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Mosaic of China

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

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  • 19.04.2022
    42 MB
    21:44
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    Mosaic of China with Oscar Fuchs: Bonus Episode from Footprints (CRI)

    Being locked into our compounds hasn't been a fun experience for the residents of Shanghai over the last month. But we will survive this inconvenience, and we will hopefully be all the more grateful for the luxuries of living in Shanghai, once they have finally returned. Oscar could have spent this time preparing for Season 03 of Mosaic of China. But he hasn’t. So the launch of next season is probably still weeks away. However, today we’re including an edited version of the conversation he had with the hosts of a podcast called Footprints. A big thanks to the Footprints team at China Radio International (CRI) for giving permission to share this on the feed for Mosaic of China. The original full episode can be found at http://chinaplus.cri.cn/podcast/detail/2/118706 . Subscribe to the PREMIUM version, see the visuals, and/or follow the full transcript for this episode at https://mosaicofchina.com/season-02-bonus-footprints-cri Join the community on Instagram (https://instagram.com/oscology), LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/mosaicofchina), Facebook (https://facebook.com/mosaicofchina) or WeChat (https://mosaicofchina.com/wechat).

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  • 01.03.2022
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    27:08
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    Season 02 Compilation: Chinese Phrases

    If language is one of the most important keys to unlocking a culture, then today's tenth and final compilation episode from Season 02 of the show perhaps represents the epitome of what I’m trying to achieve with Mosaic of China. It's a collection of the voices of 30 people from 30 contrasting backgrounds describing 30 favourite words or phrases in Chinese.With hearts heavy under the burden of world news at the moment, please use this as a much-needed injection of joy and entertainment. And consider it a thank you from me to all those who have been following the podcast through this second season. I'm looking forward to returning with 30 brand new episodes later in the Spring of 2022.Subscribe to the PREMIUM version, see the visuals, and/or follow the full transcript for this episode at https://mosaicofchina.com/season-02-compilation-10-chinese-phrasesJoin the community on Instagram (https://instagram.com/oscology), LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/mosaicofchina), Facebook (https://facebook.com/mosaicofchina) or WeChat (https://mosaicofchina.com/wechat).

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  • 15.02.2022
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    25:00
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    Season 02 Compilation: China Hangouts

    In today’s penultimate compilation episode from Season 02, we’re talking about the favourite places people like to frequent in China.Whether you’re looking for recommendations of street food, high-end restaurants, bars, or coffee shops, you should find some inspiration from today’s episode.Subscribe to the PREMIUM version, see the visuals, and/or follow the full transcript for this episode at https://mosaicofchina.com/season-02-compilation-09-china-hangoutsJoin the community on Instagram (https://instagram.com/oscology), LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/mosaicofchina), Facebook (https://facebook.com/mosaicofchina) or WeChat (https://mosaicofchina.com/wechat).

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  • 25.01.2022
    41 MB
    21:19
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    Season 02 Compilation: WeChat Stickers

    We're coming up to the Spring Festival in China, so please consider this to be your Chinese New Year gift. It's the compilation episode of the favourite WeChat stickers from the guest of Season 02. With electronic communications, it’s no longer good enough to learn how to compose compelling messages; you need to be fluent in the language of images. Without including things like emojis and emoticons in our messages, they can come across as cold, blunt, and rude. And there’s arguably no medium where this is more important than on WeChat, where the use of gifs is almost universal. So take a listen to how the guests of Season 02 answer the question: “What is your favourite WeChat Sticker,” and reflect on your own fluency in these new visual languages. Subscribe to the PREMIUM version, see the visuals, and/or follow the full transcript for this episode at https://mosaicofchina.com/season-02-compilation-08-wechat-stickers Join the community on Instagram (https://instagram.com/oscology), LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/mosaicofchina), Facebook (https://facebook.com/mosaicofchina) or WeChat (https://mosaicofchina.com/wechat).

