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  • Jan 20 , 2021 | Innovation
    Awe and Wonder of Space | Ron Garan | Part 1
  • Jan 11 , 2021 | Social Good
    Nature For The Soul | Kyle Obermann
  • Jan 07 , 2021 | Social Good
    Expat in Nature | Kyle Obermann
  • Dec 23 , 2020 | Social Good
    When we say it was a year like no other, we really mean that. Through a tough year for all, love endures—uniting us in moments of doubt and pain. We want to thank you for following us in 2020 as we told many important stories—from the outbreak epicenters to across the Pacific. And we express special thanks to our guest speakers for sharing their stories during an unprecedented time. We wish all of you a Happy New Year. Appreciation to Dr. Margaret Chan, Professor Sharon Lewin, Professor Peter Piot, Filippo Grandi, Lena Li, Dr. Takeshi Kasai, Dr. Vanessa Kerry, Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Professor Muhammad Yunus, Erna Solberg, Attica Scott, and Lateefah Simon.
  • Dec 18 , 2020 | Social Good
    This is the year when everything changed. When gains on poverty reversed. When progress against hunger stopped. When so many issues had to once again take a back seat. In one of our final episodes of the year, our Host James Chau reflects on the challenges of the times— and hope for the future.
  • Dec 10 , 2020 | Social Good
    No More Poverty
  • Dec 01 , 2020 | Social Good
    Chinese painter Lu Xinjian has worked with brands like Nike and Beats by Dre. And his canvas is the world—finding inspiration in the geometry of satellite maps, turning them into intricate, abstract masterpieces that he calls “City DNA.” Xinjian speaks with our Host James Chau about his creative process and shows us the world from his artistic view.
  • Nov 27 , 2020 | Social Good
    Centers of Culture and Creativity
  • Nov 26 , 2020 | Social Good
    Five years ago, the world came together in Paris to work in solidarity for the planet. Our Host James Chau revisits a conversation with Jane Goodall—to share a message of community at a time when we need it most. Jane Goodall is a household name, famous for her work with primates. Now, as the world is facing a plethora of crises all at once, she is using her voice to fight for a brighter future for our shared world.
  • Nov 17 , 2020 | Social Good
    As Chair of the Elders, Mary Robinson advocates for peace and justice for everyone. In this special conversation with our Host James Chau, the former leader of Ireland shares her insights on how we can achieve a future with the wellbeing of our planet at the center. In honor of the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement, The China Current presents this special conversation with Mary Robinson.
  • Nov 16 , 2020 | Social Good
    In honor of the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement to fight climate change, The China Current presents a special, three-part conversation with Mary Robinson, Chair of The Elders. Our Host James Chau speaks with the former President of Ireland and former UN Human Rights Commissioner about the climate justice she envisions for us all, and the global solutions to a global problem. We live in a time when priorities are rapidly shifting. But, with or without COVID-19, our planet needs saving now.
  • Nov 16 , 2020 | Social Good
    In honor of the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement to fight climate change, The China Current presents a special, three-part conversation with Mary Robinson, Chair of The Elders. Our Host James Chau speaks with the former President of Ireland and former UN Human Rights Commissioner about the climate justice she envisions for us all, and the global solutions to a global problem. We live in a time when priorities are rapidly shifting. But, with or without COVID-19, our planet needs saving now.
  • Nov 16 , 2020 | Social Good
    In honor of the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement to fight climate change, The China Current presents a special, three-part conversation with Mary Robinson, Chair of The Elders. Our Host James Chau speaks with the former President of Ireland and former UN Human Rights Commissioner about the climate justice she envisions for us all, and the global solutions to a global problem. We live in a time when priorities are rapidly shifting. But, with or without COVID-19, our planet needs saving now.
  • Nov 03 , 2020 | Social Good
    With over 7.5 billion people on this planet, our consumption of energy is immense. But finite natural resources are harming our planet, leaving many countries searching for cleaner and more efficient energy. China, the world’s top energy consumer, is independently developing a next-gen power program. Our Host James Chau explores the need for clean and renewable energy.
  • Oct 06 , 2020 | Social Good
    This year, the US and China are both conducting nationwide censuses. Due to health concerns, China’s 1.4 billion people will be counted digitally to limit person-to-person contact. Our Host James Chau looks at how censuses affect the distribution of resources and services to communities within their borders.
