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Mosaic of China

An English-language podcast showcasing people who are making their mark in China.

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  • 15.06.2021
    72 MB
    36:49
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    The Improv Artist (Michelle QU, The Improviser Alliance)

    To make friends with other people, it helps if you share the same sense of humour. So it can sometimes be a challenge to make meaningful friendships with people from other cultures, with whom you don't share the same historical background, comic sensibilities, or even speech patterns. This might be a common story for some people in China, but have no fear, because Michelle Qu is here to explain some of the things that make Chinese people laugh.As an improvisational comedian, Michelle also talks us through her own personal journey in discovering this relatively new form of expression in China. For a start, the art of improv has helped her to entertain Chinese audiences. "Yes, and..." it has helped her to communicate, collaborate and place trust in others. "Yes, and..." it has opened up her world to be more accepting, more respectful, and more open to a lifetime of new experiences.Subscribe to the PREMIUM version, see the visuals, and/or follow the full transcript for this episode at https://mosaicofchina.com/season-02-episode-20-michelle-quJoin the community on Instagram (https://instagram.com/mosaicofchina_), LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/mosaicofchina), Facebook (https://facebook.com/mosaicofchina) or WeChat (https://mosaicofchina.com/wechat).The episode also includes a catch-up interview with Sabrina Chen from Season 01 Episode 26. https://mosaicofchina.com/season-01-episode-26-sabrina-chen

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  • 08.06.2021
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    36:43
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    The Student Strategist (Seth HARVEY, Education Coach)

    The image of the foreigner teacher in China stands for two things. Firstly, it represents one of the most popular ways that someone seeking experience overseas can find their first footing, especially in a place like China. For some people it's a stepping stone into something else in that new country, and for others - like today's guest Seth Harvey - it becomes a gateway into a longer-term career in education.The second thing it represents is a position at the interface of a culture. Working with young adults offers teachers a window into the society in which they operate, and where that society might be heading in the future. This is true for teachers in every part of the world. But when your job entails working with Chinese students seeking admission into American universities, you are uniquely placed to observe the contrast between the attributes produced by one education system, and those valued by another.Subscribe to the PREMIUM version, see the visuals, and/or follow the full transcript for this episode at https://mosaicofchina.com/season-02-episode-19-seth-harveyJoin the community on Instagram (https://instagram.com/mosaicofchina_), LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/mosaicofchina), Facebook (https://facebook.com/mosaicofchina) or WeChat (https://mosaicofchina.com/wechat).The episode also includes a catch-up interview with Lissanthea Taylor from Season 01 Episode 28. (https://mosaicofchina.com/season-01-episode-28-lissanthea-taylor).

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  • 01.06.2021
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    34:36
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    The Supermarket Sourcer (Jo MCFARLAND, Sainsbury's/Argos)

    Most of us are guilty of putting items in our shopping trolleys without giving one moment's thought as to where they came from. Jo McFarland doesn't have that luxury, because she's the one in charge of sourcing thousands of items - from around 500 factories in China - for two of the most famous high-street retail names in the United Kingdom, Sainsbury's and Argos.Sourcing manufactured goods may sound a little prosaic, but Jo's story brings the world of factories in China directly to our doorstep. And it's a world that has defined China's integral position in the global retail supply chain for the last two decades.Subscribe to the PREMIUM version, see the visuals, and/or follow the full transcript for this episode at https://mosaicofchina.com/season-02-episode-18-jo-mcfarlandJoin the community on Instagram (https://instagram.com/mosaicofchina_), LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/mosaicofchina), Facebook (https://facebook.com/mosaicofchina) or WeChat (https://mosaicofchina.com/wechat).The episode also includes a catch-up interview with Jorge Luzio from Season 01 Episode 05. (https://mosaicofchina.com/season-01-episode-05-jorge-luzio).

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  • 25.05.2021
    81 MB
    41:36
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    The Swedish Clown (Björn DAHLMAN, Clowns Without Borders)

    Any speechwriter will corroborate that you can use the art of self-deprecation to engage an audience in ways that cannot be achieved through other rhetorical tricks. But if you adopt the wrong tone, it can come across as inauthentic, unfunny, and - worst of all - creepy. It takes a surprising amount of thoughtfulness, skill and intelligence to make yourself the subject of derision.Clowns are the monarchs of self-mockery, and today's guest is the King. The Frog King, to be precise. Björn Dahlman's story takes him from the suburbs of Sweden to the mountains of the Middle Kingdom, where he performed the first ever Clowns Without Borders project in China. And in a culture where it is very difficult to celebrate your mistakes, he teaches us all a valuable lesson in the dignity of laughter.Subscribe to the PREMIUM version, see the visuals, and/or follow the full transcript for this episode at https://mosaicofchina.com/season-02-episode-17-bjorn-dahlmanJoin the community on Instagram (https://instagram.com/mosaicofchina_), LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/mosaicofchina), Facebook (https://facebook.com/mosaicofchina) or WeChat (https://mosaicofchina.com/wechat).The episode also includes a catch-up interview with Maple Zuo from Season 01 Episode 02. (https://mosaicofchina.com/season-01-episode-02-maple-zuo).

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  • 18.05.2021
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    29:26
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    The Metal Head (Cassandra CHEN, Inferno Bar)

    We can all be guilty of making sweeping generalisations about nationalities and cultures. But not all Dutch are liberal; not all Brazilians can dance, and not all New Zealanders like rugby. So it should come as no surprise to you that not all Chinese people are into pop music. Especially when it comes to Cassandra Chen, who owns 'Inferno', the one and only bar in China that's 100% dedicated to heavy metal.In today's episode, Cassandra discusses the history of Inferno, and it's status as a hub for the close-knit community of metalheads in China. And in so doing, she also demonstrates a great deal of patience and nonchalance with a nervous and uncool interviewer who is completely out of his depth.Subscribe to the PREMIUM version, see the visuals, and/or follow the full transcript for this episode at https://mosaicofchina.com/season-02-episode-16-cassandra-chenJoin the community on Instagram (https://instagram.com/mosaicofchina_), LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/mosaicofchina), Facebook (https://facebook.com/mosaicofchina) or WeChat (https://mosaicofchina.com/wechat).The episode also includes a catch-up interview with Yang Yi from Season 01 Episode 21 . (https://mosaicofchina.com/season-01-episode-21-yang-yi).

