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The Bridge

English, Cultural, 1 season, 335 episodes, 5 days, 9 hours, 27 minutes
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A podcast focused on building bridges between the East and the West. The Bridge goes beyond the headlines to the lifelines, with conversations that inform, entertain and inspire listeners to a greater awareness of the common connections shared between the opposites of the world. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy (https://acast.com/privacy) for more information.
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The Belt and Road Initiative in global context

We discuss Xinjiang, the Belt and Road Initiative and our new multipolar world with Hussein Askary, Vice Chairman of The Belt and Road Institute in Sweden. He describes his recent trip to Xinjiang and the transformative power of global development within the context of the Modern Silk Road. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/22/202456 minutes, 27 seconds
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Challenges US may face after TikTok ban

The US TikTok ban will affect one out of every two Americans in the US. Has the US abandoned freedom of speech? What will happen to the US economy? Will other companies fear investing in the US? We break it down. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/21/202456 minutes, 25 seconds
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A U.S. university tour of China

Visiting Assistant Professor at Vassar College in New York joins us to discuss a tour that university students took across China. We talk about their first impressions and the rural and urban spaces in the country. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/14/202455 minutes, 47 seconds
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Why Gen Z has had it with excess work

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5/13/202456 minutes, 35 seconds
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A Serbian-American Expat in China

China’s President Xi heads to Europe with a stop in Serbia. We spoke to Nik Stankovic, an expat in China from Serbia, on his thoughts on the Belt and Road, and Chinese investment in Serbia and Europe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/7/202456 minutes, 37 seconds
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The Unknown Danger of Habitat Loss

According to China Daily, Giant Pandas are no long an endangered species. But thousands more species are in peril. How will human lives be impacted if we lose just some of them? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/2/202456 minutes, 3 seconds
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Tens of Millions in the U.S. without Internet?

More than 60 million U.S. households are at the risk of being kicked off their internet plans or facing skyrocketing bills. Those most likely to be affected are veterans and the elderly. Does it really make sense in 21st century America? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/30/202455 minutes, 36 seconds
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What is socialism with Chinese characteristics?

Carlos Martinez, author of The East is Still Red, joins us to discuss China's efforts in creating a just economy. How can the success of China's poverty alleviation campaign help in transforming the developing world? Listen in. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/24/202454 minutes, 32 seconds
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Is the U.S. business environment hostile?

The Singaporean CEO of TikTok has been grilled by a xenophobic Congressional panel twice so far in the U.S. Shortly after, Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, was met by cheering crowds in Shanghai. Which nation is the hostile one to foreign companies? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/19/202456 minutes, 5 seconds
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The US and the Asian Century

We are Joined by Carl Zha of Silk and Steel Podcast to discuss our new multipolar world. We talk about why the US economy is slowing down behind China, and what the US can do in the new international order. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/17/202453 minutes, 5 seconds
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Do American tourists stick out in a crowd?

Americans tip when they're not supposed to in China. Chinese tourists spend on luxury items abroad they might not buy back home. We put our travel habits side by side and see who is easier to identify. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/15/202455 minutes, 31 seconds
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Multipolarity and the realities of China's economy

We are joined by economist, Professor Warwick Powell. He explains in detail how China's economy is really doing. We discuss the context in which China is developing. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/10/202455 minutes, 57 seconds
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Four-day work week is trending

Countries around the world are adopting, testing and embracing the four-day work week for office employees. From AI to increasing productivity, we look at a dozen countries and a dozen reasons why this might be the future. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/9/202451 minutes, 24 seconds
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How workers around the world deal with burnout?

Globally, most of us are back at the office and a familiar work-place woe is also returning: burnout. According to the BBC, burnout “is a very serious condition.” We all know the feeling. But how do we recover and better yet, how do we avoid it?  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/8/202459 minutes, 18 seconds
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Becoming famous in China, a British musician's story

Shaun Gibson is a self-described “visually impaired British musician living in China.” Shuan travels around doing live shows, filming videos, and adventuring throughout China. He’s very popular on Chinese media platforms such as Douyin where he has one million followers. Shaun tells us his story. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/3/202451 minutes, 30 seconds
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Will more direct flights mean more Americans coming to China?

US and China are set to increase direct flights between the two countries from 35 per week to 50. Will the increase in ease of travel encourage more people-to-people exchanges, the main ingredient in fostering mutual understanding? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/1/202456 minutes, 43 seconds
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As Sino-US relations warm, panda’s on the way

With Sino-US diplomacy warming, the US is eagerly back at the table, to get more pandas. China could soon send two pandas to the San Diego Zoo. Is Panda Diplomacy back? Beibei and Jason discuss the possibility.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/29/202455 minutes, 46 seconds
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How did China grow twice as fast as the US?

Today with us is Ben Norton, an investigative journalist and analyst. Ben is the founder and editor of Geopolitical Economy Report. He lived in and reported from Latin America for several years, and is now based in Beijing, China. He discusses how so many western reporters get China’s economy so wrong. What is the future of the US, China and Europe in a quickly changing world? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/27/20241 hour, 5 minutes, 21 seconds
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35 years in China as an entrepreneur

We are joined by Mitchell Presnick, an American who is a Visiting Fellow of Practice at Harvard, founder of Super 8 Hotels China, 35-year resident of Beijing and Hong Kong. We ask him about China's economy and more. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/19/202452 minutes, 13 seconds
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Would you buy a house with a friend?

According to the BBC, 63% of new home buyers are now jointly signing mortgages. Given the dramatic increase in the cost of both renting and buying a home, is jointly buying a home with family or friends the new way into the property market? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/18/202455 minutes, 33 seconds
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Do American adults need allowances?

In 1980's America, in the Suburbs of California, young Jason got 2 dollars a week from his mom and dad. But in today's America, many adult Gen Z kids are also getting allowances from their parents according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center. What has been driving the need to care for kids financially into adulthood? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/11/202455 minutes, 46 seconds
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Beyond Women's Day

UN Women designated this year's Women's Day theme as 'Invest in women: Accelerate progress.' How do we transcend gender roles? And how does China's Two Sessions help women lead? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/8/202457 minutes, 16 seconds
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Understanding China's Two Sessions

China's annual Two Sessions is imminent and forms the cornerstone of China's Whole-Process People's Democracy. American Professor Josef Gregory Mahoney, professor of politics and international relations at East China Normal University help us to understand this major political event. Listen in. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/5/202440 minutes, 41 seconds
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How visiting China changed one man's outlook?

We discuss how visiting China for the first time in 2017 changed a British man's mind about the country. Steven Weaver is a semi-retired language teacher who regularly comments on China, having visited China on three long tours. We discuss his insights and what changed his mind about the country. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/4/202455 minutes, 46 seconds
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Can we store sunlight with good old bricks?

Sure, Solar power generates plenty of energy during the day time. Hydropower generates power when there isn’t a drought. Wind turbines generate power when it’s windy. But what if it’s night time, amidst a drought, when the air is still?  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/1/202452 minutes, 27 seconds
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What can Americans learn from China?

Geopolitical writer S.L. Kanthan joins us in discussing how traveling more can increase one's wisdom. We talk about the future of geopolitical economics and how we can build better cultural bridges. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/26/202452 minutes, 45 seconds
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Travel to China in 2024

Chinese tourists are the largest group of tourists globally. They are highly educated and are great savers who love to splurge on overseas travels. And they choose destinations in nations which are friendly. We discuss this and also the measures China is taking to ensure that it’s easier than ever to visit both the ancient and the futuristic cities in China. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/22/202455 minutes, 56 seconds
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Speaking four languages in China

Youtuber Alessia Donzello is a polyglot who speaks fluent Italian, English, Spanish and Italian, and dabbles in Arabic and Japanese. We discuss her time living in China, and get some tips and tricks for learning languages from an expert. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/21/202452 minutes
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Why fewer Chinese are migrating to America?

With far fewer Chinese migrants moving to America, we ask the data, why this is. We also discuss how to get a 5-star card in China, the new green card for foreigners in China. And is college really free in Europe? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/19/202455 minutes, 47 seconds
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Life hacks for achieving your goals

A lot of people are either succeeding or failing at their new year resolutions. We discuss what science says. Want your plan to stick? We share the tricks. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/13/202452 minutes, 25 seconds
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Chinese New Year and local traditions

Jason Smith, host of The Bridge, discusses his trip to the Chinese New Year Opera Gala show. Alex Shi talks about Chinese culture and shares her stories to help people better understand China's regional diversity and national unity. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/9/202446 minutes, 37 seconds
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Hyperloop One shutters as China takes up the new tech

Why did Hyperloop One close? And what does China have up its sleeve? We’re joined by David Feng, the ‘Trains Guy,’ a well-known expert on all things rail-related. He fills us in on the future of Hyperloop and Maglev. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/5/202451 minutes, 11 seconds
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Healthy wetlands mean a healthier world

The US Supreme Court struck down and limited federal protections of US wetlands. Meanwhile in China, the river chief system, a system for improving the quality of waterways in China, has been extended to the nations’ wetlands.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/2/202453 minutes, 5 seconds
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Economic woes leave abandoned dogs in its wake

With inflation still devastating the US middle class, many pet owners are abandoning their pets to pay for family needs. The consequence can be summed up according to MSN News as "Animal Shelters Across the US are Overflowing." Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/30/202451 minutes, 31 seconds
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Leaving America for a better life

The American dream is no longer to settle down in the States and having kids. According to CNN, quote "The American Dream is to Leave America." We discuss the new trend in jumping ship for a brighter future. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/24/202455 minutes
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She got a full scholarship to study in China

Joined by fellow podcaster Jane Bernard, we discuss moving to China. Do you have to speak Chinese in daily life? And how can someone get a full scholarship to study in a university in China? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/23/202452 minutes, 17 seconds
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The new trend of living in hotels

Daniel George has been living in hotels for three years and has given up on settling down. No longer need to change your sheets, or pay for electricity, water, heating, internet and more, does the hotel life suit you? Would you abandon owning mountains of stuff for a streamlined life of ease? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/22/202452 minutes, 38 seconds
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The expats who never want to leave China

We interview South African YouTube influencer: Nadine in China. Shenyang is the capital of Liaoning Province and the largest city in Northeast China. Nadine considers herself a member of the city. We disscuss her 11 years in China and what makes her to stay. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/16/202455 minutes, 50 seconds
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A local from Detroit on why China's Harbin feels like home

American in China, Ben Watson, discusses being a foreign-local in the coldest major city in China. He's been in this country for more than 20 years. He tells tales of the Ice Festival, local cuisines, and finding his home in Harbin. He also explains how Harbin and Detroit share a lot in common. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/16/202455 minutes, 44 seconds
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The limits of our digital clones

People are now creating digital AI clones of themselves to answer emails and respond to text messages in their downtime. Would you trust a doctor or investment strategist who automates their interpretation of your illness or investments?  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/4/202455 minutes, 28 seconds
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An American professor in China

American professor, country music artist Mark Levine discusses his 18 years in China. We discuss how 50,000 US students who will be coming to live in China can get ready. And we ask him why China keeps building free hospitals in Africa… Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/1/202450 minutes, 50 seconds
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China, the US and 2023 in retrospect

We have witnessed unexpected changes around the world in 2023. China's economy, according the IMF, is set to grow by 5.4%, outpacing most expectations. China and the US have resumed regular talks. BRICS invited on new members. And inflation dropped from 10% to 3.2% in the US. What has 2023 come to mean for you? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/29/202355 minutes
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American business opportunities in China

Two advocates of bridge-building between cultures, Jason Smith and Cyrus Janssen talk US businesses and the Middle Kingdom. The two discuss the scope and size of Chinese markets and what that means for American entrepreneurs. The time to strike it hot in China is now. Listen in to find out why. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/26/202352 minutes, 5 seconds
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Christmas in China

More than 100 public events are planned in Beijing alone for Christmas. The dashing winter greens and reds have reached a new apex in China. Simply open any app, from ele.me to JD.com and get your selection of décor, Christmas lattes and more. Every major shopping center in major Chinese cities is decked with glistening holiday elements, ready to embrace holiday shoppers. Listen in and learn what Christmas is like in the largest consumer market on earth: China. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/22/202354 minutes, 41 seconds
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China’s global development aid strategies

The Bridge Podcast is joined by Jerry Grey. We discuss the Belt and Road Initiative and China’s global aid programs. From emergency aid to development aid, what is China doing in the Global South? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/20/202353 minutes, 55 seconds
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China, the US, space & the future of Sci-Fi

We’ve got the latest updates from NASA, and insights into the race to private space stations. From the US to China and across the globe, how are we embracing space collectively? And does an interest in Sci-Fi translate into an interest in science? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/18/202356 minutes, 6 seconds
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US-China diplomatic trends

We’re joined by geopolitical analyst Carl Zha. He gives us his takes on the direction of Sino-US diplomacy. Will China buy more US debt? Will the US lower tariffs on Chinese goods? And can we work together on global climate goals? Tune in for the insight. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/11/202351 minutes, 53 seconds
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West meets East: Studying abroad in China

China is ready to invite 50,000 young Americans to China on exchange and study programs in the next five years to increase exchanges between the two peoples, especially between the youth. What could this mean for China and the US? If you or someone you know might be interested, this is the show to listen to! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/11/202352 minutes, 25 seconds
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Where do Sino-US relations go from here?

