Great LOL of China
In recent years, China seems to be entering every facet of American life—we can hardly avoid the mention of it when we turn on the TV or flip through the headlines. Yet, for most Americans, China and its history, people, language, customs and culture, still seem remote and exotic. Understandably, many respectfully relegate the study of these subjects to experts and scholars.
Too often and for too many, China invokes a monolithic concept—they savor the same cuisine, speak the same language, and sport the same fashion. Chinese people have been portrayed as fundamentally opposite to so-called Westerners—their views on family, friendship, education, wealth, success and patriotism.
We, as curious and intelligent individuals, can do better than that, and we are here to help.
We are proud to curate this video series, Great LOL of China, with Jesse Appell, Beijing's funniest American comedian, in order to bring to light the diverse yet unique aspects of Chinese people and society. Think of these as conversation starters; they won’t provide answers to all of your questions, but we hope they will pique your interest and lead to further inquiries and understanding about China, and all that it is reputed to represent.
A new video will be released every other week. Enjoy and pass it on! For videos, behind the scene photos and related blogs, visit http://asiasociety.org/china-learning-initiatives/great-lol-china.