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The Nordic Asia Podcast

1. Dec 2023 / 54 min

Life after NIAS: A Conversation on the Closure of the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies

Kenneth Bo Nielsen, Inga-Lill Maria Blomkvist, Gerald Jackson, Jørgen Delman, Geir Helgesen, Duncan McCargo

In December 2023, more than five decades of institutionalized Nordic collaboration in the field of Asian studies will come to an end with the closure of NIAS, the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies. What has been the impact of NIAS on Nordic research on Asia? What legacy will NIAS leave behind? And how will the […]

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17. Nov 2023 / 27 min

Sauna Culture in Japan

Julie Yu-Wen Chen, Eetu-Antti Hartikainen

In 2020, Finland’s sauna culture was added to the List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Sauna culture is an integral part of the lives of the majority of the Finnish population. Interestingly, the Finnish style of sauna-going has inspired quite a few individuals […]

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27. Oct 2023 / 32 min

Cleric, Cadre, Businessman: China’s Development Strategy in Sri Lanka

Frode Hübbe, Tabita Rosendal Ebbesen

What do harbors have to do with Buddhism?  Join us in exploring China’s fascinating use of religion in foreign policy and its vital role in China’s soft power strategy. Tabita Rosendal Ebbesen unravels Chinese Development policy, governance practices and the use of Buddhism in diplomatic and public diplomacy efforts in Sri Lanka in conversation with […]

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6. Oct 2023 / 24 min

India, Asia and the Global South

Ravinder Kaur, Raja Mohan

How should we understand the emergence of the Global South as a political actor? What is the role of India within this framework? Which challenges and tensions arise from China’s assertiveness in Asia, and how is it reshaping regional dynamics? How is the Indo-Pacific region emerging as a new geopolitical structure with the potential to […]

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29. Sep 2023 / 22 min

Globalisation and Glocalisation of Bubble Tea

Julie Chen, Stella Zhang

Bubble tea, also known as pearl milk tea, boba or tapioca milk tea is a popular drink in Asia. Wherever there is Asian diaspora, such as in the USA, one can find bubble tea as well. Bubble tea is becoming increasingly visible even in European countries where there are relatively smaller Asian communities compared with […]

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22. Sep 2023 /

The Political Life of Memory: Birsa Munda in Contemporary India

Kenneth Bo Nielsen, Raul Ranjan

How do affective sites such as memorials and statues produce political visions, emotions, and opportunities? And how are they used strategically to further particular political projects? In this episode, we discuss these questions with Rahul Ranjan with specific reference to his new book The Political Life of Memory: Birsa Munda in Contemporary India. Published in […]

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15. Sep 2023 / 28 min

Development and Migration in Contemporary Asia

Arve Hansen, Marta Bivand Erdal, Jonathan Rigg

Is migration good or bad for development? How does migration affect those who leave and those who stay behind? How are rural and urban livelihoods interconnected in Asian cities? What are the likely main migration trends in Asia the coming decade? And what can you learn from studying the same village for decades? To discuss […]

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8. Sep 2023 / 33 min

Victims, Perpetrators and Professionals: The Representation of Women in Chinese Crime Films

Joanne Kuai, Tingting Hu

How are women represented in Chinese crime films? In what ways do the representation reflect traditional Chinese values and contemporary Chinese social-cultural norms? How did boys’ love culture emerge in China? What is the role of the Chinese state in queer media production and queer culture in China? In a conversation with Joanne Kuai, PhD […]

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1. Sep 2023 /

Digital Repression in Thailand

Petra Alderman, Janjira Sombatpoonsiri

How serious an issue is digital repression in Thailand? Who is behind it? And what effects does it have on Thai people? Listen to Janjira Sombatpoonsiri as she talks to Petra Alderman about this issue in the context of contemporary Thailand and the 2020-2021 student-led protests. Janjira Sombatpoonsiri is an Assistant Professor and Project Leader […]

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25. Aug 2023 / 26 min

Journalism History in Macau: A Abelha da China in its 200 Years

Joanne Kuai, Hugo Pinto

How did the first newspaper in Macau come into being? What was the first foreign language newspaper on Chinese soil about? How was the dynamic between the Chinese and Portuguese press in the former Portuguese colony and now China’s Special Administrative Region? Hugo Pinto speaks about A Abelha da China (A Bee from China), the […]

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18. Aug 2023 /

Civil Society Elites: Field Studies from Cambodia and Indonesia

Astrid Norén-Nilsson, Amalinda Savirani, Anders Uhlin, and Fanny Töpper

What does civil society look like in Indonesia and Cambodia, and who are civil society elites? In this podcast interview, editors of the recently published NIAS Press edited volume Civil Society Elites. Field Studies from Cambodia and Indonesia, Astrid Norén-Nilsson, Amalinda Savirani and Anders Uhlin dive into the themes of their book, as well as […]

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11. Aug 2023 /

Of Peninsulas and Archipelagos: The Landscape of Translation in Southeast Asia

Phrae Chittiphalangsri, Vicente L. Rafael, and Kukasina Kubaha

What does a map of Southeast Asia as a pegasus have to do with translation and Southeast Asia? How can we think of translation as anything other than a unidirectional practice of bringing meaning across languages? How can Southeast Asia challenge the way we think about translation? Phrae Chittiphalangsri and Vicente L. Rafael, the editors […]

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4. Aug 2023 /

Cause Lawyering and Human Rights in Indonesia

Timothy Mann & Duncan McCargo

Why have issues of human rights become so contentious in Indonesia, 25 years after the much-heralded post-Suharto democratic transition? What kind of role has the Indonesian Foundation of Legal Aid Institutes, or LBH, performed in this field? Should those working on human rights try to work with governments and power-holders, or adopt an oppositional stance […]

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28. Jul 2023 / 24 min

India’s Development Diplomacy and Soft Power in Africa

Meera Venkatachalam, Kenneth King & Kenneth Bo Nielsen

In this episode, Kenneth King (University of Edinburgh) & Meera Venkatachalam (University of Mumbai), discuss their recently co-edited volume, India’s Development Diplomacy and Soft Power in Africa, published by Boydell and Brewer in 2021. India has understood its relations with Africa within the framework of South-South cooperation, where postcolonial states collaborated for scientific and technological […]

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21. Jul 2023 / 35 min

Electoral Reform and Democracy in Malaysia

Duncan McCargo, Helen Ting, Donald L. Horowitz

Why is Malaysia in need of electoral reform? How can we explain recent changes including the anti-party hopping law and the successful UNDI18 campaign to lower the voting age? And what does the outcome Malaysia’s GE15, the November 2022 general election, mean for the health of Malaysian democracy? In this podcast, editors Helen Ting and […]

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14. Jul 2023 / 25 min

Ethnicity and Nation-Building in Myanmar

Cécile Medaile and Duncan McCargo

Did the bloody 1 February 2021 military coup in Myanmar produce an unexpected ‘solidarity dividend’ by unifying opponents of the new regime from a range of ethnic backgrounds and political perspectives? How can political ethnographers continue to study Myanmar without having physical access to the country? Why might it be fruitful to reimagine Myanmar through […]

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7. Jul 2023 / 26 min

Hindu Nationalism and Lower Caste Politics

Samantha Agarwal and Kenneth Bo Nielsen

Why and how has India’s Hindu nationalist party, the BJP, become so adept at appealing to and recruiting people from the lower castes? And what does this mean for Indian politics in the short to medium term? In this episode we are joined by Samantha Agarwal to discuss the rise of Hindu nationalism, focusing on […]

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30. Jun 2023 / 35 min

Afghanistan-Pakistan Relations: A Clash of Identities?

