CHP-253-The History of Xinjiang Part 10
Play episode · 34 min

Laszlo is back with more History of Xinjiang.  The focus this time in Part 10 will be on the Qing Dynasty during the emperors Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong. The rise and fall of the Zunghar Khanate will also be explored, as well as the violent and tragic aftermath following the Zunghars defeat.    

New Books in Sociology
New Books in Sociology
Marshall Poe
Tahseen Shams, "Here, There, and Elsewhere: The Making of Immigrant Identities in a Globalized World" (Stanford UP, 2020)
Here, There, and Elsewhere: The Making of Immigrant Identities in a Globalized World (Stanford University Press, 2020) by Tahseen Shams (Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto) reconceptualizes the homeland-hostland dyad. Drawing from the experiences of diasporic South Asian Muslim community in America, namely Bangladeshis, Pakistanis, and Indians, Shams introduces an innovative conceptual notion of “elsewhere” which informs her new multicentered approach to the study of globalized immigrant identities. Using ethnographic study, social media analysis, and autoethnographic reflections, she provocatively highlights how for her varied participants, their identities as South Asian Muslim Americans were not only informed by their perception of sending and receiving countries, but also was defined by societies beyond these nation states, especially those that defined their sense of an ummatic connection, such as to countries in the Middle East. In such instances, affinities to elsewhere informed South Asian American Muslim’s political and social mobilizations, such as during American presidential elections or in their other social justice involvement. At the same time, other elsewhere events, such as an ISIS attack in a European country, further altered their experiences as Muslims in America. The conceptual paradigm of “elsewhere” in this study productively shifts homeland-hostland dynamics beyond a simple binary and further challenges us to rethink how homeland politics, global Muslim events, and hostland reception dynamics complicate diasporic identity formation in a globalized and transnational context. This book will be of interest to those who work on international migration, diaspora studies, South Asian Islam, and Islam in America. Shobhana Xavier is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Queen’s University. Her research areas are on contemporary Sufism in North America and South Asia. She is the author of Sacred Spaces and Transnational Networks in American Sufism (Bloombsury Press, 2018) and a co-author of Contemporary Sufism: Piety, Politics, and Popular Culture (Routledge, 2017). More details about her research and scholarship may be found here and here. She may be reached at Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
1 hr
The China in Africa Podcast
The China in Africa Podcast
Venezuela and the Chinese Debt Crisis in Africa
Even before the current economic crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic there were widespread concerns about Chinese lending practices in Africa. The U.S. and other critics contend that Beijing is employing a predatory lending strategy where it intentionally loads up poor countries with unsustainable amounts of debt. When they invariably can't repay those loans, China swoops in to seize assets. While this so-called "debt trap" theory remains very popular, there's simply no evidence to support the assertion according to scholars who've looked into thousands of Chinese loan deals around the world. So, if it's not a "debt trap" then what are the Chinese doing? This is a particularly pertinent question now as Angola, Zambia and Kenya are all confronting severe challenges in their abilities to repay Chinese loans. Since this is the first time that African borrowers have encountered this dilemma with the Chinese, no one's really sure what's going to happen. But a similar situation's been playing out for almost two decades in Venezuela and what's happened there might help inform how the Chinese will handle their ailing loan portfolios in Africa. Matt Ferchen, head of global China research at the Dutch-based Mercator Institute for China Studies, is one of the world's leading scholars on Sino-South American relations and has closely followed the Chinese debt crisis in Venezuela. Matt joins Eric & Cobus to discuss the fate of $20+ billion of outstanding Chinese loans to Venezuela and what African stakeholders can take away from this experience. JOIN THE DISCUSSION: Facebook: Twitter: @eolander | @stadenesque | @mattferchen Download Matt Ferchen's latest paper: China-Venezuela Relations in the Twenty-First Century: From Overconfidence to Uncertainty from the U.S. Institute of Peace website. SUBSCRIBE TO THE CAP'S DAILY EMAIL NEWSLETTER FOR JUST $3 FOR 3 MONTHS. Your subscription supports independent journalism. Subscribers get the following: 1. A daily email newsletter of the top China-Africa news. 2. Access to the China-Africa Experts Network 3. Unlimited access to the CAP's exclusive analysis content on Try it out for just $3 for 3 months:
47 min
More episodes
Clear search
Close search
Google apps
Main menu