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  • 11.01.2022
    49 MB
    25:22
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    Season 02 Compilation: China Bests & Worsts

    In today's special compilation episode from Season 02 of the show, we listen to how 30 people answered the question: "If you left China, what would you miss the most, and what would you miss the least?"There’s no such thing as perfection, living life is about dealing with both the rough and the smooth. The same holds true no matter where you live, or to which cultural identity you feel most affiliated. So it always makes for interesting listening to hear how people from different backgrounds answer this particular question. Subscribe to the PREMIUM version, see the visuals, and/or follow the full transcript for this episode athttps://mosaicofchina.com/season-02-compilation-07-china-bests-and-worstsJoin the community on Instagram (https://instagram.com/oscology), LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/mosaicofchina), Facebook (https://facebook.com/mosaicofchina) or WeChat (https://mosaicofchina.com/wechat).

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  • 21.12.2021
    111 MB
    56:48
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    Mosaic of China with Oscar Fuchs: Bonus Episode from The Honest Drink

    To mark the final episode of 2021, we're switching away from our usual programming to include an edited version of the discussion that Oscar had on The Honest Drink podcast. Recorded a few weeks ago, the conversation covers many aspects that we don't usually have a chance to explore in Mosaic of China, so I hope you'll enjoy listening to the different themes that emerge.A big thanks to Justin, Howie and Aric for giving permission to share this on the feed for Mosaic of China. The original full episode can be found at https://thehonestdrink.libsyn.com/99-oscar-fuchs-warts-and-all . Here's wishing everyone a great end to 2021.Subscribe to the PREMIUM version, see the visuals, and/or follow the full transcript for this episode at https://mosaicofchina.com/season-02-bonus-the-honest-drinkJoin the community on Instagram (https://instagram.com/oscology), LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/mosaicofchina), Facebook (https://facebook.com/mosaicofchina) or WeChat (https://mosaicofchina.com/wechat).

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  • 07.12.2021
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    17:13
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    Season 02 Compilation: China News Sources

    Today’s special compilation from Season 02 is all about where people get their news and information from about China.Around the world, news and journalism continues to get more consolidated, more digitalised, and more aggregated onto social media. And China is no exception. But there is still a host of different sources to help people discover more about what's happening on the ground. So I hope you can find a few nuggets of inspiration in today's episode.Subscribe to the PREMIUM version, see the visuals, and/or follow the full transcript for this episode at https://mosaicofchina.com/season-02-compilation-06-china-news-sourcesJoin the community on Instagram (https://instagram.com/oscology), LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/mosaicofchina), Facebook (https://facebook.com/mosaicofchina) or WeChat (https://mosaicofchina.com/wechat).

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  • 23.11.2021
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    21:39
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    Season 02 Compilation: China Purchases

    It's that time of year where our thoughts turn to... buying stuff we don't really need. In China, we've just had the annual Singles' Day online shopping bonanza. And the U.S. equivalent of Cyber Monday is coming up next week.So what? As someone who hates shopping, I couldn't care less about what this means, or what people choose to spend their money on. But somehow, when you ask someone the question "What's the best or worst purchase you've made?", you seem to elicit some of the best stories.Subscribe to the PREMIUM version, see the visuals, and/or follow the full transcript for this episode at https://mosaicofchina.com/season-02-compilation-05-china-purchasesJoin the community on Instagram (https://instagram.com/oscology), LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/mosaicofchina), Facebook (https://facebook.com/mosaicofchina) or WeChat (https://mosaicofchina.com/wechat).

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  • 09.11.2021
    45 MB
    23:07
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    Season 02 Compilation: China Facts

    Do you know why Chinese politicians have lustrous black hair? Do you know why you wouldn’t write '1,000,000' in China? And do you know why pandas do handstands?If the answer to any of those question is ‘no’, then you should definitely listen to this week’s compilation episode, where we listen to the favourite China-related facts from all 30 guests of the last season.Subscribe to the PREMIUM version, see the visuals, and/or follow the full transcript for this episode at https://mosaicofchina.com/season-02-compilation-04-china-factsJoin the community on Instagram (https://instagram.com/oscology), LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/mosaicofchina), Facebook (https://facebook.com/mosaicofchina) or WeChat (https://mosaicofchina.com/wechat).