A conversation with Farhat Taj. Hosted by Kenneth Bo Nielsen.

With Afghanistan once again under Taliban rule and Pakistan reeling under a severe economic and political crisis, the relationship between the neighbouring countries is growing increasingly tense. How can we understand this contentious situation? And, what are the consequences for the civilian population? To discuss these question, and current Afghanistan-Pakistan relations more generally, Kenneth Bo […]

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28. Jun 2023 / 32 min

Global India: The Pursuit of Influence and Status

Miriam Prys-Hansen, Chris Ogden & Simon Kaack

In 2023, India surpassed China in numbers of total population and holds the presidency of the prestigious G20, shortly after it overtook the UK as the world’s fifth largest economy in terms of GDP. Simultaneously, various actors are courting India’s favour for international policy projects, such as the adoption of ambitious climate targets or peace […]

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16. Jun 2023 / 44 min

Can Thailand Move Forward? A Discussion of the May 2023 Thai Elections

A conversation with Duncan McCargo and Ken Lohatepanont. Hosted by Petra Alderman.

Why was the May 2023 Thai election such a historic election? What does the surprising Move Forward victory tell us about the state of Thai politics? And what happens next? Duncan McCargo and Ken Lohatepanont join Petra Alderman to discuss the historic Thai vote and the post-election developments. Duncan McCargo is Director of the Nordic Institute of Asian […]

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9. Jun 2023 / 24 min

Creating Sustainable Value in Social Enterprises in Philippines

A conversation between Assunta Cuyegkeng and Pilvi Posio

Are there ways to tackle pressing social, environmental and economic problems at once? In this episode, Professor Assunta Cuyegkeng from Ateneo de Manilla University in Philippines joins Pilvi Posio to discuss the research and practice of social entrepreneurship that offers potential solutions for building holistic social, economic and also environmental sustainability. Based on the recent […]

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2. Jun 2023 / 21 min

Recentering Pacific Asia: Regional China and World Order

Brantly Womack and Julie Yu-Wen Chen

The Pacific Rim of Asia – Pacific Asia – is now the world’s largest and most cohesive economic region, and China has returned to its center. In this conversation, Julie Yu-Wen Chen, Professor of Chinese Studies at the University of Helsinki discusses with Brantly Womack from the University of Virginia about his new book Recentering […]

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26. May 2023 / 26 min

Neither Friend nor Enemy: Sweden-North Korea Relations

Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein

Welcome to the fourth NIAS-Korea episode. We invite Dr. Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein to discuss Sweden-North Korea relations. It may seem odd that among the Western countries, Sweden is the one that has maintained friendlier relations with North Korea. For example, Sweden was the first Western country that opened an embassy in Pyongyang, and the embassy […]

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24. May 2023 / 27 min

The Politics of Community Making in New Urban India

Ritanjan Das and Kenneth Bo Nielsen

How is urban India changing? And how do communities inhabit and transform India’s new cities and urban spaces? In this episode Kenneth Bo Nielsen is joined by Ritanjan Das to discuss a new book co-authored by Das and Nilotpal Kumar titled The Politics of Community-making in New Urban India: Illiberal Spaces, Illiberal Cities (Routledge, 2023). […]

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12. May 2023 / 23 min

China’s Green Consensus

A conversation between Virginie Arantes and Petra Alderman

How has China’s one-party system dealt with the country’s growing environmental issues? And what implications does its green turn have on people’s everyday realities? Virginie Arantes joins Petra Alderman, associate researcher at NIAS and postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Birmingham, to talk about her book China’s Green Consensus: Participation, Co-optation, and Legitimation that […]

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10. May 2023 / 26 min

NIAS Press: Riding the Digital Storm

Gerald Jackson and Julia Heinle

What is the story behind NIAS Press becoming one of Europe’s leading Asian Studies publishers? How have the academic world and scholarly publishing changed in recent years and what can we expect for the future? How in challenging times can scholars maximize the impact of their research? In this week’s conversation, NIAS Press editor in […]

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28. Apr 2023 / 31 min

Aspired Communities, Contested Futures: Long-Term Recovery after the 3.11 Disaster in Japan

A conversation with Pilvi Posio. Hosted by Satoko Naito.

On March 11, 2011, a 9.1 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of northeastern Japan triggering a massive tsunami and shifting the earth on its axis. Nearly 20,000 residents in the Tōhoku region lost their lives, with many hundreds of thousands more injured, displaced, and left with horrific loss. Dr. Pilvi Posio shares her PhD […]

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21. Apr 2023 / 33 min

The Promise of Multispecies Justice

A conversation with Sophie Chao. Hosted by Terese Gagnon.

How might we imagine justice in times of ecological harm? How are human struggles for social justice entangled with the lives of other beings including plants, animals, fungi, and microbes? What is at stake when claims are made about who or what is the subject of justice? These questions and more are explored in this […]

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14. Apr 2023 / 28 min

Slum Tourism and Affective Economy in Delhi, India

A conversation with Tore Holst. Hosted by Dosol Nissi Lee.

In Delhi, former street children guide visiting tourists around the streets that they used to inhabit and show how the NGO they work for tries to resocialise the current street children. What social, cultural and economic structures are in the backdrop of slum tourism in Delhi? Why are emotions and personal stories important to understand […]

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7. Apr 2023 / 23 min

Visibility as Threat: The Targeting of Micro-Sized Groups in Indonesia

A conversation with Jessica Soedirgo. Hosted by Mai Van Tran.

Why do very small groups, like the Ahmadiyah sect in Indonesia, become targets of mobilization and repression? How do political entrepreneurs play a role in facilitating violence against such groups? What practical issues should we consider when conducting field research on contentious phenomena? In this episode, Prof. Jessica Soedirgo, an Assistant Professor of Political Science at […]

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31. Mar 2023 /

Gender and Climate Adaption in Bangladesh

Kathinka Fossum Evertsen and Kenneth Bo Nielsen

What does climate change adaptation look like in Bangladesh? And what kind of gendered social landscape does climate change adaptation have to navigate in Bangladesh? Bangladesh is among the countries most at risk from the negative consequences, and often spoken of as ground zero of climate change. In recent years, more attention has been devoted […]

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31. Mar 2023 /

The Great Goa Land Grab

The small Indian state of Goa has witnessed a veritable land rush over many decades, with shifting state governments, leading politicians, and private investors moving in to acquire large tracts of land for a wide range of projects. But what are the drivers of land grabbing in Goa? And what are the consequences for local […]

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17. Mar 2023 / 28 min

Rethinking Community in Myanmar: Practices of We-Formation Among Muslims and Hindus in Urban Yangon

A conversation with Judith Beyer. Hosted by Mai Van Tran

Where does the concept of “community” come from? How does it shape the lives of Hindus and Muslims in metropolitan Yangon? And how do these people navigate between their ethno-religious and other cosmopolitan identities? In this episode, Prof. Judith Beyer, a Professor of Social and Political Anthropology at the University of Konstanz, joins Dr. Mai Van […]

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10. Mar 2023 / 28 min

Consumption and Vietnam’s New Middle Classes: Societal Transformations and Everyday Life

A conversation with Arve Hansen and Manisha Anantharaman. Hosted by Kenneth Bo Nielsen.

