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Oct 14, 2018

She’s got the look

A high-maintenance playlist for a low-maintenance woman

This week’s playlist brings together a collection of hair and makeup videos … from the perspective of a person who doesn’t always enjoy those things. My kingdom for a wash-and-wear hairstyle!

Oct 14, 2018

Hello Uncle Foetus: Nine months of video blogging

This baby’s ready for the world

Time flies when you’re making videos! It’s been nine months of short filmmaking for Uncle Foreigner and we’ve been oh-so chuffed to watch our baby develop.

To celebrate the growth so far — and in anticipation of exciting changes to come — we’ve put together a compilation of all of our videos since we first started posting in earnest last December. The clips are in order of posting, so you can chart our journey from those first embryonic ideas onward. Look at those teensy, little toes on Uncle’s Shorts No. 1!

Next week, we’ll be back to your regularly scheduled, all-new programming … this baby’s taking confident steps out into the world.

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Oct 13, 2018

Bearing fruit

Pomelos and mortality

In China, watch this video on YouKu.

We recently marked the anniversary of Peter’s hospital stay last year. (In fact, coming soon is the anniversary of the date that he came home … a much happier day.) And a friend’s recent gift of some pomelos reminded me of some of the hope I had felt while Peter was sick.

It’s amazing the difference a year can make.

Oct 11, 2018

The Music of Uncle Foreigner

The playlist

Did you know that Uncle Foreigner uses all original music by Peter Sikoski to score its videos? It’s true! For the early part of this year, we’ve been using work by Peter from earlier on in his life, back when he was a rocker. But for the past few months, Peter has been working hard composing original scores for each new video. (Take a gander at our studio on Instagram.) To celebrate that fact, we’ve put together a playlist of just the music; just close your eyes and imagine you’re in China! With some Americans!

Listen to the whole playlist on our YouTube page, and keep coming back as we update it with the latest tracks!

Sep 24, 2018

Pop quiz on this

Learning Chinese at the school of life

Some foreigners get annoyed with the small talk questions that strangers tend to pepper us with, but not me. I look at it as a pop quiz … and I am a very good test taker.

Sep 19, 2018

Humble shyness

Don’t be shy, just try!

The subhead of this post is something I used to chant with my middle schoolers, to get them comfortable with speaking while facing up to the possibility that they might make mistakes. But the substance of this weeks video is about those kids who are shy … and why they like me as their teacher.

Also, it was so hot our first week of school that the government called it off for a heat day; my first one of those. To me, it didn’t feel crazy hot … not more so than usual for Luzhou summer, but I did also spend the day in the air conditioning inside. And I’m not one to look a gift day off in the mouth. What?

Sep 14, 2018

A summer shorn

The new back-to-school hair

School has started up again, and we’re all trying to look our best. At every age.

Sep 13, 2018

Time keeps on slipping

Uncle Foreigner gets existential

China can be a really chaotic place. Forget about plans changing last minute; sometimes plans aren’t even made until the last minute. Just today, I was part of another surprise photo shoot at school. It’s a difficult way to get things done.

But you can wail against the flow, or gracefully bob along on the tide. One way is a heck of a lot more likely to be a pleasant journey. One way is also a lot more honest about how much control we actually have over our lives…

Sep 5, 2018

What’s kindergarten for, anyway?

Book Report: Little Soldiers by Lenora Chu

I read a book! Here’s what I thought of it.

Aug 26, 2018

Focus on yourself: Gym noises and a birthmark

Uncle’s Shorts #29

Uncle’s Shorts has been promoted to our flagship series, and as such will be the Thursday video until further notice. In this one, a pair of stories in which I consider my aging body and how weird it is, as well as the noises we all make at the gym and how liberating that is! Enjoy.