China Echo is a podcast project from HKU Journalism at the University of Hong Kong. In each episode, we bring you a selection of news items from Chinese language media that have received little or no exposure in English. We also speak to an expert for some deeper views about one of the stories we have covered.
Season 3 - Episode 9 (10 May 2021)
In this episode, we bring you news about a protest against Tesla in Shanghai, the increase in rural residents' book purchasing, and an inappropriate act by a kindergarten teacher. We also discuss a newly-found dinosaur fossil in China with Dr. Michael Pittman, a paleontologist teaching in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Hong Kong.
Season 3 - Episode 8 (23 April 2021)
In this episode, we bring you news about a corrupt murderer making the grade as a party official in Inner Mongolia and companies in Shanghai forcing workers to get their covid vaccines. We also discuss perceptions of death and burial in China with Professor Amy Chow Y. M, Director of the Bachelor of Social Work Programme at the University of Hong Kong and an expert in death and grieving practices in China.
Season 3 - Episode 7 (12 April 2021)
In this episode, we bring you stories about China's Education Ministry's stance on mandatory bedtimes and sleep schedules as well as the latest development in Lego's court case against copycat manufacturer Lepin. We also discuss policies regarding the screening of propaganda films to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the CCP with Professor Chris Berry from the Film Studies Department at King's College London and the expected effects of this policy.
Season 3 - Episode 6 (30 March 2021)
In this episode, we hear about a social media celebrity who was arrested for selling illegal slimming pills, and the closure of the first sex doll hotel in China. We also discuss the rising feminist movement behind historically low birth rates in China with Dr. Ting Guo from the Gender Studies Department at the University of Hong Kong.
Season 3 - Episode 5 (22 March 2021)
In this episode, we bring you stories about a charity looking to improve water quality in rural schools and a new social media trend of mainland teens wearing children's clothing. We also discuss the slaughter of cats and dogs for food with Paul Littlefair, head of RSPCA International, who has worked on animal rights issues in China for decades.
Season 3 - Episode 4 (15 March 2021)
In this episode, we bring you stories about a kindergarten that came under fire for serving the students vegetarian food and proposals to introduce love and marriage education classes in universities. We also discuss the positive energy campaign, a grassroots online movement co-opted by the state, with Dr. Bondy Valdovinos Kaye from Queensland University of Technology, who has done extensive research on positive energy and how its purpose has changed in recent years.
Season 3 - Episode 3 (2 March 2021)
In this episode, we hear about the challenges of finding a spouse because of gender imbalances in China’s population, bans on smartphones in schools, and we talk with Dr. Li Ji from the China Studies programme at HKU, about a divorce case that is shining a light on the monetary value of housework.
Season 3 - Episode 2 (23 February 2021)
In this episode, we learn of some experts’ population projections, new so-called “national solidarity” laws in ethnic minority areas and analysis of the ban on the BBC in mainland China.
Season 3 - Episode 1 (8 February 2021)
In this episode, we bring you news about China’s efforts to keep Lunar New Year safe and stories about dangers to doctors beyond the pandemic. We also discuss perceptions about masculinity in China with Dr Elizabeth LaCouture, Founding Director of the Gender Studies Program at the University of Hong Kong and a China historian specializing in Gender and Women's Studies.
Season 2 - Episode 11 (24 April 2020)
In this episode, we look at China post-COVID-19. Stories include China's efforts to boost its economy, rising crime rates in the wake of COVID-19, and Japanese health workers returning home after fighting the virus in Wuhan.
We will also look at some of the top trending topics from Sina Weibo, China’s most popular social media platform.
Season 2 - Episode 10 (10 April 2020)
This week, we bring you news of selling a rocket online. We also hear about a crackdown in China on child porn websites, a mass demolition of luxury seafront villas in Qingdao, and new regulations on wild animal protection in Guangdong.
All these, and some of the top trending topics from Sina Weibo, China’s most popular social media platform.
Season 2 - Episode 9 (4 April 2020)
In this week’s episode, expect to hear about China’s mobile-phone monopolies taking a hit, while the ventilator industry skyrockets. A Shanghai expat, who refuses quarantine, stirs a debate over double standards for Westerners. And an athletic 67-year-old turns her living-room into a marathon track.
Plus, more top-trenders stories on Sina Weibo, China's largest social media platform.
Season 2 - Episode 8 (29 March 2020)
This week, as the COVID-19 epidemic dies down in China, Chinese musicians have written a song celebrating makeshift hospitals, only to have their work taken down after it was criticized online for being too merry a tune for the times. As some try profit off the epidemic with mask scams and malicious trademark applications, Shanghai is trying to build an online platform to resolve shopping disputes.
