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.

Feb 27, 2020

The restrictions loosen, and we're both allowed outside the fence

Too bad the weather's still so dreary

We’re out! Within reason!

Via text message from my phone company, we were informed yesterday that the government is telling people to go outside and go back to work. We’ve still got to wear masks and all, but things are getting back to normal-ish. School is still closed for now, and if cases start spiking, I fully expect to be pushed back inside. But, for now, things are looking good.

Feb 25, 2020

But what is it that you DO all day?

Working in the time of Covid-19

Oh, yeah. I’m still an English teacher for babies.

The lucky thing that makes all of this staying inside feasible is that while the kindergarten at which I work is closed, I’m still on the payroll. We’re teaching all of our lessons by video, via our class’ private chat group. It’s a new set of challenges — not the least of which is my propensity for making things far more complicated than they need to be. But, at the end of the day, I really like making movies, whether it’s for adults or babies.

Feb 20, 2020

We went outside

Only around the apartment complex grounds

Take a masked tour of our apartment complex grounds.

Sunny days are rare this time of year, virus or no virus, so when we had one yesterday, we had to go out. We may not really be allowed to wander the city, but our apartment complex has some nice places to walk within the gates. And, birds!

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!

Follow more stories of our China life at Hello Foreigner on YouTube.

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.