Tea Talk Asia


Episodes 1-10 (Fall 2013)

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Scott Jordan

Managing Producer:
Andrew Trapp

Executive Producer:
Maorong Jiang


Tea Talk Asia is a subsidiary show of the Voices on Asia program and general project designed to present a casual, yet inquisitive approach to the mutual issues and events of the United States, Asia, and the World to the end of informing the audience and fostering a necessary global dialogue. Through collected Asian headline news, in-depth interviews, and the promotion of public discussion and thought, Tea Talk Asia is aimed at university students, faculty, and staff, both past and present, as well as the local community so as to provide an Eastern lens through which to see the globe for what otherwise is a one-sided Western perspective.  Partnered with the Asian World Center, the producers of Tea Talk Asia work diligently on each episode to inform and engage their audience in the world around us.

About Your Host

Scott Jordan graduated from Creighton University in 2011 with a BA in Philosophy and is currently a graduate student working on his MA in East West Studies.  A native of Omaha, Scott has also lived in Kansas City and St. Louis.  Journalistically, he has written for Creighton University Magazine and The Creightonian student newspaper.  Prior to attending Creighton, Scott has worked in broadcast journalism as part of KLPS Channel 18 and served as writer for and Editor-in-Chief of The Bell in Liberty, MO.  Scott has been with the Asian World Center since 2010 when he traveled to China as part of a Faculty-Led Program Abroad.

Spring 2014 Episodes:

Episode 16 - Live from South Korea

Dr. Chae Hyun Chong
Professor of Philosophy
Sogang University

Interview on May 2, 2014 in Seoul, South Korea.

Dr. Chaehyun Chong is a professor of philosophy at Sogang University and was born in Seoul, South Korea. He gained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Sogang University and before returning there as a professor, he gained his Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii in the U.S.  His current areas of research are in Moist Thought, Confucian Philosophy, Ancient Chinese Philosophy, and Philosophy of Language and Logic.  Dr. Chong has published 6 books on his research and numerous articles.  In 2013, Dr. Chong came to Omaha to work as a visiting scholar with the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).

Tea Talk Asia Ep16 - Live From South Korea by Asian World Center

Episode 15 - Death Zones and Darling Spies: Seven Years of Vietnam War Reporting

Dr. Beverly Deepe Keever
Professor Emerita
University of Hawai'i

Interview on March 3, 2014

A journalism professor at the University of Hawai'i for 29 years before retiring in July 2008, Beverly Deepe Keever is the author of Death Zones and Darling Spies: Seven Years of Vietnam War Reporting. She also researched and wrote News Zero: The New York Times and The Bomb (Common Courage Press, 2004). Excerpts from and adaptations of this book have been published in two award-winning cover articles in Honolulu's alternative weekly.

She is a co-editor of the well reviewed U.S. News Coverage of Racial Minorities: A Sourcebook, 1934-1996 (Greenwood Press, 1997), for which she conceptualized with others the prospectus of the volume; made arrangements with the publisher; served, in effect, as the managing editor coordinating the writing of 11 other scholars; contributed two chapters and co-authored two others.

Since her retirement, she has written her memoirs of covering the Vietnam War for seven years successively for Newsweek, the New York Herald Tribune, the Christian Science Monitor and the London Daily Express and Sunday Express.

She has received the University of Hawai’i Regents Medal for Excellence in Teaching, numerous freedom-of-information awards and awards from the alumni associations of two of her alma maters, the University of Nebraska College of Journalism and Mass Communications and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

She has written numerous other articles for academic, professional and commercial publications while at the University of Hawai`i and as a correspondent in Vietnam for Newsweek, the New York Herald Tribune, the Christian Science Monitor and the London Daily and Sunday Express.

Tea Talk Asia Ep15 - Death Zones And Darling Spies: Seven Years Of Vietnam War Reporting by Asian World Center

Episode 14 - From Nebraska to China: An Art Scholar's Path

Nathan Peterson
Doctoral Candidate, Art History
University of Iowa

Interview on February 10, 2014

Nathan Peterson is a doctoral candidate in Art History at the University of Iowa.  Born in South Central Nebraska, Peterson attended Creighton University in the early 2000s earning a degree in Art History.  He then went to the University of Iowa where he received his master’s degree also in Art History.  From there he became interested in East Asian studies specifically in China and Japan. 

His most recent work has been in the contemporary art of China, including the artist Ai Weiwei, and Northern Japan, particularly in response to the Tsunami of 2011.  Currently, Peterson is teaching at China’s Tianjin University and completing his second master’s degree in Chinese while finishing his dissertation to earn his doctorate from the University of Iowa. 

Tea Talk Asia Ep14 - From Nebraska to China: An Art Scholar's Path by Asian World Center

Episode 12-13: RE: Welcome to Postnormal Times (Part 1 and 2)

Ziauddin Sardar
Director, Centre for Postnormal Policy and Futures Studies at East-West University in Chicago, IL

John A. Sweeney
Assistant Director, Centre for Postnormal Policy and Futures Studies and Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Hawai'i

Interview on January 31, 2014

Ziauddin Sardar, writer, broadcaster, futurist and cultural critic, is Professor of Law and Society at Middlesex University in London. Considered a pioneering writer on Islam and contemporary cultural issues, he is one of the top public intellectuals in Britain, author of over fifty books, co-editor of quarterly Critical Muslim, Consulting Editor of Futures, and editor of the new journal East-West Affairs. After receiving his Masters and PhD in information science from the City University of London, he has worked as a science journalist for Nature and New Scientist, as reporter for London Weekend Television and Channel 4 and has made numerous television and radio programs, including ‘Battle for Islam’, a 90-minute documentary for the BBC. Most recently, he wrote the three part BBC series ‘Life of Mohammad’ and has served as a Commissioner on the Equality and Human Rights Commission from 2006 to 2009 and as a member of the National Security Forum from 2008 to 2010.

John A. Sweeney is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa where he also serves as a Researcher at the Hawai`i Research Center for Futures Studies (HRCFS). In support of his doctoral research, John has facilitated and designed strategic foresight workshops in conjunction with the East-West Center in Myanmar, Kanu Hawai`i, the Hawai`i State Office of Planning, and other local and international organizations. He is a member of the World Futures Studies Federation, the World Future Society, and the Association of Professional Futurists. John's work has been published in The Journal of Futures Studies, Continent, Ctheory, and other academic and media outlets. Along with a fellow researcher at HRCFS, John is currently co-authoring a book with Dr. Jim Dator, HRCFS Director and Professor of Political Science at UHM, entitled: Mutative Media: Communication Technology and Social Change in the Past, Present, and Futures.

Tea Talk Asia Ep12 - RE: Welcome to Postnormal Times (Part 1) by Asian World Center Tea Talk Asia Ep13 - RE: Welcome to Postnormal Times (Part 2) by Asian World Center

Episode 11: Insight from International Admissions

Charles Wester
International Admissions Counselor
Creighton University

Interview on January 27, 2014

Mr. Wester received his bachelor's degree from Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA, and went on to spend six years in China during which time he worked as a high school teacher, was a graduate student, and was an admissions counselor. For the last three and a half years, Charlie has been at Creighton University where he is an international admissions counselor for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

"I relish the opportunity to counsel students considering Creighton University, one of the premiere academic institutions in the world and a place full of caring, friendly, and enthusiastic people. Students here have access to the abundance of diverse educational, professional, and cultural opportunities offered at Creighton and in the exciting city of Omaha."

Tea Talk Asia Ep11 - Insight From International Admissions by Asian World Center

Previous Episodes

Episodes 1-10 (Fall 2013)