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  • 26.10.2021
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    21:01
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    Season 02 Compilation: China Surprises

    This week's compilation episode from Season 02 is about the things which surprise people the most about life in China. No matter whether you're a China outsider or someone who's been living here for decades, there's always something new around the corner to keep you on your toes.What is it about China that makes you feel the most surprised? It's scale? The pace of change? The way decisions are made here? Think carefully about how you would answer this question, and then see if it corresponds with any of the answers given in today's show.Subscribe to the PREMIUM version, see the visuals, and/or follow the full transcript for this episode at https://mosaicofchina.com/season-02-compilation-03-china-surprisesJoin 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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  • 12.10.2021
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    20:54
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    Season 02 Compilation: KTV Songs

    These days you don't *need* to be a fan of KTV (karaoke) to thrive in China. But it certainly helps to have a favourite song prepared, just in case your friends, colleagues or clients force you to join them for an evening of merriment and microphones...In today's compilation episode from Season 02 of Mosaic of China, we hear from 30 people about their strategies for symphonic survival. Do you agree with any of them? Be sure to get in touch to share your own favourite KTV choices.Subscribe to the PREMIUM version, see the visuals, and/or follow the full transcript for this episode at https://mosaicofchina.com/season-02-compilation-02-ktv-songsJoin 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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  • 28.09.2021
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    23:13
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    Season 02 Compilation: China Destinations

    As we come up to the October ‘Golden Week’ holidays in China, wouldn’t you like to hear the opinions of 30 people on their favourite travel destinations within Mainland China?Your wish is my command! In today’s special compilation episode from Season 02 of Mosaic of China, we showcase the guests’ travel recommendations, from the beaches of 海南 [Hǎinán] to the mountains of 云南 [Yúnnán]; from the city of 重庆 [Chóngqìng] to the grasslands of 内蒙古 [Inner Mongolia]; and from the wine country of 宁夏 [Níngxià] to the bamboo forests of 安吉 [Ānjí].So my question for you today is... where would be *your* favourite travel destination within mainland China?Subscribe to the PREMIUM version, see the visuals, and/or follow the full transcript for this episode at https://mosaicofchina.com/season-02-compilation-01-china-destinationsJoin 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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  • 14.09.2021
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    23:30
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    Mosaic of China with Oscar Fuchs: Season 02 Wrap-Up

    It's time to reflect on Season 02 of Mosaic of China. So for today's special Wrap-Up episode, I invited Logan Brouse from Tacolicious to interview me, and to share his thoughts on podcasting in China, in the context of the launch of his own upcoming show: 'China on the Rocks'.As well as discussing the past legacy and future development of Mosaic of China, we also discuss the thorny issues of authenticity, profanity, and... the correct way to pronounce 'cicada'.Subscribe to the PREMIUM version, see the visuals, and/or follow the full transcript for this episode at https://mosaicofchina.com/season-02-wrap-upJoin 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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  • 07.09.2021
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    44:06
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    The Transgender Teacher (”Jiyoung”)

    One of the themes that comes up a lot in Mosaic of China is the idea that people who can span different cultures can often gain a certain superpower when it comes to analysing their own culture. It's that inside/outside perspective that becomes honed when you venture outside the comforts of your cultural paradigm.In today's episode, we extend that idea beyond the realm of cultural identity, and into the realm of gender identity. It's a very special episode with a very special guest, who will be talking about the transgender experience in China. Before this conversation, I thought I knew quite a lot about all this. But it turns out, I didn't know the half of it. Stick around until the end of the episode to hear how this conversation inspired me in particular. But I hope it in some way inspires you too.Subscribe to the PREMIUM version, see the visuals, and/or follow the full transcript for this episode at https://mosaicofchina.com/season-02-episode-30-jiyoungJoin 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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  • 31.08.2021
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    41:22
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    The Protocol King (Murray KING, Shanghai Disney Resort)

