Jun 10, 2018

Uncle Foreigner welcomes you to China through waiguoren eyes!

What have we been up to these days?

Don’t have the time to catch up on the past six months of Uncle Foreigner? Here’s a taste of the half year in video. Living in China sure provokes some feelings!

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Jun 4, 2018

Buying fruit and saving the environment

Uncle’s Shorts #15

Luzhou has such wonderful fruit, really all year round. And sometimes the grocery store gets environmentally minded about it.

Jun 3, 2018

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Jun 2, 2018

The wisdom of baby hats

Uncle’s Shorts #14

I get the best advice from text on hats.

Jun 2, 2018

It’s so hard (for me) to buy soap at the Chinese grocery store in China

Uncle’s Shorts #13

It is what it says: It’s hard for me to buy soap in China.

May 31, 2018

All the caffeine in China

Starbucks comes to Luzhou, three times!

We celebrated the opening of Starbucks in Luzhou by taking a look at their competition in the caffeine game — from the tea house, to the “western” coffee bar, to the local cafe, to the big mermaid chain herself.

I’ll stand by what I said about cutesy cafes featuring “fake-kitsch” decor. (Can kitsch be face? I submit that if you order it from a warehouse, then, yes.) But the fact of the matter is that Mango, the local cafe we featured, is actually cool. We chose it because we genuinely like going there. And it’s close to our house.

But, in researching this story, I found out that Mango is not decorated via internet, but, in fact, was designed by a big ol’ Chengdu architecture firm. You can even read a review of the architecture on this blog, hosted by a Hungarian interior design company. Luzhou, it’s a city on the rise!

May 30, 2018

Prettying up a Pizza for YOU

Uncle’s Shorts #12

Luzhou’s pizza options have really improved over the past year and a half. We have an actual Italian restaurant, now, with a chef trained by Italian people. But, for delivery, the easiest is Pizza4You. It’s perfect in every way … except there’s no tomato sauce. I used to put on sriracha sauce, but now our grocery store regularly stocks marinara (and siciliana, and basilica …), so I use that.

And, while we’re at it, why not sprinkle on a little more oregano and basil. And some of that shaker cheese. And pop it back in the oven. And … this take-out pizza is a lot of work, actually. But it’s worth it for a slice.

May 30, 2018

Finding a lost phone with the help of the kids

Uncle’s Shorts #11

How do you get a room full of kindergarteners to be quiet? Tell them there’s a lost phone in the classroom. They get it.

May 19, 2018

Fly high above nature in the Bamboo Sea, Sichuan, China

Traveling around Sichuan province

Over the past few months, we’ve really pushed ourselves in the realms of storytelling and video production, figuring out new techniques and workflows. It’s been a lot of fun and really, well, productive. But it has made us look back at some of our older pieces and think, “We can do better.” Those old videos will always be treasured memories to us, but we can also now turn the footage into something a little more artful; something that could entertain and delight someone who wasn’t there when it happened.

The new Bamboo Sea (above) isn’t the first time we’ve done this. KTV and Egg Bar are both based on archival footage. Stone Sea also uses older video, but we never actually got around to telling that story at the time! And we’re looking forward to revitalizing many more of our old stories in the coming months.

Revisiting good times is one thing, but we also have the benefit of more China experience and a different perspective. They, in turn, enable us to tell deeper stories and take artistic risks. It’s been a fulfilling process so far, and Peter and I both hope you enjoy these new videos as well.

The backstory on this 2014 trip to the Bamboo Sea is here, if you’d like to enrich your viewing with a more straightforward written account of our adventure. The video remix above is a more poetic look at (wo)man’s relationship with nature and … bamboo.

I also use the word “susurrating,” so listen carefully!

May 19, 2018

It’s a party ... Hong Baos for everyone!

Uncle’s Shorts #10

Shopping for presents is easy in China, where you just have to find a red envelope and some cash to put in it.