Journey to the West: The Podcast
by Richard Tseng
October 16, 2020 3:00 pm
Join us each week as we take listeners through one of China’s most beloved novels. Meet Sun Wukong the Monkey King, his Buddhist master, Xuanzhang, the lustful monster Pigsy aka Zhu Bajie, and the reformed sand demon, Sha Wujing, and journey with them to India to acquire invaluable Buddhist scriptures. This immortal tale has delighted billions of Asian children yet is relatively unknown here in the west. This podcast aims to change that! Childhood friends Richard Tseng and James Young will read and review every single chapter of the Anthony C Yu translation of Wu Chen’en’s epic book. Along the way, we’ll bust myths (did the Sun Wukong really burst out of stone?) examine its impact (Which world-famous animes did this legend inspire?) and learn more about Asian culture and its myths overall (which Indian monkey god inspired our monkey king?) So quit monkeying around Subscribe, and let’s hit the silk road!
Monkey’s always been great at turning demons into meat patties, but when he starts braining bandits, Tripataka is absolutely horrified. Is Sun Wukong beyond redemption or is Tripitaka too much of an idealist? Find out this week!
Chapter 56: The Monkey's Business Goes Too Far4 days ago
Chapters 54 - 55 with Katherine Alexander: Woman's World--Tripitaka accepts a queen's proposal, Pilgrim is poisoned!3 weeks ago
Chapter 53: The Baby-Making River and Tripitaka's Trimesters4 weeks ago
How the Buffalo Got Its Nose Ring & Why You Should Lock Away Your Medicine!1 month ago
Chapter 51: Meet Behind Gold Helmet Cave for Schoolyard Fisticuffs!1 month ago
Chapter 50: Breaking and Entering a Haunted House for a Snack2 months ago
Water Wars with the Great King and The Origin of the Fish Basket Guanyin!2 months ago
Special Guest: John Zhu of the Chinese Lore Podcasts!2 months ago
Journey to the West... On Ice!2 months ago
Chapter 47: Monkey and Pigsy on the Kids' Menu2 months ago