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The China History Podcast

Laszlo Montgomery

Since 2010, Laszlo Montgomery's China History Podcast presents popular curated topics from China's antiquity to modern times.

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    Ep. 285 (Bonus) | Reading of an 1894 Article on the L.A. Chinatown Massacre


    In addition to the latest CHP episode on the L.A. Chinatown Massacre, I also wanted to offer you a reading of an article that appeared in an 1894 edition of The Historical Society of Southern California journal.This article by C.P. Dorland was written only twenty-three years after the incident took place and described the events leading up to, during, and after the tragic event of October 24, 2871.Support this podcast at — Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
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    Ep. 285 | The L.A. Chinatown Massacre


    On October 24th, 1871 the Los Angeles Chinatown Massacre took place near the present-day location of Union Station, just north of the core downtown L.A. area. Though mostly unknown rather than forgotten, this incident that happened one hundred fifty years ago this month will be remembered through a number of commemorative events. The Chinese American Museum (today located adjacent to where the atrocities occurred) will sponsor one event. My friend, Scripps College professor Hao Huang will be participating in another event that will memorialize this tragic event in local L.A. history.Well-known and respected L.A. Chinatown scholar and activist Eugene Moy will also be among the speakers at this event. The links to both are shown below. In this CHP episode, I tell the story of the massacre and how it all went down on that tragic day. If you have time, I encourage everyone to check out these events that will offer an excellent perspective on what happened and the lessons we can all learn from it. this podcast at — Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
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    Ep. 284 | The Taiping Rebellion (Part 5)


    We're going to wind things down with this episode. 1863-1864, the bitter and bloody end of the Taiping Rebellion. Charles George Gordon has his walk-on but Zeng Guofan and brother Zeng Guoquan take the limelight in the ultimate showdown with the Taiping holdouts. When it was all over, the Taiping Rebellion ended up having quite a consequential impact on China's trajectory into the 20th century. We'll close things up by looking at the historical blowback from this terrible civil war.Support this podcast at — Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
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    Ep. 283 | The Taiping Rebellion (Part 4)


    After the Convention of Beijing was signed in 1860, the foreign pers weren't so sure about the Taiping's anymore. For the sake of preserving their hard-won gains in the Second Opium War, they hopped down off that fence and sided with the Qing forces. In this episode, we hear about Frederick Townshend Ward and the Ever Victorious Army. 1862 was the pivotal year for the allies lined up against the Taiping rebels. Victory was still a couple years away but it was well within sight at least.Please consider making a donation to the CHP: this podcast at — Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
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    Special Announcement - Audio course on The History of Chinese Philosophy


    Hi Everyone this is Laszlo Montgomery of the China History Podcast and along with I’m once again pleased to present to you a set of lectures that present an Introduction to the History of Chinese Philosophy.  In Part I of a two-part series of lectures I will trace the main events in Chinese Philosophy going back to pre-Confucian times in the early Zhou Dynasty all the way up to the Han Dynasty when Confucianism was adopted by the government as a kind of “state religion”. Other Confucian scholar-philosophers of the “Ru School” will also be discussed. These Ru Philosophers, of which Confucius was the most famous, included Mèngzǐ, Xúnzǐ, and Mòzǐ. Part II will introduce you to the wonders of the Yì Jīng Ching or Book of Changes as well as Daoism and Neo Confucianism. The works of these philosophers make up the core elements of Chinese philosophy that I’ve enjoyed studying and reading about going back to my high school and college days. Ancient though they may be….I often view current events through this Confucian and Daoist lenses. Though the times have changed over 25 centuries, certain basic ideas and ways of living your life have not.Even today in the 21st-century Confucian thought still has relevance and applications to how we can live our lives. Many people have hesitated to explore the thought of China’s philosophers, considering it too deep and too strange to take on. Allow me to show you how easy it can be to learn from these venerable thinkers and how they believed people should act and carry on their lives, and how governments should rule and behave. China’s philosophers of this Ru or Confucianist School were always stressing how to maintain peace and harmony in their society.We’ll look at the men and the renowned philosophical works they left behind, pointing out where they agreed and disagreed. As we trace the timeline of history we will look at all the greatest philosophers of China and show how their thought evolved, always remaining relevant to the people. And the history itself from the Bronze Age Zhou Dynasty to the more complicated and sophisticated times of the Ming Dynasty will also be introduced, giving you not only a survey of Chinese philosophy but Chinese history as well.In the second course, we explore Taoism and the Yì Jīng, which are known throughout the world and millions of practitioners outside China have embraced these millennia-old aspects of Chinese culture. The Yì Jīng and Taoism have grown in popularity in our modern times. People have explored the wisdom of the Tao and how to apply this to their own lives. This course will teach you a solid foundation to understand what Taoism is about and who its most important teachers were. You will also get a good understanding about the Yì Jīng and how not only people from long ago but yourself as well can gain fulfillment and happiness in your life exploring what this most ancient text has to teach. We’ll also see how, as the centuries and dynasties passed, how people became more sophisticated and the world they lived in more complicated. And to reckon with this and adapt, philosophers adjusted their thought to make it more relevant to people’s everyday lives. This is essentially what was behind the Neo Confucianism that arose during the Song and Ming Dynasties.Don’t be intimidated by this vast subject and its thousands of years of history. I’ve been a fan for decades and use this ancient wisdom in my own life. Contained within these courses will be lectures that will break it all down for you and explain, in an enjoyable style, what it’s all about. From this solid foundation, you will be able to go on and explore more deeply the philosophic thought of China’s greatest and most respected teachers. I’m sure you will find much of what they have to say as poignant and useful and I have throughout the years.Remember, satisfaction is assured and there’s a 100% money-back guarantee from the good folks at  To find out more, go to avid dot fm slash Laszlo. That’s avid dot fm slash Laszlo. Avid is A-V-I-D and Laszlo is L-A-S-Z-L-OThank you so much and I hope you enjoy the courses.Support this podcast at — Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
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    Ep. 282 | The Taiping Rebellion (Part 3)