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  • 27.04.2021
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    21:00
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    Mosaic of China with Oscar Fuchs: Bonus Episode on 'Connectivity'

    Sometimes you don't know quite what you're doing and why you're doing it, until you sit down one day and take the time to evaluate it. And that's the day you might realise that the meaning of your work has somehow morphed into something you hadn't planned.In order to reach this realisation, it helps to be interviewed by a professional journalist! Thank you to Rebecca Kanthor for speaking with me on this special bonus episode to mark the midway point of Season 02. We discuss the ways in which Mosaic of China has evolved since its initial conception as a community that could bridge the gap between China and the rest of the world. And we throw in some fun by including some questions from a few of the Patreon/爱发电 supporters too.Subscribe to the PREMIUM version, see the visuals, and/or follow the full transcript for this episode at https://mosaicofchina.com/season-02-bonus-connectivityJoin the community on Instagram (https://instagram.com/mosaicofchina_), LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/mosaicofchina), Facebook (https://facebook.com/mosaicofchina) or WeChat (https://mosaicofchina.com/wechat).

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  • 13.04.2021
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    36:03
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    The Island Investor (Douglon TSE, Microdistrict)

    Some say that young people are impatient, and are only on the look-out for short-term gratification. Not so with Douglon Tse, who spent his formative years pursuing a long-term vision for his life. This pursuit has led him and his wife to a unique island in China, which he describes very vividly in today's episode.At 30 years old, Douglon is also one of the youngest guests in Season 2 of the podcast. So if you're also young and are thinking about how to make your mark in China, you should find a large seafood platter of inspiration in Douglon's story.Subscribe to the PREMIUM version, see the visuals, and/or follow the full transcript for this episode at https://mosaicofchina.com/season-02-episode-15-douglon-tseJoin the community on Instagram (https://instagram.com/mosaicofchina_), Facebook (https://facebook.com/mosaicofchina) or WeChat (https://mosaicofchina.com/wechat).The episode also includes a catch-up interview with Octo Cheung from Season 01 Episode 30. (https://mosaicofchina.com/season-01-episode-30-octo-cheung).

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  • 06.04.2021
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    39:10
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    The Culture Curator (Noxolo BHENGU, Ndawo Afrika)

    There is a lot being said around the world these days about racism and discrimination. Quite rightly. But pointing fingers and throwing accusations often achieves nothing. The thing that changes attitudes, at a human level, is both fundamentally simple, and embarrassingly difficult. It's casual association. Being casually associated with people from different backgrounds is what leads to a genuine understanding of our commonalities, and a positive exploration of our differences.My conversation with the South African actress, writer, theatre producer, and community organiser Noxolo Bhengu beautifully illustrates the awkward dance that takes place when opportunities for casual association are more scarce. The context of our conversation is Noxolo's work in promoting visibility of the Afro-diaspora in China. But the dialogue that follows is one that should resonate with you, no matter who or where you are. Purposeful visibility leads to casual association leads to meaningful relationships.Subscribe to the PREMIUM version, see the visuals, and/or follow the full transcript for this episode at https://mosaicofchina.com/season-02-episode-14-noxolo-bhenguJoin the community on Instagram (https://instagram.com/mosaicofchina_), Facebook (https://facebook.com/mosaicofchina) or WeChat (https://mosaicofchina.com/wechat).The episode also includes a catch-up interview with Yael Farjun from Season 01 Episode 12. (https://mosaicofchina.com/season-01-episode-12-yael-farjun).

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  • 30.03.2021
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    36:38
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    The Brand Interpreter (Vladimir DJUROVIC, LABBRAND)

    When you live overseas, in some ways you take a leap into a new identity. You need to figure out how to fit into a new culture, while remaining true to your authentic self. Well, it's exactly the same story when your brand goes overseas. And when introducing your brand overseas, it's important to get the name right. Vladimir Djurovic is an expert in this field, since he and his team at LABBRAND create Chinese names for Western brands. And it's a fascinating process that requires a basket of skills including linguistics, branding, trademarks, consulting, and semiotics. If you want to know why the Chinese for Marvel is 漫威 [Mànwēi], and LinkedIn is 领英 [Lǐngyīng], tune in to hear from the man who helped name them! Subscribe to the PREMIUM version, see the visuals, and/or follow the full transcript for this episode at https://mosaicofchina.com/season-02-episode-13-vladimir-djurovic . Join the community on Instagram (https://instagram.com/mosaicofchina_), Facebook (https://facebook.com/mosaicofchina) or WeChat (https://mosaicofchina.com/wechat).The episode also includes a catch-up interview with Stephane de Montgros from Season 01 Episode 19. (https://mosaicofchina.com/season-01-episode-19-stephane-de-montgros).

