Podcasts became our alternative way of consuming content. There are times that I completely only listen to podcasts once I find a new interesting one. Just like blogs who now give a hands on, personal views on different topics vs. news websites which tend to be for the wider audience, this is how podcasts work as well vs. Radio shows. Podcasts can get very niche in a topic and keep the audience interested. Here is a rundown of podcasts I know speaking about China (mainly business oriented but not only).
This post was first published on Forbes: 9 Podcasts That Would Help You To Know More About China
Last month I came back from a trip in Hong Kong and Beijing. This was a tight trip, I had a lot to do and since I became a father almost 6 months ago, trips are shorter and not as often (Hi to all dads out there experiencing the same thing)
Anyway, whenever I’m in Beijing I always glad to meet old friends, colleagues and always (so far) managed to organise a meeting of the “Lean startup Beijing Meetup” I co-organise. This helps me stay connected to what’s going on at the startup community and stay connected to the people I like to hang out with.
This time, I didn’t get to see so many people, some of them already left. This trip was tight yes, but generally speaking at least for foreigners China is a temporary place to stay, so Beijing (and I’m sure other places as well) are very transient cities. People come and leave all the time, so some people I know left China already and are living in other places. I know very few people who made China their home permanently.
In April Kaiser Kuo a Chinese American, who is an who used to be the director for international communications in a rock musician and a host in Sinica ( Podcast 1) podcast,announced that he is about to leave China back to the US and work on Sinica full time. Sinica podcast was acquired by a new media company from the US – SupChina.
Sinica is a China current affairs podcast started in 2010 and is quite popular. How popular? Well, Sinica just started to be published also on iTunes only a few months ago and therefore has only single review currently so officially it’s difficult to say. But frankly if you’ve been hanging out enough time in China as a foreigner there is a good chance you’ve heard about Kaiser Kuo or his podcast.
My first podcasting experience was with China Hangup podcast (Also used to run under Project PengYou). I remember I enjoyed it so much (Thanks guys!) that I said to myself I should have a podcast myself in the future (Which I do by now, so just keep reading). So, this is how it began for me.
Just like Sinica many other podcast in China change or disappear (This is how english podcasting about China looked like in 2012) . So, I decided to give you a rundown of podcasts running today in this space so you have more ways to get to know China from those talking about it.
- Global From Asia (2) – I met Mike Michelini a few years ago while moving to China. He runs the GFA podcast for a while now speaking mainly about developing cross border e-commerce [entity display=”business” type=”channel” active=”false” key=”business” natural_id=”channel_1″]business[/entity] from HK.
- The China Startup Pulse (3) – From the house of Chinaccelerator, hosted by Todd Embley and Ryan Shuken. These guys interview in person startup founders & mentors in Shanghai where the accelerator resides, speaking about their journeys and insights.
- Limitless Laowai (4) – Hosted by Ally Mona and focuses on expats life in China, specifically in Shanghai. You can find interviews with local [entity display=”business” type=”channel” active=”false” key=”business” natural_id=”channel_1″]business[/entity] people, short Chinese lessons and relocation tips.
- China History Podcast (5) – This podcast runs since 2010 by Lazlo Montgomery covering in great depth ancient and modern history of China. I’m still confused about all the Chinese dynasties as they are hard to follow, but CHP is a wonderful start for that.
- China Business Cast (6) – Mike (from GFA here) and myself are also co-hosting a podcast about [entity display=”business” type=”channel” active=”false” key=”business” natural_id=”channel_1″]business[/entity] in China. I didn’t join it from the beginning but now running it with him for the past 8 months. We feature entrepreneurs and [entity display=”business” type=”channel” active=”false” key=”business” natural_id=”channel_1″]business[/entity] people speaking about their insights and findings on the chinese market and try to get our audience a glimpse to learn from their experience.
I obviously can’t mention all podcasts about China, there are many others, but just to mention a few names (these are the ones I know less about):
For people who live out of China listening to these podcast it’s a great way to learn about China through the eyes of the people actually living there. If you find other interesting ones, feel free to add those in the comments.
Update: To clarify, this list of podcast is not meant to be ranking them. I don’t think there is really a good way to rank them unless you use, let’s say, the number of subscribers as a measure. Anyway, as a podcaster I know it’s impossible to get that number because the bad analytics the current platforms give you, so this is irrelevant.
So, enjoy this list!