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This podcast tells the story of a year of an English teacher in China, working in an international school in Changshu, Jiangsu. It‘s also full of history and culture. We‘ll go back to the imperial days, the revolutionary days, the days of triumph and the days of humiliation. Mostly though, it‘s modern China that I‘ll focus on, as it is the most relevant to understanding China now. China is super fascinating, and it‘s also probably the most important country in the world to understand right n ...
 
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The Middle Kingdom is an online media platform where expats living in China can connect for Christian community, fellowship and discipleship. In Chinese, the name for China is 中国 or “Zhong Guo,” which literally means “Middle Kingdom.” Thus if you are living in China, you are actually living in the Middle Kingdom. As Christians, we’re also living in another kind of “Middle Kingdom.” The Kingdom of Heaven is described as “the already, but not yet” Kingdom. God’s Kingdom is here among us, but w ...
 
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Does Maoism really deserve all the criticism that it gets? Er, yes. Yes it does. For some it was a fad, but for others it became a way of life which endures to this day. Over the next two episodes, we’re going to have a look at Maoism, from the bad to the very bad. Email: SMKYpodcast@gmx.com Twitter: @SMKYPodcast…
 
On the past few episodes of SMKY, we covered some of the challenges in modern China with regard to the competition, guanxi and ruthlessness which infuse the culture. China is indeed a competitive society where relationships matter more than anything, and one-upmanship is the name of the game. But, despite Xi Jinping’s cult of personality, the situa…
 
In the past few episodes we've been attempting to get our heads around Chinese culture and the pitfalls that foreigners often find themselves in when they go there to teach English. Unlike me, in relatively well-developed Changshu, Tom was teaching way out in the sticks, in a place that he describes as "the real China." Twitter: @SMKYpodcast…
 
Guanxi is the oil the greases the engine of life in China. But when things go wrong, it all comes tumbling down, and fast. This is the story of Bo Xilai and Gu Kailai. And then, back to the school.AdamSMKY
 
It's not always a barrel of laughs for those who find themselves living in the Middle Kingdom – culture shock is real and when it hits, it hits hard. In the first of a two-parter doublepod, we try to make a little sense of some of the cultural cornerstones of Chinese society: guanxi and mianzi, and also status and hierarchy. Twitter @SMKYpodcast…
 
The holiday season is upon us, and all the world unites in a moment of happiness and reflection. Or something. Meanwhile, at school, the song that I'd picked for a Christmas performance turns out to be more challenging than I'd initially expected. Twitter: @SMKYpodcastAdamSMKY
 
Warning – this episode contains descriptions of war crimes As darkness descends on Nanjing, our trip to the city comes to an end. We look at the rise of Japanese ultranationalism and fascism, their unhinged campaign to take over China, and the most famous atrocity the city is known for. Twit: @SMKYpodcast…
 
The rises and falls and rises and rivalries of China's most famous power-sisters, the Soongs. With a story that spans some 100 years, China's 20th century is nothing without this family. Twitter @SMKYpodcastAdamSMKY
 
Me and teacher friend Jess head to Nanjing with the intention of visiting the Rape of Nanjing Memorial museum. Before that though, a little background of some notable Nanjing moments in history, as China's southern capital, and the founding values of Chinese republicanism and where they went. Twitter @SMKYpodcast…
 
It's time for a school trip to Suzhou, following in Marco Polo's footsteps, to learn the secrets of silk, and muse on China's healthcare. "Too many tweets might make a twat," as David Cameron once said. My twitter: @SMKYpodcastAdamSMKY
 
Like any teacher worth his salt, I attempted to combat the onset of an early winter depression by getting hopelessly drunk and trying to play a piano song to a group of drunks in a bar in the city. And if that doesn't work, there's always Roland Emmerich movies and bamboo carpentry. One of these things must provide a cure surely. Twitter @SMKYpodca…
 
Back at the Cradle of Elites, there's a newcomer in town. Jess is from the UK, and we find ourselves in a temple. From there, it's just a hop, skip and a jump to a discussion about religion and spirituality in China, from the ancient belief systems to the modern cults. Twitter @SMKYpodcastAdamSMKY
 
I arranged for one more chat with Spring, and decided not to play so nice this time. (This was recorded before the British government came up with its "send asylum seekers to Rwanda" policy. This is possibly relevant in the first half of this conversation, when I'm claiming that we respect human rights. Oops.)…
 
This is the first of two chats. We talk about censorship and foreign companies pulling out of China, whether "Taiwan is China!", whether Trump was good or bad for China, the people's trust of the CCP in relation to Covid, and cultural differences in general.AdamSMKY
 
The concluding part of this idiom-inspired doublepod about human rights in China. We start at Tiananmen Square, and weave through the current Shanghai lockdown to troubled, outspoken businessmen and recent events in Hong Kong. And of course, the saint of human rights in China, Liu Xiaobo, makes an appearance.…
 
Scandals and troublemakers in China, and how the authorities react. Featuring appearances from the Gang of Four, Jiang Qing, Chen Mengjia with his Chinese characters, Zhang Zhan exposing Covid-19 failures and Tiananmen Square.AdamSMKY
 
Shanghai's been locked down for weeks now, and China's reputation for dealing well with Covid is being undermined as cases continue to rise. Not only that, but hospital appointments are getting missed and people are running out of food. I chat with one of those on the inside.AdamSMKY
 
I'm grateful to founding editor of @NewBloomMag Brian Hioe for joining me for a chat about the political situation in Taiwan, mainly in regards to the Sunflower Movement, the relationship with China, chances of war... Twit @SMKYpodcast Blog https://smkypodcast.blogspot.com New Bloom https://newbloommag.net Brian @brianhioe…
 