  • Oct 06 , 2020 | Social Good
    Protecting and promoting mental health is more important than ever before. Many of us have lost the stability that employment and community provides, and in some cases we have lost our loved ones. As the pandemic elevates action on global wellbeing, our Host James Chau explores the state and perceptions of mental health in China, where stigma and a lack of resources create a challenging environment—a reality mirrored in other societies. As World Mental Health Day approaches, we share a story of hope.
  • Sep 25 , 2020 | Social Good
    The UN General Assembly represents 193 member states across the world, tackling security and peace challenges on a global scale. While it is custom to meet in person, leaders will be meeting digitally this year. Our Host James Chau dives into the front and center issue: protecting the planet and health, and the importance of multilateralism, especially during pandemic times.
  • Sep 11 , 2020 | Social Good
    Food shortages have been a persistent issue for humans since the dawn of mankind. Today, there are many non-profit initiatives fighting boldly to ensure people are properly fed. But on the other side of this issue is food waste, which many of us don’t realize is part of the same problem. Our Host James Chau explains how conscious consumption of food is as important as ever, and how accurate portion sizes can help address a range of critical issues.
  • Sep 09 , 2020 | COVID-19
    People living with HIV have faced unique and life-threatening challenges during the pandemic, with lockdown and social distancing disrupting basic health services, medicine, supplies, and fundraising. Our Host James Chau speaks with Andrew Chidgey, Chief Executive of AIDS Concern, a non-profit in Hong Kong, about how people living with HIV can safely negotiate the unfamiliar future, while also protecting themselves at a time of increased stigma and discrimination.
  • Aug 03 , 2020 | Social Good
    This month marks the 75th anniversaries of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Now, The Elders, led by Mary Robinson and Ban Ki-moon, are gathering the world for a digital remembrance, and calling on leaders to never let this happen again. Our Host James Chau tells the story of this day in history.
  • Jul 31 , 2020 | Culture
    “Both of my parents never finished high school, but they believed firmly in education.” China’s rise from poverty in the 80s was a herculean feat, lifting millions up by expanding trade and industry and building a more robust education system. The result was families like Elvis’, who, in a single generation, were able to rise above poverty. Elvis shares his childhood stories and family history with our Host James Chau.
  • Jul 31 , 2020 | Social Good
    In 1982, a bachelor party in Detroit suddenly turned into a night of tragedy, and ultimately ignited a movement. In this episode, we speak with the cousin of Vincent Chin, the victim of a hate crime in the 80s. Our Host James Chau dissects this moment in American history that united Asian communities together to fight for justice.
  • Jul 29 , 2020 | Culture
    “As much as my experience as an American is not monolithic, I want to express that the Chinese experience is not monolithic at all.” When recent college graduate Maia arrived in China from the U.S., she experienced first-hand a fast developing nation with a rich, relatable culture. Maia speaks with our Host James Chau about her learnings and feelings brought about by her visit to China, as well as the resilience of recent graduates who are entering into a very uncertain future.
  • Jul 24 , 2020 | Social Good
    Elvis Cao works at Cornell University’s Erickson Lab, converting CO2 to sustainable fuel. He reasons that one of the biggest issues with the conversation around sustainability is that there is little mention of the economic benefits. The project he works on, called HI-Light, aims to change the narrative surrounding large scale sustainability operations and to redefine CO2 as a resource, not a liability. In partnership with One Young World, our Host James Chau met Elvis in London, where they discussed the environment and innovation for the future of our planet.
  • Jul 21 , 2020 | Social Good
    The pandemic has exposed many issues in our global society, highlighting the need for change at a fundamental level. One such issue is how the harmful practices of global industry are harming our planet. As countries around the world begin to recover and move to rethink how their people live and work, it’s important that that process moves towards sustainability. Our Host James Chau and London-based Contributing Editor Laura de Belgique discuss the idea of a global green recovery—and building our future after the pandemic more sustainably, from the ground up.
  • Jul 16 , 2020 | Social Good
    The pandemic has exposed a world of finite resources stretched thin. Experts have long warned that our relationship with our natural resources is unsustainable, and yet consumption of fossil fuels and natural gas continues to hit record highs. New resources must be adopted for the survival of the planet, and our existing infrastructure must be updated to use them. Our Host James Chau explores how global powers are demonstrating a commitment to a greener future, and investing in new technology.