In this episode, we discuss Arve Hansen’s new book Consumption and Vietnam’s New Middle Classes: Societal Transformations and Everyday Life (Springer, 2022). In this book, Hansen studies the dramatic changes in consumption patterns in Vietnam over the past decades, focusing on how everyday life changes in the context of rapid economic development and capitalist transformations. How does […]

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3. Mar 2023 / 18 min

The Iko-Project: A Japanese Project on Intercultural Understanding Education

A conversation with Marie Roesgaard. Hosted by Tyra Orton.

What can a classroom experiment teach us about how and when we start shaping our ideas of ‘the other’? Can the results from such an experiment help us challenge the ideas and preconceptions that we have on our own as well as other cultures? In this episode, Tyra Orton speaks to Marie Roesgaard about an […]

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24. Feb 2023 / 29 min

Beijing’s Global Media Offensive

A conversation with Joshua Kurlantzick. Hosted by Duncan McCargo.

How is China trying to influence media across Asia and indeed globally? Why has this ambitious project achieved rather mixed results so far? And how should the rest of the world respond? In this episode of the Nordic Asia Podcast, CFR’s Josh Kurlantzick talks to NIAS Director Duncan McCargo about his important new book, Beijing’s Global Media Offensive […]

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17. Feb 2023 / 25 min

Challenging the Malayan Nationhood: Imaginations and Activism by the Peranakan Chinese

A conversation with Bernard Keo. Hosted by Mai Van Tran.

Are there viable alternatives to the ethnocentric model of nation-state in post-colonial societies? How did the Peranakan, a non-Malay community, imagine a different Malayan nation and strive to materialize it? How might researchers thoroughly investigate the political history of a marginalised group? And do the historical experiences from Malaya offer relevant lessons for resisting present-day […]

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10. Feb 2023 / 23 min

The Geopolitics of Microchips: China, the EU, and the US

A conversation with Hermann Aubié. Hosted by Satoko Naito

What would happen if microchips suddenly disappeared from our world? From phones to cars, medical equipment to heating units, they are crucial for the safe and smooth functioning of much of society. While they may not actually disappear anytime soon, we have learned from the COVID pandemic about the real and potential consequences of an […]

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3. Feb 2023 / 33 min

Broken Pathways: Women’s Political Leadership in Sri Lanka

A conversation with Ramona Vijeyarasa and Nadine Vanniasinkam. Hosted by Petra Alderman.

Why are there so few women from non-elite backgrounds in Sri Lankan politics? What barriers do they face on their pathways to politics? And what can be done to support them? Ramona Vijeyarasa and Nadine Vanniasinkam join Petra Alderman, associate researcher at NIAS and postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Birmingham, to talk about non-elite […]

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27. Jan 2023 / 26 min

Myanmar Jewellers in China

A conversation with Juliet Zhu. Hosted by Julie Yu-Wen Chen

China re-opened border in a final farewell to its strict zero-COVID policy on the 8th of January, 2023. But in the first few weeks of January, the Myanmar side of the border and the Myanmar immigration authorities refused to open the border for fear of COVID surge. This has continued to affect the livelihood of […]

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20. Jan 2023 / 18 min

Surviving the State: Struggles for Land and Democracy in Myanmar

An interview with Hilary Faxon. Hosted by Mai Van Tran.

How do farmers struggle for land and democracy in Myanmar’s hybrid political system? How might a feminist approach to this question look like and enable novel findings? In which ways can researchers make the most of ethnographic methods to understand ordinary people’s survival strategies? And do experiences from rural Myanmar reflect the wider changing landscape […]

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13. Jan 2023 / 32 min

Malaysia’s GE15: Reflections on a Snap Election

A conversation with Duncan McCargo. Hosted by Mai Van Tran.

Malaysia held its fifteenth general election on 19 November 2022 after it was called at short notice before the end of the last government’s term. What was this election all about? How to understand its results? Can we consider Malaysia to be experiencing a democratic transition? And what comparative lessons does this election offer for […]

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6. Jan 2023 / 29 min

Between the Streets and the Assembly: South Korean Social Movements before and after Democratization

An interview with Yoonkyung Lee. Hosted by Myunghee Lee.

Welcome to the third NIAS-Korea episode! In this episode, we invite Prof. Yoonkyung Lee to discuss social movements in South Korea. Since its founding, South Korea has had a longstanding social movement history. One cannot fully understand the country’s democratic history without discussing the dynamics of social movements. Yoonkyung explains the main actors of social […]

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30. Dec 2022 / 24 min

Hindu Nationalism and the Politics of Lord Parshuram

A conversation with Solano da Silva and Jigisha Bhattacharya. Hosted by Kenneth Bo Nielsen.

In this episode, we focus the use of religious myths, icons and deities in Hindu nationalist politics in India. More specifically, we discuss the political invocation of Lord Parshuram, a deity in the Hindu pantheon who has, in recent years, become more visible as a mobilizing political symbol for the Hindu nationalist movement. But who […]

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23. Dec 2022 / 25 min

Fragrant Frontier: Global Spice Entanglements from the Sino-Vietnamese Uplands

A conversation with Annuska Derks, Jean-François Rousseau and Sarah Turner. Hosted by Julia Heinle.

Where do the spices we find in our kitchen cabinets come from? What can we learn from tracing spices and their commodities and how does their trade impact the livelihoods of ethnic minority farmers in the Sino-Vietnamese uplands? Annuska Derks and Jean-Francois Rousseau, co- editors with Sarah Turner of the book Fragrant Frontier Global Spice Entanglements […]

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16. Dec 2022 / 20 min

“This Claim has been Fact Checked”: A Glimpse into Fact Checking in India

A conversation with Pratik Sinha. Hosted by Anumita Goswami.

