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The Half Hour w/ YuYu Yuan and Spencer Travis: Episode 12, China and Hong Kong

Happy Thanksgiving, Extempers! Supplement your Thanksgiving meal with a tasty episode of The Half Hour with YuYu and Spencer. You are at the right place to learn, grab some research, and improve your extemporaneous craft. This week's episode of The Half Hour with YuYu and Spencer examines the many issues involving China and Hong Kong.


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12 | China & Hong Kong

-----Description of Podcast-----

This episode of The Half Hour with YuYu Yuan and Spencer Travis discusses an important topic that has been in the news since 2019. China and Hong Kong’s relations have become a lot more shaky and with Xi Jinping’s “cultural revolution,” questions have started to rise about whether or not Hong Kong’s fighting is worth it.

-----Sources from this Video-----

  1. Making Hong Kong China by Michael C. Davis

  2. CFR - Hong Kong’s Freedoms: What China’s Promised and How It’s Cracking Down -

  3. NYTimes - As Hong Kong’s Civil Society Buckles, One Group Tries to Hold On -

  4. NYTimes - China’s Xi Jinping Remakes the Communist Party’s History in His Image -

  5. Reuters - China Cultural Crackdown a Sign of ‘Profound’ Political Change - Commentary -

  6. Congressional Research Service - Hong Kong: Recent Developments and U.S. Relations -

  7. Council on Foreign Relations - Hong Kong’s Freedoms: What China Promised and How It’s Cracking Down -

  8. The Guardian - Hong Kong protester known as ‘Captain America’ jailed for five years -

  9. BBC News - Hong Kong passes new film censorship law -

  10. Fortune - Biden, Xi to hold virtual summit Monday as tensions between the U.S. and China rise -

-----About The Half Hour-----

The Half Hour is a current events podcast designed with the intention of helping Extemp competitors (and other Speech and Debate members, as well as listening for the general public) understand the importance of political, social, or economical events on a domestic and international scale. As Extemp competitors only have half an hour to prep a speech, the podcast is designed to brief competitors in the same amount of time it would take for them to prep. Each episode looks at both sides of current events while providing background information to help expand upon the issue. The Half Hour also looks into common questions that people may be asked relating to current events and will work to answer them based on credible news sources from both sides.

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-----Credits and Credentials-----

Video/Audio Recording: Zoom Video Communications

Production Recording: OBS Studio

Design Production: Adobe Spark

Hosts: YuYu Yuan, Spencer Travis

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Produced By: Spencer Travis

Edited By: Spencer Travis

Powered By: One Clap Speech and Debate Podcast [Lyle Wiley]

Music By: Lyle Wiley (Production: GarageBand)

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Our One Clap and Wyoming Speech and Debate community mourns with the Kramer family and the many others who loved and appreciated Mack Kramer - a Rock Springs and University of Wyoming debater who was tragically taken away from us too soon. Mack was a kind, hard-working, hilarious, brilliant soul, and they will be deeply missed. Rest in peace, Mack.


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