From Gavin Newsom coming to China to cooperate on green energy, to President Xi's trip to San Francisco. We ask American analyst Tomas Pauken II for his take on the present and future of friendship over the Pacific. Listen. Like. Subscribe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/6/202355 minutes, 7 seconds
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'Circular Living' is blowing up

Hashtag #ZeroWaste has garnered more than 4.7 million hits on Instagram. The movement to live sustainably has rapidly picked up steam and is set to break decades-old trends. We discuss how circular living may just change what modernity means. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/1/202352 minutes, 25 seconds
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The US, China, and green energy

The US and China issued a joint statement on climate change as President Xi visited San Francisco. The US and China expect to triple solar energy globally by 2030. Have we entered a new era of climate diplomacy? Listen in as we discuss our shared future. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/30/202352 minutes, 58 seconds
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The most common American social concerns

A controversial article on MSN entitled "18 Reasons Why America Ranks as One of the Worst Places to Live in The World" makes for an interesting discussion. Are these concerns valid? Do other countries share the same issues? Listen. Like. Subscribe.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/27/202352 minutes, 16 seconds
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Rethinking spending habits for the holidays

After years of inflation, how will most Americans afford the holidays? From rethinking the art of gift-giving, to tricks for saving on flights, we talk turkey and beyond. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year, and Chinese New Year are big times for spending. But how much is enough in today's world and for today’s wallets?  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/23/202352 minutes, 59 seconds
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Is the high cost of housing the new normal?

Rent is growing faster than incomes around the US. Median renters need to spend 29.6% of their monthly income on rent. In many cases the cost of buying a home has tripled in just a few years. Is this the new norm? Will things change? Is this the same all over the world? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/21/202355 minutes, 35 seconds
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Discussing Sino-US relations across the Pacific

Jason joins Li Jingjing in San Francisco and Danny Haiphong in New York to talk about Sino-US relations. Can APEC warm diplomatic relations? Will the Xi-Biden meeting improve our outlook? What is the world hoping for? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/16/202344 minutes, 47 seconds
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China made a statue of this American hero

We interview an American living in China about his heroic status in the country. After helping to put out the fires in Beibei, Chongqing, local artists made a statue of the professor. He talks about the statue, his life and his future in China.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/14/202356 minutes, 8 seconds
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US exports in China

From Taco Bell to Dell Technologies and Pepsi, American brands are hot items in China. In this episode, we delve into the significance of APEC, examine the dynamics of Sino-US relations, and explore the benefits that Chinese importers bring to American farmers. Tune in to gain deeper insights into the intricacies of global trade. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/13/202354 minutes, 2 seconds
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WorkTok in the age of social media

From California to Canton, people across the world are embracing working in social media and using media at work. Jason from California and comedian Alex Shi discuss the new trend of integrating social media as one works. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/8/202347 minutes, 48 seconds
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California, China, and the future of green energy

Governor of California Gavin Newsom visited China. Newsom shared smiles and handshakes from Beijing to Shanghai. In seeking friendship, can California and China advance green energy together? Listen in; we’ve got the details. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/6/202354 minutes, 19 seconds
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The China International Import Expo & American businesses

China has the world’s largest consumer base with half a billion middle class spenders. From November 5th to November 10th, over 60 countries and hundreds of global businesses will gather for the most important market in the world: China. Listen in as we talk about the 2023 Shanghai International Import Expo. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/3/202356 minutes, 18 seconds
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China, the US, and the future of space travel

China and the United States are both set to put boots on the moon within the next decade. Will a friendly scientific rivalry give space exploration more steam? We discuss China, the US, India, and more on the topic of the ascent to the celestial worlds above. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/1/202354 minutes, 8 seconds
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From inflation to shrinkflation and skimpflation

We are familiar with inflation. Now, new terms are being coined to deal with our new realities. Shrinkflation and skimpflation have entered the conversation. What do they mean and how will they impact our pocketbook?  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/30/202356 minutes, 46 seconds
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California’s governor Gavin Newsom visits China

Gavin Newsom is set to visit China. He will discuss cooperation on green energy across the Pacific. Will California and China move the needle forward on international clean energy cooperation? We invite Professor Josef Gregory Mahoney on The Bridge to discuss. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/23/202355 minutes
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Is American hospice care broken?

Elderly Americans are literally being wheeled off the hospital property and dumped on the sidewalk. One caller, who worked at a hospital, claimed “she saw this a lot.” In some cases, American hospitals are leaving patients to die on the streets. We discuss how American medical care has fallen behind global norms.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/23/202355 minutes
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Visiting every province in China

Jason shares his exciting experiences of visiting 3/4 of all provinces and regions of China. Just this year, he visited Xinjiang, Xizang, Inner Mongolia, Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning, Hebei, Shanghai, Jiangxi, Sichuan, Hubei, and Chongqing. Jason and Beibei talk about the skies of Xizang and the deserts of Xinjiang. Join us for a tour of the Middle Kingdom.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/20/202356 minutes, 20 seconds
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The Belt and Road and the developing world

The Bridge interviews geopolitical economist Ben Norton. We ask him about the Belt and Road Initiative. He explains the state of the global economy and the accelerating de-dollarization process. Is the US on the edge of a financial crash? Listen to find out. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/18/202357 minutes, 16 seconds
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Big business is big on China

Western brands are rapidly growing in China. Popeyes is eyeing the growing Chinese middle class with the announcement of 1,700 new stores in the works over the coming years. We discuss how the world’s biggest middle class, and growing, is catching the attention of big business in a big way. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/16/202355 minutes, 28 seconds
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What is the Belt and Road?

Belt and Road Initiative expert Zoon Ahmed Khan is with the Center for China and Globalization and a research fellow at the Belt and Road Institute in China’s prestigious Tsinghua University. We ask her to explain the goals of the Belt and Road. She explains how it works and how its 150 member countries are modernizing. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/11/202356 minutes, 34 seconds
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Prioritizing happiness in a fast-paced world

Jason argues that in a world that is proud of its badge of productivity, taking time for fun offers a route to our well-being. Beibei outlines her theory of happiness based around mindfulness, family and love. We debate the theories of happiness. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/10/202355 minutes, 36 seconds
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Hangzhou and the 19th Asian Games

Tickets to most games were sold out by August. 12,417 athletes from 45 countries and regions are taking part. So, what are the Hangzhou Asian Games and why is everyone talking about them? We tell you the firsthand answers.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/8/202355 minutes, 1 second
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Golden Week energizes Chinese tourism

China’s Golden Week means more spending. Eight days off means that trains, flights and hotels are all booked across the country. Venues will be slammed with crowds. China’s tourist economy rises like the phoenix. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/1/202356 minutes, 51 seconds
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Modernity & China’s Mid-Autumn Festival

For every Mid-Autumn festival, families and friends gather to savor moon cakes and re-tell the story of Lady Chang’e and why she lives on the moon. Being the time for bountiful harvests and relishing in the season, the legends and the celebrations have also traveled abroad to nations all over the region. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/29/202353 minutes, 18 seconds
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Food trends: East & West

What do you find bizarre or maybe even off-putting about food from another culture? Alex and Jason explore the shocks from tasting foreign food. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/27/202356 minutes, 14 seconds
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Returning to America after two decades abroad

Senior Fellow at the Center for China and Globalization, Mario Cavolo just visited the US after living in China for 24 years. He offers some side-by-side comparisons between his experiences in the US and in China. From tipping to homelessness and the cost of living, we discuss how America has changed and what our nations can learn from one another. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/26/202354 minutes, 20 seconds
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Does the Chinese system work? An interview with French entrepreneur Arnaud Bertrand

Arnaud Bertrand is an entrepreneur and CEO of Me and Qi, and former CEO of HouseTrip. A well-known commentator on economics and geopolitics with more than 100,000 followers on Twitter. He discusses how China has provided freedom from fear on the streets of its cities. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/19/202347 minutes, 6 seconds
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Malls in the era of online shopping

In the age of Amazon, JD, and Taobao, why do people still go out to mammoth shopping centers? New research suggests that the business is evolving. The view from China is much the same, despite more and more malls being built at incredible speeds. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/15/202356 minutes, 56 seconds
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Growing fears of a microplastics catastrophe

Microplastics are now being found in the remotest parts of our earth. The half-life of microplastics is hundreds of years long, according to the Royal Society of Chemistry. This may come at a high cost to all living beings on the planet. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/13/202352 minutes
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Debunking bad takes with Jerry Grey

Jerry Grey, long time British-Australian resident of China, takes on some bad takes on China from the west. From doubts of safety to cries of collapse, let's hear the facts from Jerry instead. What is China's Social Credit Score? Where is the Greater Bay Area in China? Tune in and listen up. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/11/202356 minutes, 53 seconds
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Recycling renewable technology

Electronic vehicles seem too good to be true. But, what do we do with the batteries when they reach the end of their lives? Solar panels harness the power of the sun so we can take high-speed rail or watch lots of TV, but what happens when the panels reach the end of their life cycle? Solar, EV, wind, and hydropower are saving the planet from climate change, but what will save us from them? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/6/202355 minutes, 41 seconds
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The era of well-groomed males

Generational divides may suggest that younger men are taking presentation to a new level. According to CNN and Statista, “the global male grooming market is expected to be worth $115 billion by 2028.” What's driving the new game of grooming? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/4/202352 minutes, 38 seconds
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A British-Australian describes life in China

James Wood has a background in information technology. Before moving to China's mainland, he lived in Japan, Thailand and Taiwan. Now living in Fuzhou, he describes himself as an amateur earth scientist, linguist and photographer. We ask him about what he really thinks of life in China. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/30/202349 minutes
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The Maui fires and climate change

Some are calling the Maui fires the worst natural disaster in US history. With Canadian fires polluting New York city, recent flooding in Northern China and in Slovenia and Georgia, evidence of extreme weather abounds. Are people around the world really waking up to climate change? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/28/202353 minutes, 53 seconds
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Doomscrolling and climate change

Will using paper straws save our oceans? Does caving to single-use plastics make you feel dispirited? If you spend hours reading the headlines, you might become so paralyzed by climate change that you simply want to give up. New mental health research suggests that Eco-anxiety and doomscrolling are making us too depressed to go green. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/25/202353 minutes, 27 seconds
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Has AI been stealing from you?

Artists in the US are suing companies responsible for AI. Has AI been stealing from our artists? Can Hollywood writing be replaced by robots? What will happen to our most creative storytellers, painters, and musicians if their ideas can just be sucked up by massive databases and reproduced in part by anyone at will? Even comedians are saying the robots are coming for their jobs… Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/23/202354 minutes, 7 seconds
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Voice of a local on the Lahaina fire

The fire, the aftermath and a community in calamity, we invite a resident of Maui, Polina Marian onto the show. She discusses the fire, and how the community has come together. She describes the heroes, the losses, the plight of survivors, and how we can help. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/17/202351 minutes, 41 seconds
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Ancient cooling technology becoming hot again

With the world sweltering under the summer sun, it's time for a more creative take on what it means to stay cool and how. Did the ancient Chinese get it right? The Indians? How severely are air-conditioners being used in China compare to that in the US? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/15/202351 minutes, 22 seconds
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Are the poor in America being left behind?

Inflation tops the chart of issues plaguing America, with 77% of Republicans and 52% of Democrats saying it is a ‘very big problem’ according to recent research. While the economy is roaring for the rich, the least well-off are worse off than any other time in recent history. Will this be the new norm of inequality in America? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/14/202354 minutes, 7 seconds
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Intersection of global peace and literature

Author, journalist, and key opinion leader Nury Vittachi joins us on the show. He discusses how children's literature can incubate the next generation of scientists with cross cultural insights that transcend contemporary disputes. We talk about Taoism, literature, physics and the distorted lens through which China is sometimes seen. Listen in as Nury explains his key tip for understanding the media: skepticism.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/9/202355 minutes, 27 seconds
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Is workplace harassment worsening for women?

According to a new 2023 publication by Deloitte, amid glimpses of progress, problems regarding working women’s mental health are still waiting to be addressed. And the BBC reports “a precarious economy and employment instability may be making the problem worse.” Would you put yourself in jeopardy to report a rotten boss? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/7/202352 minutes, 59 seconds
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The US job market, too few workers or not enough pay?

While there are 9.5 million jobs with no qualified applicants in the US, there are 5.6 million working age Americans who have given up on getting a job. We ask, with so many workers and so many jobs, is the real problem being not playing workers enough? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/4/202354 minutes, 1 second
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Some good news in combatting anti-Asian hate?

While a new survey shows an increase in anti-Asian hate and discrimination, we also see some small victories in the battle against anti-Asian hate in the US. We have the latest in America's struggle with anti-Asian hate. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/3/202351 minutes, 13 seconds
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The future and industry in China: An inside peak

Lee Barrett is an engineer and social media influencer with hundreds of thousands of followers. A citizen of the UK living in China, he makes videos that deal with technology and industry as they impact people and the society. We ask him about the future of China, the UK, the US, and that of global manufacturing. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/2/202355 minutes, 14 seconds
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Deforestation is accelerating global warming

What is the state of Earth's old growth forests? While countries like China and Vietnam are both reforesting at impressive rates, it is not enough to make up for the deforestation happening elsewhere. A new study by Global Forest Review shows that deforestation in the past three years is raging at full speed ahead. Let's take a look. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/31/202353 minutes, 25 seconds
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Has tipping in the US become a nightmare?