I took a weekend trip to Wuxi, the most notable part of the trip being the discomfort of the transportation and the nice fella who worked in Wuxi's youth hostel. With hushed voices, we covered a number of controversial topics. Twitter: @SMKYpodcast https://smkypodcast.blogspot.comAdamSMKY
 
A chat today with Manzhou from Shanghai about Confucianism. And stick around to the end for an email from Teacher Kelly, as some of the staff make a move against the school management. https://smkypodcast.blogspot.comAdamSMKY
 
Back in school, we laowai suffer the stress of an open class. For those unlucky enough to be faced with such a challenge, here are some games and stuff that require minimum planning and are fairly fun too. https://smkypodcast.blogspot.comAdamSMKY
 
Conflicting personalities in the school combined with some irritating school scheduling crap led to me seeking the city lights of Shanghai. In part one of a two-part extravaganza about the great city, we visit the bars of the French Concession and track down JG Ballard's old home. Some nice pics here: https://smkypodcast.blogspot.com…
 
1) Salaries, savings, visa requirements and a few tips for the budding ESL teacher in China. 2) Classroom discipline, getting to know students, and another tricky meeting with the management… https://smkypodcast.blogspot.comAdamSMKY
 
Summer is a journalist in Taipei. We discuss journalism and press freedom in taiwan, emotional connections with China, lessons from Hong Kong, chances of war, traveling between Taiwan and China, competition between democratic and Chinese systems, voting in TaiwanAdamSMKY
 
On today's podcast, a day in the life at the international school. And the symbols of modern China – flag and anthem – and Mao's tricky Hundred Flowers Campaign. https://smkypodcast.blogspot.comAdamSMKY
 
Hi thanks for listening to Stuck in the Middle Kingdom with You, the show about teaching in China and Chinese history. Last time, we touched on the Cultural Revolution in relation to one of its victims, Deng Xiaoping, who would later claw his way back into power and remake China. This time, I found myself in the village of Shajiabang, which was the…
 
Today we look at the fall of Deng Xiaoping and Liu Shaoqi, and then the rise of Deng Xiaoping and capitalism in China. This covers some of the Cultural Revolution, a topic that we'll come back to next time. Some nice pics to accompany this episode, found on https://smkypodcast.blogspot.comAdamSMKY
 
Hi! Thanks for listening to the SMKY podcast, where we delve into all things China, including living and working there. This little episode picks up after the slightly explosive meeting we laowai had with the Chinese management team. We get to know some colleagues a bit better and take a group trip into town and get hot pot. https://smkypodcast.blo…
 
This episode introduces one of Changshu's best brains, Wang Ganchang, which leads into the Great Leap Forward. Yes, that Great Leap Forward. https://smkypodcast.blogspot.comAdamSMKY
 
Hello and thanks for listening to the SMKY podcast. In this episode, I meet most of the other foreign teachers who were to be my colleagues for that year. It was also out first meeting with the Chinese management, and we laowai were ill-prepared for the cultural expectations of such a situation – and it showed. https://smkypodcast.blogspot.com Emai…
 
Hi! Thanks for listening to the SMKY podcast, which is my account of living in China and exploring its history and culture. In this episode I settle into my new apartment which is literally inside the school gates, and talk about the region and the river. https://smkypodcast.blogspot.com Email: SMKYPodcast@gmx.com…
 
Hi, you've made it to the Stuck in the Middle Kingdom With You podcast, a story of teaching English in China peppered with tales from Chinese history and culture. This is a preface of sorts. Laowai: rude and offensive or friendly or neutral? I'll spell it out here, 'cos this word is going to come up a few times. In this episode, we also mention the…
 
This podcast tells the story of a year of an English teacher in China, working in an international school in Changshu, Jiangsu. It's also full of history and culture. We'll go back to the imperial days, the revolutionary days, the days of triumph and the days of humiliation. Mostly though, it's modern China that I'll focus on, as it is the most rel…
 
As Covid-19 continues to spread globally schools are asking hard questions about remaining open or moving to online learning. Months ago, the schools in China grappled with that question. Today's episode explores the journey of one international school in hopes that it can help prepare administrators, teachers, parents, students, and friends for th…
 
On today's episode, Jenni and TJ are joined by Randy Eplin as they discuss leading a team through a crisis. As Churchill once said, "A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." Leaders are defined by their actions in difficult times. Join us in the conversation as we look at what it t…
 
On today's episode Jenni and TJ are joined in the studio with Dr. Savu as they discuss necessary precautions to take during this time of increased fear. Dr. Savu gives some very practical advice along with some words of wisdom which will be sure to comfort the worried soul. Join us in the conversation! Resources: BJU Support Line: +86 139 1172 7074…
 
On today's show Jenni and TJ take some time to discuss grief and loss. Over the next several months, after the masks are taken off and life returns to "normal," each person who has been affected by the virus will come to grips with what they have lost. Lost friends who decided not to return. Lost opportunities. Lost jobs. Loss of finances or proper…
 
On this episode the Johnson family discusses what life has been like the past few weeks with the outbreak in China. Wonder what life in the educational world is like in China right now? Been praying for churches in China and desire to know more about how church is currently happening? How has all this affected teens? All this and more will be discu…
 
Join us today as we chat with short term visitors to Beijing. In this episode we discuss the differences and challenges of traveling to a different culture and tips for those who might find themselves traveling from Beijing to a rural city abroad.
 
The instructions Jesus left with the apostles was to go and make disciples. That was His big plan for changing the world. But I wonder if many Christians today are effectively doing just that. I wonder if we even know what it means to make disciples? Join us in the conversation as we discuss organic discipleship.…
 
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