Edi Obiakpani-Reid

Apr 12, 2023


A Podcast about Modern Chinese History

New Books Network 2023

I got to chat with Dr. Edi Obiakpani-Reid about Sinobabble, her podcast series on 20th century Chinese history. In this series she offers an informed and engaging survey of China from the end of the Qing Dynasty to the death of Mao Zedong. In our wide-ranging conversation, we discussed her experiences as a graduate student in Hong Kong from 2017 to 2020, how to respectfully present the horrific absurdities of the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution, and the global history of Socialist Realism among many other things.

After undergraduate work in Chinese Studies at the University of Edinburgh, Dr. Obiakpani-Reid earned a MA in Sinology at the School of Oriental and African Studies. In 2020, she completed her PhD in Chinese and History at the City University of Hong Kong with a thesis entitled “A New Socialist Man with Chinese Characteristics: New Peasant in the era of 1953-1962”. In 2018 she started Sinobabble. There are some 52 chronological episodes on 20th century Chinese history, as well as topical one-offs on more contemporary Sino-topics and academic journal articles about China studies.

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Michael Vann

Michael G. Vann is a professor of world history at California State University, Sacramento. A specialist in imperialism and the Cold War in Southeast Asia, he is the author of The Great Hanoi Rat Hunt: Empires, Disease, and Modernity in French Colonial Vietnam (Oxford University Press, 2018). When he’s not reading or talking about new books with smart people, Mike can be found surfing in Santa Cruz, California.

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