Video Series “The Great LOL of China”: Stereotype Bingo

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“But wait? Are these things true?” “Ha! If people asked themselves that question, we wouldn’t have stereotypes!” If I perform comedy in China, I confront stereotypes of Americans. If I perform in America about China, I confront American stereotypes about…

The Waiting Game

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It’s the thing all Ivy kids fear: not living the first class life worthy of 100+ Facebook likes. If I told myself one year ago about what graduate admissions turned out to be like, she would have been preciously horrified….

Sally Ruge Gao

Sally Ruge Gao

You can contact Sally Gao at rg387@cornell.edu.

My Hanukkah in Beijing

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Chinese people love Jews. Bookshelves in every bookstore in the country are stocked with several books espousing “The Wisdom of the Jews,” and there is a Weibo page with millions of followers with the same title. This all strikes me…

Jesse, Beijing

Jesse Appell

You can contact Jesse Appell at ja.appell@gmail.com.

Holiday Laugh & Tears

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Last week, my Facebook feeds lit up with a steady stream of video that depicts human emotions around this holiday season. Among them, these three children videos touched me the most. A baby’s laugh When was the last time you…

Mable, New York

Mable Chan

Mable Chan is the founder of China Personified. Her contact is mablechan@chinapersonified.com.

Who Is Your Ma Now?

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Jack Ma’s Alibaba enters the US Stock Exchange with a bang, topping Facebook and Twitter among other tech companies in its IPO. Karen KimYou can contact Karen Kim at karenkykim@gmail.com.Mail | More Posts (2)

Karen Kim

Karen Kim

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Who’s Here?

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“September – it’s a brand-new year. Let’s look around and see who’s here.” What a brilliant cartoon in the September 15th issue of the New Yorker magazine –  it completely cracked me up! Reading through the poem and following the…

Mable, New York

Mable Chan

Mable Chan is the founder of China Personified. Her contact is mablechan@chinapersonified.com.

The Bones Beneath The Jokes

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When you see a funny show on television or the Internet, all that the creators of the show want is for you to laugh, have a good time, and perhaps even share with a friend. The goal of the comedian…

Jesse, Beijing

Jesse Appell

You can contact Jesse Appell at ja.appell@gmail.com.

Mo Money Mo Fazhan: My New Video, My Sense of Humor.

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As I study and perform more comedy in Chinese, sometimes I notice my sense of humor beginning to reflect the unusual nature of my experience—spending my time in a country and culture other than that of my birth and upbringing….

Why What’s Funny in China Might Surprise You

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Jesse Appell will do anything for a laugh. “Food poisoning is funny. I got dysentery once. That was funny.” Well, not quite that funny the moment we sat down to talk over dumplings in Beijing. Appell has lived in Beijing on…

Jesse, Beijing

Jesse Appell

You can contact Jesse Appell at ja.appell@gmail.com.

How Chinese People “Fake It ‘Till You Make It”

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One of the funniest things in any culture is when someone tries to pretend to be someone they’re not. In America, we have certain archetypes of people who we often make fun of—think hipsters or rednecks—but even funnier is someone…

Jesse, Beijing

Jesse Appell

You can contact Jesse Appell at ja.appell@gmail.com.

What’s Not Funny in China?

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People keeping track of what’s funny in China will often bring up the name of Guo Degang, one of the most popular comedians in the country right now. Guo is particularly interesting to me because he is a Xiangsheng artist,…

Jesse, Beijing

Jesse Appell

You can contact Jesse Appell at ja.appell@gmail.com.

[Only in Beijing] I call for a plumber and get…Dean Martin…beatboxing?

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I hear the sound of trumpets and drums outside my door. “What the heck?” I think to myself. “I called for a plumber not an entertainer!” I peer into the peephole and see a chubby cheeked Chinese man running his…

Alexandra

Alexandra Tirado

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