In today's show, Kaiser Kuo and Jeremy Goldkorn interview Jessica Beinecke, host of the VOA-funded OMG Meiyu, a Chinese show on English slang that has earned Jessica hundreds of thousands of followers in China. Now the owner of her own production company, Jessica is on the show to chat about her future plans and other projects. She is joined by David Moser, longtime Sinica stalwart and director of the CET immersion program in Beijing.

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 said on
June 5, 2014
After initial resistance to OMG Meiyu, I was totally won over by Crazy Fresh Chinese: first Abigail Washburn and then Jessica's rendition of Frank and Claire Underwood among many others. How very cool. I'm a little bit wowed by her talent, I must admit. Go Jessica!

There's still a bit of curmudgeonly resistance to toothache blondes, mind you. Interesting that Jessica's marketing of hyper blond cuteness to the Asian market doesn't attract the same piercing analysis of inter-racial and gender dynamics that Helen Ma, Alice Liu and Jeremy offered a while back.

Just sayin..
 said on
June 11, 2014
Bridge builders

·The 100,000 Strong Foundation:

·Abigail Washburn:

·Wu Fei 吴非:

·The Wu-Force:

·Jesse Appell:

page at YouTube -

blog LaughBeijing -

·Holly Chang:

Project Pengyou social network -

·David Moser:

on Twitter -

·Mark Roswell, aka Dashan 大山:

on Twitter -

·Crosstalk master Ding Guangquan 丁广泉

2012 crosstalk/xiangsheng (相声) workshop -

·Any Chinese teacher who doesn’t start class by saying “Chinese is really hard”

·Howie Snyder:

The documentary My Beijing Birthday -

·Laszlo Montgomery:

The China History Podcast -

·The Asia Society:

·Orville Schell's brainchild, ChinaFile:

·Geremie Barmé's brainchild, The China Story:



1. China Environmental Press Awards 2014

2. Isabel Hilton’s Lexicon entry for The Environment 环境 at The China Story


1. Bonus bridge, the bassist Zhang Ling 张玲

video of Zhang Ling performing Drinkin’ Blues《喝酒Blues》-

(+ Kaiser: the Beijing bar CDBLUES)

(+ Jeremy: Beijing Fast Forwards to the Future, by Gary Shteyngart for Travel + Leisure)


1. In Line Behind a Billion People: How Scarcity Will Define China's Ascent in the Next Decade, by Damien Ma and William Adams

2. Abigail Washburn, seriously, just check her out already


1. The Indian Ideology by Perry Anderson

2. Pankaj Mishra’s review of said book, India and Ideology - Why Western Thinkers Struggle With the Subcontinent
 said on
June 11, 2014
For a longish interview with Abigail Washburn (by me)check out this series of clips on YouTube:

Mark Lesson Studied