#202      27 min 30 sec
China life: Managing cultural taboos in your marketing strategy

Associate Professor Cheris Chan

Sociologist Associate Professor Cheris Chan recounts the expensive lessons foreign insurance firms have had to learn in China and other ethnically Chinese countries when encountering cultural taboos and superstitions that directly impact on business success. With host Jennifer Cook.

#200      32 min 38 sec
Face to the world: What drives China's foreign policy?

Prof. Richard Rigby
Dr Pradeep Taneja

China historian Prof Richard Rigby and political scientist Dr Pradeep Taneja discuss how a newly powerful China fares in promoting and protecting its interests in its dealings with the rest of the world. Presented by Eric van Bemmel.

#198      28 min 49 sec
Power shift: A Chinese view of China - U.S. relations

Prof. Han Zhaoying

International relations expert Prof Han Zhaoying gives his views on the potentially disrupting factors that threaten the China - United States relationship, and suggests how the two governments might find ways to quell their mutual distrust and seek out ways of working together. Presented by Eric van Bemmel.

#195      33 min 58 sec
Contenders cum laude: Universities competing in the global rankings game

Prof Simon Marginson

International higher education expert Professor Simon Marginson discusses the increasingly influential phenomenon of global ranking of universities, and what it means for students, governments, researchers, and the business of running institutions of higher learning. Presented by Eric van Bemmel.

Episode 169      24 min 24 sec
Waves of influence: Television drama as an instrument of soft power in Asia

Sociologist Professor Chua Beng Huat explains how serial TV dramas have become a soft power currency traded among China, Korea, Japan and other countries in Asia. With host Jennifer Cook.

Episode 156      22 min 10 sec
Guanxi: Telling apart gifts from bribes when doing business in Asia

Assoc Prof Peter Verhezen

Associate Professor Peter Verhezen explains how cultural understandings of gift giving practices differs across regions, and that Western companies and people doing business in Asian countries need to be aware of the grey area that lies between the offering of gifts and the offering of bribes.

Episode 151      25 min 49 sec
Fortune and fortitude: Stories of the Chinese diaspora

Prof Pookong Kee

Social scientist Prof. Pookong Kee looks at the successive waves of migration from China and how Chinese identity has evolved among ethnic Chinese in their adopted homelands. With host Jennfier Cook.

Episode 145      24 min 18 sec
Neighbours with a difference: The India-China relationship in context

Dr Pradeep Taneja

Political scientist Dr Pradeep Taneja discusses how India and China view each other’s geo-political ambitions. With host Jennifer Cook.

Episode 106      28 min 13 sec
Nothing To Eat: Famine and Its Consequences

Cormac O Grada

Economic Historian Prof Cormac O Grada joins host Jennifer Cook to discuss famine, its causes and repercussions, and the human condition in times of mass food scarcity.

Episode 94      19 min 
Managing China's Water Challenges

John Langford AM

Water engineer Prof John Langford discusses the immense challenges facing a China with swiftly mounting water demand and dwindling resources. With science host Dr Shane Huntington.