    Murray King is one of those people who took an early bet on China, and applied for a Beijing posting with the Canadian diplomatic service in the 1990s. Fast forward two decades, and he was part of the team that was bringing the Disney experience to China. In today's episode, Murray shares how he continues to apply his experience in negotiation and public relations to his role as the Head of Public Affairs for the Shanghai Disney Resort.We end our discussion on a question that might resonate with all the other people out there who have spent decades living in Asia: What's your end game? And Murray actually has an inspired answer to that question.Subscribe to the PREMIUM version, see the visuals, and/or follow the full transcript for this episode at https://mosaicofchina.com/season-02-episode-29-murray-kingJoin 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 Emily Madge from Season 01 Episode 14. https://mosaicofchina.com/season-01-episode-14-emily-mad ge

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  • 24.08.2021
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    The Africa Vlogger (ZHAO Huiling, HuilinginAfrica)

    Zhao Huiling was born in Shanghai, and spent the formative years of her life in West Africa. The experience changed her life, and still informs her work - and her world view - to this day. So it's useful for listeners to Mosaic of China to be reminded that culture clashes are not binary; they can happen no matter where you're from, and no matter with what new culture you're confronted.More than just that, Huiling also represents the mindset of the worldly young Shanghainese professional. These are people who have enjoyed all the benefits of modern luxury that China's economic progress has given them, and are now asking themselves "What does it all mean"?Subscribe to the PREMIUM version, see the visuals, and/or follow the full transcript for this episode at https://mosaicofchina.com/season-02-episode-28-zhao-huilingJoin 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 Eric Olander from Season 01 Episode 03. https://mosaicofchina.com/season-01-episode-03-eric-oland er

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  • 17.08.2021
    75 MB
    38:35
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    The Italian Lawyer (Vittorio FRANZESE, Business & Intellectual Property Lawyer)

    We all know the old stories about fake goods in China. But the parallel worlds of intellectual property infringement and anti-counterfeit regulation have changed a great deal over the last decade. In today's episode, I talk with the lawyer Vittorio Franzese to reminisce about what it was like when this cat-and-mouse game was at it's peak. Who were the counterfeiters? What actions could the lawyers take against them? How did the high-profile police raids come about? And what part did the big e-commerce platforms play in all this?If that wasn't enough, to top it all off, not only do we talk about law courts, we also end up talking about tennis courts. Perfettissimo!Subscribe to the PREMIUM version, see the visuals, and/or follow the full transcript for this episode at https://mosaicofchina.com/season-02-episode-27-vittorio-franzese Join 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 Gigi Chang from Season 01 Episode 24. https://mosaicofchina.com/season-01-episode-24-gigi-chang

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  • 10.08.2021
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    39:34
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    The Gourmet Coach (Crystyl MO, The World's 50 Best Restaurants)

    Crystyl Mo has been reporting on the world of resturants in China for over twenty years, so she has borne witness to the phenomenal growth of the modern Chinese fine dining experience. Now, as an Academy Chair at The World's 50 Best Restaurants, she has also been able to contextualise China's culinary scene on the global stage, and she shares some of her insights in today's episode.Apart from that, Crystyl is an American national who has been stranded for 18 months outside her home of China, and Oscar is a British national who has been confined within the borders of China for the same period. So in the second half of the conversation, they can’t help but discuss some of the parallels and contrasts between British, American and Chinese cultures.Subscribe to the PREMIUM version, see the visuals, and/or follow the full transcript for this episode a t https://mosaicofchina.com/season-02-episode-26-crystyl- moJoin 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 Michael Zee from Season 01 Episode 07. https://mosaicofchina.com/season-01-episode-07-michael-zee

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  • 03.08.2021
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    33:52
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    The Fire Engineer (Michael KINSEY, Arup)