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  • 23.03.2021
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    33:40
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    The Aimful Architect (Wendy SAUNDERS, AIM Architecture)

    Buildings, buildings, buildings. There has been a decades-long construction boom in China, and behind every building is an architect. Wendy Saunders has witnessed this boom, and as Co-Owner and Principal Architect of AIM Architecture, has created a niche in boutique design projects.In today's episode, we hear how Wendy has teamed up with Chinese clients such as the cosmetics brand HARMAY to bring a modern European design sensibility to the consumer-centric world of retail and hospitality in China. And as you'll hear from our conversation, she has done so with a healthy dose of pragmatism and good humour.Subscribe to the PREMIUM version, see the visuals, and/or follow the full transcript for this episode at https://mosaicofchina.com/season-02-episode-12-wendy-saundersJoin the community on Facebook (https://facebook.com/mosaicofchina) or WeChat (https://mosaicofchina.com/wechat).

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  • 16.03.2021
    71 MB
    36:42
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    The Solar Entrepreneur (Alex SHOER, Seeder Energy)

    Personally coming from a business background where my main tools of trade have just been a laptop and a phone, I’m always impressed with people with complex and audacious business ideas. And Alex Shoer is one of those people.In today's episode, Alex tells the story of the 'Solarcoaster' - the dramatic ups and downs of the solar industry in China over the last decade. And in this open and honest discussion, we also learn about his own personal reflections on leadership, flexibility, and the nature of business regulation in China.Subscribe to the PREMIUM version, see the visuals, and/or follow the full transcript for this episode at https://mosaicofchina.com/season-02-episode-11-alex-shoerJoin the community on Facebook (https://facebook.com/mosaicofchina) or WeChat (https://mosaicofchina.com/wechat).The episode also includes a catch-up interview with Greg Nance from Season 01 Episode 23 . (https://mosaicofchina.com/season-01-episode-23-greg-nance).

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  • 09.03.2021
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    36:39
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    The Tibetan Merchant (Danma JYID, Yakma Body Care)

    If there's one animal that is synonymous with the Tibetan Plateau, it's the yak. It has historically played a huge role in the diet, culture, and livelihood of the nomadic people of Tibet, and this symbiotic relationship endures until today.My guest today is Danmajyid, who represents a new generation of Tibetans that are worldly, tech-savvy, and yet also know how to honour past traditions. Danma tells the story of how her social enterprise YAKMA is turning nutrient-rich yak milk into high-end beauty products, and the effect this is having on her Tibetan hometown.Subscribe to the PREMIUM version, see the visuals, and/or follow the full transcript for this episode at https://mosaicofchina.com/season-02-episode-10-danma-jyid .Join the community on Facebook (https://facebook.com/mosaicofchina) or WeChat (https://mosaicofchina.com/wechat).The episode also includes a catch-up interview with Gina Li from Season 01 Episode 06. (https://mosaicofchina.com/season-01-episode-06-gina-li).

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  • 02.03.2021
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    35:02
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    The Beer Boss (Sean HARMON, Duvel Moortgat)

    China is the largest market in the world for beer in terms of volume. And Belgium is a country with a long history of brewing, dating back to the 12th Century. So what better guest to have on the podcast than Sean Harmon, the China head of the premium Belgian beer company Duvel Moortgat, probably best known in China for its brand Vedett. Despite its proud status in Belgium, Duvel Moortgat started its life in China with a youthful start-up mentality, and this spirit continues to live within the DNA of its culture today. Sean talks us through this growth story, and reveals how he nowadays needs to defend his company's position in China as one of the leading brands in the increasingly competitive market for 'craft' beers. Subscribe to the PREMIUM version, see the visuals, and/or follow the full transcript for this episode at https://mosaicofchina.com/season-02-episode-09-sean-harmon . Join the community on Facebook (https://facebook.com/mosaicofchina) or WeChat (https://mosaicofchina.com/wechat). The episode also includes a catch-up interview with Simon MANETTI from Season 01 Episode 17. (https://mosaicofchina.com/season-01-episode-17-simon-manetti).

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  • 23.02.2021
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    38:32
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    The Handicrafts Designer (Jovana ZHANG, Rong Design Library, PINWU Design Studio)

    In China, craftsmen are not always venerated as artisans. Instead, they are often denigrated as low-status workers. But there is a design team based in the Zhejiang countryside that is doing its best to turn this around, curating the myriad ancient crafts that can be found across China before they disappear, and repurposing them for modern usage.This week's episode is with Jovana Zhang, one of the co-founders of the Rong Design Library and the PINWU Design Studio. Her's is not just a story of design inspiration, it's a story that teaches us that respecting heritage is not the same as clinging onto the past. It's about repurposing what we can learn from the past, and making it relevant to modern times.Subscribe to the PREMIUM version, see the visuals, and/or follow the full transcript for this episode at https://mosaicofchina.com/season-02-episode-08-jovana-zhang .Join the community on Facebook (https://facebook.com/mosaicofchina) or WeChat (https://mosaicofchina.com/wechat).The episode also includes a catch-up interview with Roz COLEMAN from Season 01 Episode 22 . (https://mosaicofchina.com/season-01-episode-22-roz-coleman).

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  • 26.01.2021
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    33:45
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    The Performance Exhibitor (ZHANG Yuan, McaM Ming Contemporary Art Museum)

    We all know what to expect in a theatre. We all know what to expect in an art gallery. But in which of these worlds does Performance Art belong? One answer is the Ming Contemporary Art Museum (McaM) in Shanghai, and one person who can explain this world is the artist and curator, Zhang Yuan. Yuan's story also helps to paint a picture of the independent art scene in China, and the way in which performance art can convert audience members into active participants, and ultimately into a community of open-minded thinkers. Subscribe to the PREMIUM version, and/or follow the full transcript for this episode at https://mosaicofchina.com/season-02-episode-07-zhang-yuan. See the visuals and join the community on Instagram (https://instagram.com/mosaicofchina), Facebook (https://facebook.com/mosaicofchina), and WeChat (https://mosaicofchina.com/wechat). The episode also includes a catch-up interview with Nick YU from Season 01 Episode 13. (https://mosaicofchina.com/season-01-episode-13-nick-yu).