UK’s Express calls tipping in the US a tourist’s ‘nightmare.’ Why has it spiraled out of control? And how do people show appreciation for good services in other countries? We discuss how to fix this growing phenomenon. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/28/202351 minutes, 42 seconds
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Can China’s Poverty Alleviation Tactics work globally?

Professor Michael Dunford is a Visiting Professor at Chinese Academy of Sciences. We discuss China’s economic history. He explains China’s fight to end poverty. We ask him about the BRI and whether China’s tactics will work in the underdeveloped world. He also gives us some insights into the next steps for China’s Common Prosperity initiative. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/26/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 37 seconds
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Paying your bills by triage

With prices climbing and homelessness on the rise in the US, the economy feels increasingly unfair for poor Americans. What can those less well-off do to protect themselves in one of the worst economies?While the upper classes are living the highlife the rest of us are footing the bills. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/24/202349 minutes, 55 seconds
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What gets you ahead, talent or hard work?

A new article on the BBC by David Robson, author of The Expectation Effect, explains how people’s perception of your innate talent might be more important than putting in the extra hours. We give you the insights into how to work in today’s evolving workplace to get ahead in ways that might surprise you. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/21/202352 minutes, 2 seconds
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How do we make peace cool again?

CODEPINK co-founder Jodie Evans joins our show. We ask her about their “China is not our Enemy” campaign. She explains how we can all work to help support the AAPI community, and the role of the media in creating hype around conflicts in America. Her insights might just give you the energy you need to strive for peace. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/19/202355 minutes, 21 seconds
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Why do Americans pay more for the same medicines?

Studies show that 1 in 5 elderly Americans are going without their proper medication due to costs. While some use the wrong medicine or simply go without, others are leaving America to buy more affordable drugs elsewhere. A new legislation allows Medicare to negotiate the price of selected drugs with drug companies, starting in 2026. Will this be a game changer and improve access to lifesaving medicine?  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/17/202352 minutes, 51 seconds
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Asians in America: New study finds lack of sense of belonging

Two massive surveys of Asians in America point to trouble for Asians in melting into the pot of Americana. Only 22% of Asian Americans surveyed felt a sense of safety and belonging in America. We discuss the findings and what needs to be done to change the landscape. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/14/202352 minutes, 21 seconds
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American politics and Sino-US relations

Thomas Pauken II, author of “US vs CHINA: From Trade War to Reciprocal Deal” joins us on the show. A geopolitical consultant, we ask him about Sino-US relations in the context of American politics. He explains why China’s crackdown on corruption is exactly what the US needs. We discuss his journey into the heart of American culture and his hopes for the normalization of relations with China. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/12/202351 minutes, 16 seconds
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Food insecurity is on the rise (Yes, even in America.)

Hunger is on the rise in the USA. Two new surveys by Propel and Greater Foster Food Bank show that hunger has reached historic heights in America this year. A CBC article published in May also reported that the U.S. is facing an unprecedented rise in food insecurity. It said one in three households interviewed reported that their children were hungry. Let’s take a look at hunger in the US and around the world. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/10/202354 minutes, 11 seconds
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No new houses in parts of America?!

If you are dreaming of building a house in Arizona, it may just stay a dream. Arizona has decided to put a halt to building new homes due to a lack of water to service them. Las Vegas may follow. With climate change causing unprecedented droughts, people may only be able to create new human settlements in wetter areas of the country. What’s going on? How bad is it? And will it be permanent? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/7/202354 minutes, 26 seconds
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From block chain to the Belt and Road: How is the world changing?

We interviewed former private researcher to Australian Prime Minister Rudd and economic analyst, Warwick Powell. Powell is an adjunct professor at the Queensland University of Technology and chairman of a non-profit investment bank. We ask him about the state of block-chain technology, US-Australian-Chinese relations, the future of Africa, the Belt and Road, and Dedollarization. This show has everything. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/5/202351 minutes, 53 seconds
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What can we do about our diminishing attention spans?

Studies show that our attention spans are shrinking. Dr. Gloria Mark tells CNN that in 2004, they measured the average attention on a screen to be 2½ minutes. She says years later they have found that people can only pay attention to one screen for an average of 47 seconds. Gen Z will only give a video 1.3 seconds before judging if they will continue to watch. What can we do to address these changes, and can we get our attention spans back? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/3/202349 minutes, 30 seconds
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Yes, it's so easy to travel to China again!

A new set of articles by the UK's The Times explain why it is now time to take a trip to China. COVID tests are gone and travel visas are easier than ever to obtain. It's time to skip to the other side of the planet for an out-of-this world adventure. Insider travel tips abound. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/30/202351 minutes, 40 seconds
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Why Gen Z is demanding higher pay than ever before?

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6/21/202352 minutes, 31 seconds
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The dangers of voice cloning

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6/19/202353 minutes, 51 seconds
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Can exercise help conquer addiction?

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6/16/202352 minutes, 7 seconds
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China’s evolving role in today’s world

Podcaster Carl Zha joins The Bridge. We ask him about China’s Belt & Road Initiative, poverty alleviation, and how to improve Sino-US relations. Carl explains the many purposes of the Silk Road, how people-to-people exchanges can help diffuse global tensions, and China’s new role in facilitating peace talks. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/13/202351 minutes, 50 seconds
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New global trends in solar energy

The global race to carbon neutrality has begun. One new idea, according to the BBC on May 23rd, is using car parks for mandatory solar energy farms. China is set to reach peak emissions early and Germany is restarting PV manufacturing. What’s new in new energy? Let’s take a look at what’s hot in solar.     Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/12/202350 minutes, 9 seconds
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Rebuilding connections in a disconnected world

The US Surgeon General outlined steps to tackle an epidemic of loneliness in the US. Just days later China Youth Daily also released a study indicating that many Chinese youths are feeling ‘shekong’ or social phobia. Why are folks in both the US and China suffering from loneliness and anxiety? We look at modern issues that are causing our human disconnection. What we can do to mend the social fabric? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/9/202354 minutes, 11 seconds
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Reasons to visit Xinjiang

Our friend Fernando of Fermube joins the show to discuss his three-month journey into Xinjiang. Host Jason, who recently got back from Xinjiang, discusses the culture, food and landscape of the region. What is it like to travel in Xinjiang? How can you go? Where are the top destinations? And more importantly, how is the food?  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/5/202353 minutes, 6 seconds
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Chinese science fiction is reaching for the stars

China held its annual Science Fiction Convention in Beijing’s Shougang Park. Chinese sci-fi story telling is stratospheric with new movies like The Wandering Earth II, Moon Man, and the TV series based on the book The Three-Body Problem. What is the past, present, and the future of science fiction in China? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/2/202355 minutes, 21 seconds
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What jobs will retain humans in the age of AI?

Which careers are safer from the obsolescence created by AI? A new research by Goldman Sachs shows that three skill sets are most likely to keep you relevant in the age of robots and generative art and text. We look expert opinions on how you can hedge your career in today's rapidly changing job market. Jason and Beibei debate the merits of the newest disruptive tech. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/31/202353 minutes, 43 seconds
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Is the Chinese postpartum tradition of ‘Sitting the Month’ going global?

Here comes a new trend in the west with ancient Chinese roots: taking a month for the mother to heal and to bond with the new baby. An article on CNN in May identifies the new modern shape of China’s tradition of a new mother taking time off in cozy comfort with support from family and hired help, with fancy herbal brews and massages thrown in to boot. How does the ancient tradition of ‘Zuo Yue Zi’ take maternity leave into a new future with BeiBei and Jason. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/29/202354 minutes, 59 seconds
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Getting a medical degree in China

We interview a Jamaican about her journey into Wuhan to get a medical degree. She discusses the application process, financing, campus life and how to make new friends. We ask her about how she lived through the pandemic and how her community came together. Have you ever thought of studying abroad? Dr. La-Shawn Levy can offer you some insights that may change your life. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/25/202351 minutes, 5 seconds
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Is paying for social media the new norm?

Elon Musk and the New York Times had a fight in front of the Twitter world about paying for social media? From April 1st, ‘legacy blue ticks’ have been removed. Blue Verifications cost about 8 dollars and Gold cost a whopping 1,000 US dollars a month. Will wielding influence become a game the world’s wealthy only? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/24/202355 minutes
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We discuss protecting ourselves from spiking interest rates

The Fed keeps raising interest rates. We take a look at some of the advice being given in the financial world. Why has the Fed been raising interest rate? What is the Fed? Why doesn’t China suffer from inflation? And, can foreigners invest in Chinese stocks? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/23/202350 minutes, 31 seconds
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It’s time to ask who is helping at home as we celebrate Mother’s Day

It’s Mother’s Day. New research suggests men are doing less to keep the home clean and tidy. Beibei, a mother, and Jason, not, take time to reflect on who is doing more work around the home. Have traditional gender roles been frozen in time? What does it take to get men to chip in? And are men and women around the world doing their part? This one is for moms everywhere. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/11/202355 minutes
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A British influencer in China shares her insights from YouTubing her way around the world

Nico in China has tens of thousands of fans around the world on YouTube. While she has travelled to dozens of countries in multiple continents, she has made China the focus of her channel. We ask her about China, the world and how to make it as an influencer. She explains why she chose China, how she made it with no money and her future plans in Europe. Join us and learn about the world through Nico’s story. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/10/202355 minutes
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Why are there more countries trading in currencies other than the dollar now?

The list of countries trading in currencies other than the dollar is growing by the day. According to Reuters, China is now trading less than half of its global trade in dollars. Bengal is beginning to trade with India in local currencies and the list has grown to include more nations than you might expect. But why? And what does this mean for American financial hegemony? We make the complex easier to understand, by taking a peek into the today’s most important trends. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/8/202355 minutes
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We talk about consumer waste around the world with the author of Toxic Capitalism

Sir Gilbert Van Kerckhove from Ghent, Belgium, has lived in China for four decades. While working in the country, he led the initiative to build Shanghai’s Line 3 in the 1990s and was involved in the preparations for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. In his book Toxic Capitalism, he shares extensive knowledge on global consumerism and wastage, and how to tackle these challenges. A recipient of the highest award for foreigners in China: The Friendship Award, Van Kerckhove is also the Rotating Chairman of Foreign Expert Committee, Belt and Road International Talent. We ask him about environmental efforts in modern China and how he views his 43 years in the Middle Kingdom. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/5/202356 minutes, 55 seconds
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Podcast Meets Podcast: One podcaster in China interviews three more

The Bridge Podcast goes meta as we invite the hosts of The Honest Drink Podcast to join our show. Jason asks Justin, Howie and Aric about their collective 50 years living in China. What are the best places to visit? How has China changed in their eyes and how have our guests changed with it? Hear four Americans rap about their amazement at the modernity of life in both the US and China. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/4/202351 minutes, 53 seconds
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Podcast Meets Podcast: We playfully invite a fellow podcaster on as a guest

We are joined by a podcaster, who interviews folks who are making their mark in China. Oscar Fuchs is host of Shanghai's 'Mosaic of China' podcast. We ask him about his show and his time in Germany, Japan, Singapore and China. Beibei and Oscar discuss Chinese philosophy and talk about food. If you need some cultural fun and fabulous insights, this episode will have you laughing and thinking too. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/26/202352 minutes, 53 seconds
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How many leave days are people around the world entitled to?

Men in Japan and China are entitled up to four weeks of paternity leave, but many don’t take them. US citizens are entitled to neither maternity nor paternity leave, but many would take them if they could. France experienced riots protesting government’s plan to raise retirement age by two more years. On today’s show we examine the complicated global cultures of working and sometimes, not working. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/24/202355 minutes
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How Earth Day is celebrated around the world

From raging fires to smoldering mountains of trash and plastic oceans, our world feels out of control. Earth Day is here. In this episode we rapid fire the trends and celebrations of earth day from every corner of our globe. Be inspired. Be hopeful. And tune in. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/21/202346 minutes, 17 seconds
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How did China end poverty while fighting climate change? Today’s guest author explains

Today’s guest David W. Ferguson has written several original books on contemporary China. His latest book takes a deep dive into the strategies used in China’s successful campaign to end absolute poverty. He has also researched the greening of Beijing and the methods China uses to promote environmentalism. Join us as we interview this translation expert about China’s path to modernization. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/19/202358 minutes, 10 seconds
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Are more Americans turning away from higher education?

A college education used to be part of realizing the American dream for young Americans. But with the crippling Student Loan Crisis, college enrollment in the US is falling faster than any time in recent history. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, fall enrollments in 2010 were 21 million. By 2021, enrollment had fallen by three million to 18 million. Is a university degree becoming out of reach for less affluent Americans?   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/17/202355 minutes
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Can a new recycling process save our Earth from a fashion nightmare?

New technology promises to recycle hundreds of thousands of tons of textiles by 2030. The damage that the fashion industry brings to our planet is beyond belief. What’s at stake? How big is the problem? What can we do to address the problem of fast fashion in 2023? With Earth Day approaching, we take a look at impulse shopping and our unused wardrobe. There is hope, but only if we take a few steps together. Join the show to become part of the solution. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/14/202355 minutes, 1 second
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How did China lift 800 million people out of poverty?

Today’s guest Michael Crook is a British/Canadian who was born in Beijing in 1951 to parents who met in China. Michael grew up on a university campus in Beijing, worked in Chinese factories, and went to university in Britain. Michael helped found the Western Academy of Beijing in 1994. He is also the Chairman of International Committee for the Promotion of Chinese Industrial Cooperatives (known as ICCIC) which involves rural development, environmental protection, and heritage preservation, especially of old Beijing city. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/12/202351 minutes, 10 seconds
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Why is police violence worsening in the US and what can be done?

