Anna writes and presents programmes for BBC Radio. She has also appeared on the World Service, Resonance FM and Monocle.
(To listen to Madam Miaow’s Culture Lounge series on Resonance FM for WINDOWS, download VLC media player)
RESONANCE FM Madam Miaow Says (Madam Miaow’s Culture Lounge)
Presented by Anna Chen. With Charles Shaar Murray
Until 3rd December 2013
3rd December 2013: George Orwell: was he as right-wing libertarian as some claim? Did he ever drop his revolutionary ideals? Despite giving us the language tools with which to examine Stalinist excesses, Orwell never abandoned his socialism. So says Professor John Newsinger, author of Orwell’s Politics. He’ll be in the studio to discuss this with Paul Anderson, former editor of Tribune and deputy editor of the New Statesman, both publications where Orwell worked.
26th November 2013: “Breaking a butterfly on a wheel.” John Sinclair was a hippy, the manager of the MC5 and a founder of the White Panthers. In 1969, he felt the full spite of the state when he was sentenced to 10 years for supplying 2 joints to a narc. Only widespread protest — including John Lennon writing and recording a song, “John Sinclair” — got him an early release. John Sinclair is in the studio alongside Oliver Shykles from Queer Friends for Chelsea Manning, who will be talking about Manning, Edward Snowden and why we should be wary of governments siezing extra powers.
19th November 2013: “Paul Robeson, meet Anna May Wong.” Tayo Aluko talks about the life, career and politics of the first African American superstar, while Dr Diane Yeh, tells us what other Black and Asian performers were making it in the early years of mass entertainment.
12th November 2013: “Monkey goes western.” An overview of the Chinese rock scene and science fiction. Plus actor Lucy Sheen talks about her career and Chinese in UK theatre.
5th November 2013: A tale of two nations — the Super Rich. Plus support for the evening’s Operation Vendetta Million Mask March. Guests: Aditya Chakrabortty and Kate Belgrave.
29th October 2013: Cultural Revolution. Guests: Cliff Cocker, Mike Pearn and Elizabeth Lawrence
22nd October 2013: The Counterculture plus a report on the day’s Chinatown strike. Guests: Phoenix Rainbow, Tim Concannon and Shruti Narayanswami
15th October 2013: Series launches with “Oh Other, where art thou?” on the Yellow Peril scare. Guests: Daniel York, Siu-see Hung, Dr Diana Yeh, Ben Chu and Wondermare (Melody Brown and C Amanda Maude).
MADAM MIAOW’S CULTURE LOUNGE on RESONANCE FM 2013
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Madam Mao’s Golden oldies
Repeated BBC R4 at 3.30pm Saturday 26th October 2013
First broadcast July last year. More here.
MADAM MIAOW’S CULTURE LOUNGE on RESONANCE 104.4FM
Anna Chen’s series of hour-long shows starts 5.30pm Tuesday 15th October and opens with Oh Other, where art thou? looking at yellowface, the return of blackface and whether it’s all going backwards.
BBC Radio 4, 11am, Friday 1st November
Anna is an interviewee on this Radio 4 programme that examines the origins of the current anti-Chinese yellow peril scare manifesting in a slew of books with titles like Martin Jacques’ When China Rules the World.
Madam Miaow’s Golden Oldies
BBC R4 26th June 2012
Jeni Barnett Show BBC London 94.9
Sunday 12th February 2012
Guest reviewing the newspapers and talking about The Steampunk Opium Wars
Lucky Cat on Resonance 104.4 FM
Saturday 11th February 2012
Guest talking about upcoming The Steampunk Opium Wars at the National Maritime Museum
St Ives and Me, BBC Radio 4
11:30am, Thursday 1st December 2011
Anna has been visiting the Cornish seaside town since she was a child. In St Ives and Me, she explains the attraction of the artists’ colony and why it is like catnip to anyone with a creative bone in their body.
6.30pm, Tuesday 22nd November 2011
Interviewed by Rob Bound on Monocle24 radio on China’s Barbie doll wars.
Night Waves, BBC Radio 3
10pm, Tuesday 14th June 2011
Host Matthew Sweet. On with Chris Frayling talking about Anna May Wong and representation of Chinese in the British media.
New R4 commissions. Anna has been commissioned for two new programmes. Found In Translation is on Chinese humour and will be broadcast July 2011. The second is about Anna’s love for the Cornish town of St Ives and is expected to be aired in early 2012.
The Forum, BBC World Service
9am, Sunday 14th November 2010
I talked about Hollywood legend Anna May Wong on Sunday 14th November on the BBC World Service’s The Forum. Chaired by Bridget Kendall, I was on with Professor Dimitar Sasselov, discussing Super-earths, and Kwame Anthony Appiah on honour revolutions.
BBC Radio 4 – 11.00-11.30am
PICK OF THE WEEK Sunday Telegraph
Chinese In Britain — BBC Radio 4
A ten-part series first broadcast April/May 2007, presented by Anna Chen
“A fascinating story” – Chris Campling, The Times
“Each episode sounded effortless only because it had been crafted with such supreme care” – Gillian Reynolds, The Daily Telegraph
Repeated as omnibus editions 9pm Fridays 16th & 23rd May 2008 on BBC Radio 4.
Visit the Chinese In Britain BBC page
Pictures of the series launch
More info at Culture Wise.
8-9.15pm, Wednesday 22nd July 2009. Guest of Jan Kooper at Raiders FM, themed around politics in music.
9-10pm, Tuesday 10th February 2009, guest host on Resonance 104.4FM’s Lucky Cat hour.
11:40pm, Saturday 23rd August. BBC R5Live, the Stephen Nolan Show on the Beijing Olympics
10pm, Friday 8th August. BBC R5Live, the Stephen Nolan Show on the Beijing Olympics
1:10pm, Thursday 7th August. BBC Radio 2, the Jeremy Vine Show on the Beijing Olympics
10pm, Sunday 3rd August. BBC R5Live, the Stephen Nolan Show on China and the Beijing Olympics
5.20pm, Monday 14th July. BBC Radio London, Kath & Eddie Drivetime on the Chinese in Britain
Tuesday 24th June. BBC Radio 4, fourth and last of the Reith Lectures. Prof Jonathan Spence on China, the Beijing Olympics and the Body Beautiful. As an invited guest asking a question.
Thursday 10th April. BBC World Service, World Have Your Say on the proposed Olympic boycott
Wednesday 9th April. BBC R5Live, the Victoria Derbyshire programme
Thursday 14th February. BBC World Service, World Have Your Say
Red Guard, Yellow Submarine, BBC Radio 4, November 2005. Drama written and narrated by Anna Chen
Yoko Ono: A Life In Flux, Presented by Anna Chen BBC Radio 3, March 1999