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  • 19.01.2021
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    The Childbirth Guru (Louise ROY, Ferguson Women's Health)

    Pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding should be things that are universally understood around the world. But guess what... they're not. Societal conventions and traditions have created a disassociation between what is 'natural' and what is 'expected', leading to both cultural confusion and generational conflict. In today's fascinating and eye-opening episode, we discuss these issues with Louise Roy, Director of Patient Support at Ferguson Women's Health in Shanghai. As a prenatal educator, labour doula, and lactation counsellor, Louise is perfectly placed to explain these historical trends, and analyse them within the context of the Chinese healthcare system. Subscribe to the PREMIUM version, and/or follow the full transcript for this episode at https://mosaicofchina.com/season-02-episode-06-louise-roy . See the visuals and join the community on Instagram (https://instagram.com/mosaicofchina), Facebook (https://facebook.com/mosaicofchina), and WeChat (https://mosaicofchina.com/wechat). The episode also includes a catch-up interview with Astrid POGHOSYAN from Season 01 Episode 04. (https://mosaicofchina.com/season-01-episode-04-astrid-poghosyan).

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  • 12.01.2021
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    34:30
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    The Bearded Lady ("COCOSANTI", Drag Artist)

    The art of drag, with its emphasis on exaggerated costumes and makeup, has gained mainstream popularity around the world, particularly over the last decade. And China is no exception. While drag in the West can trace its roots from Elizabethan England up to the underground queer scene of New York, drag in East Asia draws its own lineage from the Beijing Opera. As one of the more prominent members of the drag queen community in Shanghai, Cocosanti joins this week’s episode of Mosaic of China to discuss the meaning of drag, her own personal journey as an artist, and the way in which drag queens can teach us all that… it’s OK to be a little weird. Follow the full transcript for this episode at https://mosaicofchina.com/season-02-episode-05-cocosanti. Subscribe to the PREMIUM version of this episode at https://patreon.com/mosaicofchina. See the visuals and join the community on Instagram (https://instagram.com/mosaicofchina), Facebook (https://facebook.com/mosaicofchina), and WeChat (https://mosaicofchina.com/wechat). The episode also includes a catch-up interview with Sebastien DENES from Season 01 Episode 11. (https://mosaicofchina.com/season-01-episode-11-sebastien-denes).

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  • 05.01.2021
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    The Peruvian Healer (Katherine WONG, The Andean Apothecary)

    Shanghai is one of those magical places where people can somehow become who they were always supposed to be. This is what happened to Katherine Wong, who decided one day to quit her corporate job, and start earning a living by sharing her knowledge of traditional Peruvian remedies with customers in China. Growing up in Peru with a Taiwanese father, a Bolivian mother, and a nanny from the Amazonian jungle, Katherine is perfectly placed to describe the links between Peru and China, as well as explore the similarities and differences in their beliefs and superstitions.The episode also includes a catch-up interview with Angie WU from Season 01 Episode 18 . (https://mosaicofchina.com/season-01-episode-18-angie-wu).Follow the full transcript for this episode at https://mosaicofchina.com/season-02-episode-04-katherine-wong . Subscribe to the PREMIUM version of this episode at https://patreon.com/mosaicofchina .See the visuals and join the community on Instagram (https://instagram.com/mosaicofchina), Facebook (https://facebook.com/mosaicofchina), and WeChat (https://mosaicofchina.com/wechat).

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  • 22.12.2020
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    The Streetwise Sinologist (CHANG Chihyun, History Professor)

    There are some professors who can justifiably be accused of living in their own little academic bubbles, but Professor Chang Chihyun is not one of them. In today's episode, Chihyun talks about his experiences in the world of unversity education in China, and shares a few morsels of his knowledge of history and sinology along the way. The episode also includes a catch-up interview with Tom BARKER from Season 01 Episode 25. Follow the full transcript for this episode at https://mosaicofchina.com/season-02-episode-03-chang-chihyun . Subscribe to the PREMIUM version of this episode at https://patreon.com/mosaicofchina . See the visuals and join the community on Instagram (https://instagram.com/mosaicofchina), Facebook (https://facebook.com/mosaicofchina), and WeChat (https://mosaicofchina.com/wechat).

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  • 15.12.2020
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    The Streetside Foodie (Jamie BARYS, UnTour Food Tours)

    Food can be a window into a culture. But it can also be a barrier, especially when it comes to street food. Many can be intimidated to communicate with hawkers who often speak with strong dialects. And many can be turned off by hole-in-the-wall establishments, where there's no fancy décor, and definitely no English menu. Jamie Barys has made it her mission to remove these barriers, by offering tours that uncover some of the hidden delights of Chinese cuisine. In this episode, she reveals some of her favourite lesser-known dishes, explains the history and legends behind them, and also discusses how she has managed to pivot the focus of her business which, until 2020, had been reliant on tourists from outside of China. The episode also includes a catch-up interview with Lexis COMSTOCK from Season 01 Episode 20. Follow the full transcript for this episode at https://mosaicofchina.com/season-02-episode-02-jamie-barys . Subscribe to the PREMIUM version of this episode at https://patreon.com/mosaicofchina. See the visuals and join the community on Instagram (https://instagram.com/mosaicofchina), Facebook (https://facebook.com/mosaicofchina), and WeChat (https://mosaicofchina.com/wechat).

