Feb 13, 2020

Iris is also OK

Checking in with our friends, part 1

My friend Iris talks about her experience with quarantine-not-quarantine.

Stuck inside talking about how bored we are got boring really quickly — so we got to work making more videos. But how can you involve other people while you’re prohibited from gathering in groups … and then prohibited from really leaving the house? Video interviews! So here’s Iris, an English teacher in Chengdu, talking about what she’s been doing to keep busy and healthy.

Feb 10, 2020

Staying indoors but staying positive

Dealing with 2 weeks of 2019-nCov

Some tentative good news: the spread of the virus appears to be slowing.

Whelp, and then the Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia took over the Chinese New Year holiday. It’s a strange time to be alive; we’re not in the danger zone for the disease, but we are taking EXTREME PRECAUTIONS, and life has been pretty weird for it. It looks like it’ll still go on for a while, so, stay tuned.

Jan 22, 2020

We’re back for a chat

The website may have been resting, but we have not been!

Our Chinese student from 8 years ago, Jessi, comes home from her first semester in America. We examine why we even make friends at all.

About two years ago, we dipped our toes into the YouTube waters to be, not just bloggers, but VLOGGERS!!!!1!1!!! And, while we’ve been figuring that whole world out, poor UncleForeigner.com was neglected. But, new year, new ambitions. Our content is still going to remain video-based, but you can keep up with us here on our very own website if you don’t do the whole YouTube thing. (And, if you do do the whole YouTube thing, consider subscribing.)

Our main mode of expression these days is our experimental talkshow, which mixes in-studio conversation with vlogs filmed live in the field and scripted sketches. We’re so impressive. This installment features our friend Jessi, who was once our student, and is now studying biomechanics in America. Intriguing, no? Watch the video!

Music composed by Western Toilet. Listen on Soundcloud.

May 16, 2019

Why care about the environment?

Because it’s all we’ve got!

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The environment, in terms of the ecology of a place, is in trouble. And we’re all wearing too many pants.

Environment as ambience is a little more subjective … so we’re doing OK there.

May 8, 2019

Real and fake ... are they just constructs?

Uncle Foreigner gets really existential

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There’s a lot of worry about knock-offs and fakes in China … which was kind of our point of departure for this episode. Yes, when you search for Swiffers on Taobao you can find “Steves.” But, we wanted to push the concept further and consider the nature of reality as a whole.

Also, someone told us to “go back to your own country.” So that was special.

Apr 29, 2019

When the water goes out

A farcical shower in China

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In February, Peter and I tried a couple of experiments in fictionalized scenarios on film. In this one, we dramatize what happens when the water goes out, but you’ve got soap in your eyes. I hope you enjoy it!

Apr 12, 2019

What time is it in China?

And how do we know?!

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Sometimes we get existential on this vlog. Is this one of those times? You’ll have to answer that question for yourself.

Apr 11, 2019

Instagram always: Time is fleeting

And only one way

Apr 8, 2019

Tweet of last week: Redefining our terms

If I call it a hat and put it on my head ...

Apr 7, 2019

No ice, you’re in China!

And seven more things about living abroad in China

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Hot water, cool water … this sounds like a lesson I do with my kindergarten kids. Regardless, every living thing needs water, so it’s pretty important. And, it’s nice to have someone who cares about you. So, watch the video!