Visitors to China might be forgiven for concluding that history carries more weight here. For whatever the reason, even the far-off ghosts of the Opium War, the Scramble for Concessions, and the Treaty of Versailles still haunt contemporary politics, causing many observers to see echoes of the past in the present.Today on Sinica, Kaiser Kuo hosts a special Christmas episode of Sinica with two of Beijing's resident academic experts: David Moser, Academic Director of CET Beijing and popular essayist on all things China, and Jeremiah Jenne, Dean of Chinese Studies at the IES program in Beijing. You may also know Jeremiah as the force behind the popular history blog Jottings from the Granite Studio.New to Popup Chinese? Sinica is our regular podcast focusing on economic and political developments in contemporary China. If you enjoy this podcast, we encourage you to subscribe through RSS to get new episodes downloaded to your mp3 player automatically. Just open iTunes, click on the "Advanced" menu and select the option "Subscribe to Podcast". When prompted copy the URL http://popupchinese.com/feeds/custom/sinica into the box. If you'd like to listen to this podcast on the go, you're also welcome to download the show as a standalone mp3 file. Enjoy!