    After seizing the all-important city of Nanjing in March 1853 and basking in the afterglow of this victory, the Taiping leadership launches two military expeditions, one to the north to capture the capital, Beijing, and the other to the west.  In this episode, we'll see how those two ventures panned out. Then in 1856, comes the first major political crisis that happens at the very top of the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom leadership.  Meanwhile, the foreign powers operating in China, namely Britain and France, scheme to make the best of the Qing Dynasty's bad situation.Support this podcast at — Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
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    Ep. 281 | The Taiping Rebellion (Part 2)


    We're back with more of the Taiping Rebellion. In this episode, we trace the Taiping Rebels as they make their way from Yong'an in Guangxi all the way to the southern capital of Nanjing. As they make their way north and east towards western Jiangsu they grow in numbers and seize great amounts of weapons, silver, and boats. Support this podcast at — Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
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    Ep. 280 | The Taiping Rebellion (Part 1)


    Now's as good a time as any to finally feature this well-known, regularly requested topic from Qing history. This is arguably the pivotal event that got the dominos falling that led to the  Warlord Era and the later founding of the PRC. For anyone unfamiliar with the Taiping Rebellion, how it got started, and the situation in China during the mid 19th century, over the next few episodes, I'll try and lay it all out for you. We'll get to about 1851 this time around.  This epic history has a cast of thousands.  Feel free to check out the episode page at the website to view all the terms. Support this podcast at — Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
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    Ep. 279 | The Hakka Kongsis of Borneo (Part 2)


    Laszlo picks up in 1818 with the Napoleonic Wars finished and the Dutch returning to their colonies to put everything back the way it was when they left. The struggle between the Dutch and the Chinese kongsis of West Borneo discussed previously continues with a fight to the finish in Part 2. The legacy of this century of history that occurred in Kalimantan Barat between 1750-1884, lives on in our day with the Indonesian-Chinese descendants of these adventurous immigrants from Guangdong and Fujian provinces.Support this podcast at — Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
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    Ep. 278 | The Hakka Kongsis of Borneo (Part 1)


    The history of the Overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia is rich with all kinds of lesser-known or forgotten tales, like this one. A kongsi 公司 today means a company. But when Chinese immigrants from Eastern Guangdong and Southern Fujian were heading in the direction of West Borneo to engage in gold mining, kongsis were established as associations where its members were organized and led. The Chinese migrants in West Borneo faced a constant barrage of challenges and these Kongsis, mostly Hakka, but also from the other main Chinese linguistic groups, were a mechanism with very democratic looking appearances, that took care of the needs of the group. This is Part 1 of an overview of their history. Support this podcast at — Inquiries: & Opt-Out:

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