Western Perceptions of China, Mulan and Cancel Culture, Hong Kong Pro Democracy Protests with Journalist Gavin Huang
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A special episode focusing on comparative politics and political theory today, featuring Gavin Huang, the managing editor of Goldthread. Gavin is based in Hong Kong and writes on China and Asia. We talk about how Asia and China are portrayed in Western media as scary, weird, or ancient. We talk about living in Hong Kong during the pro democracy protests and COVID as a Chinese American. How long do you have to live somewhere to no longer feel like an outsider and to have a political opinion in local politics? What do we think of cancel culture and Mulan? There's more to China than what Western media portrays--what's the other side? What does it mean to observe both sides versus taking a stance?
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(4:20) - Gavin's career as a filmmaker and journalist and his motivation for going into journalism.
(8:30) - Three portrayals of China in Western media and stories that go beyond that.
(6:15) - Gavin's recs for China podcasts.
(20:00) - Hong Kong's response to COVID-19.
(24:30) - Hong Kong democracy movement vs. China.
(27:30) - What does it mean to be a global citizen?
(30:15) - Thoughts on Mulan?! Controversy in Xinjiang and Liu Yifei's comments on Hong Kong police.
(37:10) - Can we judge Chinese celebrities by the same metrics we use to judge Americans despite unequal access to free speech and free press? Thoughts on cancel culture. Education as propaganda?
(45:30) - Racism in US and Hong Kong toward Chinese people.
(47:00) - Gavin's removal from US politics and preference for observation over taking a side.
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Welcome to Progressive Opinions of Color (POC), a podcast that seeks to create space for more people of color in politics and economics. With the 2020 presidential election coming up and the state of the economy during COVID-19, it is more important than ever to think about who we include in the conversations about politics and economics. I am Nancy Wu, your host. I’m also an Asian American woman, an economist, and a huge politics and policy nerd. I triple majored in Economics, Government (Political Science) and Gender Studies at Dartmouth and have a Master’s in Development Economics from Oxford. I work as an Economist full time and have previously worked in economic policy at the White House (under Obama, of course) and progressive think tanks. The goal of this podcast is to engage the Asian American community and other POC and BIPOC voices in an industry that is so heavily represented by old white men. The POC Podcast will host conversations on the 2020 Presidential Election, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, the coronavirus pandemic, the state of the economy, and other pressing topics in politics, economics, and culture, all through perspectives inclusive of the lived experiences of people of color. Whether you're new to politics or already a huge politics nerd, I hope this podcast inspires community and conversation among us. Join me in reimagining politics and economics with underrepresented voices. The economy is complicated enough. Learn about it through stories from real people.