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!

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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.