Sinica Podcast

A weekly discussion of current affairs in China with journalists, writers, academics, policy makers, business people and anyone with something compelling to say about the country that's reshaping the world. A SupChina production, hosted by Kaiser Kuo and Jeremy Goldkorn.


The extremes of Chinese media, plus Chinese internet humor

It seems to be the consensus among long-time China watchers that the Chinese media has become more radicalized over the last five years, with both online and traditional channels now feeding the public conflicting stories of both reflexive scorn for the status quo or patriotic jingoism. But how radical are things getting? And what are the limits to how much further they can go, or will be allowed to go on either side?

This week on Sinica we look at two of the extremes. First up is a discussion between Jeremy Goldkorn and Brook Larmer, whose recent essay on Chinese internet humor for The New York Times looked not only at what is being said online but who is saying it and why. Then we look the other way, talking with journalist Christina Larson and Sinica-stalwart David Moser about the Global Times, a commercial newspaper under the auspices of the People's Daily so untempered in its nationalism that many consider the paper a government mouthpiece, with Christina Larson even comparing the publication to Fox News.


Brook's NYT article

Stifled Laughter: How the Communist Party Killed Chinese Humor

Pi San's cartoons on NYT

ABC interview with Pi San and Jeremy

Pi San's cartoons with English subtitles

Liu Xiaobo humor - The Lius I admire

Lei Feng microblog

Hoax dictionary entries (origin of the "Cao Ni Ma" slang)

Hu Ge spoof on group housing

China Digital Times Grass Mud Horse Lexicon

Christina's FP article

FP: Top 10 screeds in Global Times

John Garnaut: Global Times - A cocktail of conspiracies delivered daily

Hu Xijin's Weibo

Peking Duck blogger on Global Times


 2011-11-04  38m