‘Living with Dead Hearts’ an afflictive & important film

“Living with Dead Hearts”, a documentary exploring child abduction in China, isn’t a pretty story, but it is an imperative one. The independent film, released this week, explores the heartrending topic of children being kidnapped and sold into slavery, sex or simply to another family.Read More

// //
2 Comments

Beijing State of Mind: Commie jungle where dreams are made of

There have been a lot of laowai-led China-tribute pastiche music videos circling the interwebs over the last year or so, which is why when “Beijing State of Mind” began buzzing through the tubes about a week ago, I only gave it a raised eyebrow and moved along. My bad. Filmed by one-time-laowai Mark Griffith, and starring Andrew Dougherty and …Read More

//

Stealing umbrellas just for laughs in Chengdu

Youtube celebrity and prankster Andrew Hales, who makes awkwardly funny videos for his channel Losing All Hope Was Freedom (LAHWF), is currently in Chengdu, Sichuan, and messing with the locals. In his first video from the city, he randomly approaches people and takes their umbrella. Reactions range from confusion to tight-fisted objection to laughter. Watch …Read More

// //
5 Comments

Lisa Brackmann discusses Hour of the Rat, her latest novel set in China

Novelist and some-time-Laowai Lisa Brackmann chats with us about her just-released follow-up to 2010’s Rock Paper Tiger, as well as how China and its expats have changed over the years.Read More

//

Beijing Cream in your ear with The Creamcast

Popular Beijing-based blog Beijing Cream has just released the inaugural episode of The Creamcast, a weekly podcast hosted by John Artman and The Good Doctor. The podcast’s first guest is long-time China expat Frank Yu, founder of Chinese start-up Kwestr. The format is very much unstructured and conversational, and will remind most of a typical …Read More

//

Video: China 1972 — Nicholas Platt’s Home Movies

I caught a link to this video in Bill Bishop’s excellent Sinocism newsletter today. The video was published back in 2010 by the Asia Society, and shows Nicholas Platt giving a voice over description of several minutes of home movies he shot in 1972 Beijing, just after the US and China resumed diplomatic relations.Read More

//

Video: The 党 Dynasty’s ‘We livin in Xi’an’

Credit to Beijing Cream for introducing me to the The 党 Dynasty, westside China’s latest laowai talent. Made up of friends Bro西来 (Matt Allen) and 他马特老外 (Matt Sheehan), the duo produced the following “We livin in Xi’an” video, which is as ridiculous as it is fun. Straight off the streets of Xi’an, bilingual rap duo …Read More

// //
2 Comments

Video: Epic Chinese scooter driving fail

This Chinese scooter driver learns a valuable lesson about why it’s important to practice driving your new scooter on quiet vacant streets.Read More

// //
4 Comments

A look at yellow fever documentary ‘Seeking Asian Female’

I was pretty eager to sit down and watch “Seeking Asian Female“, Debbie Lam’s new documentary exploring ‘Yellow Fever’. I’ve always been a bit skeptical about the whole Asian fetish thing, and, admittedly, a bit defensive about it — my wife is Asian and I’m Caucasian. I suppose the thing that gets my back up …Read More

// //
16 Comments

Potcast: first-hand account on doing time in a Chinese jail

I’m not sure if it’s fitting or unseemly that I should be posting this today, April 20th, but here we are. A couple years back I remember reading about a foreigner who spent seven months in a Chinese jail. Other than a passing, “man that sucks,” I didn’t think much more about it. I certainly …Read More

// //
7 Comments

A better “The Man with the Iron Fists” review

It was my intention to sit down and write a review of “The Man with the Iron Fists” this week. I just watched it a couple nights ago, and had a lot to say about it. Well, enough to fill a few paragraphs here. I was going to cry foul my disappointment at what RZA …Read More

// //
1 Comment
Return to Top ▲Return to Top ▲