What Makes Chuan A Legend At Juilliard?

May, 2016

China Personified

Chuan Qin, son of a composer for the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, started playing the piano at age 5 after watching a rousing ballet performance shortly after the Cultural Revolution in China. How did he decide to come to America…

What was Xian’s turning point?

May, 2016

China Personified

A surprise encounter in the prestigious Harbin High School #3 would soon change her life forever.

Why did Annysa give up her high-flying career in Hong Kong?

March, 2016

China Personified

After graduating from college, Hong Kong native Annysa Ng had to work as a flight attendant to pay the bills. But her passion since childhood has been art. A chance meeting with a venerable painting master would forever change her life…

Why does Dillon admire young Chinese dreamers in Nanjing?

March, 2016

China Personified

Dillon Powers has discovered his curiosity about China after playing basketball in high school with many Chinese friends in Hawaii. Years later, as a sophomore at Harvard, he flew to explore Beijing for the first time. Since then, he’s determined…

What makes Sanyee dream of Hollywood?

November, 2015

China Personified

Sanyee Yuan, a Harvard graduate (Class’ 12), dreamed of a career in Hollywood since childhood. Shortly after her exclusive interview with China Personified, Sanyee’s dream came true. She was offered a job with Disney in Burbank! In the taped interview, Sanyee…

Why Did Yiming Come to America?

October, 2015

China Personified

A young woman from Harbin, China imagines and pursues a life of travel and adventure in America after an eye-opening trip to Beijing.

Why does Yaxin admire Oprah?

August, 2015

China Personified

Yaxin Huang of Guangdong, China, decides to pursue her American Dream against all odds.

Video Series “The Great LOL of China”: Stereotype Bingo

August, 2015

Jesse, Beijing

“But wait? Are these things true?” “Ha! If people asked themselves that question, we wouldn’t have stereotypes!” If I perform comedy in China, I confront stereotypes of Americans. If I perform in America about China, I confront American stereotypes about…

Video Series “The Great LOL of China”: Chuanr

July, 2015

Jesse, Beijing

It may sound odd, but when I finally packed my suitcase and bought my one-way ticket to move to Beijing, the first thing I wanted to do was plop down on a tiny stool by a dirty road and eat…

Video Series “The Great LOL of China”: Roommates

June, 2015

Jesse, Beijing

China-US roommates is finally out! This sketch had more props than almost all the other sketches combined, and I now own a remote-controlled boat and a statue of Mao. Some fine summer day in the near future, I plan on…

Video Series “The Great LOL of China” Ep1: China Goggles

May, 2015

Jesse, Beijing

In the summer of 2013, I was walking down the street near my apartment in Beijing when I saw a man on the side of the road selling a bizarre collection of goods. I stooped over his street-side carpet of…

Why did an American stand-up comedian/ scholar want to study humor in China?

December, 2014

China Personified

Fulbright scholar Jesse Appell discusses why comedy can help engage Americans and Chinese. Through his study of traditional Chinese standup comedy, Jesse hopes to bring better understanding between the East and the West. His dream has already come true! Check…