Statistics show that US police kill "Far more civilians than any other wealthy country." A Colorado sheriff recently received an honorary award after shooting an unarmed man at an elementary school. What's going on in US policing? How do other wealthy nations have such low incidence of policing-related fatalities? Can the US change, and what would it need to do? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/10/202355 minutes
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The US is finally getting High Speed Rail: get ready for a trip to Vegas

Is the US finally going to enter the High-Speed Rail game? A new article on KTLA says a line will connect a county outside LA with Los Vegas. With Spain, France, Germany, Japan, China and others in the club, we at The Bridge take a look at the global landscape of High Speed Rail, its advantages in using green energy, de-stressing, and easing road congestions. What's the past, present and future of High Speed Rail in the USA? Once we in the US get a taste, we’ll be demanding more. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/7/202355 minutes
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China's Tomb Sweeping Day and Chinese culture diversity

As China observes annual Tomb Sweeping Day, we explain the tradition of burning joss money. From China to Amazon, the sacred money is going global. We take you inside the Chinese customs associated with respecting your passed loved ones. China doesn’t have a single set of traditions; we discuss the variety which makes understanding ‘China’ an ongoing exercise. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/6/202354 minutes, 31 seconds
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Are some US states considering allowing child labor?

There are 500,000 kids working in agriculture in the US where “Unlimited Hours” are legal. For more than a century, Americans have fought to limit the work and related dangers that children could legally endure. The latest political trend in some states even weighs the merits of allowing children as young as twelve years old to work. A new law would increase both permissible work hours and the number of child workers, and protect employers from liability for injuries and even deaths at work, and all these for children. Listen to this! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/29/202354 minutes
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How to move to China and land your dream job in the world's fastest growing economy

Welcome to the first installment of The Bridge’s “Home Sweet Home, China,” where we show folks how to make China their home. And if you already live here, we have insights for you too. In this episode we’re going to cover how to come to China for work, choosing the right job, negotiating contracts, choosing the right city for you, getting a passport, visa, flights and all the steps you need to take to ensure your success. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/29/202356 minutes, 11 seconds
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How are China and Africa working together to build a better world?

We interview Dr. Tang Xiaoyang, Chair of Department of International Relations at Tsinghua University in Beijing. A highly noted academic luminary on China–Africa economic cooperation, Dr. Tang has published extensively on the Belt and Road Initiative. He also has experiences working at the World Bank, UNDP, USAID, SAIS and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington DC. We ask him about his time in Africa. He discusses how China and Africa are working together to build a common future. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/28/202358 minutes, 19 seconds
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From COVID to road tripping across China: Why do Chinese people trust their government so much?

Friend of The Bridge and frequent media commentator Fernando Munoz Bernal joins us. Hailing from Colombia, Fernando has lived in China for more than 20 years and was made an "honorary citizen" by the city of Dongguan. We discuss his journey through China by electric RV, how China's COVID policy saved lives, where to charge your EV on a road trip, and more. Want the truth about China and COVID? This is it. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/24/202355 minutes
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With fear of more layoffs looming in tech, will AI make even more jobs redundant?

With massive layoffs in the tech sector, many in 2023 are worried about their job security. According to the BBC, “As companies around the world slash positions, many workers are steeping in worry that they’re next…” As AI can now write online content, will corporate media be the next in line? Are we living in a cyber-punk-dystopia or is the world changing for the better? We take a look at the newest disruptive technology: artificial intelligence. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/23/202351 minutes, 47 seconds
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We bring you the fiery debates around climate change in 2023

“For the hundreds of millions of people living in small island developing states and other low-lying coastal areas around the world, sea-level rise is a torrent of trouble,” the UN Secretary General just warned. From climatologists flying to Davos in private jets, to Biden selling US gas on international markets and trending debates on the use of gas stoves, The Bridge radio show brings you the latest fiery debates regarding the climate. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/20/202353 minutes, 51 seconds
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Is the newly proposed Texas law a 21st century version of the discriminatory ‘Chinese Exclusion Act?’

“A new law banning Chinese citizens from buying property has some wondering if they’re welcome in Texas” according to an article this month in the Los Angeles Times. Have we entered a new period where questions similar to the Chinese Exclusion Act and the Japanese Internment are becoming normalized in US discourse? What’s at stake and what can be done? The Bridge takes on this critical issue. Join our discussion. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/15/202352 minutes, 7 seconds
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How can all of us play a part in building bridges between nations?

CEO of FastForward Marketing, Cyrus Janssen is a geopolitical analyst, investor, speaker, and social media influencer with over 1 million fans across his social media platforms. He recently gave a TED Talk to inspire the youth. Born in the United States, Cyrus lived in China for 15 years. He shares his insights on China with Jason&Alex and how the US and China can build new bridges together. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/13/202355 minutes
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Women hold up half the sky: gender and STEM in 2023

As Women’s Day approaches, we at The Bridge discuss trending topics regarding the lives of ladies across the globe. From gender gaps in the digital industry, to gender-based violence and female leadership, we survey the landscape of inclusivity. Our hosts from China and the US bring you fresh insights into the often-hidden struggles of women around the world. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/7/202352 minutes, 53 seconds
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What does China's democratic process look like?

China's 'Two Sessions' is being held in Beijing. Folks outside China have little understanding of China's democratic processes. In 2022, research group 'Latana' proved Chinese folks were more likely to rank the Chinese government as 'democratic' than any other nation in the world would rank their own. With so little known in the West about what China calls "Whole-Process People's Democracy," we at The Bridge discuss the moving parts of this democratic system. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/6/202354 minutes
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China’s annual Two Sessions will decide this year’s goals: what are the Two Sessions and what matter the most to Chinese people?

The "Two Sessions", the biggest annual event on China's political calendar, will begin this weekend. Thousands of national lawmakers and political advisors will gather for these important political meetings that cover every aspect of China's development and people's wellbeing. The lawmakers and political advisors are from all walks of life in China, including farmers, workers, teachers…people from different regions and ethnic groups. The ideas and advices of regular Chinese folks sound a lot like the dreams Americans have too. Tune in to hear the hopes that we all share in common. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/3/202355 minutes
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From mandatory going above to quiet quitting, media can’t keep its story straight: we tell you what’s what

From exceeding your job description to quiet-quitting and lying-flat, the media sells us a mixed bag of seemingly incompatible narratives. So, which is it? Are we working too much or not enough? Alex and Jason delineate the borders of our changing career landscapes. If you want to avoid the landmines of today’s office culture, this episode is mandatory. So set your podcast to The Bridge, sit back and enjoy your compulsory relax time. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/1/202353 minutes, 35 seconds
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Chinese tourists spend more on international tourism than any nation on earth: Who will win their hearts?

According to a CNN article from January 27th, Louis Vuitton - Moët Hennessy, commonly known as LVMH, "cheers the 'spectacular' return of Chinese tourists." With hundreds of billions of dollars of income in the global tourism game at stake, who will win-over Chinese travelers? What are Chinese travelers looking for as they tour the globe? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/26/202352 minutes, 30 seconds
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What is reverse mentorship and how are the young mentoring the old?

Is the dynamic of "mentorship" changing shape? While mid-level leaders are still learning from seasoned professionals, a new tradition is trending. "Reverse Mentorship" is younger employees showing their mature leaders the ropes of new tech. We talk about youths volunteering to help retirees use social media. What can interns teach CEOs? Is your workplace is in need of a shakeup?. Alex explains trends in Chinese social media to Jason. This is The Bridge. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/24/202355 minutes
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Meet an American Doctor-Musician-Community Organizer Whose Whole Life is Helping Others

From community organizer and volunteer in the US to winning China’s “Friendship” award and working as a volunteer across China, Dr. Mark Levine uses his time to help others. Need inspiration to change the world? Listen to a singer song writer building bridges between the US and China through Music, education, writing and giving back to the global community. He inspires our host; he’ll inspire you. And he concludes the show with an inspirational piece of music. This is The Bridge: our interview with Dr. Mark Levine, American in China. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/23/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 27 seconds
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As anti-Asian hate crimes persist in the West: we look at why and what you can do

We discuss the latest cases of anti-Asian hate crimes, anti-Black hate crimes and the roots that got us here. We examine the history, the political causes, and the role of big media companies in encouraging hate. What does economics have to do with the safety of our citizens? Listen in. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/20/202354 minutes, 55 seconds
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Is the toxic-train-wreck event in Ohio a symptom of a larger emergency?

Following a train wreck in Ohio of 20 cargo containers of toxic materials, the New York Post reports "animals falling sick, dying near hellish Ohio train derailment site" and ABC News reports that "there were more toxic chemicals on train that derailed in Ohio than originally reported." A dozen train wrecks have taken place across the US already this year and it's only February. What is happening? Why is it happening? The Bridge takes a deep dive to clear up the muddy waters with BeiBei and Jason. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/17/202353 minutes, 24 seconds
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China’s technological rise: where do Sino-US relations go from here?

Is China really a threat, or can we cooperate in technology and global development? Andy Mok, a former analyst for the Rand Corporation and current Fellow of CCG on the transformative technologies coming out of China. He discusses semi-conductors, the Chinese space station, the future of Huawei, and WeChat as a ‘remote for our lives.’ He shares his thoughts on how we can maintain global peace through empathy, benevolence and people to people exchanges at the highest levels of society. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/15/202355 minutes, 1 second
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From Flint, Michigan to Jackson, Mississippi: America's infrastructure crisis and what can be done

Alex Shi and Jason Smith discuss the surprising problems with water in the wealthiest nation on earth. When the world thinks of America, they think of a developed nation. So, why does the US have millions without access to clean water? We take a deep dive into the problem and how America can get back on track. And what is a hydro-climatologist? From the shores of the US to China, Africa, and Laos we discuss water --- our past, present, and future. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/12/202352 minutes, 35 seconds
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Can dancing save your mind and your life? You might want to start dancing now

New research from ‘The Journal of Aging and Human Activity’ demonstrates a connection between Ball Room Dancing and staving off dementia. The research indicates that dancing has a stronger impact on maintaining brain health than simply walking for exercise. Alex Shi discusses trends in dancing from China to the US and Cuba too. Join the discussion on the complex and varied world of dance. Want to become a social media giant in China? We tell you how. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/9/202355 minutes, 1 second
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Can you get in trouble for repairing your own iPhone? The answer might surprise you…

New York just passed a law giving folks the right to fix their own stuff. We at The Bridge delve into the growing world of repairing your own gizmos and gadgets. If you can’t fix something, do you really own it? From changing watch batteries to global Repair cafes, the world is turning to their communities to reduce waste and save money. This is too exciting to miss. Listen in and be the talk of your friend circle. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/7/202354 minutes, 3 seconds
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Insulating yourself from the possibility of a US recession

Alan Greenspan, former FED Chair, said recently that a “US recession is likely.” Does two years of white-hot inflation, coupled with student loans coming due in Q3 and rising interest rates mean a recession is inevitable? In this episode, Jason and Alex offer you tips, tricks and insights that you might need to insulate yourself and your family from a possible recession.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/1/202355 minutes, 1 second
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From Colombia to ‘honorary citizen’ of China’s Dongguan city: 20 years in China as a media star

From YouTube to Bilibili and documentary making and more, today’s guest literally rewrote the signs in Dongguan. Listen in as an English, Chinese, and Spanish influencer tells personal tales of travelling in a RV across China to produce an all-encompassing documentary. Mr. Gao also shares with us his sky-diving, scuba-diving, strongman-competition-finishing stories that are too good to miss. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/31/202354 minutes, 13 seconds
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A British voice actor on becoming the Monkey King and the Chinese stand-up comedy scene

British stand-up comedian Kei Gambit describes the process of becoming the most well-known fictional character in China: The Monkey King. We ask him how he prepares for roles in movies like Moon Man, The Wandering Earth II and Battle for Changjin Lake. He and Alex discuss comedy clubs in Beijing and China. From a comic series and universe to publishing fantasy novels, Kei’s portfolio in media is hard to measure in scope. You’ll want to hear the stories of how this former Liverpool police officer became a star in China. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/30/202355 minutes
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How China’s optimization of COVID-19 response measures made history and saved Spring Festival

We invite UK-Australian key opinion leader and media commentator Jerry Grey for a discussion of China’s rebound. We talk about China’s feverish December hibernation and then rebound in consumerism. If you want the truth about life in China today, this episode will set the record straight. Who got COVID? Did Beijing turn into a ghost town? How did the biggest New Year’s Eve in years kick off after three weeks of hibernation across the fastest growing major economy in the world? Join in the discussion on The Bridge. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/19/202350 minutes, 34 seconds
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Bustling again!What's your travel plan for 2023?

Starting from January, passport applications have been resumed for outbound travelers in China. This is coupled with the removal of COVID tests and quarantine for all inbound traffic. With Chinese tourists spending twice as much as any other nation in 2019, the return of the tourism based global economy is here once again. We break down the business of busy businesses in the heart of the fastest growing major economy on earth. Find out more with Jason and Alex. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/16/202355 minutes
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Are our kids safe having the internet in the palm of their hand?