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  • 08.12.2020
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    The Trend Tracker (Stéphane WILMET, L'Oréal China)

    With thirty years at L'Oréal, and fifteen of those in leadership roles in mainland China, Stéphane has made a career of anticipating trends in China, and catering to the needs of the powerful and illusive 'Chinese consumer'.In this episode, we discuss the art and science of consumer insight analysis, through the prism of the beauty industry. We talk about the correlation between beauty and technology, and observe the new trends that are emerging in a post-COVID world.The episode also includes a catch-up interview with Sanford BROWNE from Season 01 Episode 29 .Follow the full transcript for this episode at https://mosaicofchina.com/season-02-episode-01-stephane-wilmet . Subscribe to the PREMIUM version of this episode at https://patreon.com/mosaicofchina .See the visuals and join the community on Instagram (https://instagram.com/mosaicofchina), Facebook (https://facebook.com/mosaicofchina), and WeChat (https://mosaicofchina.com/wechat).

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  • 01.12.2020
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    Mosaic of China with Oscar Fuchs: Season 2 Trailer

    Hello, I’m Oscar. In this trailer, I introduce the new features of Season 2 of the Mosaic of China podcast, including the PREMIUM version of the show that is now available on Patreon (https://patreon.com/mosaicofchina), and the new transcripts of the show (https://mosaicofchina.com/transcripts). The transcripts have been designed for anyone whose first language isn’t English, or for listeners with hearing impairments, or for any English speakers who want to follow the words that are spoken in Chinese on the show. The PREMIUM version of the show will include an average of 10-20 minutes of extra content for every episode, accumulating to up to 10 hours of extra content over the course of the entire season. This is what I came up with to keep the show free from advertising, while at the same time create a way to accept donations towards the cost of putting this all together. So if you have anything to spare, and you want to help fund this independent project as an early Christmas present, please head over to https://patreon.com/mosaicofchina , and you can look forward to getting some great extra content too. See the visuals and join the community on Instagram (https://instagram.com/mosaicofchina), Facebook (https://facebook.com/mosaicofchina), and WeChat (https://mosaicofchina.com/wechat).

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  • 12.11.2020
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    Season 1 Compilation: Chinese Phrases

    If you were asked to name your favourite phrase in Chinese, would you choose something you hear every day in China like 差不多, 哎哟, and 没有? Or would you choose something deeper which reveals layers of meaning like 一山不容二虎, 养儿防老 and 而遇而不可求?In today's final compilation episode from Season 1, the guests discuss their favourite words and phrases in Chinese. So get ready to make notes in case you want steal any of them for yourself!See the visuals and join the community on Instagram (https://instagram.com/mosaicofchina), Facebook (https://facebook.com/mosaicofchina), WeChat (https://mosaicofchina.com/wechat) or Weibo (https://www.weibo.com/p/1005057279743869/wenzhang).

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  • 12.11.2020
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    Season 1 Compilation: China Hangouts

    In today’s penultimate compilation episode from Season 1, we’re talking about the favourite places people like to frequent in China. And since this first season has focused on resident of Shanghai, the resulting answers are a love letter to all the restaurants, bars and cafés of this vibrant world-class city. Whether you’re looking for recommendations of street food, high-end restaurants, bars, clubs, coffeeshops, malls or even supermarkets, you should find some inspiration from today’s episode. See the visuals and join the community on Instagram (https://instagram.com/mosaicofchina), Facebook (https://facebook.com/mosaicofchina), WeChat (https://mosaicofchina.com/wechat) or Weibo (https://www.weibo.com/p/1005057279743869/wenzhang).

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  • 12.11.2020
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    20:09
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    Season 1 Compilation: WeChat Stickers

    The Mosaic of China podcast has been designed to have visual elements that can be enjoyed alongside its audio episodes. Today’s show is the biggest test of that theory, since it’s a compilation from Season 1 of the guests’ answers to the question: “What’s your favourite WeChat sticker?”.In the same week that Donald Trump has threatened to ban WeChat from the United States, we take a look at one of the most popular features of the app that’s ubiquitous in China: the sticker function. And as you’re listening to the episode, ask yourself what your favourite WeChat sticker would be, and what that choice would say about you.See the visuals and join the community on Instagram (https://instagram.com/mosaicofchina), Facebook (https://facebook.com/mosaicofchina), WeChat (https://mosaicofchina.com/wechat) or Weibo (https://www.weibo.com/p/1005057279743869/wenzhang).

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    Season 1 Compilation: China Bests & Worsts

    This episode will touch a nerve with a lot of people. It’s a compilation of the things that the guests from Season 1 would miss the most and miss the least if they were to leave China. It was designed as a hypothetical question, but has now become a sad reality for those who left China temporarily during the pandemic but now, six months later, still have no way of returning. It is also the one question that elicits answers that might include some of the nuisances and frustrations that you pick up on in everyday life, allowing the guests the opportunity to vent a little. But I wonder now, if we were all forced to leave China, would the things that we thought we would miss the least, actually become the things about which we reminisce the most? See the visuals and join the community on Instagram (https://instagram.com/mosaicofchina), Facebook (https://facebook.com/mosaicofchina), WeChat (https://mosaicofchina.com/wechat) or Weibo (https://www.weibo.com/p/1005057279743869/wenzhang).

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    Season 1 Compilation: China News Sources

    The topic of where we get our information has been in centre stage across the world, as societies debate the ideals of press freedom versus the dangers of fake news. So when I asked the 30 guests from Season 1 of the podcast about their favourite sources of information in China, I had no idea what kind of answers I would receive.The picture that emerged is an array of news and information sources, some of them official, others personal; some of them industry-specific, and others in the form of social media aggregators. And we see that, notwithstanding the very specific media landscape we experience in China, there are plenty of great information resources to discover.See the visuals and join the community on Instagram (https://instagram.com/mosaicofchina), Facebook (https://facebook.com/mosaicofchina) or WeChat (https://mosaicofchina.com/wechat).