Have you ever come across a post in social media which says, “The claim is disputed by third-party fact checkers”? Or have you ever come across the term fact checker? Are fact checkers journalists? To discuss these questions and the perils of fact checking and journalism in India, Anumita Goswami a doctoral researcher from Tampere […]

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9. Dec 2022 / 22 min

People, Place, Race, and Nation in Xinjiang, China: Territories of Identity

A conversation with David O’Brien and Melissa Shani Brown. Hosted by Julie Yu-Wen Chen

Entitled People, Place, Race, and Nation in Xinjiang, China: Territories of Identity (Palgrave MacMillan, 2022), David O’Brien and Melissa Shani Brown’s new book focuses upon the ways in which ethnic difference is writ through the banalities of everyday life: who one trusts, what one eats, where one shops, even what time one’s clocks are set to (Xinjiang being […]

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2. Dec 2022 / 26 min

Transforming Journalism in Vietnam: An Exploration of Two Swedish Media Aid Projects

A conversation with Andreas Mattsson. Hosted by Joanne Kuai.

What is the journalism culture in Vietnam? What role does Sweden play in the transformation of Vietnamese journalism? How has Swedish media aid fulfilled its political aim to contribute to the democratic development of media in Vietnam? Andreas Mattsson speaks about how two media aid projects from Sweden were used to intervene in the development of journalism […]

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25. Nov 2022 / 23 min

The Assassination and Legacy of Shinzo Abe

A conversation with Paul Midford. Hosted by Kenneth Bo Nielsen.

The brutal assassination of Prime Minister Abe in July this year shocked Japan and has produced large and unexpected consequences for the nation´s politics. In this episode, we examine the fallout of the assassination on Abe’s legacy, and on Japan: What are the consequences of Abe’s association with the Unification Church for the role of […]

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24. Nov 2022 / 38 min

Towards a Green China

A conversation with Bjorn Leif Brauteseth, Gørild Heggelund and Yong Zhou. Hosted by Arve Hansen.

What does the concept of ecological civilisation mean in practice? And how can we understand the relationship between grand visions, legal systems, green politics and development processes on the ground in contemporary China? In this episode we focus on China’s environmental ambitions and its increasingly central role in efforts towards global sustainability, as well as […]

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4. Nov 2022 / 20 min

Civil-Military Relations and Global Security Governance: Strategy, Hybrid Orders and the Case of Pakistan

A conversation with Cornelia Baciu. Hosted by Duncan McCargo

What are the problems with Samuel Huntington’s views about civil-military relations? Why do military coups persist in countries such as Pakistan, and what might be done to reduce their likelihood? In a study drawing upon extensive interview research in Pakistan, Cornelia Baciu argues that international organisations can help create a framework of security governance which […]

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28. Oct 2022 / 33 min

Political Deification in South Asia

A Discussion with Moumita Sen, Michael Stausberg, Praskanva Sinharay and Sharika Thiranagama. Hosted by Kenneth Bo Nielsen.

How can we understand the processes through which political leaders, god-men, stars of all kinds, and big or small deities mingle together in the public sphere? And what are the consequences of deifying politicians, or opening politics to the gods? In this episode, we discuss South Asian politicians who are treated like gods, and gods […]

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21. Oct 2022 / 21 min

Reflections on Chinese Sexuality

A conversation with Weiyi Hu. Hosted by Joanne Kuai.

How is sexuality experienced in contemporary China? What are the connections and tensions between China and the West in producing knowledges of sexuality? Dr Weiyi Hu notes that most of the seminal writings on sexuality are produced in the West, and that the definition of sexuality is largely theorised by Western scholars. In a conversation […]

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14. Oct 2022 / 21 min

The China Questions 2: Critical Insights Into US-China Relations

A discussion with Maria Adele Carrai. Hosted by Julie Yu-Wen Chen.

For decades Americans have described China as a rising power. That description no longer fits: China has already risen. What does this mean for the U.S.–China relationship? For the global economy and international security? In this conversation, Julie Yu-Wen Chen, Professor of Chinese Studies at the University of Helsinki discusses with Maria Adele Carrai from […]

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7. Oct 2022 / 28 min

U.S. Determinization of Genocide in Myanmar: Part One, Roots

A discussion with Kyaw Zeyar Win. Hosted by Terese Gagnon.

In March of 2022 the U.S. government announced its determination that genocide was committed by the Myanmar military against Rohingya communities in Myanmar’s Rakhine State in 2017. What will this mean for the roughly one million Rohingya refugees living in neighboring countries, for Rohingya IDPs in Rakhine State, and for post-coup Myanmar? In this episode […]

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30. Sep 2022 / 31 min

Beyond Meat? Dietary Shifts and Meat Contestations in China, India and Vietnam

A conversation with Marius Korsnes, Kenneth Bo Nielsen and Arve Hansen. Hosted by Helene Ramnæs.

What explains the uneven meatification of diets in three of Asia’s core ‘emerging economies’? How and why is meat consumption changing today, and what role have American fast-food chains played? To discuss these questions and more, Helene Ramnæs, coordinator for the Norwegian Network for Asian Studies, is joined by Marius Korsnes, Kenneth Bo Nielsen and […]

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23. Sep 2022 / 27 min

“Riding the Wild Horse in Chinese Literature”: Translation and Research on “Jin Ping Mei”

A conversation with Vibeke Børdahl. Hosted by Julia Heinle.

What is the oral tradition of Chinese storytelling about and what is the connection to the great Chinese novels? How to translate a Chinese classic such as the famed and defamed “Jin Ping Mei”? And how to handle the dilemma of steering one’s boat between enormous amounts of scholarship on the novel without drowning, and […]

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16. Sep 2022 / 27 min

Transcendence and Sustainability: Asian Visions with Global Promise

A conversation with Mette Halskov Hansen, Amita Baviskar and Lu Chen. Hosted by Kenneth Bo Nielsen.

Can spiritually and religiously inspired environmental movements in Asia help reach the global goal of environmental sustainability? This question lies at the heart of the research project “Transcendence and Sustainability: Asian Visions with Global Promise” that we focus on in this episode. Also known as TRANSSUSTAIN, the project builds on the observation that scholars, activists, […]

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9. Sep 2022 / 24 min

Chinese Outbound Tourism

A conversation with Matias Thuen Jørgensen. Hosted by Philip Kyhl

Leisure or Political Tool? How did Chinese tourism grow from almost non-existent to being the largest outbound travel source market in the world over a couple of decades? Is the word “weaponization” a fair description of how Beijing uses tourism strategically in their foreign policy? And will the Chinese tourists ever travel internationally again after […]

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2. Sep 2022 / 29 min

Triumph for Independent Candidates? Observations on the 2022 Local Elections in Nepal

A conversation with Nayan Pokhrel. Hosted by Hanna Geschewski.

Nepal’s recent local elections, held in May 2022 in 753 urban and rural municipalities, produced a number of surprises. Most prominent in national headlines was the victory of independent candidate and former rap musician Balen Shah in the race for mayor of Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital. But is the success of Shah and several other independent […]

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26. Aug 2022 / 22 min

Global China as Method

A conversation with Ivan Franceschini and Nicholas Loubere. Hosted by Julie Yu-Wen Chen.

Is China part of the world? Based on much of the political, media, and popular discourse in the West the answer is seemingly no. Even after four decades of integration into the global socioeconomic system, discussions of China continue to be underpinned by a core assumption: that the country represents a fundamentally different ‘other’ that […]

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19. Aug 2022 / 28 min

Temperatures on the Rise: Adapting to Heat Extremes in South Asia

A conversation with Chandni Singh and Emmanuel Raju. Hosted by Hanna Geschewski.