Jason and Beibei discuss the cultural similarities and differences between the US and China regarding kids having smartphones. Will your child be exposed to dangers real and digital? Or are smartphones indispensable to keeping up with the new digital literacy? What’s the balance between getting left behind and being exposed to all the information in the world? Increasingly Chinese kids have watches which watch out for them. We tell you how to keep your kids safe in a world of ones and zeros. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/13/202352 minutes, 39 seconds
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We interview an American influencer about his spiritual quests in China

Noah Kartha has already lived in three Chinese cities in his three years in China. Join us as he tells stories about the real life fairyland in Harbin. He explains why he walked 120,000 steps in the city of Ningbo in China. And he tells us about his family adventures throughout India and what he misses about the US. And what else does Chengdu have to offer other than pandas and hot pots? He also tells us about his favorite place on earth. Now where could that be? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/10/202353 minutes, 42 seconds
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Influencer King Kwesi: my life in a coastal city of Weihai in China

Which coastal city in China is attractive to expats? YouTuber and IG-Fashion-Influencer King Kwesi joins The Bridge. This influencer defines what’s trending unto himself. Listen in to how he made China his home, his take on fashion, food fusion, and building bridge between Africa and China. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/5/202349 minutes, 32 seconds
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What are the most beloved pets across the Pacific?

Recent study reveals that 38% of people managed to cope with anxiety and stress during the pandemic with the companionship from their pets. Ever wondered which animals are the most well-loved pets across cultures and continents? Can dogs cry tears of joy? Listen in and learn about the pets that are loved by 60 million Chinese families. Jason even tries to convince Beibei to adopt a dog… Will he succeed? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/3/202350 minutes, 39 seconds
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The Bridge Team Wraps up 2022 with Encouraging Stories around the World

Sick of sickening stories and news? Tired of tiring tales of 2022? We at The Bridge give you reasons to realize that 2022 has had plenty to be celebrated. From renewable energy, rockets, and twin spacecrafts at the space station and 100% green energy grid in California, 2022 was actually quite spectacular. Listen in, relax, and let's share the good news. Jason and BeiBei. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/31/202251 minutes, 17 seconds
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We interview Dr. Jeffrey Sachs about his thoughts on China, the US and sustainable development

Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, holder of 42 doctorates, world-renowned economics Professor, bestselling author and president of the UN’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network, joins The Bridge. He discusses his ideas on the US-China relationship. We ask him how China and the US can work together to build a shared future. He explains how the US, Europe and China can work together to help develop Africa and other developing regions of the world for the benefit of everyone. This interview might just change your worldview. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/29/202256 minutes, 16 seconds
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We’re told never give up. Is it time to reconsider?

It's another year-end, and many have started to set up their new year's goal. What's practical and what's not? Can you work yourself to death? 2% of people who exercise suffer from exercise-associated hemorrhage according to Dr. Vivek Nambiar. Too little exercise can also lead to unpleasant consequences… Everything in moderation is a part of Chinese cultural outlook according to co-host Beibei. Listen in and be a part of the conversation on The Bridge. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/27/202255 minutes
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From Christmas in Beijing to feeding your Christmas trees to rhinos?

Jason and Alex bring you the Christmas angle you weren’t expecting. What is Christmas like in Beijing? Tens of millions of Christmas trees are wasted each year worldwide. Have you considered donating them to the nearest zoo? We talk turkey and the trending Christmas concepts lighting the way by starlight to your childhood memories. Listen, like, and lose yourself in the hilarity. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/23/202256 minutes, 16 seconds
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What are the worst of the worst bad airplane deeds from around the world today?

It's time to go home and see your family before Christmas or travel to some beautiful place to celebrate the New Year, but do you want to take a long flight where every passenger has their own musical instrument? Sounds either like a dream or a nightmare depending on who you are. This happened. Hear about the hilarious online ratio that has an airline rethinking its marketing strategy. Drinking, fighting, and taking over the intercom are just the start. We have the absolute funniest and most frightening stories from 36,000 feet. You will thank yourself for joining the conversation with Jason and Alex, on The Bridge. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/21/202255 minutes, 6 seconds
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Is our inability to agree tearing us apart: how can we end the hostility?

Persuasion also means willing to be persuaded. What is cordial discourse? How does it work? And where do we begin? From marketing to the logic of the Greeks, Beibei and Jason fill your tool kit. We give you the means to being nice, while changing hearts and minds. Like, subscribe and relax. We’ve got this. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/15/202255 minutes, 7 seconds
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Ahem! Utterances and gestures that can get you in trouble around the world

Some know that the peace sign is an insult in certain countries but did you know that crossing your fingers for luck could also mean number ten or ‘I’m Lying’? Do you know the hand gestures for counting one to ten? We’ve got that too. Find out more with Jason and Alex. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/12/202253 minutes, 9 seconds
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The great re-imagination: has time in isolation changed people for the better?

Millions of folks all over the world have spent time in isolation. We discuss the newly minted term ‘The Great Re-imagination.’ From divorces to new romance, meditation, dietary changes and upgraded skill sets, the world is not the same. Tens of millions of Americans have changed their jobs. Millions of others have learned new skills or gone back to university. Have people’s skills and priorities been upgraded? Listen in and we’ll let you in on today’s trends with BeiBei and Jason on The Bridge. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/10/202255 minutes, 1 second
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Is it too late to boost our immune system?

We discuss hygiene around the world in the twenty first century. Have we gone far enough or too far? Hand washing? Sure. Spraying babies with germ killing sprays? Slow down a minute. Is it time for us to boost our immune system? Find out more with Jason and BeiBei. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/9/202255 minutes, 7 seconds
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A Future Dystopia of Trash-Mountains? Or Can Technology Save Us?

One man’s daughter asks her father to save the world, one bag of crisps at a time. His answer: “Alright then, I will.” We discuss their story and other companies taking on the plastic-apocalypse. Don’t have a credit card? That’s okay, that’s how much plastic is inside you right now. We were shocked too. Listen in and we explore answers to questions we’re all wondering. This is The Bridge. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/6/202254 minutes, 1 second
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Parasocial relationship? Celebrity obsession from the US, Korea, Europe and China

When does a healthy interest in celebrity life become a mental health issue? We discuss ‘Parasocial Relationships’. From movie posters to hysterical K-Pop fans and learning Spanish to talk to footballers, what’s a celebrity crush and what is obsession? When is a role model healthy? And when is it insanity? How would you feel if folks you don’t know followed you to your home? Listen in with Jason and Alex. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/2/202255 minutes
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From one year abroad to seasoned Beijinger: Kristie from the UK talks about her life in China

From contemporary dance in China’s capital to rescuing animals and maintaining the most advanced kindergartens in China, today’s guest doesn’t seem to rest. Where would you take you mom to in China? What shocked this guest in Beijing? Where does one garden in a megacity? Listen in to find out. Winners click the subscribe button. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/30/202257 minutes, 43 seconds
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Can cross cultural communication save us in a world gone mad?

The news is full of stories of war, famine and a coming global recession. All the while people are meant to believe the fault lies with other nations, peoples and ways of life. We’ve got the antidote: cross cultural communication. People in America, Mexico, England and China are just that: people. How can we understand each other better? Let’s talk. Sit down and we’ll bring you the tools you need to understand your neighbors around the world. This is The Bridge. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/27/202250 minutes, 48 seconds
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Global work norms are changing quicker than ever

Forbes has named 2022 ‘The Year of Work Place Culture.” As waves of people around the world return to the office, office culture is being dissected. Many people in Beijing now are working from home again due to recent resurgence of the virus. What works? What doesn’t? And what need to be reworked? This show takes you to the new trends and the science driving it. ‘The Bridge’ takes you from your water cooler on a journey into the science of ‘9 to 5.’ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/25/202255 minutes
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The parallels and circulation of an idea: Thanksgiving isn’t Just American?

Beibei and Jason find a point of heated cultural contention: turkey meat? From history to laughing about chicken feet, we cover the American tradition of carving the turkey. What does Thanksgiving have to do with China, Liberia, and Canada? The answer will surprise you. Listen in and get the inside scoop before arriving at the family home. We may just save you from your crazy uncle. This is The Bridge. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/24/202253 minutes, 3 seconds
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Is Boxing Legal in China? Meet the London DJ & Boxer Fantwan

DJ Fantwan plays the biggest house venues in China from Beijing to Chengdu. Is boxing legal in China? Fantwan discusses the boxing scene and his victorious ascent to champion in China’s capital. Fantwan has stories of helicopter crashes, life on an oil rig and making Beijing his home. Listen in as he promoted green energy jobs for the youth and his journeys across China as a musician and more. Prepare to be dazzled. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/23/202255 minutes, 2 seconds
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Are Deepfakes the future of fun or the end of truth?

From fake presidents to copies of you and your loved ones deepfakes are becoming part of our daily lives. What could go wrong? We discuss the good, the bad, and the beautiful on this episode of The Bridge to keep you at the front of trends affecting us all. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/21/202247 minutes, 14 seconds
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Do Chinese go out for 'American food?' cowboys, and cruises: this podcast has it all

Americans have Chinatowns. Do Chinese have American towns? Going to cowboy towns and civil war parks is an American past-time. Do Chinese have time machines into their own past? We talk about the aesthetics of what’s different. The Bridge takes you on an insider’s tour of the places people go to step out of here and now. Join us on a journey into our society’s imagination. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/18/202251 minutes, 22 seconds
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Being watched by the whole neighorhood on a Chinese street? Ask this guest

Today’s guest has lived in China long enough to see the landscape change, literally. Mario Cavolo of Mr. Ma’s China Adventures, a youtube channel, shares stories of life in China dating back decades. Listen as he discusses playing jazz piano at China’s biggest venues. He has been an actor in major Chinese movies, written 5 books, been a member of the American Chamber of Commerce, produced and starred in documentaries and more. You’ve got to hear some of these stories. This is The Bridge.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/16/202256 minutes, 24 seconds
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From New York to Shanghai digital literacy is a Must

Digital Literacy is now non-negotiable in our daily work. It’s no longer enough to be able to use Office tools and send an email. Employers are only hiring people who can constantly adapt to a suite of ever-changing mediums. Listen in as we highlight some of the tools you’ll need in your kit to thrive in the new digital normal whether you work in the US, China, England or anywhere. This is The Bridge. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/14/202254 minutes, 55 seconds
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What are the most beloved pets across the Pacific?

The hosts of The Bridge talk about… Chinchillas? Ever wondered which animals are the most well-loved companions across cultures and continents? Why don’t many Beijingers have big dogs? Listen in and learn about the pets inhabiting the homes of modern Chinese families. Can dogs cry tears of joy? Jason tries to convince Beibei to adopt a dog… Will it work? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/11/202250 minutes, 58 seconds
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Did you know Beijing has three football divisions? This guest knew before deciding to move to Beijing

From Newcastle to Beijing, today’s guest has been there and back again. Tomas Fletcher discusses moving to the Republic of Georgia, China and visiting five continents. Alex and Jason grill him Xinjiang barbeque and the need for speed on the football pitch. Want to know why people make Beijing their home? Listen up. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/9/202255 minutes
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Recap: what is Duck Poop Tea?

In this recap clip of The Bridge, Jason and BeiBei shared their observation of the evolving beverage trend, and what is Duck Poop Tea? Would you like a cup? Check it out! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/8/20228 minutes, 6 seconds
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What will it take for US businesses to succeed in the largest growing economy on earth?

We tell you how China’s import decisions affect you. From make-up to pizza chains and your bank account this is an episode you can’t miss. We explain how an expo in Shanghai might just shake up the global economy. From lipstick to coffee beans, and airplane parts we have packed this episode to the brim. Listen in. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/7/202255 minutes
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Is staying up late killing you?

New research from the Journal of Experimental Physiology says night owls are dropping like flies. The Bridge digs deep into the science of sleep so you don’t have to. From temperature to timing, tossing, and turning, we lay it on you. Join us for a journey into the third of your life you’ve been neglecting. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/4/202255 minutes
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From attending university in China to teaching at Risk Youths in America, today’s guest has shocking stories

Some folks dream of travelling around the world. Today’s guest did it. From Michigan and the Great Lakes of the US to Japan and China, today’s guest has insights that will change your outlook. This humble globe-trotter now helps at risk youth from her hometown. How do the US and China stack up? Keara weighs the pros and cons of life in one of the biggest cities on earth against her modest town in the heart of America. You’ll be glad you heard this. The is The Bridge. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/2/202244 minutes, 57 seconds
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From Halloween to the Gates of Hell, we take you on a journey to the underworld

While Jason giggles and talks about candy and parties in the US, Beibei warns him that the Gates of Hell will be opening up. Listen in to help ward off evil spirits and help your loved ones find their way. Also, we let you know how to send your ancestors cash in the afterlife. From candy to billions of dollars, we have everything you’ve ever wanted on Halloween. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/28/202229 minutes, 35 seconds
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The new mega cities in the world...

The latest list of the biggest cities in the world has dropped. The Bridge talks you through the best and worst of life in the big apples of the world. If you think life in the country is great, get a load of this. To see the colossal cityscapes of today’s world, listen in, like and leave a comment. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/27/202255 minutes
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What is life like in a city called “Heaven On Earth?”

