Parallax Views w/ J.G. Michael

China, History, and the Pandemic w/ Sasha Day

May 1, 2020

On this edition of Parallax Views, we revisit the topic of China in light of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic as well as looking at China from a historical and political perspective with scholar Sasha Day, author of The Peasant in Postsocialist China: History, Politics, and Capitalism. Sasha provides a different view on these matters than previous guest Ian Goodrum of the China Daily, but also pushes back on conspiracy theories blaming China for the pandemic. We discuss a number of issues in addition to the pandemic (and the sinophobia it has unfortunately produced) including the debate over whether China is still communist like in the days of Mao or if it has gone capitalist since the 1970's under Deng along with a number of other issues.