Between March and May of this year, large parts of India and Pakistan were hit by a severe heat wave that claimed at least 90 lives and seriously impacted people’s livelihoods and the environment. What made this heat wave so different and possibly worse than previous ones? Who was particularly at risk? And where does […]

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12. Aug 2022 / 25 min

Podcasting Academic Research

A discussion about the Nordic Asia Podcast with Kenneth Bo Nielsen, Outi Louva, Duncan McCargo and Julie Yu-Wen Chen. Hosted by the Nordic Asia Podcast.

What is the potential of podcasts to disseminate research based insights? How can a podcast function as a networking and pedagogical tool? And what is so intriguing about a Nordic podcast on Asia? Born during the pandemic to keep alive the vibrant research community on Asia in the Nordics, the Nordic Asia Podcast began as […]

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5. Aug 2022 / 22 min

China’s Role in the Future of Green Energy

A Discussion with Einari Kisel. Hosted by Saskia Lilli Lehtsalu

How green is green energy really? And what role does Asia, more specifically China play in the transition to green energy? On the 7th of July, International Energy Agency came out with a press release warning the world to diversify the solar panel supply chain, which as of now is dominated by China. In this […]

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1. Aug 2022 / 25 min

The Implications of the Ukrainian War for Taiwan’s Relations with China

A conversation with Sean King. Hosted by Julie Yu-Wen Chen.

Is a Chinese invasion on Taiwan a storm on the horizon when the West is busy with the Ukrainian war? Will Nancy Pelosi’s plan to visit Taiwan in August, the first by a Speaker of the US House of Representatives since 1997, escalate tensions between China and Taiwan? Joining us Julie Chen to talk about […]

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29. Jul 2022 / 26 min

Indonesia’s Response to the War in Ukraine

A conversation with Radityo Dharmaputra. Hosted by Saskia Lilli Lehtsalu.

With the upcoming G20 summit this November, all eyes should be on Indonesia – the fourth largest country in the world and current holder of G20 presidency. How has Indonesia reacted so far to the war in Ukraine? Why are so many Indonesians sympathetic to Russia, despite Indonesia’s historical tendency to favour the underdog in […]

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22. Jul 2022 / 26 min

Japanese Immigration and the Korean Minority

A conversation with Sara Park. Hosted by Duncan McCargo.

Why does Japanese immigration policy have such a bad name? What are the historical origins of tight immigration policies? Where have these policies left immigrants of Korean descent, many of whom lost their Japanese nationality in the wake of the Pacific War? Are Koreans in Japan still torn between competing loyalties to North and South […]

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15. Jul 2022 / 62 min

Publishing in Asian Studies Journals

A discussion with Julie Yu-Wen Chen and Hyung-Gu Lynn. Hosted by Duncan McCargo

How can we get our articles in Asian studies published? What criteria should we use in selecting what journals to target? On what basis do journal editors make decisions on what articles to publish? How should prospective authors deal with harsh and even contradictory reviewer reports? In this special double-length summer podcast, based on an […]

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8. Jul 2022 / 30 min

Finnish Maritime Interaction with China in the 18th Century

A discussion with Erja Kettunen-Matilainen. Hosted by Ari-Joonas Pitkänen.

As COVID-19 disrupted maritime trade with China, the world was again reminded of the importance of shipping in global commerce. The roots of Nordic maritime trade relations with Asia go back centuries, and this history reveals interesting details about early Finnish interaction with China. For example, the Swedish East India Company’s 18th century trade voyages produced […]

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1. Jul 2022 / 30 min

The Struggle for Hong Kong

A conversation with Jeffrey Wasserstrom. Hosted by Duncan McCargo

Why should we view the anti-China protests that began in Hong Kong in 2019 through a comparative lens? How do earlier episodes in Hong Kong’s history help us make sense of what has happened? How far can we make useful parallels with other protest movements in places like Thailand and Myanmar? And is a distinct […]

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24. Jun 2022 / 31 min

Japan’s Reaction to Russia’s War in Ukraine

A conversation with Kamila Szczepanska and Silja Keva. Hosted by Ari-Joonas Pitkänen.

Russia’s aggression in Ukraine has dramatically affected international politics, and the effects are also felt in East Asia. We have heard a lot about China’s position regarding the war, but the situation has also affected security and defense calculations in Japan, one of the key allies of the West in Asia. How did Japan react […]

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20. Jun 2022 / 28 min

Spirit Possession in Buddhist Southeast Asia; Worlds Ever More Enchanted

A conversation with Bénédicte Brac de la Perrière and Peter A. Jackson. Hosted by Terese Gagnon.

What is the relationship between Spirit Possession Rituals and Buddhism in mainland Southeast Asia? How has modernity transformed Spirit Possession cults in the 21st century and what has led to the efflorescence of possession rituals across Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam in recent decades? Bénédicte Brac de la Perrière and Peter A. Jackson joined Terese Gagnon […]

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17. Jun 2022 / 24 min

Artificial Intelligence with Chinese Characteristics

A conversation with Jinghan Zeng. Hosted by Joanne Kuai.

What is artificial intelligence (AI) with Chinese characteristics? Why is the Chinese Government labelling AI as a matter of security? How has AI been empowering China’s authoritarian governance? Jinghan Zeng, Professor of China and International Studies at Lancaster University, talks about his latest book Artificial Intelligence (AI) with Chinese Characteristics: National Strategy, Security and Authoritarian Governance (Palgrave, 2022) […]

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10. Jun 2022 / 30 min

What Happened to the Farm Law Movement?

A Conversation with Amandeep Sandhu. Hosted by Kenneth Bo Nielsen.

The prolonged farmers’ protests that unfolded in India in 2020-2021 undoubtedly represents the most significant and successful farmers’ movement in the country in recent decades. Often referred to as the farm law movement, protesting farmers demanded the withdrawal of three new laws that would have considerably liberalised agricultural production and trade. Their demands were met […]

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6. Jun 2022 / 28 min

Popular Demand for Strongman Rule? Reflections on the 2022 Philippine Election

A conversation with Duncan McCargo. Hosted by Mai Van Tran

What enabled the 2022 electoral victory of Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the son of a dictator that the historic People Power Revolution ousted 36 years ago? To what extent did the campaign of Bongbong Marcos’ main rival, Leni Robredo, represent a progressive alternative? Do the election results reflect a larger phenomenon of “illiberal turn” across electoral […]

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3. Jun 2022 / 22 min

The Forgotten Children of the Second Sino-Japanese War

A conversation with Kanako Kuramitsu. Hosted by Satoko Naito

Disparaged as “Japanese devils” and “half-breed,” some children with Chinese mothers and Japanese fathers born during the Second Sino-Japanese war long looked to Japan as their true homeland. Learn about this largely unseen group of individuals, just a few of the countless children born of war who have dealt with extreme social and political adversities […]

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20. May 2022 / 35 min

Ethnographic Perspectives on Change and Continuity in China

A Discussion with Suvi Rautio. Hosted by Ari-Joonas Pitkänen.