The Bridge is joined by special guest: Josh Lapidus is the founder of a payroll & benefits company based in the U.S.. He discusses his journey to China, bringing more than 30 people to a Chinese town for his wedding and working in China doing travel promotional work. He says living in Suzhou is like living in half of the heaven, why is that? Join us on The Bridge with Jason, BeiBei and Josh to Suzhou, Chengdu and Hainan. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/25/202255 minutes
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Today’s guest has travelled the world on a Recumbent Trike: join us for his story

The Bridge sits down with Matt of YouTube’s “JaYoe Nation.” Matt’s travels around the world have been followed by tens of millions of people. Matt discusses his tours of Japan, Mount Everest, touring Europe and the future of his world touring. How do you make instant friends with locals on the side of a mountain? Matt has got these stories and more. Join us for a discussion with an American who lived in China for 15 years. This is The Bridge. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/24/202259 minutes
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What is an ‘Expat Bubble’? To assimilate or not to assimilate, that is the question!

Different people adapt to a new nation and a new culture in different ways. Do Chinese people also eat ‘American food?’ Can you stay Irish in India? Why are their so many expats who don't learn Chinese, Korean and Japanese while living in these places? Can someone adapt and remain an alien in a foreign land? Alex and Jason discuss the spectrum of culture diversity and conservation of one’s nationality in new a foreign land. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/24/202253 minutes, 38 seconds
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Why do expats in Beijing love to hang out along the Liangma River?

Is it possible to change a stinky river with floating trash into a clean, posh and fancy place where people want to hang out? Have you heard of an APP to report pollution? From monitoring water quality to renewing wetlands, to water diversion super projects, we steer you through them all. Step on board and we’ll set sail, together. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/21/202257 minutes, 15 seconds
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What does it take to make it as a travel influencer today?

A renown international travel vlogger outlines what people get wrong about foreign countries, and how to create meaningful content along the way. Want to start a vlog? He tells us the biggest mistakes people make. Trip Bitten’s American host Miguel discusses his choice to live in China and gives you a peak into life as globe trotter and the truth of travel today. Tune in. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/18/20221 hour, 21 minutes, 20 seconds
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The Bridge takes you on a tour of the climate crisis

20 years ago, it seemed like when a climate catastrophe happened it was in every newspaper on the planet. Now not a single newspaper can cover everything on any given day. From fires, floods and heat waves, our world is changing. We guide you through the mine field of calamity to the safer shores of hope on the horizon. Listen in to contextualize and relax, after we tell you of the trauma, we’ll take you to the tranquil; You’ll laugh; you’ll care; you’ll be in the know: this is The Bridge. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/12/202250 minutes, 9 seconds
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Advertisements from around the world: harmful or hilarious?

What is the connection between commercials and consumerism? What were your most memorable memes on TV and radio? Are you still bombarded with as much commercials as before using smart phones? Beibei and Jason share famous commercials from the world over. Listen in: be entertained, and be part of the conversation. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/8/202255 minutes
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What can English and Chinese phrases teach us about ourselves?

Beibei schools Jason on the nuances of Chinese phrases. The Bridge explores the origins of English phrases in China. From ‘a frog in a well’ to ‘blind men feeling elephants,’ this show is packed full of analogies and cultural insights. Want to make a splash at your next soirée? We’ve got the idioms you need to sound like a pro. This is The Bridge. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/6/202255 minutes, 1 second
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Where and how do we learn to respect others? What can we learn from visiting foreign shores?

Not all Chinese families make their kids read the words of Confucius, yet his teachings are everywhere in Chinese values. We talk about American individualism, filial piety and the holiday for elders you might not know about. Tune in to stay two steps ahead in global discourse. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/4/202252 minutes, 27 seconds
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From limitless energy to computers that paint masterpieces: We Talk High Tech.

The Bridge visits the frontiers of technology to give you the insights to keep you relevant in the fastest period of change in human history. Join Beibei and Jason and find out when to join the metaverse, how to instantly make free original art, and enjoy doing so from the back seat of cars with no steering wheels today. Listen in and stay ahead of the tech curve. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/30/202255 minutes
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Join a VFX Supervisor who worked on Star Wars, Spiderman, and Jurassic Park

Andy Wang, who’s made Beijing his home for the past 6 years, joins us in the studio. We ask him about the movie industries in both the US and China. He talks about his craft, his hobbies and decision to share China’s stories with the world. An artist whose works include some of the biggest movie franchises on earth, Andy tells us about some of his biggest career moves and what the future of film looks like from both sides of the Pacific. Tune in and listen in as Andy takes on the future of our favorite past time: film. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/27/202255 minutes
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An interview with an American hero in China

Beibei and Jason interview Dr. Frank Stonier, an American who joined his community to help fight a fire in the mountains around Chongqing. We discuss how he helped, and his skyrocketing fame in China today. Frank’s story is one which brings our worlds together. Listen in and learn about the man who fought with his Chinese community to protect his city. You have got to hear this. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/27/202255 minutes
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What does one need to become American, Benjamin Franklin or YouTube?

The Bridge looks at assimilation like you’ve never seen it before. Do you talk about Lincoln at parties or the latest Netflix release? We thought so. What makes someone American today? What does it take to live in China vs become Chinese? Alex and Jason hash out the politics of cultural integration from new angles. So, sit back, laugh and join in the fun on The Bridge. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/26/202255 minutes
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What are markers of cultural assimilation?

The Bridge is joined by globe-trotter Jalayana Miller to talk about what changes as you live abroad. Chinese love to drink hot water. Could you give up ice to integrate into a new life? What is the difference between a fresh off the boat expat in China vs a tried-and-true immigrant.? What’s weird, fresh and new about living in New York after Nanjing? Join The Bridge and become a part of the global conversation. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/23/202255 minutes
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What’s in a name? Where do Harvard, English and identity meet?

We discuss a viral vlogger’s attempt to reclaim her Chinese identity after quitting English language learning at Harvard. What’s in a name? From French traditions on naming for the day one is born to new names in new languages, Alex and Jason tour the world inside ourselves. “That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet?” What about a language? Join the Bridge for a journey deep into the culture of identity. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/20/202255 minutes
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Is the new green push in the US enough to move the needle?

The climate emergency has arrived. The US is set to spend hundreds of billions getting into the green-game. Europe, China and the US are leading the world into a new greener future. Will the US be able to turn the tables on carbon emissions? Beibei and Jason discuss the most important topic of our times. ‘Podcast and chill’ has never been so hot. We’ve got the facts and the talking points to keep you cool. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/16/202255 minutes
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What you need to know about the Mid-Autumn Festival

Listen in as Alex schools Jason on the intricacies of Moon Cakes, Lore and regional insider tradition. This episode dives deep to showcase the past present and future of the biggest holiday of the fall in China and all of east Asia. Want to join in the fun? We show you how to get your moon gazing on. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/9/202255 minutes
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What can be done to retain our talented teachers?

Jason and Beibei are joined by Rick Fakhre from California to talk about what its like to teach in America today. A teacher for more than a decade, Rick recently stepped down from his teaching position. He discusses the reasons he may be leaving the profession and what needs to change to make the job more appealing for qualified professionals. And he also shares the moment when he had to say goodbye to his students. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/9/202255 minutes
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Recap: when 'inflation' is a bad word

Inflation is costing the average American $717 more a month, analysis shows. For many, that’s a pain they have to deal with in everyday life. Find out more on this recap clip of The Bridge. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/2/20229 minutes, 22 seconds
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Ride a bike to go across China? What has he experienced? Jerry Grey recap

In this recap segment of The Bridge, Jerry Grey, a British Australian who has lived in China for more than 18 years shared his story of riding a bike across China for three times. Also he shared his observation about the development of the Greater Bay Area in Southern China. What is the attraction there? And what has he experienced during the trips in China? Find out more with Jason, BeiBei and Jerry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/30/202233 minutes, 52 seconds
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How do societies and people around the world support the handy-capable?

Beibei and Jason discuss people with special needs and special skills. From curing color blindness to the cutting edge of hearing research The Bridge talks about the edge of science. How can the visually impaired find their way around China? Find out in the most global podcast on the market. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/29/202255 minutes
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Recap: fun facts about cultural diffusion

Chinatowns in many countries are major attractions to tourists. What are the things that you want to share with The Bridge about cultural diffusion? Welcome to share with us. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/24/202221 minutes, 29 seconds
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Budgeting strategies for living a balanced life

Americans have been struggling to save more money recently as prices keep growing. Some drive less to cut gas expenditure, and some dine out less but cook more at home. At the same time, some people are over-spending to purchase unnecessary stuff. The Bridge looks at some of the best and brightest investors and their financial advice. From paying off debts to budgeting and investing slowly and steadily, we discuss how to start preparing for retirement in style. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/17/202255 minutes
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What is micro-management? Recap

Are you being micro managed or do you think it's your company culture? Find out more on this recap edition of The Bridge with Alex and Jason. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/15/20222 minutes, 4 seconds
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What are the most popular diet trends this year?

The team at The Bridge brings you the latest in dieting and self-care. Losing unwanted fat need not come at a price. We talk about losing weight with host Jason, who recently lost 80 pounds. Listen in to stay healthy while getting ready for your debut at the beach. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/10/202255 minutes
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How to stay money savvy during this trying time

How to spend and not spend wisely in trying times? Have you been borrowing more on your credit card? Are you checking the gas prices everyday in the hope of seeing it go down? We know how it feels. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/9/202255 minutes
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How to find a job in China and start a life there?

Ever thought of moving to a new country? For example, to China? Life in China could blow your mind if you have been immersed in western media depictions of the country. But how to find a job? How to make new friendships and find a home there? Here are some tried and tested tips from Jason and Alex on The Bridge. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/8/202255 minutes
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Need more romance in your life? China’s romantic Qixi Festival is here.

Qixi Festival is one of five different romantic holidays celebrated in China. On the 7th day of the 7th lunar month, heaven and earth are joined for two lovers. Join the Bridge and learn how you can share the magic with the one you love. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/3/202255 minutes
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Bike riding across China-Jerry Grey's journey never stops

We invite cross communications specialist Jerry Grey onto the show to discuss England, Australia and living 18 years in China. Jerry describes riding a bicycle across China three times including his sojourn into Xinjiang and the mountains of Guangdong. We ask him about China now verses China 18 years ago and he gives us surprising insights you’ll want to hear. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/2/202255 minutes
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Child care centers are closing-up-shop across the US

Beibei and Jason discuss the future of child care in the US. We talk about global trends in childcare and how families can help in complicated times. If you are expecting or just started a family, you absolutely need to hear about the latest trends in caring for your young ones. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/1/202255 minutes
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When does camera at work help and when does it hurt?

Cutting edge research shows that a monitored employee slows productivity and even leads to employee theft of company property. Alex, an expert in cross cultural competence training delves into the similarities and differences in business culture around the world. This episode of The Bridge will make a manager out of you. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/26/202255 minutes
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The real cost of inflation Americans face...

America faces a cruel daily reality. Many products from food to oil are more expensive than ever...Inflation is at 9.1% according to US Bureau of Labor Statistics. How can Americans tide themselves over? Jason and Beibei dive deep to shine a light on the complex network of levers changing your life. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/26/202255 minutes
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The dangers of illegal immigration into America

America is still a place many people are desperate to enter. With legal vehicles difficult to overcome for many, they are turning to literal vehicles. Recently tragedy struck many illegal immigrants entering the US and Spain. We look at the root of this trend and surprising solutions we can all get behind. This episode of The Bridge is a must for your ears. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/25/202255 minutes
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Recap: digital gift-giving

In this recap clip, Jesse and Tom shared their opinions about digital gift-giving. They are standup comedians who used to work in China. Jesse Appell can speak perfect Mandarin and make Chinese audience laugh. Tom Xia is a Chinese American, born in Harbin. He's also a director but now a milk dad with two babies. They've got witty jokes with perspectives. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/22/202216 minutes, 43 seconds
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Fading beacon? Will fewer Chinese students study in the UK and US?

With a seemingly endless series of crisis affecting the UK and the US, will Chinese families send their kids to study there? The Bridge talks about why Chinese students are rethinking their educational plans and how much it is going to cost the west. Join us at the cutting edge of trends in global education with BeiBei and Jason. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/20/202255 minutes
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Are rolling heat waves the New Norm? Summer in different cities across the world

Hong Kong's Maurice, Wuhan's Beibei, and California's Jason discuss a world wrapped in heat waves. Are you going to experience power cut this summer in the US? Is this nature or mankind? What can be done? Do you know that Chinese people have their own smart ways to protect the sunburn? We discuss the best ways to stay cool in the boiling heat according to different places and people. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/19/202255 minutes
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Racial profiling in home break-ins in the US is on the rise

Asian communities in the US are being targeted for home break-ins. The Bridge breaks it down for you. What do you need to know to be safe? Why is crime so rampant in the US? Listen in and learn some of the latest trends in criminality. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/18/202255 minutes
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Why has traditional Chinese medicine spread to every corner of the world?

You can easily find a TCM clinic now in big cities of the US. Cupping and Acupuncture have been popular outside of China for decades, but cupping is a more recent phenomenon in the United States, although it dates back to 3000 BC in Asia. Jason and Alex outline what you might need to know to improve your quality of life. You need to hear this. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/15/202255 minutes
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How do we preserve culture in the age of screens and plastic?

