From the Xinhai Revolution of 1911 that ended the Qing dynasty to the Second Sino-Japanese War to Tiananmen in 1989 and Hong Kong 30 years later, songs have inspired and united people in protest and political movements in China. In this episode, Kaiser chats with Jeff Wasserstrom of the University of California, Irvine, about the anthems that have animated activism, and about Jeff’s new book, Vigil: Hong Kong on the Brink.
The episode is part of the Serica Initiative’s series of California-based podcasts.
7:18: “Wolf,” by Chyi Chin
13:37: “Nothing to My Name,” by Cui Jian
30:47: “Glory to Hong Kong,” by Thomas dgx yhl
44:33: A preview of Jeff’s book, Vigil: Hong Kong on the Brink
Jeff: 33 Revolutions Per Minute: A History of Protest Songs, From Billie Holiday to Green Day, by Dorian Lynskey.