Media Center — Audio


Interview with Carsten Vala / by Brian McPhail

Carsten Vala is associate professor of political science at Loyola University Maryland. His research area focuses on Chinese politics, politics of religion, contentious politics. His new book The Politics of Protestant Churches and the Party-State in China, God Above Party? was published by Routledge this year and is the topic of this interview.



Interview with Ian Johnson / by Joey Marshall

Ian Johnson is a Beijing-based writer, who has lived in China off and on since 1984. In 2001 he won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of China. He is the and author of The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao (2017, Pantheon). The conversation is brief (about 11 minutes), but it covers a wide range of topics such as the historical roots of China’s apparent secularity, the recent religious resurgence, and the future of religious freedom in China.



Interview with Teresa Zimmerman-Liu / by Joey Marshall

Teresa Zimmerman-Liu, a Sociology PhD student and translator with years of experience working with Witness Lee and the Local Churches in Taiwan. Listen in as we discuss her life experiences, her research, and her forthcoming article, “From ‘Children of the Devil’ to ‘Sons of God’: The Reconfiguration of Guanxi in a 20th Century Indigenous Chinese Protestant Group”



Interview with Peter Bol / by Joey Marshall

Dr. Peter K. Bol is the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning and the Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations. As Vice Provost (named in 2013/09) he is responsible for HarvardX, the Harvard Initiative in Learning and Teaching, and research that connects online and residential learning. In 2005 he was named the first director of the Center for Geographic Analysis. He also directs the China Historical Geographic Information Systems project, a collaboration between Harvard and Fudan University in Shanghai to create a GIS for 2000 years of Chinese history. In a collaboration between Harvard, Academia Sinica, and Peking University he directs the China Biographical Database project, an online relational database currently of 360,000 historical figures that is being expanded to include all biographical data in China’s historical record over the last 2000 years.



Interview with Ray Wang / by Joey Marshall

Dr. Ray Wang, a political scientist from Taiwan’s National Chengchi University and a former CRCS visiting scholar. During the 2016 meeting of the Association for the Sociology of Religion in Seattle, he shares information about several topics, such as the academic study of religion in Taiwan, the possible emergence of Protestant denominations in China, and his research on religion and national identity in Hong Kong.



Interview with Yang Peng / by Joey Marshall

Yang Peng is a Fellow at Harvard University Asia Center, former Secretary General at One Foundation.



Interview with Dr. Gareth Fisher / by Joey Marshall

Dr. Gareth Fisher is an associate professor in Syracuse University’s religion department – responds to this question and more while discussing his book, From Comrades to Bodhisattvas: Moral Dimensions of Lay Buddhist Practice in Contemporary China.



Interview with Dr. Nikolas Broy / by Joey Marshall

Dr. Nikolas Broy is a lecturer at the East Asia Department and the Institute for the Study of Religion at Leipzig University. In this audio interview with CRCS editorial assistant Joey Marshall, Dr. Broy discusses terms such as “syncreticism,” “sectarianism” and “redemptive societies,” and offers more theoretically robust formulations of these terms.


Interview with Dr. Ryan Hornbeck / by Joey Marshall

Dr. Ryan Hornbeck is a cognitive anthropologist who studies moral cognition and spiritual experiences in online games such as Chinese World of Warcraft. In this interview with CRCS editorial assistant Joey Marshall, Dr. Hornbeck discusses his ongoing research and responds to the question, “Is religion innate?”