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    Season 1 Compilation: China Purchases

    Today marks the halfway point of these ten special compilation episodes that showcase the guests from Season 1 of the show, and I hope you've been persuaded to go back and take a listen to some of the original episodes you may have missed before.If not, let me try yet again to convince you: the theme of today's episode is the best and worst purchases that have been made in China. In a way, this episode is a window into China's shopping culture, and specifically it's unique e-commerce ecosystem. But actually it's more for just being nosy about what stuff people have got.See the visuals and join the community on Instagram (https://instagram.com/mosaicofchina), Facebook (https://facebook.com/mosaicofchina), WeChat (https://mosaicofchina.com/wechat) or Weibo (https://www.weibo.com/p/1005057279743869/wenzhang).

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  • 12.11.2020
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    Season 1 Compilation: China Facts

    If you're an annoying person like me, you will love to share little pieces of trivia to unsuspecting listeners. You will think it makes you look clever to those around you, and you will accept their polite silent nods as proof of your awe-inspiring worldliness, oblivious to the reality of your unending tediousness. If any of that sounds familiar to you, then you will love today's special compilation episode from Season 1.Today we listen to how all the guests from the season answered the question: "What is your favourite China-related fact?". We cover everything from traditions to timezones, from diversity to durians, and from railways to rural migrant workers. So let's hear from you: what is your favourite China-related fact or piece of trivia? Please contribute to the communities on WeChat, Instagram and Facebook.See the visuals and join the community on Instagram (https://instagram.com/mosaicofchina), Facebook (https://facebook.com/mosaicofchina), WeChat (https://mosaicofchina.com/wechat) or Weibo (https://www.weibo.com/p/1005057279743869/wenzhang).

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    Season 1 Compilation: China Surprises

    If there's one thing on which almost everyone can agree, it's on China's capacity to surprise. No matter whether you're a China outsider or someone who's been living here for decades, there will always be something to make you stop in your tracks. And this is just as much the case for Chinese people as it is for non-Chinese.Today's special compilation episode from Season 1of the podcast is an anthology of all the things that still surprise the guests about life in China. And listening to these answers together can remind us to keep that attitude of wonder in our lives. So what would be the thing that surprises *you* the most about life in China? Please contribute to the communities on WeChat, Instagram and Facebook.See the visuals and join the community on Instagram (https://instagram.com/mosaicofchina), Facebook (https://facebook.com/mosaicofchina), WeChat (https://mosaicofchina.com/wechat) or Weibo (https://www.weibo.com/p/1005057279743869/wenzhang).

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    Season 1 Compilation: KTV Songs

    Today's compilation episode is all about the podcast guests’ favourite songs to sing at KTV, the Chinese version of karaoke. Out of all the questions asked on Mosaic of China, this one elicited the biggest array of emotions: joy, pride, embarrassment and… sheer terror.There’s a reason why karaoke is so popular in China and other East Asian societies with a Confucian heritage: it’s an important catalyst for group social harmony. Unfortunately that doesn’t always guarantee group *vocal* harmony. But since no-one really cares about that… what would be *your* go-to song to sing at karaoke? Please contribute to the communities on WeChat, Instagram and Facebook.See the visuals and join the community on Instagram (https://instagram.com/mosaicofchina), Facebook (https://facebook.com/mosaicofchina), WeChat (https://mosaicofchina.com/wechat) or Weibo (https://www.weibo.com/p/1005057279743869/wenzhang).

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    Season 1 Compilation: China Destinations

    In the first of 10 compilation episodes from Season 1, we listen to the guests's answers to the question: "What is your favourite travel destination within Mainland China". The answers range from cities with historical cities to the Gobi desert; from the mountains of Tibet to the lakes of Hangzhou and Nanjing; and from the beaches of Sanya to the Alpine scenery of northern Sichuan.So my question for you today is... where would be *your* favourite travel destination within mainland China?See the visuals and join the community on Instagram (https://instagram.com/mosaicofchina), Facebook (https://facebook.com/mosaicofchina), WeChat (https://mosaicofchina.com/wechat) or Weibo (https://www.weibo.com/p/1005057279743869/wenzhang).

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    Mosaic of China with Oscar Fuchs: Season 1 Wrap-Up

    For this special end of season wrap-up episode, I asked my friend and fellow podcaster Josh Ogden-Davis to join me for a chat.We talk about things like interview techniques, the editing process, and some of the show’s influences. But the main reason for recording this episode was to announce what’s coming next.See the visuals and join the community on Instagram (https://instagram.com/mosaicofchina), Facebook (https://facebook.com/mosaicofchina), and WeChat (https://mosaicofchina.com/wechat).

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    The Fashion Figure (Octo CHEUNG, Fashion Designer)

    The final episode of the season is with the fashion designer Octo Cheung, who epitomises the phrase “East Meets West”. Raised in Hong Kong, trained in Europe, and employed in China, Octo explains how her own cultural development has helped to inform her personal philosophy and design aesthetic. You will find her observations fascinating, no matter how much you care about fashion or clothing.The most intriguing part of Octo’s story is the mystery behind her ultra high-profile private client. Did we leave enough clues for you to guess who it is?See the visuals and join the community on Instagram (https://instagram.com/mosaicofchina), Facebook (https://facebook.com/mosaicofchina), and WeChat (https://mosaicofchina.com/wechat).

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    The Beauty Biochemist (Sanford BROWNE, L'Oréal)

    We’re almost at the end of Season 1, so I’m very happy to squeeze in an episode with a scientist before the end of the series. Sanford Browne has a background in biochemistry and, at the time of recording, was the VP of Research and Innovation at L'Oréal China. He has since been promoted to the SVP position covering all of Asia Pacific and has also moved to Tokyo, so we were lucky to catch him while we could.From a scientific perspective, our discussion ranges from the cuticle angles of hair to the affects of urbanisation on skin. But the most fascinating parts of our chat are when Sanford links his knowledge of science to his knowledge of the Chinese consumer, and reveals how these two factors together are influencing the world of beauty research and innovation globally.See the visuals and join the community on Instagram (https://instagram.com/mosaicofchina), Facebook (https://facebook.com/mosaicofchina), and WeChat (https://mosaicofchina.com/wechat).

