Poking with Chopsticks

Poking with Chopsticks

By Qin Liwen & Marcel Grzanna
How dictortarships work -
Freelance writers Qin Liwen and Marcel Grzanna chat about China and their authoritian tainted real-life-experiences
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#5 Are Chineses leaders driven by fear or ambition? China Podcast
Tensions are rising between the US and China in the Corona age. Where does it end? We're already entering a stage of cold war, while Chinese scholars even warn Beijing to prepare for an armed confrontation. The Communist Party seems more determined than ever to not give in. The memories of the century of humiliation shaped the nations will for vindication.
47:21
May 18, 2020
Are we racist when we criticize China?
Western societies too busy with themselves in their apologetic approach towards China oversee the great masterplan of the Communist Party that blames us of being racist and biased. The strategy works out well. Not only that we watch Beijing's autocrats successfully undermine the United Nations agencies. We are already too paralysed to block China's access to a powerful position in the UN Human Rights Council Consultative Group. Delivers Corona the wake-up-call for us? 
42:47
April 23, 2020
Production of what they call efficiency
Liwen explains why in China everybody has to take care of himself in times of crisis and remembers an interview with the director of the remake of the film drama "The Wave". Meanwhile Marcel feels the impacts of authoritarianism are coming closer and sees the time has come for democratically raised citizens to live up to their responsibilities to save us from backslides into dictatorship.
39:59
April 8, 2020
Propaganda warfare: Twist and shout
Chinese government's huge propaganda machine aims to replace facts with fantasy in the ongoing Corona crisis. Liwen and Marcel analyze the strategy and capabilities of the world's most powerful authoritarian regime to twist and invent news to it's favor and shout it out loud to the world.
1:01:17
March 24, 2020
A dictatorship's fear of a deadly virus
Freelancing writer Qin Liwen and former China correspondent Marcel Grzanna team up for their new podcast on the mechanisms in the largest and most perfectionist authoritarian system in the world. Episode 1 gives a realistic, detailed and exciting description on the current situation in China with an invisible enemy threatening millions of people and the power monopoly of the Communist Party. 
1:25:01
March 4, 2020