Nations around the world apply for Intangible Cultural Heritage status for their nations sacred traditions. Beyond saving The Pyramids and The Great Wall, we discuss the dances, teaching styles and medicines that are being saved. What will we pass to future generations? Listen, reply and participate in our discussion. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/14/202255 minutes
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Are we phone users or phone slaves? Recap

In a previous episode, BeiBei and Jason discussed about whether our attention is taken away by the content providers of social media, and whether we should rethink our time and energy consumed on phones. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/13/20224 minutes, 25 seconds
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What does it take to make it as a journalist in China?

The Bridge invites Shanghai Daily's Andy Boreham to the show. We discuss life as a journalist in China. Andy talks food, travel and Mandarin in China's metropolitan Shanghai. He's been to many places in China, including the most remote areas. He also reported in the flood in Henan Province, interviewed people in Hong Kong, and went to Xinjiang. Tune in to this episode of The Bridge. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/11/202255 minutes
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For some travelling is back. We tell you what you need to know to get back in the air

Alex and Jason at The Bridge have travelled to dozens of cities across the world. Our hosts lay what you need to know before you touch down in Los Angeles, New York, Beijing, and other places the world over. Should you tip in Asia? Listen in and learn the secrets of world travel. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/8/202255 minutes, 50 seconds
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Is EV the future? Will you miss the Vroooom...?

Gas prices are now sky high in the United States. More Americans have turned to electric cars. Is there a similar trend in China? Listen in to The Bridge to hear about the global and the local with Jason and Alex. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/8/202255 minutes
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Is the US facing an unimaginable water crisis? You need to hear this!

China has been using the North South Water Diversion Project for a few years now to bring water from the wet south to the dry north. The US’ Great Lakes has more water than one can dream, yet much of the west is in perpetual drought. Is the problem a water shortage or a shortage of will? We look at the many contexts affecting our perceptions of water in the US from climate change to bizarre laws preventing you from collecting rain. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/28/202255 minutes
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Decoding the language of love

What is intercultural dating like? It's a dream straight out of a movie – live abroad, meet a cute local, and partner up together for life. Jesse and Tom talk intercultural dating and there are STORIES! Tom shares how he met his Chinese wife in the USA and travelled all the way to Beijing to be with her, and Jesse shares tales of dating a European in China. What really makes intercultural couples work? And will Jesse be single forever? Jesse Appell is a standup comedian. Tom Xia is a Chinese American director. Now both of them are in Los Angles. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/24/202253 minutes, 59 seconds
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Cars, SpongeBob and The Shrek...what can an animation artist do?

What kind of people could create characters like SpongeBob and Shrek and dedicate to such career? Jason thinks they must be a bunch of kids. Dalton Grant Junior has worked with Pixar, DreamWorks, Amazon, Netflix, Nickelodeon and more. He tells us about working with huge animation companies in the U.S. and his new journey into China, where he and his partner have founded a studio in Beijing: Floating World Animation Studios. He tells a story about how to tell a story. Join in to learn about cinema, animation, trade secrets, storytelling, life and more. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/23/202255 minutes
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Call me Naiba, call me stay-at-home dad

Tom Xia and Jesse Appell are guest hosts on The Bridge. Tom Xia is a Chinese American director living in Los Angeles, and Jesse used to perform stand-up comedy in China. Now both of them are in L.A.. Tom's got two young kids and it's turned everything upside-down! He's a Naiba now - a 'stay-at-home Dad' – but what does that really mean nowadays? The phrase 'Naiba' is seen all over the Chinese internet nowadays as the global phenomenon of men's role as the sole breadwinner morphs and changes. See how Tom is working through the change of role and how he balances child-raising tasks with his and his wife's careers as Chinese film directors. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/20/202255 minutes
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How are Gen Z and X Reshaping the Workplace?

From Gen Z to the next generation entering our work places, the cultures can seem worlds apart. How can people raised in different times share their time in a work evolving workplace. What are the new ethics of a generation willing to forgo work that isn't suitable? Has unemployment dropped because they aren't looking for work? The Bridge shines a light on everything from gaps in your resume to spiraling inflation. You need to hear this. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/17/202255 minutes
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Can Fungi eat plastic to help deal with the pollution?

Scientist Peter Mortimer has found fungi in China's protected forests of Yunnan that can eat plastics and latex rendering them biodegradable. Instead of a planet filled with land waste we may just turn plastic into fertilizer. Listen in to learn about the cutting edge of humanities search for a solution to the plastic crisis. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/16/202255 minutes
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Is there such a thing as American food? Recap: cultural diffusion

When Chinese kids enjoy the cheese burger from McDonald's thinking it's American food, are they really having American food? Is there really such a thing as American food? Is there any food in China deeply affected by other cultures in history? Jason and Alex talked about cultural diffusion and found that we are all connected. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/15/202229 minutes, 50 seconds
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The Bridge takes you from culture shock to reverse culture shock at 500 miles per hour

The Bridge gives you the secrets to surviving in a new country. The first few weeks in a new country are often called the honeymoon phase. Then comes the shock. Who'll survive and who should've stayed home. We tell you the stories of the 'runners' who didn't make the grade. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/14/202255 minutes
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Are they dealing with food shortages, inflation and student debt... or nothing will change?

US inflation hits 40-year high as costs for food, gas and shelter keep rising. Some experts even suggest that Americans with low income should eat more lentils instead of meat to deal with rising food prices. What is the reality of the American economy today? Find out more on The Bridge with Jason and Alex. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/13/202255 minutes
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Tiny homes: solution to the housing crisis?

The global movement to shrink the traditional home is growing larger. From a micro-trend for the young and hip to a feasible way to provide homes in an economy no one could have predicted these homes may be the future. We take you around the world to look at markets you hadn’t even considered. Is the big house outdated? Listen to the data and you may be downsizing and living large. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/10/202255 minutes
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From dowries to dining: here's what it takes to get married around the world

We show you the latest trends in tying the knot. From red dresses to bowing to your parents, here's what it takes to plan for your big day, today. Find out more with Jason and Alex. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/4/202255 minutes
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Were you happy when you were a kid? Are your children happy today?

What do two parents and a professional teacher know about raising kids? We tackle the global and the modern ways to prepare the next generation of kids for a changing future. What are the skills they need today? How are confidence, love and talent interlinked? Maurice from Hong Kong joins Beibei from Beijing and Jason from California to tackle the future of our world: kids. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/1/202254 minutes, 59 seconds
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Mass shooting in Texas elementary school. Enough is enough, but is there a solution?

The Bridge pays condolences to those who lost their children in the recent mass shooting in a Texas elementary school. At least 21 people were killed Tuesday morning on May 24th, including 19 school children. This episode of The Bridge was recorded and produced before this tragedy. Podcaster Jason chose this topic because too many mass shootings had happened in the U.S. in recent months. According to the Gun Violence Archive, as we entered the 144th day of the year, this recent case is at least the 212th mass shooting. Americans used to be proud for their freedom and choice to carry firearms since it's believed to be a way of self-protection. But people died and more are dying, including children. Vice-president Kamala Harris said, 'Enough is enough.' When can we really call it an end? The discussion was between Jason Smith and BeiBei. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/25/202255 minutes
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What if there were no delivery riders...recap

Have you ever imagined what would happen during this whole trying time if there were no delivery services nor delivery riders sending us parcels, food and medicine...? Jason and Alex talked about their own experiences in life in a previous episode and now welcome to tune in. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/25/202227 minutes, 10 seconds
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Who should pay the bill and why do they fight over the bill?

In this recap piece of The Bridge, Jason, BeiBei and Maurice discuss the culture difference between China and the U.S. when it comes to paying the bill. This is a fun part to listen to.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/23/202228 minutes, 33 seconds
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How is inflation impacting you and what can you do about it?

The Bridge takes the long view on inflation and gets you the insights you need to survive. We ask why some nations are struggling while others aren't. Why are CEOs making record profits and your family is paying more than ever? Tune in to understand the context of the greatest loss of middle class wealth in a generation. Tune in with Jason and Alex. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/22/202255 minutes
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Can competition benefit meaningful progress?

China is labeled as a threat by the U.S.. Different political systems, and narrations. But has U.S. benefited from China's development, and will competition bring destroy or opportunities for both sides? Find out with Jason and BeiBei. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/17/202255 minutes
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Netflix added fees, CNN Plus canceled...what to watch and how in the future?

From home theaters with surround sound to the experience of getting snacks and sitting in relative silence, we discuss the future of movies. Are streaming services disrupting the legacy of film? Are you pissed off by the rising fees? Want some insider tips? We’ve got those too. Get your popcorn ready, we’ll handle the rest. Jason and Alex discuss the issue. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/12/202255 minutes
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Is Mother's Day celebrated or tolerated? Welcome to a mother's world on Mother's Day!

American host, Vlogger and writer Jason Smith talks about Mothers’ Day and how his mum raised four boys, and how he tried to please his live-in Chinese mother-in-law. Beibei, a freelancing expert on literature and full-time mother shares mums’ stories, struggles and conflicts, laughs and tears. Listen in to this hilarious discussion and explore how people appreciate their mum in different cultures. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/8/202255 minutes
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What's next in tech? A professional gamer talks about the future of metaverse

More and more Americans are complaining of being squeezed. Everything seems to be happening at once, from the pandemic to inflation and wage stagnation. You may be surprised to find out whether the American Dream is still alive. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/5/202255 minutes
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Are Americans retiring into homelessness?

While politicians seem to be sitting on their hands, the hands that furnish their lives are sitting in the streets. With homelessness on the rise and people ill prepared for retirement, what will happen to the millions of Americans with no savings? The Bridge discussed global solutions that may suit the new needs of an American crisis in the making. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/3/202255 minutes
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The future of work is now and it's not far from the sofa

The contemporary moment has accelerated the change from fixed time in the office to working from home and flexible working hours. The Bridge looks at the situation in the US, China and around the world and tells you what’s next. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/30/202255 minutes
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Tea vs. Coffee: clash of the titans

Tea and Coffee - it’s East vs. West played out in the caffeine choice of billions of people every day. Or is it? Jesse and Tom discuss how China and America view both drinks, who drinks what, and why. Jesse also shares his story starting a tea channel on TikTok that has almost half a million followers in America, and why tea is such an extraordinary pathway for bridging cultures. Jesse Appell is an American comedian who spent nine years in Beijing performing in Chinese. Tom Xia is a Chinese American director who used to make films in China and now in L.A., California. Both of them performed comedy shows together in China. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/29/202255 minutes
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Is social media destroying your social life?

How much screen time is too much? Are people really connecting online? Or is the online world disconnecting us from others and our best selves? Listen in as we weigh the latest trends and ideas around a changing world with Jason and BeiBei. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/28/202255 minutes
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How to clink your glass in style

From New York to Hong Kong to Shanghai, The Bridge takes you out to paint the town red. Special guest and international businessman of Hong Kong talks about the English tea and Beijing's Baijiu. We show you how to fashionably hobnob around the world.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/26/202255 minutes
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Are media the catalyst of anti-Asian hate crimes in the U.S.?

Over the recent two years America’s anti-Asian hate crimes have spiraled out of control. We look for the root causes of this phenomenon. Join us for a critical discussion of how it started, how it’s going, and how to stop it. We need your support to end anti-Asian hate. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/25/202255 minutes
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The secret code of going green in China

The US and China spend the most on renewable energy of any two countries in the world. It may surprise you to learn that China spends more than double the US. Need some good news about the future? We’ve got that too. Join us on The Bridge for a deep dive into the future of everything green. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/21/202255 minutes
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A look at China’s pattern of giving humanitarian aid

China’s Belt and Road Initiative has and continues to grow global trade in ways that are bringing prosperity to every corner of the world. Even so, China often sends humanitarian aid to disaster zones before its global peers. From digging wells to building bridges, The Bridge brings you to the front lines of China’s global prosperity campaign. Find out more with Jason and BeiBei. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/20/202255 minutes
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That food looks good! But how to cook the dish?

Don’t listen while hungry – today’s show is all about food. Jesse Appell and Tom Xia discuss Chinese food and its role in sharing Chinese culture around the world, and at the nature of internet chefs being some of the most effective cultural bridges left in the US-China exchange. See if your favorite food channel gets a mention! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/19/202255 minutes
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How is fatherhood changing these days?

The Bridge takes the long view at fatherhood. Our hosts see the emergence of a new type of father in the US, China and around the world. Are more men willing to take care of the kids and more women are making higher salary? Find out more with Jason and Alex. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/18/202255 minutes
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Why is standup comedy so popular in China?

Grab the mic! Jesse shares stories of his 10+ years in the Chinese standup comedy scene, how it grew and evolved, and where the future of comedy is heading. Tom and Jesse discuss their roles as Chinese TV show writers and how to make people laugh in another country. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/15/202254 minutes, 59 seconds
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Is it a vacation if you Don't take a selfie?

Yes, yes, the world is kind of still enduring the pandemic, but that doesn't stop us from sharing travel stories! Jesse and Tom share stories of their favorite places in China and America to visit, what made them so good, and each culture's evolving view on where and why to travel. Also, what the internet is doing to our ideas of travel, and is it really getting away from it all if you're documenting the whole trip on stories? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/13/202255 minutes, 1 second
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What is the documentary A Christmas Without China all about?

Lights, Camera, Action! This episode, Jesse talks to co-host Tom Xia about his experience directing films in China, why he was inspired to start making movies as a Chinese-American growing up in LA, and the nature of the film industry in both China and the US. He once filmed a documtary 'Christmas Without China' to see whether an American family could make it through a Christmas without using anything made in China. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/12/202255 minutes
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Studying abroad at USC: not what we expected!

