Kaiser Kuo

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Kaiser Kuo
Kaiser Kuo in 2008
Born (1966-03-06) March 6, 1966 (age 58)
Occupation(s)Writer, Musician

Kaiser Kuo (simplified Chinese: 广; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: Guō Yíguǎng; born March 7, 1966) is a Chinese American freelance writer and musician.


Kuo previously worked as director for international communications for Chinese search engine Baidu. Before that he was a technology correspondent for Red Herring magazine, and also worked as director of digital strategy, China, for Ogilvy & Mather in Beijing. He used to write a column for the foreigner-focused English-language magazine The Beijinger from 2001 to 2011.[1]

In 2010, Kuo started the Sinica[2] show, a current affairs podcast based in Beijing that invites prominent China journalists and China-watchers to participate in uncensored discussions about Chinese political and economic affairs. Guests and co-hosts have included Gady Epstein, Mary Kay Magistad of Public Radio International, Tania Branigan of The Guardian, Evan Osnos of The New Yorker, Arthur Kroeber of Dragonomics, Jeremy Goldkorn of Danwei and Bill Bishop, founder of CBS MarketWatch. Sinica was recorded at the Popup Chinese studios in Beijing from 2010 to 2016. In April 2016, Kuo announced that the Sinica Podcast was acquired by an unnamed New York startup and that he would return to the United States with his family to focus full-time on Sinica. Kuo and Goldkorn co-hosted the podcast until its sponsor, The China Project (formerly SupChina), announced in November 2023 that it was shutting down operations due to a lack of funding[3][4]

He was previously editor-at-large at the digital media company SupChina.[5]


He is a former member of the rock band Tang Dynasty and later formed another Chinese heavy metal rock group, Spring and Autumn (Chinese: ). Kuo's musical involvement also involved playing bass for Dirty Deeds, an AC/DC cover band based in Beijing.


Kuo's grandfather, Kuo Ting-yee [zh], was a historian of Chinese modern history who founded the Institute of Modern History at Academia Sinica in Taiwan[6] and wrote the "Modern Chinese History" textbook.[7]

Kuo's brother is Jay Kuo, who wrote the musical, Allegiance.

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  1. ^ "Ich Bin Ein Beijinger". True Run Media. 2011-12-26. Retrieved 2016-02-02.
  2. ^ "Things done well: Sinica Podcast". 2013-05-24. Retrieved 2016-02-02.
  3. ^ "The China Project: Sino-US media company shuts down citing funding crisis". The Independent. 2023-11-07. Retrieved 2023-12-16.
  4. ^ Hale, Erin. "'The China Project' media shuts, blaming 'politically-motivated attacks'". Al Jazeera. Retrieved 2023-12-16.
  5. ^ "About SupChina | Mission Statement | Staff". SupChina. Retrieved 2019-08-25.
  6. ^ "First Vote". C35 Films. 2020.
  7. ^ Guo, Ting-Yi (2015-01-01). Modern Chinese History. Shanghai, China: Truth & Wisdom Press. ISBN 978-7543224971..

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