Dexter Roberts on ‘The Myth of Chinese Capitalism’


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On this week’s show, veteran reporter Dexter “Tiff” Roberts chats with Kaiser and Jeremy about his new book, The Myth of Chinese Capitalism: The Worker, the Factory, and the Future of the World.

6:28: What is the myth of Chinese capitalism?

20:17: Chinese migrant workers and their children

35:54: Labor conditions in China

40:28: Strikes, the CCP, and labor union overhaul

45:48: Taobao villages and the transformation of the Chinese countryside


Jeremy: Videos for children in Chinese and English, coupled with improvised music by Wu Fei.

Dexter: From the Soil: The Foundations of Chinese Society, by Fèi Xiàotōng 费孝通.

Kaiser: The first two books in the trilogy by Hilary Mantel: Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.

This podcast was edited and produced by Kaiser Kuo and Jason MacRonald.