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    The Pain Whisperer (Lissanthea TAYLOR, Pain Management Practitioner)

    My guest today is Lissanthea Taylor, who specialises in rehabilitation and pain management. We have a fascinating conversation about the different ways in which China and the West handle the natural ageing process, short-term and persistent pain, and overall mental wellbeing. And beyond that, we make the distinction between how the brain handles pain versus danger, and how medical practitioners exercise ‘receptivity’ over ‘empathy’.Recorded many weeks ago, this episode also gives us many prescient insights into what we’re all experiencing today during the global pandemic crisis. We discuss how our brains are wired to go into a protective state when faced with a negative stimulus, and also observe how patients in China have had many years of experience in accepting enforced periods of rest and isolation.See the visuals and join the community on Instagram (https://instagram.com/mosaicofchina), Facebook (https://facebook.com/mosaicofchina), and WeChat (https://mosaicofchina.com/wechat).

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    The Music Man (Abe DEYO, Tour Manager, Live Nation)

    Spending over a decade being a Tour Manager in China for international bands has taken this week's guest, Abe Deyo, to many destinations. In our discussion, we talk about some of his favourites, as well as his experiences on tour and his opinions on music tastes in the Chinese indie scene.I tried to elicit some nefarious stories of the rock and role lifestyle out of Abe, but I promise that our chat remained family friendly. Well.. for the most part.See the visuals and join the community on Instagram (https://instagram.com/mosaicofchina), Facebook (https://facebook.com/mosaicofchina), and WeChat (https://mosaicofchina.com/wechat).

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    The Dance Curator (Sabrina CHEN, Shanghai International Dance Center)

    As Programme Director of China's first and only theatre complex specifically dedicated to dance, Sabrina Chen knows a thing or two about reading the China arts scene. In our chat, she compares the audiences in Shanghai to those of other cities in China and around the world. To many people (your host included) contemporary dance can at first seem like an esoteric and abstract art form, which can only appeal to a small group of expert connoisseurs. But Sabrina helps to dispel this idea, and her passion is, for want of a better word, contagious. See the visuals and join the community on Instagram (https://instagram.com/mosaicofchina), Facebook (https://facebook.com/mosaicofchina), and WeChat (https://mosaicofchina.com/wechat).

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    The Consular Kiwi (Tom BARKER, New Zealand Deputy Consul-General)

    International diplomacy can deal with matters of global consequence such as trade and the environment. It can deal with the deeply personal aspects of helping nationals in distress overseas. And it can also deal with the mundane drudgery of working in a large bureaucracy. In my conversation with Tom Barker, the New Zealand Deputy Consul-General in Shanghai, we cover all of these aspects in our short time together.I couldn’t possibly talk to a diplomat from New Zealand without bringing up the character Murray Hewitt from the HBO Series “Flight of the Conchords”. So if you’ve never heard of this TV series, then I would highly recommend watching an episode or two after listening to this podcast.See the visuals and join the community on Instagram (https://instagram.com/mosaicofchina), Facebook (https://facebook.com/mosaicofchina), and WeChat (https://mosaicofchina.com/wechat).

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    The Ode Decoder (Gigi CHANG, Literary Translator)

    We all take translation and translators for granted these days. There are now apps on your phone that can translate inputted text, can magically convert text within photos, and can even simultaneously translate audio as you’re speaking. But once you listen to Gigi Chang talk about the philosophy behind her work translating literary texts, you’ll know that there can be no substitute to the human touch.If you’ve worked in any kind of international arena, you will have had some experience in having work translated, be it for marketing slogans, short texts, or longer pieces. So I hope that listening to this episode will give you a broader appreciation of the process behind it.See the visuals and join the community on Instagram (https://instagram.com/mosaicofchina), Facebook (https://facebook.com/mosaicofchina), and WeChat (https://mosaicofchina.com/wechat).

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    The Running Addict (Greg NANCE, Ultramarathon Runner and CEO)

    Greg Nance’s business is in China, but his story will resonate with anyone around the world who is addicted to their life pursuits. For Greg, his addictions include ultramarathon racing, and his education business.If you’re a cynic, you’ll immediately be turned off by the idea of listening to someone as positive and accomplished as Greg. And about 5 minutes into our conversation, we talk about this directly. What ensues is an interview that was highly personal and highly unexpected. If you are inspired by co-founders, endurance athletes and motivational speakers, you will love this episode. And if you absolutely loathe co-founders, endurance athletes and motivational speakers, you will love this episode too, I promise.See the visuals and join the community on Instagram (https://instagram.com/mosaicofchina), Facebook (https://facebook.com/mosaicofchina), and WeChat (https://mosaicofchina.com/wechat).

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    The Immersive Producer (Roz COLEMAN, Sleep No More)

    At the time of recording, Roz Coleman was the International Company Manager of the immersive theatre experience “Sleep No More” in Shanghai. This has given Roz a unique appreciation of audience responses in different countries and cultures, and during our short chat she shares some great observations about human behavioural traits in China.The obvious irony is that our discussion covers audience behaviour in environments where people are crammed together and inhabiting each other’s space. Well of course that’s not what we’re experiencing now in February 2020, with most facets of everyday life on lockdown in China. I hope that my chat with Roz will be a good reminder that our current situation is only temporary.See the visuals and join the community on Instagram (www.instagram.com/mosaicofchina), Facebook (www.facebook.com/mosaicofchina), and WeChat (www.mosaicofchina.com/wechat).