The People’s Republic of China has undergone tumultuous and varied sociocultural developments over the course of its history. In this episode, Dr. Suvi Rautio talks about some of the ways in which people and communities have dealt with the resulting change (or lack of it) based on her ethnographic research. Dr. Rautio is currently working […]

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13. May 2022 / 29 min

The New Political Cry in South Korea? The History of Feminist Activisms and Politics in South Korea

An interview with Ju Hui Judy Han. Hosted by Myunghee Lee

The anti-feminist movement in South Korea is gaining global attention. The story has been covered by many western mainstream news outlets including the New York Times, CNN, and BBC. Is this trend a new trend in South Korea? Where does this anti-feminist idea come from? In this episode, we invite Prof. Ju Hui Judy Han […]

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9. May 2022 / 37 min

Covid-19 Nationalism in China and Lessons from the Pandemic

A Conversation with Florian Schneider. Hosted by Joanne Kuai.

How has digital nationalism manifested amid the Covid-19 pandemic in China? How does anti-American sentiment in China feed into the disinformation campaigns in regard to the war on Ukraine? What lessons can we draw from Asian countries’ handling of the public health crisis? Florian Schneider, Senior Lecturer in the Politics of Modern China at Leiden University, […]

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6. May 2022 / 30 min

Deities and Divas

A conversation with Peter A. Jackson and Benjamin Baumann. Hosted by Julia Heinle from NIAS Press.

Queer Ritual Specialists in Myanmar, Thailand and Beyond NIAS Press in conversation with Peter A. Jackson and Benjamin Baumann How does queer life fit into Buddhism and ritual? What role do gay men and trans women play in the practice of spirit mediumship and how do queer spirit mediums mediate between Thailand’s religious fields? How […]

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29. Apr 2022 / 30 min

The Future of Japanese Studies

A conversation with Aike Rots. Hosted by Duncan McCargo.

Does the rise of China mean that studying Japan is inexorably declining? Many students become interested in Japan because of popular culture, such manga and video games: is this a good or a bad thing? In an era of Google Translate and nifty smartphone apps, do people still need to spend years and years learning […]

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22. Apr 2022 / 35 min

What Remains: Textiles from Tuol Sleng

A conversation with Magali-An Berthon. Hosted by Terese Gagnon

What can textiles tell us about histories of genocide and the lived experiences of prisoners? In this episode, Dr. Magali-An Berthon discusses the treatment of prisoners at S-21 and how clothes played a role into their imprisonment and dehumanization. She retraces the formation of the textile collection at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, starting with […]

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18. Apr 2022 / 25

Merging the Local with the Global

Quynh Le Vo in conversation with Farhana Shukor

A Conversation with a Malaysian Youth Climate Advocate In the past few years, youth-led groups such as the Fridays for Future school strike movement have changed the face of climate activism globally. In this interview, Malaysian youth climate advocate Farhana Shukor talks about her experience working on climate change issues in her native country as […]

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15. Apr 2022 / 33

Timor-Leste Elections

José Ramos-Horta in Conversation with Amber Woortman

Jose Ramos-Horta topped the first round of polling in the 2022 Timor-Leste presidential elections, securing 46.56 per cent of the popular vote on 19 March. Here he speaks to Amber Woortman in a special interview for the Nordic Asia Podcast. During the 24 years he spent in exile, José Ramos-Horta was a strong advocate for […]

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11. Apr 2022 / 33

India’s Ukrainian Dilemma

Kenneth Bo Nielsen with Ravinder Kaur, Henrik Chetan Aspengren and Sunniva Engh

The Russian war in Ukraine has placed India in a difficult situation: how to retain the historically good relationship with Russia, without jeopardizing the increasingly important strategic partnership with the USA? In this episode, Kenneth Bo Nielsen is joined by Ravinder Kaur, Henrik Chetan Aspengren and Sunniva Engh to analyze the diplomatic tightrope that India […]

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8. Apr 2022 / 24 min

Why Is Eileen Gu the New Poster Child in China?

A Conversation with Jiang Chang. Hosted by Julie Yu-Wen Chen

What is “binary nationalism” and what has it got to do with free-style skiing? The explosive popularity of Eileen Gu’s is an excellent case for understanding the common Chinese mindset. In this conversation, Professor Julie Yu-Wen Chen is joined by Professor Jiang Chang to discuss the wide popularity of freestyle skier Eileen Gu during and […]

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4. Apr 2022 / 36 min

Urban Climate Change and Adaptation

Host: Quynh Le Vo interviews Winston Chow

Messages from the IPCC Report for Southeast Asia “An atlas of human suffering and a damning indictment of failed climate leadership,” is how UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres described the IPCC report published in February 2022. But what did the report have to say about climate impacts, adaptation and vulnerability in Southeast Asian cities? What are […]

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1. Apr 2022 / 33 min

Masks of Authoritarianism: Hegemony, Power and Public Life in Bangladesh

A discussion with Arild Engelsen Ruud, Mubashar Hasan, Maha Mirza and Asheque Haque. Hosted by Kenneth Bo Nielsen.

Bangladesh has turned into a hybrid regime with an increasingly authoritarian culture that silences critics and oppositions in many brutal ways. How does the increasing authoritarianism of a surveillance state affect people, including society’s outsiders such as rap musicians and homosexuals? How does the edifice of government survive and sustain itself despite the criticism from […]

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28. Mar 2022 / 26 min

The Security Dilemma in the Korean Peninsula

An interview with Sungmin Cho. Hosted by Myunghee Lee

The Foreign Policy of Yoon Seok-youl, the Incoming President of South Korea South Korean presidential election ended and the conservative party candidate, Yoon Suk-yeol won the election. How will he balance the relationships between Korea and the US and China? The current progressive Moon Jae-in administration has pursued strategic ambiguity in foreign policy, trying to maintain a […]

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25. Mar 2022 / 25 min

China’s International Relations and the Ukraine Crisis

A Discussion with Matti Puranen. Hosted by Ari-Joonas Pitkänen.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has shaken the ground of global politics, and one of the key questions has been China’s position in the situation. In this episode, Dr. Matti Puranen analyses China’s international relations and strategic position in the context of the Ukraine crisis and China’s relationship with Russia. The newfound Western unity in response […]

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21. Mar 2022 / 25 min

Understanding East Timor’s 2022 Presidential Elections

Amber Woortman in conversation with Duncan McCargo

East Timor is choosing a president. What is the significance of the 2022 presidential elections in Timor Leste? Has Asia’s youngest and newest country become a prisoner of its short but turbulent political past? How do young people view the older generation of former freedom fighters who continue to dominate the political order? What has […]

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18. Mar 2022 / 42 min

Democratic Backsliding in Sri Lanka

A discussion with Øivind Fuglerud. Hosted by Kenneth Bo Nielsen

Cocktail umbrellas and refugee camps, serene Buddhist monasteries and soldiers in combat fatigues – Sri Lanka is a country of paradoxes. When the country became independent in 1948 it was a strong candidate to prove that the transition from colonialism to democratic sovereignty could indeed be successful. Today, after 30 years of civil war and […]