    Hot off the press, today’s episode is with the Fire Engineer, Michael Kinsey. Like a moth to a flame, I was fascinated to learn what his job entails. It was a slow burn, but I was soon fired up, and all guns blazing to learn more.To add fuel to the fire, Michael explains in glowing detail how he has blazed a trail in the research between human behaviour and the development of fire-safety guidance for the super high-rise buildings that increasingly adorn the city skylines of 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-25-michael-kinseyJoin 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 Srinivas Yanamadra from Season 01 Episode 15. https://mosaicofchina.com/season-01-episode-15-srinivas-yanamandra

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  • 20.07.2021
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    The Investment Maven (Salome CHEN, Property and Technology Developer)

    Coinciding with the 100-year anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party, it's fitting that today's episode includes a family history that spans a similar historical timeframe.Salome Chen is a child of the 清 [Qīng] and 明 [Míng] Dynasties, as well as a child of the modern Chinese property boom. So in many ways she personifies the quirky mix of tradition and moderniity of today's 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-24-salome-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 Lori Li from Season 01 Episode 10. https://mosaicofchina.com/season-01-episode-10-lori-li

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  • 13.07.2021
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    The Beats Collector ("DJ BO", International DJ)

    What can anyone learn from a DJ? It turns out… a helluva lot, especially when the DJ in question is DJ BO. Based in China for the last decade, DJ BO has led a peripatetic life which has taken him on countless adventures in the pursuit of sharing his love of eclectic music, most famously becoming the first international DJ to ever play a set in North Korea.DJ BO's roots in Asia stem from his early years living in Mongolia, and he now also devotes energy into advancing the knowledge and appreciation of Mongolian culture in China. And while obsessively curating and showcasing music from this and other overlooked corners of the world, his story also teaches us the importance of respecting the art and culture on your own doorstep.Subscribe to the PREMIUM version, see the visuals, and/or follow the full transcript for this episode at https://mosaicofchina.com/season-02-episode-23-dj-boJoin 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 Abe Deyo from Season 01 Episode 27. https://mosaicofchina.com/season-01-episode-27-abe-deyoSorry for the delay in publishing this episode. There was a problem posting last week's episode in China, so we took an unscheduled week off so that both versions could continue to be released concurrently.

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  • 29.06.2021
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    The Fashion Journalist (Casey HALL, The Business of Fashion)

    We started off Season 02 of the podcast with a chat with the Chief Consumer Officer of L'Oréal China. And now that we've reached Episode 22 of the season, it's time to revisit the Chinese consumer from a different angle. Our guest today is Casey Hall, who has spent the last 14 years in China as a journalist, both as the Managing Editor of a city lifestyle magazine network, and most recently as the Asia Correspondent at The Business of Fashion.Focusing on business and lifestyle topics has allowed Casey to build a career covering China news in a way that is nuanced, and based on issues affecting society and culture. And through the lens of the fashion industry, we can learn a lot about the way Chinese people - be they from different generations, or from different regions - develop their tastes, and live their lives.Subscribe to the PREMIUM version, see the visuals, and/or follow the full transcript for this episode at https://mosaicofchina.com/season-02-episode-22-casey-hall .Join 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 Vy Vu from Season 01 Episode 08. https://mosaicofchina.com/season-01-episode-08-vy- vu

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  • 22.06.2021
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    The Car Designer (Ajay JAIN, Geely)

    China is the world's largest vehicle market, both by manufacturing output and by annual sales. And at the heart of that business is the strategic car designer, someone who can not only plot a future design vision for the company, but can also work in collaboration with engineers and marketers to turn that vision into a reality.Ajay Jain has been designing cars since he could hold a pencil, and it was this passion that ultimately led him to becoming a strategic design manager for the electric vehicle range at Geely, the largest privately held automotive company in China. Having spent half his career in China (at Geely and previously at SAIC) and the other half in Europe (at Opel, Ford, Saab and Renault), Ajay is uniquely qualified to talk about the world of car design, and China's increasingly influential position in that world.Subscribe to the PREMIUM version, see the visuals, and/or follow the full transcript for this episode at https://mosaicofchina.com/season-02-episode-21-ajay-jainJoin 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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  • 15.06.2021
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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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    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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    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
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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  • 12.11.2020
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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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