  • Jul 14 , 2020 | Social Good
    Culture plays a unique role in bringing peace, tolerance, and understanding to a world that is often divided. History, art, film, and music are ways to connect with people across social and physical boundaries. And these connections are enhanced by today’s technology and social media. Our Host James Chau explores the impact of today's leading apps, celebrities interacting with their followers, and a rural Chinese vlogger with more 11 million YouTube subscribers.
  • Jul 13 , 2020 | Social Good
    Xu Liu is a research engineer whose Chinese name literally translates to “Morning Sun”. Coincidentally, her scientific work at Cornell University has her working on how to improve solar energy collection, as well as improving air quality. In partnership with One Young World, our Host James Chau met Xu Liu in London, where they discussed the work of advancing eco-friendly goals and how sharing a hometown with Confucious has given her a distinctive worldview.
  • Jul 10 , 2020 | Social Good
    In a time of pandemic, leaders in science, policy, and civil society are needed more than ever. From fighting stigma to funding research, the AIDS 2020: Virtual conference shines a light on how public health affects how we all live on this earth. In partnership with AIDS 2020: Virtual, our Host James Chau speaks with Dany Stolbunov, an activist in Eastern Europe and Central Asia—areas that are seeing the fastest-growing AIDS epidemic in the world today.
  • Jul 10 , 2020 | Social Good
    The China Current is honored to partner with AIDS 2020: Virtual – the world's biggest conference on global health. In a time of COVID-19, its leadership on science, policy and civil society is needed more than ever. From fighting stigma to funding research, the conference shines a light on how public health affects how we all live on this earth. As part of AIDS 2020: Virtual, James Chau interviewed Sir Elton John, David Furnish, Dany Stolbunov – and in this video, Winnie Byanyima, the Executive Director of UNAIDS.
  • Jul 07 , 2020 | Social Good
    The China Current has a commitment to the global future, and as such we are very proud to partner with One Young World, the global forum for young leaders. Our Host Hanes Chau went to London, to its annual summit, to meet Nana Xu, an artist and filmmaker who uses culture as a gathering point for people, ideas, and purpose.
  • Jun 18 , 2020 | Social Good
    The 21st century has brought many global firsts. Soon, at the start of 2021, the world’s most populous country will implement its first civil code—a set of laws protecting the rights of people and businesses, from marriage to property, and data privacy. We unpack the details on how China will enter into its next phase as a nation, and what that means for the future.
  • Jun 05 , 2020 | Social Good
    With all that is going on, we wanted to share a story of hope and renewal—of a rural community on the edge of a cliff that has found new purpose and hope. Atulie'er is a Chinese clifftop village accessible only by a steel staircase. 2,600 feet separate the village from basic services like schools and hospitals, and almost detached from the modern world, it has become a symbol of perseverance. Now, most of the families, who belong to the Yi ethnic minority, are moving out. They have relocated to the valley below where they have new homes and the prospect of new jobs and a new life. Other households have chosen to stay behind, as Atulie’er will be protected as a cultural heritage site.
  • Jun 02 , 2020 | Culture
    Although they are not with us today, our ancestors shine a continuous reflection on our lives, influencing our perceptions and interactions with the world in subtle yet powerful ways. In her latest film—The Farewell—actor, author, comedian, and rapper, Awkwafina returns to her Asian roots—telling the story of her grandmother’s last days and the ancestral background underpinning a new generation. It reveals the cultural nuances of an American woman finding comfort—and conflict—with her family’s heritage. Our Host James Chau speaks to our Contributing Editor Laura de Belgique about the importance of identity and ancestry.
  • Jan 09 , 2020 | Social Good
    After living, marrying, and starting his family in the US, First Chief Executive of Hong Kong Tung Chee-hwa says that Hong Kong is ready to return the kindness that the West afforded him in his youth. Situated at the southern coast of China, Hong Kong serves as a financial center for Asia and the world.
  • Dec 19 , 2019 | Social Good
    Jane Goodall, one of history's most influential primatologists, has spent her life dedicated to studying chimpanzees and advocating for animal conservation. Now, with the environment more vulnerable than ever, Goodall believes it will take global efforts to create a more sustainable future. We recently discussed with her the steps the international community must take to create a world that is viable for all living things. Watch her interview with James Chau for more.
