May 6, 2020

Am I safe in China?

It’s all about asking the right questions

Peter fixates on one aspect of living in the world.

Stories are made interesting by the questions we ask, not the answers we provide. And here’s a question that gets asked a lot.

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 30, 2020

Simple machines need maintenance

More news you can't use

Getting back on the pull-up bar is hard after two months inside.

The sun is out and our restrictions are loosened — a perfect time for exercising.

I had just gotten started on the Reddit r/bodyweightfitness Recommended routine this winter after my gym closed. And then … I had to take a two-month Covid-19 break. Getting back out there was hard, but I’m really glad to be using my muscles again. Indoor-yoga-sometimes doesn’t really cut it.

Mar 25, 2020

This just in

The side door at the supermarket is open again

Hot off the virtual presses, we went grocery shopping.

I’ll say it, the news is annoying. Even at the best of times, and these are not the best of times. So here’s some news you can’t use. But you can dance to it.

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!

Mar 10, 2020

Dance for zero

The latest craze celebrating human cooperation against a virus

We want you to #danceforzero, too!

This week, Luzhou hit zero active cases of Covid-19, so we wrote a song to celebrate. But, we realized, as the virus is still making itself known around the world, #danceforzero can mean many different things. Yes, we’re at zero cases, but we’re also cheering for the rest of the world to hit zero.

To that end, we invite everyone to join the #danceforzero. You can download our Bowie-esque tune at Bandcamp (for free) and make your own dance, either celebrating with us, or willing the world strength to make it down to zero. Upload it to YouTube, and hashtag it “danceforzero.”

In the meantime, keep washing your hands!

Mar 5, 2020

A brand new channel trailer

Now with Covid-19

I’ll say it: We look impressive!

Peter does a great job keeping our YouTube channel trailer fresh and current. He just uploaded a new version, which now includes footage of us goofing off in face masks during the Covid-19 outbreak. It’s important to stay current.

It’s fun for me to see these different trailers, because it makes our life in China seem so impressive and exciting. I mean, life is exciting and wondrous all, but it doesn’t always feel that way while your living it. We should all be so lucky as to have someone cut together a personal highlight reel.

Mar 2, 2020

Hanging out downtown

As seen in the New York Post

After more than a month away, we confirm that downtown Luzhou still exists.

As indoorsy of a person as I am, it was still pretty rough to not really leave the house for five weeks. So we we kind of giddy to get out and into Luzhou city center. Things are still much quieter than usual, and all the teahouses and KTVs along the Yangtze are closed. We’re on the way back to normal, but we’re not quite there yet.

Also, I wrote about my experience with the quarantine for the New York Post. During the editing process, they did keep pushing for more lurid details, like, “how many people died in your city” and “aren’t you scared to go to the hospital?” To which I answered, “no one” and “Please. I’ve been to the hospital.” It ran online only, and that may be why, but I’m pretty proud with how it came out.