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14. Mar 2022 / 37 min

India’s Five State Elections and their Implications

Kenneth Bo Nielsen and a panel with Arild Ruud, Guro Samuelsen, Edward Moon-Little, Rahul Ranjan and Shreya Sinha

The past few months have been election season in India. Although these are state elections, many view them as a key midterm evaluation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his BJP government. What are the takeaway messages from these recently concluded assembly elections? In this episode, we zoom in on the elections in the five […]

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11. Mar 2022 / 34 min

Excluded from Society and Rights: The Experiences of Refugees on the Thai-Myanmar Border

In conversation with Hayso Thako and Terese Gagnon

Southeastern Myanmar (Burma). The Myanmar military has carried out arial attacks on villages: targeting schools, libraries, and villagers’ agricultural fields. In the past year, roughly one hundred thousand civilians have been displaced in the Southeast alone. Many have attempted to seek refuge in neighboring Thailand but have not been accepted as refugees. In addition to […]

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4. Mar 2022 / 35 min

Thai Totalitarians? Why the Love of Authoritarian Symbols?

A discussion with Verita Sriratana. Hosted by Petra Alderman

Why did Restart Thailand, a 2020 student-led pro-democracy movement, sport a red Communist-style logo with a hammer and sickle? Why did a Thai BNK48 singer wear a swastika t-shirt for the band’s 2019 concert rehearsal? And why did the latest Thai junta produce a video of two boys applauding a portrait of Adolf Hitler to […]

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28. Feb 2022 / 27 min

The Great Exodus from China

With Dominic Meng-Hsuan Yang - Host: Julie Yu-Wen Chen

Trauma, Memory, and Identity in Modern Taiwan Dominic Meng-Hsuan Yang is Associate Professor of East Asian History, Department of History, University of Missouri-Columbia, USA . His book The Great Exodus from China: Trauma, Memory and Identity in Modern Taiwan was publisehd by Cambridge University Press in 2021 and it won the 2021 Memory Studies Association’s First Book Award.  […]

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25. Feb 2022 / 37 min

Mythopolitics in South Asia

A conversation with Moumita Sen, Silje L. Einarsen, The’ang Theron and Guro W. Samuelsen. Hosted by Kenneth Bo Nielsen

India has been caught in a question for almost a decade now: is it a secular democracy or is it a Hindu nation? The struggles over this question goes from the parliament to the streets, from Facebook to living rooms, from the metropolis to the margins. The Indian Prime minister and his party routinely invoke […]

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21. Feb 2022 / 25 min

Understanding Authoritarianism

With Dr. Elina Sinkkonen and host Satoko Naito

Deepening Autocratization, Dynamic Dictatorships, and China Authoritarian regimes have often been discussed in contrast to democratic governments and defined in terms of what they lack–namely, democratic features. Dr. Elina Sinkkonen highlights the need for a new method of conceptualizing authoritarian regimes on their own terms, by including variables like personalization, centralization, and state control over […]

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18. Feb 2022 / 28 min

Love-Jihad and the Politics of Hindu Nationalist Statecraft

A discussion with Alf Nilsen and Kennth Bo Nielsen  

 What role does the Islamophobic conspiracy theory of “love jihad” play in the politics of Hindu nationalist statecraft—the legal codification of Hindu nationalist ideology—in India today? In this podcast, Kenneth Bo Nielsen and Alf Gunvald Nilsen unpack this question on the basis of a recent article published in the journal Religions. The idea of love […]

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13. Feb 2022 / 26 min

Shifting Dynamics of Contention in the Digital Age

With Jun Liu. Host: Joanne Kuai

Mobile Communication and Politics in China How has digital communication technologies impacted the dynamics of political contention in China? What is the role of mobile technology in the country with the world’s largest number of mobile and internet users? Why is there little domestic resistance about surveillance and technology-related privacy risks in China during the […]

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4. Feb 2022 / 23 min

The Politics of Protest in Myanmar

An interview with Van Tran. Hosted by Duncan McCargo.

Why has Myanmar experienced so many massive street protests recent years? How can we go about studying these sorts of mass demonstrations? What kinds of roles do bystanders perform in these protest movements? Have the protests since February 2021 been significantly different from earlier movements such as those of 1988 or 2007? And how are […]

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28. Jan 2022 / 41 min

Motorbike Madness in Vietnam

A discussion with Hue-Tam Jamme. Hosted by Arve Hansen

Ever tried to cross the road in Hanoi? There’s no point in waiting for a gap. Close your eyes and start walking: the traffic will magically weave around you. While Vietnamese cities were once dominated by bicycles and pedestrians, the growth in motorized mobility over the past decades have been astounding. The speed with which […]

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21. Jan 2022 / 19 min

China’s Environmental Foreign Relations

With Dr. Heidi Wang-Kaeding and Vorawan Wannalak

Environmental protection and climate actions has embedded in China’s foreign policy and the Chinese government has recently pledged to make the Belt and Road Initiative “open, green, and clean”. How far is this an agenda designed primarily for international consumption? How do domestic interest groups respond to China’s environmental foreign relations? To what extent can […]

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14. Jan 2022 / 28 min

Heritage, Humour and Regional Identity in Goa

A Conversation with Prakruti Ramesh. Host: Kenneth Bo Nielsen

Since the 1980s, pictures by the late Goan cartoonist Mario Miranda have been used to adorn and confer ‘local’ flavour on a variety of public settings in Goa. Today, Miranda’s work is a familiar sight to travelers in Goa. While some of the pictures selected for display – including by the government in spaces that […]

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10. Jan 2022 / 28 min

Conflicted Citizenship in Vietnam: Between Grassroots Mobilization and State Repression

An interview with Mirjam Le and Franziska S. Nicolaisen. Hosted by Linh Phương Lê

Does ‘citizenship’ exist in a socialist or communist context? If it does, what would this mean in the case of Vietnam? To what extent do the Vietnamese state and Vietnamese citizens perceive citizenship differently? And how are those differences negotiated? Why does the wave of recent popular protests in neighbouring countries concern the Vietnamese government? […]

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7. Jan 2022 / 25 min

COVID-19 and Vaccine Hesitancy in Japan

In conversation with Kamila Szczepanska and Yoko Demelius. Hosted by Satoko Naito

Anti-vaccination movements pose an increasing threat to global public health, but what of vaccine hesitancy? Join us for a discussion on the effects of vaccine hesitancy in Japan during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. University of Turku’s Centre for East Asian Studies University Teacher Dr. Yoko Demelius and University Lecturer Dr. Kamila Szczepanska discuss historical, cultural, […]

