22 | Joko Widodo: Indonesia’s Leader of Contradictions

October 26, 2020

Featured Guests: Ben Bland, Dewi Fortuna Anwar

When Joko Widodo, widely known as Jokowi, became president of Indonesia in 2014, it completed a stunning rise for a political outsider who had spent much of his previous life… more



21 | SoftBank: Asia’s Most Influential Tech Company

October 8, 2020

Featured Guests: Phred Dvorak, Steve Kaplan

This week’s episode is a deep dive on a company that’s transforming not just Asia, but arguably the entire global tech sector - Japan’s SoftBank. Even if you’ve never heard of SoftBank… more



20 | India in the COVID-19 Era

September 28, 2020

Featured Guest: Pratap Bhanu Mehta
Featured Host: Yuka Kobayashi

In the second of our special editions recorded at the Association for Asian Studies’ annual conference, we turn our focus to India. Our guest is Pratap Mehta (@pbmehta), one of the country’s… more



19 | South Asia’s Dual Crises: Coronavirus and Climate Change

September 11, 2020

Featured Guests: Mushfiq Mobarak, Yamini Aiyar

South Asian countries are facing a double whammy - the effects of the global pandemic and an increasingly urgent battle against pollution and the effects of climate change… more



18 | Summer of China: Three Books to Read

August 27, 2020

Featured Guests: Lingling Wei, Michael Schuman, Tom Orlik

This episode, we present - the inaugural Asia Matters Book Club episode. China has dominated the headlines this summer - and if you’re looking for a good book to help you… more



17 | Japan’s Foreign Policy: The Art of Persuasion?

August 17, 2020

Featured Guests: Akio Takahara, Yuka Kobayashi

This episode, in a collaboration with the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, we turn our attention to Japan - specifically, its foreign policy. Against a backdrop of rising… more



16 | Coronavirus and Racism: Asian-Americans in the Crossfire

July 27, 2020

Featured Guests: Christine Yano, Jennifer Pan

The world is still very much in the grip of the coronavirus pandemic - but the blame game has already begun. China, where the virus was first reported last December… more



15 | Do Middle Powers Have a China Dilemma?

July 6, 2020

Featured Guests: Kerry Brown, Matthew Henderson

We often talk about geopolitics in terms of superpower competition - at the moment, particularly between the U.S. and China. But where does this leave mid-sized countries… more



14 | The Luckin Scandal: How “China’s Starbucks” Crashed

June 8, 2020

Featured Guests: Nana Li, Jacky Wong, Catherine X. Pan-Giordano

The pandemic-related lockdown continues in much of the world, but in China, they are getting back to work. That gives us a chance to look into a major scandal from the… more



13 | China’s “Two Sessions”: Hong Kong, COVID-19 and the Economy

June 2, 2020

Featured Guests: Shaun Breslin, Dingding Chen, Jue Wang

There was plenty to digest from China’s coronavirus-delayed “Two Sessions” (Lianghui) annual political gathering last week - so much so that we’ve got a bumper episode… more



12 | Pandemic Fallout: Advantage China?

May 12, 2020

Featured Guests: Courtney Fung, Rush Doshi

Welcome to another episode of Asia Matters, lockdown style. This week, Vincent and Andrew are joined by Courtney Fung (@CourtneyFung) of the University of Hong Kong… more



11 | Myanmar 101: From Colonialism to Coronavirus

April 27, 2020

Featured Guest: Thant Myint-U

In the latest of our lockdown podcasts, we turn to Myanmar. Andrew and Vincent are joined by one of the country’s best known historians and analysts, Thant Myint-U, for… more



10 | North Korea, U.S. & China: Where Next?

April 17, 2020

Featured Guests: Chun In-Bum, Tong Zhao

One of the biggest - and most persistent - stories in the Asia region over the last few years has been North Korea. It may have been pushed out of the headlines recently… more



9 | COVID-19: How Have Asian Approaches Differed?

March 17, 2020

Featured Guests: Parag Khanna, Ian Johnson

Welcome to podcasting in a time of COVID-19. The new coronavirus has run rampant throughout the world and disrupted the global economy, transport and everyday life… more



8 | India: Is Hindu Nationalism Endangering Its Democracy?

March 5, 2020

Featured Guests: Madhav Khosla

In December last year, Narendra Modi’s government passed the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act. It’s raised concerns that India’s secular constitution is at risk… more



7 | Chinese Economy: Mounting Debt, Deeper Headaches

February 12, 2020

Featured Guests: Stephen Roach, Dinny McMahon

China’s economy is facing its biggest challenges for years as growth slows and debt piled up. How worried should we be? This episode, Andrew is joined by Stephen Roach… more



6 | COVID-19 and SARS: Lessons Learnt?

February 3, 2020

Featured Guest: Sian Griffiths

There’s only been one story in the region over the last few weeks: the coronavirus, or COVID-19, and its spread from Wuhan to the rest of China, then Asia, now the world… more



5 | Tsai Ing-wen Re-election: The China Factor and Taiwanese Identity

January 18, 2020

Featured Guest: George Yin

Last week, Taiwan re-elected its president, Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), by a landslide. Her campaign focused heavily on what she claims is “the rising threat from Beijing”… more



4 | U.S. - China Trade War: Is the Show Over Yet?

December 14, 2019

Featured Guests: Lingling Wei, Trinh Nguyen

The U.S. - China trade war is going through another bout of excitement as the two sides reach an interim deal. But, why are the world’s two biggest economies at loggerheads… more



3 | What China’s Ambitions Tell Us about Tech in Asia

December 1, 2019

Featured Guests: Jing Tsu, Julian Gewirtz, Newley Purnell

A bumper episode for a hugely important topic - the tech industry in Asia. Yale’s Jing Tsu joins Andrew to discuss the history behind China’s drive to become a global… more



2 | 1MDB: A Billion Dollar Scandal

November 17, 2019

Featured Guest: Tom Wright

It’s been called one of the world’s biggest financial heists. When the Malaysian sovereign wealth fund 1MDB was set up in 2009, its purpose was supposedly to develop… more



1 | Japan vs. South Korea: Asia’s Other Trade War

November 3, 2019

Featured Guests: Sheila Smith, Richard McGregor

The leaders of South Korea and Japan recently held talks for the first time in over a year; their aim, to resolve a long-running trade dispute. Taking this other trade… more