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Season 02 Compilation: KTV Songs

Season 02 Compilation: KTV Songs

October 12, 2021

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.

 

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Season 02 Compilation: China Destinations

Season 02 Compilation: China Destinations

September 28, 2021

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?

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Mosaic of China with Oscar Fuchs: Season 02 Wrap-Up

Mosaic of China with Oscar Fuchs: Season 02 Wrap-Up

September 14, 2021

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'.

 

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The Transgender Teacher (”Jiyoung”)

The Transgender Teacher (”Jiyoung”)

September 7, 2021

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.

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The Protocol King (Murray KING, Shanghai Disney Resort)

The Protocol King (Murray KING, Shanghai Disney Resort)

August 31, 2021

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.

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The episode also includes a catch-up interview with Emily Madge from Season 01 Episode 14.
https://mosaicofchina.com/season-01-episode-14-emily-madge

The Africa Vlogger (ZHAO Huiling, HuilinginAfrica)

The Africa Vlogger (ZHAO Huiling, HuilinginAfrica)

August 24, 2021

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"?

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The episode also includes a catch-up interview with Eric Olander from Season 01 Episode 03.
https://mosaicofchina.com/season-01-episode-03-eric-olander

The Italian Lawyer (Vittorio FRANZESE, Business & Intellectual Property Lawyer)

The Italian Lawyer (Vittorio FRANZESE, Business & Intellectual Property Lawyer)

August 17, 2021

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!

 

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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

The Gourmet Coach (Crystyl MO, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants)

The Gourmet Coach (Crystyl MO, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants)

August 10, 2021

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.

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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

The Fire Engineer (Michael KINSEY, Arup)

The Fire Engineer (Michael KINSEY, Arup)

August 3, 2021

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.

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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

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

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

July 20, 2021

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.

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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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