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!

Mar 28, 2019

I can’t put my shoes on any faster

Where’s my shoes genie?

There are so many stories about shoes and other things at our YouTube channel, Hello Foreigner. Subscribe, you squirrel!

After kindergarten, I never thought I would care about how fast I can get my shoes on … but I do! Also, we talk about Internet advice, international chips, a vacuum update, and where do remixes come from? Plus, the return of “And then now.”

Mar 25, 2019

No sleep ’til nap time

The less well-known Chinese “siesta”

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Everyone knows about the Spanish siesta, but did you know that China has an unofficial nap time after lunch as well? They do! Our building even turns off the ads in the elevator from noon to 2pm so that it’s quiet. Supermarkets and stores are still open, but government buildings and schools also take a break during that time. So, whatever you do, don’t try to go to the post office.