No Drama, Real China
A friend of a friend has started a new video series in Beijing called No Drama Real China. The host is a Chinese girl named Rachel Guo. The concept is simple: ask a cross-section of Beijing’s population some interesting questions related to Chinese culture, and present the hodge-podge of answers in all its heterogeneous glory for the benefit of cross-cultural understanding (so, with subtitles, obviously). The result is interesting, funny, and perhaps even educational (especially for all you students of Chinese).
Here are some of my favorites:
What Are Chinese People Afraid Of?
For the linguistically sensitive, this next one has Rachel dropping what appears to be a few strangely out of place gratuitous F-bombs, but apparently she’s quoting a rather rude online user:
Do Chinese People Eat Everything???
(The video above also has a particularly amusing scene where the old lady can’t seem to understand the clear Chinese of the interviewer.)
No Drama Real China shows a lot of promise! Please have a look at these videos. If you can’t access YouTube, there are also a few on Youku.
Keep up the good work, Rachel!
I loved the “Do Chinese people eat anything” video. Laughed so much.
Nice tip. I especially liked the one about studying: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HY82Lt4NzjI&feature=related
Reblogged on my site!
Yay! Realy people talking about real things! This looks very neat, not only because it provides difernt voices and ways of speaking Chinese, but also many different personalities and ways of thinking. Diversity for the win!
Yeah, gotta love those real life accents.
yes, accents are funniest things in China.
Awesome! So many normal people… so refreshing…
AMEN! And despite a wild background difference, I agreed with almost every one of them. There’s not much delusion. They’re really tuned in. Awesome.
I’m with the old lady on Rachel’s pronunciation. I too would have missed that she was saying “frog”. Sounds like she’s saying fourth tone ‘wa’.
That old lady is my grandma, we were talking in our dialect, she could understand because she is little deaf. 🙂
sorry,she could NOT understand me
Got it. Thanks, Rachel.
That’s great! Classic ‘what do you think is in those lamb kebabs’!
not all lamb kebabs~ just some unscrupulous kebab vendors
“I can only eat dog meat for 5 minutes. After that I start to think….” FTW? Hahaha, awesome.
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I really liked these videos! Thanks for posting and really informative too. It was interesting to see the answers and how different they were and the ages/jobs of the people. I hope there is more….