By Jeff J. Brown
Pictured above: Leo He Zhao pondering how to get the world’s 99% to quit fighting among themselves “horizontally” and start doing so “vertically”, against the 1%. Music may be the answer.
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Please note: this second interview covers Leo’s writing and journalism. His synthesis of music, history and politics is a fascinating and informative discussion. For his musical talents and philosophies, please see Part 1 (https://chinarising.puntopress.com/2019/01/09/beijing-to-berlin-pt-1-dj-zhaos-music-of-cross-cultural-revolution-africa-and-communism-china-rising-radio-sinoland-190110/).
I am pleased to have on the show today Leo He Zhao, also known as Dj Zhao. He is a talented musician, regularly performing in concert in Europe. As well, Leo is an excellent journalist/writer at Medium.com, making him a true Renaissance man. I had the pleasure of learning about Leo, thanks to The Greanville Post publishing a couple of his articles, and I was very impressed with his research, perspective and reasoning. We started an email friendship and he kindly agreed to join me today.
Leo’s journalism website is: https://medium.com/@leohezhao
His music can be found here: https://soundcloud.com/djzhao
His complete music catalogue: www.mixcloud.com/djzhao
Leo can be contacted about concert bookings, etc.: firstname.lastname@example.org
In our discussion, I referred to these articles written by Leo,
His reassessment of the Mao Era (https://medium.com/@leohezhao/reassessing-the-great-leap-forward-4f21238ee6d).
Leo’s travels to Africa (https://medium.com/@leohezhao/on-the-road-in-east-africa-d81a4b11ce90).
Leo’s analysis of China’s presence in Africa (https://medium.com/@leohezhao/china-africa-a-new-accord-e375a6ffe535).
The best real news source about China in Africa, that both Leo and I highly recommend (https://deborahbrautigam.com/).
Leo’s attendance to an international indigenous peoples’ conference and interviews he conducted with trial elders (https://medium.com/@leohezhao/voices-from-the-elders-a-report-from-tribal-gathering-64a2dbf12c0c).
His perceptive look at Western liberals and identity politics (https://medium.com/@leohezhao/social-justice-identity-politics-and-the-liberal-fundamentalism-poisoning-it-4156a7455988)
His critique of ultra-leftists and ultra-communists (https://medium.com/@leohezhao/left-communists-and-ultra-leftists-are-reactionaries-2d2fca4c991a).
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