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27. Dec 2021 / 24 min

East Asian Cold War History with a Maritime Twist

In conversation with Kuan-Jen Chen. Hosted by Duncan McCargo

When did the Cold War in East Asia really begin? According to ADI-NIAS researcher Kuan-Jen Chen, the answer is 1945 – if we view the Cold War through a maritime lens. In conversation with NIAS Director Duncan McCargo, KJ explains how he is using Japanese and Taiwanese sources to gain a more nuanced perspective on […]

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20. Dec 2021 / 25 min

Understanding South Korea’s Taegukgi Rallies

In conversation with Myunghee Lee. Hosted by Petra Desatova

Why did so many of South Korea’s senior citizens take to the streets between 2016 and 2019? What motivated their participation in rallies? And what do these rallies tell us about the state of South Korea’s democracy? Korea Foundation and Nordic Institute of Asian Studies postdoctoral researcher Myunghee Lee discusses these and other questions with […]

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13. Dec 2021 / 22 min

Autocratization in South Asia

In conversation with Sten Widmalm. Hosted by Kenneth Bo Nielsen

Although autocratic forms of rule have a longer history in postcolonial South Asia, the slide towards autocratization has arguably accelerated in recent years, albeit unevenly. In this episode Kenneth Bo Nielsen is joined by Sten Widmalm to discuss his new edited book, The Routledge Handbook of Autocratization in South Asia. Widmalm offers a comprehensive analysis […]

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10. Dec 2021 / 39 min

The #MeToo Movement in China and the Case of Tennis Star Peng Shuai

In conversation with Dusica Ristivojević. Hosted by: Julie Yu-Wen Chen

Several high-profile cases of sexual harassment and assault have helped the #MeToo movement in China continue to make impacts on a society that is highly controlled and surveilled. Most recently, tennis star Peng Shuai’s saga has accused former top Chinese Communist Party leader, Zhang Gaoli of sexual assault. Although Peng did not say that she […]

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6. Dec 2021 / 27 min

COP26 from a Southeast Asian Perspective

In Conversation with Sharon Seah. Host: Quynh Le Vo

COP26 was billed as the make or break event in the fight against climate change. In conversation with Quynh Le Vo, Sharon Seah, coordinator of the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute’s Climate Change in Southeast Asia Programme, discusses Southeast Asian countries’ key priorities going into the conference and the commitments they made in Glasgow, including climate finance, […]

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3. Dec 2021 / 28 min

Rethinking China’s Humanitarian Diplomacy before and during Covid-19

In conversation with Lauri Paltemaa and Hermann Aubié. Hosted by Satoko Naito

As the Covid-19 pandemic spread to Europe and other parts of the globe in spring of 2020, the Chinese government started reporting donations of Personal Protective Equipment as well as other medical supplies to areas experiencing severe shortage. Listen to Dr. Lauri Paltemaa and Dr. Hermann Aubié discuss their research on the exact nature of […]

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26. Nov 2021 / 31 min

Network Monarchy and Its Challengers

Making sense of Thai politics with Duncan McCargo. Hosted by Petra Desatova

What does a cup of coffee tell us about Thailand’s intricate power relations? Where does the country’s monarchy come into this? And why does it matter? Prominent political scientist and NIAS director Duncan McCargo joins Petra Desatova to revisit his famous ‘network monarchy’ concept and explain why Thailand should not be seen as a ‘Deep […]

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19. Nov 2021 / 28 min

Chinese Digital Vigilantism: The Mediated and Mediatised Justice-Seeking

In conversation with Qian Huang. Hosted by Joanne Kuai

What is digital vigilantism? How do Chinese citizens seek justice online? How does digital vigilantism reflect contemporary Chinese technological and socio-political development? In a conversation with Joanne Kuai, a visiting PhD Candidate at the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Qian Huang, lecturer and PhD Candidate at Erasmus University Rotterdam, explains the growing phenomenon of online collective […]

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12. Nov 2021 / 22 min

In Search of New Social Democracy: Insights from the South – Implications for the North

In conversation with Olle Törnquist. Hosted by Kenneth Bo Nielsen

In his new book In Search of New Social Democracy: Insights from the South – Implications for the North (Zed-Bloomsbury), Olle Törnquist has returned to findings from fifty years of research on democracy and social rights movements in especially Indonesia, India and the Philippines, to address the major puzzle of our time: why the vision about development […]

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5. Nov 2021 /

The Wa of Myanmar – And China’s Quest For Global Dominance

Interview with Bertil Lintner - Hosted by Terese Gagnon

NIAS Press 2021 Who are the Wa of Myanmar and how, in three decades, have they built a force that is now the largest non-state military actor in Asia-Pacific? How does China’s economic, political, and military support for the Wa factor into the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative? What role might the Wa play in […]

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29. Oct 2021 / 26 min

Belittled Citizens: The Cultural Politics of Childhood on Bangkok’s Margins

In Conversation with Giuseppe Bolotta. Hosted by Fanny Töpper

How is childhood experienced in the slums of Bangkok and how does it relate to socio-political processes in Thailand? What role do mothers play in the leadership of the slums? And how can we understand recent mass protests in Thailand through the lens of children’s activism? Giuseppe Bolotta gives insights into his recently published book Belittled […]

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22. Oct 2021 / 24 min

The Modi Wave: Politics of the Pandemic in India

In conversation with Alf Gunvald Nilsen. Hosted by Kenneth Bo Nielsen

At the start of 2021, a widespread belief held that India had escaped the Covid-19 pandemic relatively unscathed – this was evidenced, the story went, in the country’s comparatively low death rates. Narendra Modi boasted to the World Economic Forum in January 2021, “that the country has saved humanity from a big disaster by containing […]

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15. Oct 2021 / 27 min

Beyond a Shadow: Southeast Asia Transcending US-China Rivalries

In conversation with Joseph Liow Chin Yong. Hosted by Duncan McCargo

Why do Southeast Asia specialists get tired of explaining that the politics of the region cannot be reduced to a zero-sum game of Chinese-US great power rivalries? How do relatively small Southeast Asian states negotiate their relations with these major powers in an increasingly antagonistic environment? And why has the idea of the Indo-Pacific become […]

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8. Oct 2021 / 27 min

Sharing Scholarship: Academic Publishing and Teaching Tibetan Buddhism in Finland

In conversation with Albion Butters. Hosted by Satoko Naito.

How can one approach religion as both an academic researcher and a spiritual practitioner? Join us for this wide ranging talk with Dr. Albion Butters, historian of religion and a specialist in Tibetan Buddhism. The first half of the conversation focuses on the Finnish Oriental Society (Suomen Itämainen Seura) and academic publishing through the digital […]

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1. Oct 2021 / 26 min

The Web of Meaning: The Internet in a Changing Chinese Society

In coversation with Elaine Yuan. Hosted by Joanne Kuai

What is the impact of Internet technology communication in China? How do Chinese people view “privacy” differently from the western perspective? How is the newly passed China’s Personal Information Protection Law going to impact people’s lives? In a conversation with Joanne Kuai, a visiting PhD Candidate at the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Elaine Yuan, an […]

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3. Nov 2020 / 24 min

Why Tiktok still matters

Hermann Aubié, Outi Luova

New trends on Tiktok includes strange food

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