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 20, 2020

Swimming in mysogyny

Sometimes it just catches up to you

Let’s get ranty!

It builds up sometimes, and it especially sucks when it’s served to you in the form of Chinese lessons that you pay a subscription for. I don’t need to pay for sexism! There’s enough of it everywhere for free :P

Aug 16, 2020

Shooting an episode in Tai'an

That's a wrap on “Drink up, Luzhou”

It’s always fun to introduce people to the Luzhou suburb of Tai’an.

It’s the third episode in our running order, but our very last shoot — however you slice it, it was a fun (and hot!!) day of production. And if the behind-the-scenes looks this good, wait til you see the actual episode!

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 …

Jul 26, 2020

“Drink Up, Luzhou!” coming soon

An exciting new web show for your eyes to enjoy

We wrote the script, and now we’re busy filming.

Presenting: “Drink Up, Luzhou” — a web series. We follow a rag-tag group of expats and locals, working together to make the best darn show-featuring-local-restaurants-for-an-influential-liquor-company-to-be-shown-as-marketing-to-tourists that they can … but the problem is, they all hate each other! You’d watch that, right?

Peter and I are really excited to be working on our first real feature project after years of vlogging. (Not to slam vlogging … well, OK, let’s slam vlogging.) We’re hoping to finish shooting by mid-August, and then shortly after that, have something to publish! Follow us on YouTube to keep up. And, we have a whole playlist detailing the making of the web series!

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!

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!