  • Dec 11 , 2019 | Social Good
    Lakes and rivers function as the lifeblood of most societies, cultivating cities, cultures, and human growth. But as economic development accelerates, factors like population density and pollution have begun to seriously harm our waterways.
  • Nov 25 , 2019 | Social Good
    Gillian and Ted live in Shanghai with their three children, and like everyone else there, they’ve had to adapt to the city’s new strict waste sorting rules.
  • Nov 21 , 2019 | Social Good
    The world is fighting a global war on waste that threatens to overrun our planet, and China is on the frontlines of the unprecedented battle.
  • Nov 19 , 2019 | Social Good
    Doutzen Kroes is not only one of the world's most famous supermodels, she's also a passionate conservationist and a global ambassador for Knot On My Planet, an organization dedicated to saving the elephants.
  • Oct 28 , 2019 | Social Good
    In the final part of our conversation with Tung Chee-hwa, First Chief Executive of Hong Kong, Mr. Tung discusses how China’s transformation out of an impoverished, isolated country has contributed to global peace. Since China's opening-up to the world, and the establishment of ties with the U.S., no American soldier has died on a battlefield in East Asia. He also shares his thoughts on how looking back can help us move forward, and how it’s up to the stakeholders including the young people of today to make the world a better place to live.
  • Oct 28 , 2019 | Social Good
    In the second part of our interview with Tung Chee-hwa, First Chief Executive of Hong Kong, we discuss the impact and legacy of a historic meeting between the leaders of the U.S. and China in the midst of the Cold War, and China's momentous decision to reform and open-up.
  • Oct 23 , 2019 | Social Good
    In Part 1 of the interview, Tung Chee-hwa, the First Chief Executive of Hong Kong, shares his personal story of living and working in the U.S., how people from different backgrounds and cultures can achieve better trust and understanding with one another ...
  • Oct 04 , 2019 | Social Good
    150 years ago, the First Transcontinental Railroad was completed, revolutionizing travel in the U.S. by linking the east and west coasts with 1,912 miles of track.
  • Sep 25 , 2019 | Social Good
    Dr Bright Eric Ohene is a cardiovascular surgeon at Beijing’s Anzhen Hospital, where he uses innovative approaches to improving the health of his patients.
  • Sep 23 , 2019 | Social Good
    The largest gathering of world leaders has kicked-off in New York, but what do they do? James Chau takes you behind and around the scenes at the UN General Assembly, where climate change, universal health coverage, and the Sustainable Development Goals are the headliners this year.
  • Sep 18 , 2019 | Social Good
    Six months ago, when we launched The China Current, we promised to bring you up close to fascinating people shaping our shared global future. Six months later, James Chau looks back at some of those stories.
  • Sep 12 , 2019 | Social Good
    The China Current is excited to present a new series called “My Story”, which documents the personal journeys of young people we’ve met across China and shares the feelings and aspirations they have at this point in their lives. This week, we meet Tina Yang, who works in Shezhen's fast-developing tech industry.
  • Sep 04 , 2019 | Social Good
    The China Current is proud and excited to present a new series called My Story, which documents the personal journeys of young people we meet across China, and shares with you the feelings they have at this point in their lives. This summer, we traveled to Shenzhen, a 'young' city in an 'old country', that has carved out a new reputation for itself as one of the major centers of innovation. In this first episode, we meet Jadon Zhong, who works for a tech startup.
  • Sep 02 , 2019 | Social Good
    Ge Yang is a phenomenal table tennis player: world champion and winner of six Paralympic gold medals from Athens, Beijing, London and Rio. But what makes his story truly personal is the journey he has traveled: at the age of six, he lost his right hand in an accident at home in Hebei.
  • Aug 14 , 2019 | Social Good
    ‘How to Make a Difference’ is the title of the new book by two architects of a global youth movement: Ella and Kate Robertson.
  • Aug 13 , 2019 | Social Good
    Vali Nasr is one of America's best-known academics, as former Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
  • Aug 07 , 2019 | Social Good
    Former Hong Kong Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa hosted a special gathering in July with American and Chinese alike to explore the opportunities that lie ahead for the international community in these tumultuous times.
  • Aug 02 , 2019 | Lifestyle
    Shanghai needs very little introduction – but there’s so much to say. This city of over 26 million people is one of the most dynamic in the world: its cosmopolitan past is on display with the historical architecture along the Bund, while its innovative future is underpinned by the skyscrapers that stand on former farmlands in the financial center of Pudong. James Chau takes you inside "the city that belongs to everyone".
