vlog

Aug 23, 2020

Crap advice: Where do I find a good hamster?

... I mean, hamper?

I just now realized that the reason I always want to put a “p” into the word “hamsters” is because I grew up in the “Hamptons.”

Does China have delivery subscriptions? Like a baijiu of the month club, or something? Or a Chinese Blue Apron? I would totally sign up for that.

Aug 15, 2020

Introducing ... us! Again!

The newest channel trailer

Hello Uncle Foreigner is better, faster, stronger.

Playing this YouTube game, we periodically have to update our channel trailer to keep the experience fresh for new target audiences. But actually, it’s a good exercise to periodically revisit our vision, and think about just what the heck we are doing with our work. These days, it’s being snotty about other foreigner-know-it-alls in China. Well, and producing the best and most relevant web series of our time. Gee, we’re busy!

Am I being kind of glib? A little. Peter and I have declared this “The Season of the Business Plan,” wherein we continue to stretch ourselves creatively, but also try to for real answer the question, “So how are you going to make money at this?” But, thinking about business and marketing is difficult and I hate it, and it makes me a little bit petulant. On the other hand, these days we’re working the Underpants Gnomes model, and that won’t get you a business visa anywhere …

Aug 11, 2020

We are electro-boy (and -girl)

A weekend in Chongqing

Masks on, you are now entering Chongqing.

Chongqing — our big sister neighbor city, just a short bus ride away — had been a frequent destination for us in the past, but since the virus … well, you know.

However, since we danced for zero way back in March, we felt ready for some short-hop travel again! And, a cool band was going to be there! And, another China vlogger! There was no reason not to go. Sure, we had a script due for “Drink up, Luzhou” (it sounds fancy when I say it like that!), but writing on the road is easy, right? How hard can it be to find a quiet coffee shop?

How did it all turn out? You’ll have to watch the video to know for sure.

May 30, 2020

The kids are alright

Let them do it themselves

After a cold knocked Emily out of commission for a week, she’s back with Chinese language sentences about disappointment.

So, we’re part of a genre now. We belong!

May 26, 2020

Bye bye Happy Face

Hello karaoke

We want to reward your good behavior, so keep watching Hello Uncle Foreigner and your Happy Faces are in the mail.

The new washing machine is here! Finally we can clean our clothes.

May 16, 2020

I got paid!

Glasses for everyone!

As of today, our YouTube channel has more than 600 subscribers! Have you seen the light?

My school is back open again and handing out paychecks, was the significant thing that happened this past week. The kids are getting their temperature taken every five minutes and they get hand sanitizer squeezed on them as they walk in the door, so, you know, normal stuff. Also, I have all these empty bottles, but I don’t know what to say about them in Chinese. If only there were a language-based-jackassery podcast that could tell me what to say …

Apr 22, 2020

A normal Chinese lunch with us

Tofu and ham!

How do you learn a new language? Is it by talking to people? That sounds impossible.

Over our favorite tofu soup, we discuss how hard it is to learn Chinese, why people are microwaving their mail, and the existence of face masks for children. Yum!

Apr 9, 2020

Hello Uncle Foreigner: The game show!

Making learning language ridiculous!

Wait, WHAAAA?! … hopefully the first in a series.

We’re a little overwhelmed by the tide of news about the VIRUS, so we took a break with a completely silly show. The thing about language learning apps and textbooks is that they are full of phrases that would never actually come up in real life … or would they. We try to find the situations in which some of these language-learning sentences would be useful. And it’s funny!

Mar 21, 2020

What you can do inside

In addition to watching Hello Uncle Foreigner, of course

Introversion jokes aside, sheltering in place can be a weird experience. But there’s always a plank competition to keep you occupied.

It seems like America’s finally buckling down and giving this social distancing thing the old college try. As people who’ve lived through it, we have some tips*-for-staying-inside with Chinese characteristics.

**Tips provided are in no way intended to be actual information.

Mar 14, 2020

America, stop dropping the ball!

You're making us look bad

Well, now we’re just sitting over here having feelings!

It’s been hard to sit back and watch — after successfully living through our own quarantine — the politicized mess that is the Covid response in the U.S. Viruses are real, old people are important, and … what are you doing with all that toilet paper! Well, we cover all this in the video. Anyway, it’s weird to be on the other side of “What the heck is going on over there?” for once.

Do your part! Flatten the curve!