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    The Broadcast Master (YANG Yi, Co-Founder, JustPod)

    Yang Yi is a Chinese editor, a broadcaster, and one of the trailblazers in the new world of podcasting in China. He is the host of two podcasts, a culture-themed show called "Left-Right", and a show called "Go! LIVE" where he invites reporters in China to share their eperiences in journalism. And he is also co-founder of the "JustPod" company, which currently produces four original and three branded podcasts.Yi and I discuss his personal experiences of growing up with broadcast media in China, and he makes some great observations about China's media landscape from the 1990s to today. While our interview was recorded many weeks before the coronavirus outbreak, some of the things we discuss will resonate with anyone observing how the issue is being handled in the Chinese and Western media.See the visuals and join the community on Instagram (www.instagram.com/mosaicofchina), Facebook (www.facebook.com/mosaicofchina), and WeChat (www.mosaicofchina.com/wechat).

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    The Cookie Empress (Lexie COMSTOCK, Strictly Cookies)

    Lexie Comstock is the Founder of Strictly Cookies, and we’ve known each other now for over four years. So I thought I knew all about her when we sat down for our conversation. But just like an unexpectedly under-baked cookie, Lexie's story was notable for being surprisingly raw in parts. I was amazed to hear what she had been through in the early days of setting up her cookie empire, and am inspired by her continued positivity.I apologise in advance for the parts of this interview which make you want to jump up and raid your cupboards for sweet treats. You have been warned.See the visuals and join the community on Instagram (www.instagram.com/mosaicofchina), Facebook (www.facebook.com/mosaicofchina), and WeChat (www.mosaicofchina.com/wechat).

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    The Events Entrepreneur (Stephane DE MONTGROS, Riviera Events)

    Stephane de Montgros first came to China as an engineering graduate, and today is the Director of an events and hospitality company. In our conversation, we trace this circuitous career path, and make observations about the current state of the hospitality and tourism industry in China and beyond. If you’re curious to know about how hotels in China are coping with societal, environmental, and technological changes, then this conversation should be a great starting point.Apart from these industry observations, Stephane also shares his practical attitude towards entrepreneurialism in China, and his positivity and enthusiasm is truly infectious. See the visuals and join the community on Instagram (www.instagram.com/mosaicofchina), Facebook (www.facebook.com/mosaicofchina), and WeChat (www.mosaicofchina.com/wechat).

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    The Jewelry Craftsman (Angie WU, AWÜ Studio)

    I didn't know I was interested in the art of jewellery design until I met Angie. Maybe that's because I didn't think about the precision of the tool-work; maybe it's because I didn't pay attention to the forms and structure of precious metals; or maybe it's because I've never met anyone as unique as Angie Wu.Angie has a fascinating background, and it was a joy to spend a short time together in her company, and learn about her art and her clientele. I hope you'll enjoy it too.See the visuals and join the community on Instagram (www.instagram.com/mosaicofchina), Facebook (www.facebook.com/mosaicofchina), and WeChat (www.mosaicofchina.com/wechat).

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    The Aussie Opportunist (Simon MANETTI, Kantar Consulting)

    It's time to relect on the end of the year, and the end of the decade. So as you’re listening to Simon Manetti reflect on his last 10 years of choices and chances in China, take a moment to think about the forces that brought you to where you are today. Some of you might look back on your decade as a series of rational and linear decisions. Well congratulations to you. Personally I relate more to Simon: some rational decision; a few irrational ones thrown in; and otherwise a combination of luck, fate and opportunism.Thank you to Simon for being so open, eloquent, and... relatable.See the visuals and join the community on Instagram (www.instagram.com/mosaicofchina), Facebook (www.facebook.com/mosaicofchina), and WeChat (www.mosaicofchina.com/wechat).

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    The Urban Artist (Nini SUM, IdleBeats)

    Today’s interview is with the artist Nini Sum. We talk about her life and work as the co-founder of IdleBeats, the first independent screen print studio in China, as well as her take on artistic expression and the arts scene in general in China.You’ll notice straight away that she has a very hypnotic way of talking, so this episode should be a nice, slow and relaxing one.See the visuals and join the community on Instagram (www.instagram.com/mosaicofchina), Facebook (www.facebook.com/mosaicofchina), and WeChat (www.mosaicofchina.com/wechat).

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    Mosaic of China with Oscar Fuchs - Bonus Episode on "Community"

    We're marking the halfway point of Season 1 by releasing a special episode in which Oscar is interviewed by Shannon Martin, Director of Communications at Podbean, to discuss the topic of "Community".Since building real and virtual communities is at the heart of the Mosaic of China project, this is a conversation that we felt was worth releasing as a bonus episode. Hopefully it will not only interest you, but also encourage you to contribute your thoughts and comments on WeChat, or on whichever platform you prefer.See the visuals and join the community on Instagram (www.instagram.com/mosaicofchina), Facebook (www.facebook.com/mosaicofchina), and WeChat (www.mosaicofchina.com/wechat).

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    The FinTech Philosopher (Srinivas YANAMANDRA, NDB)

    Srinivas Yanamandra ("Srini") is the Chief Compliance Officer at the New Development Bank (NDB), the only multilateral organisation based in Shanghai. Comprised of the BRICS countries of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, the bank has a unique constitution and culture. Srini and I discuss his position in the organisation, with a particular focus on the similarities and differences between China and India. And our conversation soon stretches into many other areas, including his thoughts on the future of compliance and ethics in the age of Artificial Intelligence.Don't be too intimidated by this introduction, our conversation also includes enough light-hearted conversation to offset the cerebral content. I promise.See the visuals and join the community on Instagram (www.instagram.com/mosaicofchina), Facebook (www.facebook.com/mosaicofchina), and WeChat (www.mosaicofchina.com/wechat).

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