Plus, more of the top trending stories on Sina Weibo, China's largest social media platform.
Season 2 - Episode 7 (23 March 2020)
In this episode, we focus on China's reaction to Covid-19 going global. We delve into reports about Chinese international students fleeing back to their hometowns, widespread anger at returnees concealing their health status, and a curious video that has drawn laughs from some but raised concerns among others. We end by looking at some trending coronavirus-related hashtags on Sina Weibo, China's largest social media platform.
Season 2 - Episode 6 (14 March 2020)
On this week’s episode, hear about how China’s biggest tech companies are helping to fight the COVID-19 outbreak, how social media platforms in China are doing their part, too, and even the country’s sports authority is trying to help people stay active while they’re staying home for safety. All that and the top trending topics from Sina Weibo, China’s most popular social media platform.
Season 2 - Episode 5 (8 March 2020)
COVID-19-related stories are the main theme again, as the virus spreads around the world. We tell you about the addition of insult to injury as some overworked nurses are humiliated, students are angry after their dormitory rooms were turned into virus isolation wards, and stressed out shoppers are coming to blows as tensions rise in checkout lines. All that plus some of the top trending stories from Sina Weibo, China's most popular social media platform.
Season 2 - Episode 4 (28 Feb 2020)
This week, China Echo brings you news of public push-back against Communist Youth League cartoon characters, a virtual return to classes for students all over Greater China, and China’s latest space launch is undeterred by the COVID-19 outbreak. Plus, the latest topics trending on Sina Weibo.
Season 2 - Episode 3 (22 Feb 2020)
In this episode, the COVID-19 crisis still yields many news stories we chose from. Unattended pets, cancer wards taken over by virus patients and counterfeit medical products are among these items. Plus, more of the top trending stories on Sina Weibo, China's largest social media platform.
Season 2 - Episode 2 (15 Feb 2020)
In this episode, we highlight more stories from inside mainland China, as the nation tries to deal with the outbreak of a dangerous virus. We hear about outrage over misleading medicine claims and overly generous pensioners, and a heartwarming story about the kindness of police to a stranded trucker. Plus, more of what people are chatting about on Sina Weibo, China's largest social media platform.
Season 2 - Episode 1 (7 Feb 2020)
This episode of China Echo has several stories related to the battle against the Coronavirus outbreak. Many in China were also moved by LeBron's tribute to #24 Plus, some more of the latest news trending on Sina Weibo.
Episode 9 (18 June 2019)
In this episode, we hear about a trade war debate between Chinese and American news anchors, China's underground systems developing despite losses, and a celebrity's social media accounts silenced over the Huawei controversy.
Episode 8 (23 May 2019)
Education goes to the head of the class in this episode of China Echo, as your host, Surilege, brings you stories about cheating on university entrance exams and unusually highly qualified middle school teachers. Plus, the latest buzz from Sina Weibo.
Episode 7 (10 April 2019)
This episode includes news of workers in China’s tech sector pushing back against long working hours, wells meant to alleviate poverty in Liaoning province coming up dry in terms of water and money, and the story of a mule on the loose in high-tech Shenzhen’s urban jungle. Those stories and a look at what’s trending lately on Sina Weibo.
Episode 6 (27 March 2019)
This episode of China Echo mentions news of extra Labour Day rest, sleeplessness on the rise in China, and a TV series promoting gender equality. Also, some of the latest news trending on Sina Weibo.
Episode 5 (20 March 2019)
On this week’s China Echo, we learn about an ironic drunk driver, goth make-up is not underground in Guangzhou, and what may be history’s most expensive bowl of noodles. Plus, some of the top trending stories from Sina Weibo.
Episode 4 (13 March 2019)
This week’s China Echo touches on mainland China’s shrinking workforce, public shaming of J-walkers, and food safety being one among many topics addressed by the 13th National People’s Congress in Beijing. Plus, some of the top trending stories from Sina Weibo.
Episode 3 (27 February 2019)
This week’s China Echo touches on the Lantern Festival, Artificial Intelligence news anchors, ‘Net Nurses’, huge generosity for leprosy survivors and more. Plus, the latest trending stories on Sina Weibo.
Episode 2 (20 February 2019)
In Episode 2 we bring you stories of lovers... and others... as China Echo notes how Valentine's Day is growing in popularity in China.
Episode 1 (13 February 2019)
This week's episode marks the arrival of the Year of the Pig, with stories linked to the Lunar New Year featured among the news from China you might not have heard.