  • Jul 31 , 2019 | Social Good
    For 14 years, Goh Chok Tong was Singapore's Prime Minister. Today, he serves as the country's Emeritus Senior Minister, and uses his skills as a global statesman to find solutions to some of our greatest challenges.
  • Jul 22 , 2019 | Social Good
    Neil Bush has been to China more than 140 times. His first trip was in 1975, when millions of Chinese were experiencing the Cultural Revolution and when his father President George HW Bush was chief of the U.S. Liaison Office in Beijing. Bush compares the China he knew 'then' to the China he knows 'now'. He speaks to James Chau on this episode of The China Current.
  • Jun 04 , 2019 | Social Good
    Professor Ilona Kickbusch is one of the world's foremost thinkers and visionaries on global health. A key architect of the 1986 Ottawa Charter, one of the most vital international agreements on health promotion, her innovative work has transformed the world and our most vulnerable communities in particular. Currently at Geneva’s Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Ilona has had a distinguished career, including at the World Health Organization and Yale University. She has also helped train many of today’s health leaders in China. In this interview, James Chau brings her back to her early years in India, and how being the child of a German diplomat helped shape her career and the influence she continues to exercise.
  • May 28 , 2019 | Social Good
    In just a few days, Katja Iversen, President and CEO of Women Deliver, will host the world's largest conference on gender equality in Vancouver, Canada, featuring heads of state among 9,000 delegates from 170 countries. James Chau speaks with Katja as she looks back at her life and the experiences that shaped her conviction to lead her movement for equality. She discusses what it will require to create a world that is fairer, and why she thinks China is so far down The Global Gender Gap Report.
  • May 20 , 2019 | Social Good
    As the 72nd World Health Assembly convenes in Geneva this week, Part 2 of the conversation with Professor Sharon Lewin reminds us just how important global cooperation on health is. For over 20 years, Professor Lewin has been on the cusp of 'discovery' - the discovery of an elusive AIDS cure, and in the process, the discovery of how we can all live safer and healthier lives. In an era when SARS, Ebola, Zika and various strains of avian influenza have become a norm, she references her work on one of the greatest epidemics in history - HIV and AIDS - to help us anticipate the next great global health emergency, and how we can prepare ourselves. This interview with James Chau was recorded in July 2018 at the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam.
  • May 14 , 2019 | Social Good
    For over 20 years, Professor Sharon Lewin has been on the cusp of 'discovery' - the discovery of an elusive AIDS cure, and in the process, the discovery of how we can all live safer and healthier lives. In an era when SARS, Ebola, Zika and various strains of the avian flu have become a norm, her work on one of the greatest epidemics in history - HIV and AIDS - can help us anticipate the next great global health emergency, and how we can prepare ourselves. This interview with James Chau was recorded in July 2018 at the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam.
  • May 07 , 2019 | Social Good
    I was recently invited to The Carter Center's commemoration of the 40th anniversary of U.S.-China relations in Atlanta, where I met Professor David Lampton - a foremost thinker on the two countries. In this podcast, he describes his early adventures as a student in the 1960s, the way he centers his work through people and their voices, and how he has built a career around two fascinating countries and the world they shape.
  • Apr 29 , 2019 | Social Good
    The gender equality movement is building unprecedented momentum around the world, including in China. But what are the issues at stake, and how far are we from achieving genuine and meaningful equality for all? James Chau speaks to Ruth Lawlor and Kent Buse of Global Health 50/50 in New York.
  • Apr 23 , 2019 | Social Good
    In January, when I interviewed Jimmy Carter, the former president told me that one way forward for the U.S. and China was to create a group of wise men and women who can guide the future relationship. Carter said he will send that suggestion to President Donald Trump - who has just confirmed that the two men have spoken. Also, Professor Wang Jisi of Peking University reacts to a New York Times report of limited visas for Chinese academics.
  • Apr 02 , 2019 | Social Good
    Millions of young Chinese are heading West to study, transforming the educational experiences of Chinese and Americans alike. Nini Suet is enmeshed in this world. The Beijing-born Princeton grad started an education business that tutors young Chinese for boarding schools in America, and prepares them to interact with an entirely new culture. She talks to James Chau about the magic that happens when these Chinese young people come together to with their American counterparts.