Dr. Colin West, a theoretical physicist from the University of Colorado, to help us understand the science in the The Three Body Problem.

19 MIN2019 JAN 16
Comments
The Three Body Problem

Hooligan Sparrow and Activism in China

"Principal, call me if you want to get a room. Leave the students alone." This was the sign that Ye Haiyan, a Chinese activist better known by the nickname Hooligan Sparrow, held up during her protests over the handling of the kidnapping and rape of six girls in Hainan province, China. In this episode, Prof. Gail Hershatter joins us to talk aboutHooligan Sparrow, Wang Nanfu's2016 documentary about Ye Haiyan and her activism.

43 MIN2018 NOV 8
Comments
Hooligan Sparrow and Activism in China

Hero (2002) and Tianxia

Do you love wuxia (martial arts) films, Chinese history, Jet Li, the gorgeous 2002 film Hero, or all of the above? This is the mini-episode for you! We talk about Zhang Yimou'sHero,the historical narrative it tells about Qin Shihuang — best known as the first emperor of unified China, the concept oftianxia, and much more!

12 MIN2018 JUL 18
Comments
Hero (2002) and Tianxia

The Interview and North Korea in the News

We originally planned for this episode to focus on the 2014 film The Interview, but we ended up talking about the Olympics, U.S.-North Korean relations, the Korean War, and even a Korean folk story about the war! If you want some perspective on all the recent developments in North Korea, listen to this episode, featuring an interview with Christine Hong, professor of literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

54 MIN2018 JUN 29
Comments
The Interview and North Korea in the News

Tampopo and the History of Ramen

Tampopo, Juzo Itami's "noodle western," came out in 1985, back when most Americans had never even heard of ramen. Join us for a discussion of this hilarious film as well as the history of ramen in Japan and the U.S.

23 MIN2018 FEB 11
Comments
Tampopo and the History of Ramen

Girl Crush? Boy Crush?: ACRUSH and Gender-bending in China

ACRUSH, a popular new boy band, is also one of the most recent examples of gender-bending in China. Join us for a discussion of ACRUSH and a whirlwind tour of China's long history of women who refuse to be limited by their gender.

13 MIN2017 DEC 8
Comments
Girl Crush? Boy Crush?: ACRUSH and Gender-bending in China

The Simpsons in China and Bullet Subtitles

We're talking about Chinese TV-viewing habits in this mini episode about the Simpsons in China and bullet subtitles. Did you know that the Simpsons, often considered a quintessentially American television show, is popular in China? And have you ever heard of "bullet subtitles" (danmu), a live-chat function on many Chinese streaming websites? We discuss all this and more!

10 MIN2017 OCT 5
Comments
The Simpsons in China and Bullet Subtitles

Board Games & Queerness in Taiwan

This mini episode has it all! We play the board game "Home Play," discuss the history of LGBTQ people in Taiwan, and respond to a listener question with help from Prof. Chia-rong Wu.

13 MIN2017 SEP 6
Comments
Board Games & Queerness in Taiwan

Ep. 5: Balzac and the Chinese Cultural Revolution

Two urban Chinese youth are sent to live in the countryside during the Chinese Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) in Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, a film based on the novel of the same name. In our fifth full episode, we discuss the film, the Chinese Cultural Revolution, and more, with help from Profs.Chris Connery and Emily Honig.

51 MIN2017 JUL 18
Comments
Ep. 5: Balzac and the Chinese Cultural Revolution
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