Jesse Appell is the guest host of The Bridge. Jesse is an American comedian who spent nine years performing stand-up comedy in Chinese and enjoys a large fan base in China. In this special episode, Jesse interviews students from the Chinese Students Association of University of Southern California, and finds some kindred spirits whose experiences of studying abroad in America mirror her own of studying in China. What is the biggest challenge for Chinese living in America nowadays? And how does living in another country change someone? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/7/202255 minutes
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Settling down in a new city? Everything starts with renting

Eviction Moratoriums are ending soon in waves across many states in the U.S.. Real estate is being bought up by Wall Street. How can you stay ahead in the new game? We discuss trends in renting and buying a home in The US and abroad. You need to tune in to this episode of The Bridge with Jason and Alex. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/28/202255 minutes
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Is the fear of growing older the same in different cultures?

As people approach their twilight years, often there is some fear of growing older. The Bridge looks at the issue of aging throughout our lives, what it means, and how different cultures around the world see themselves and each other at different times in their lives. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/23/202255 minutes
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How to make a science fiction movie in China?

The Bridge asks a pair of professional director-producers about what it takes to make a movie in today’s market. We discuss the growing genre of science fiction in China, shooting in extreme weather, and what it is like working in the fast pace business of visual media. Linq Yim, originally from Hong Kong, who studied in New York and now lives in Beijing. He won the ‘Sky Award’ at the Pingyao Film Festival. Sheena Tang is a movie producer, and she’s won awards at the Beijing International Film Festival in 2020. Find out more with Jason and Alex. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/22/202255 minutes
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Fast fashion or fast pollution? That's the question

We are collectively making enough fashion trash that it simply cannot be given away and re-used. Even donations are simply going into landfills. The Bridge looks at the figures and helps you figure out how to avoid contributing to the biggest new trend in destroying our earth. Tune in with Jason and Alex. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/18/202255 minutes
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Is it Time for a checkup?

With the pandemic, a lot of people have been putting off health checkups, especially for cancer and age related disease. We are getting to the point where going to the hospital is more realistic again. We discuss what kinds of screenings we need and the differing natures of hospitals around the world. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/17/202255 minutes
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Is the US economy downshifting? Or is this fancy language for the Middle Class getting squeezed?

Many economists are warning of inflation, low wages, and near term interest rate increases. Will this mean the end of the US middle class? How can we survive an era of increasing inequality? The Bridge takes a deep dive with Jason and BeiBei. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/16/202254 minutes, 52 seconds
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Have big brands erased global cultures?

Global chains and amenities have popped up the world over. From soda, to pop stars to soda pop, the world’s cities are saturated with the branding of big business. Can traditional culture survive the constant influence of global brands? Listen in and decide with Jason and Alex. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/15/202255 minutes
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Anti-Asian hate crimes are spiking at a terrifying pace in the West. What can be done?

Recent incidents in New York, London, Los Angeles and San Francisco are terrifying the Asian community. From assaults to murders, a very dangerous racist vein in the west is swelling up. We take you through the tough talk necessary to examine the source of this heinous violence. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/14/202255 minutes
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What does happiness mean in different cultures?

We take you on a tour around the world to look at some of the trends in the pursuit of happiness. What do people in Europe, America, China and elsewhere do to create joy? Join Jason and BeiBei to find out. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/10/202255 minutes
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With respect to what diversity means, there are diverse cultural perspectives

The Bridge takes a deep dive into the complexity of ethnic and cultural harmony around the world. Find out more with Jason and Alex. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/9/202255 minutes
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What's women's role in society today?

For America, the fight for gender equality dates back at least a century. China’s story is somewhat different. In China and the U.S., women make up more than half of all university students. Women in China are taking higher positions in the companies. The Bridge explores why. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/8/202255 minutes
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Who will be the future skiier, and skater?

We discuss what it takes to raise a child to be an athlete. How can we influence a child’s interests? Jason, Beibei, and Maurice discuss the different points of view in the debate over how to raise kids. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/4/202255 minutes
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How does the world get in shape in 2022? Tech is changing everything

From gyms with no employees to digital mirrors that count calories and give feedback, technology is changing the way you change your body. Losing the pandemic pounds is going to be a challenge. Jason and BeiBei explicate the newest fads from around the world. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/3/202255 minutes
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What are the latest hobby trends today? Listen in and we’ll share

The Bridge takes a listen to the most relevant trends in free time around the world? Are Chinese people playing the same games as you? Americans might share more in common with the rest of the world after all. Take a listen with Jason and Alex. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/2/202255 minutes, 10 seconds
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Winter Olympics in review: from Bing Dwen Dwen to renewed hope for our collective future

The Bridge discusses the highlights of the Olympics from an international point of view. The most watched Olympics included robots, reused venues, and unexpected delights. We take you on a deep dive into aspects of this event which will surprise you. Find out more with Jason and Alex. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/22/202255 minutes
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Why is Bing Dwen Dwen so popular?

Have you got your Bing Dwen Dwen? Yes, the adorable Winter Olympic mascot panda! Well, it’s sold out now in China. But no worries, factories are speeding up to make more. Why is Bing Dwen Dwen so popular? Follow Jason and Alex on The Bridge to take a look. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/7/202255 minutes
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Jesse Appell: what goes into planning a fantastic Chinese New Year's Gala at USC?

How challenging is it to stage a Chinese New Year's Gala during Covid in the U.S.? On this special episode of The Bridge, guest host and stand-up comedian Jesse Appell interviews the director and producer of University of Southern California’s 2022 Year of the Tiger Chinese New Years Gala. Jesse Appell is an American comedian who can perform stand-up comedy in Chinese and enjoys a large fan base in China. He also provides his opinion on the gap between Chinese and US humor. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/1/202255 minutes
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One billion and a half people tune in for one TV show. Think it's the Super Bowl? Think again!

Chinese New Year represents the largest annual migration of people in the world. Where are they going? From San Francisco to London to New York, we look at the biggest Chinese festival on earth. Wanna see it for yourself? Join a billion and a half people watching the Chinese New Year Gala, live. And of course with Jason and Alex! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/31/202255 minutes
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The Beijing Winter Olympics are almost here

Beijing will be the first ‘Double Olympic City.’ In 2008 the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing rocked the world. As Beijing hosts the 2022 Winter Olympics, hundreds of millions of people have taken up winter sports to celebrate. From the Closed Loop system that will keep the athletes safe to the venues that will redefine the sport, find out more on The Bridge. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/4/202255 minutes
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The Bridge takes a look back at 2021

2021 gave us Meta and an updated space station. But for many the year was tough. We take a look at the year full of change and growing pains, and hope that 2022 will be a prosperous one. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/31/202155 minutes
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It's about time or time to intervene? The Boy Scouts' bankruptcy rages on

Can this iconic institution be saved? The Bridge talks about this historic organization, its problems, and its future. Are there similar groups in other countries? We give you all the details. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/30/202155 minutes
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Where are the coolest vacation spots on earth?

From Paris to Dali this show highlights some of the world's best places to see. Wanna see China? Can it be done in just two weeks? Sanya of China and Thailand are must sees for people around the world. Are you brave enough to leave your comfort zone?See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/29/202155 minutes
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In business, communication is EVERYTHING...

How can we be ready for success? Can the keys of communication unleash new potential at workplace? Alex and Jason discuss what it takes to market yourself in the future.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/28/202150 minutes, 10 seconds
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When will the store's shelves be full again?

With ships waiting off the coast of San Diego, can America get its goods? When will things normalize? How do shelves around the world look? Come on a world tour with The Bridge. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/27/202155 minutes
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What to do and where to go at night in Beijing?

From Sanlitun to Wukesong to Houhai Lake to the Hutongs, Alex and Jason review the most popular places to go on a Friday night in Beijing. This show also highlights a reel of options in cities like Wuhan and San Francisco. As the speed of what's trendy accelerates, The Bridge guides you to where you should start.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/24/202155 minutes
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Who's using Traditional Chinese Medicine today?

Some athletes in the United States have been using Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment such as cupping. More than acupuncture and cupping, the hosts of The Bridge explore the ways you can boost your immune system. Are hospitals really too costly in America? We discuss the issues of the day.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/23/202155 minutes
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Is chic too chic? Trendsetting fashions today

From the runways to the airways to every day, fashion is changing, always. From American second hand stores to your Friday night, we explore the clothes you wear. Luxury brands or grandma's needles? Where to go and who to wear in the US and China. In Shanghai, New York and San Francisco, what is fashionable amongst the fashionable?See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/22/202155 minutes
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How do we fix the cost of a higher education?

With student loans crippling entire generations, is there an alternative? Our hosts discuss the heights of higher education and its limits. What is the value of a good education?See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/21/202155 minutes
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What are the latest trends in commuting?

When will high speed rail change your life? What other ways are there to get around in the world today? Jason and Alex discuss the latest tech changing peoples' lives.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/20/202155 minutes
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'Play or study?'-a wise decision to make

To study or to play? Play of course! An easy decision to make for kids. But how to provide good educaiton while ensuring a happy childhood remains challenging for parents, schools and even policy makers in different countries. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/17/202155 minutes
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What makes retirement cool?

The Bridge host Jason discusses what American retirees like to do, from binge-watching to taking off in an RV. Alex showcases the lifestyle of Chinese ‘Damas', or aunties, who enjoy dancing in public squares in the evenings in China. What kind of retirement life would satisfy people worldwide? What are some retirement choices for expats in countries like China? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/16/202155 minutes
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Yesteryears' traditions matter in the transition to adulthood?

Different cultures mark the change from child to adult in unique ways. How do they come into play in our modern world? We look at several traditions and discuss the modern journey of growing up. Find out more with Jason and Alex. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/15/202155 minutes
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How honest is too honest? Could you adapt to a world where everyone told the truth?

Little white lies, are they holding us back? Different cultures the world over value the truth differently. Transitioning between these places can be tricky. The Bridge shores up our similarities in a changing world. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/14/202155 minutes
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When is it cultural appropriation and when is it cultural appreciation?

Is it okay to embrace the cultures of others? We talk through the perilous prospect of embracing another people’s traditions. The Bridge gives you some help in understanding the respect required to navigate our times. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/13/202155 minutes
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To wok or not to wok: what's in your kitchen?

We take a tour around the world and into your kitchen. From tumble driers to blenders, what appliances make the list in China and the US? Can we save money and possibly the world from our laundry room? Examine the possibilities with Jason and Alex.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/10/202155 minutes
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American trust in the CDC is at all time lows: how does this affect all of us?

With the Center for Disease Control routinely changing its recommendations, a lot of Americans are turning a deaf ear. As America creeps up on one million deaths, is there a way out? The team at 'The Bridge' discuss this and how the rest of the world is doing at controlling the pandemic. Find out more with Jason and BeiBei. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/9/202155 minutes
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How are the myths of the past relevant to the present?

For Thousands of years people have been telling stories. Are the myths of the past still part of our world? The Bridge takes a deep dive into the stories around which our world was built. Are we still telling these same stories? And, are we now writing new ones? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/9/202155 minutes
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Traditional culture and changing values: need they be at loggerheads?

Every generation these days defines itself differently from the last. In a fast changing world are there room for traditional crafts, clothes, music and values. China has modernized faster than any nation in history. Is there a return to tradition? We ask. We answer. Listen in. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/8/202155 minutes
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Fun driving experiences in China and the U.S.

We talk commuting in New York, LA, Beijing, and cruising highway. Are the roads more manageable with the transition to remote work? The Bridge also gives you insight into the largest annual migration of people on Earth. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/7/202155 minutes
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Can an American voice actor succeed in China?

The Bridge interviews a professional voice actor in China. We talk being on the set, dubbing and more. You may be surprised to hear a familiar voice as our guest does the voices of some famous video games. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/6/202155 minutes
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Can you speak English in China? The answer may surprise you

The Bridge takes you on a tour of talking. Do all Chinese people speak English today? In America, people increasingly learn another language. While French, Spanish, Russian are taking off in China, we explore who's talking and how they do it. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/3/202155 minutes
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What's in your cup: tea and coffee make a splash

Coffee has transformed America. And today's coffee isn't your grandparents' cup of tea. Coffee is seeing growth in sales in China. The Bridge hosts disscuss how the culture of drinking caffeine is soaking in the green.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/2/202155 minutes
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How is the future paved with global ideas?

The ancient Silk Road brought the west tea, spices, silk, the iron plow and more. Today, the world is trading goods faster than ever. The Bridge takes a look at the foods, habits and tools China and the US are borrowing from each other.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/1/202155 minutes
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From America to Europe and Asia: we talk about cuisine and give you a taste

The team at The Bridge go abroad for you and find the absolute best food around the world. From continental, national, and regional cuisine to your kitchen, we talk what’s cooking. Think you’ve tried Chinese food? Think again. Listen in and we’ll give your palate something to talk about. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/30/202155 minutes
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Winter Olympics with tens of millions of new winter sports enthusiasts

The Bridge shows you the future of sports in China. More than 300 million people across China have participated in winter sports since 2018. The excitement for the Beijing Winter Olympics has been building up and many more young people have chosen winter sports as their new hobbies. Do we see a future investment opportunity? Let’s see what The Bridge has to say. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/29/202155 minutes
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Can masking up help lead to a zero Covid world?

Different countries around the world handled the pandemic differently. The results are easy to see. How did the US fumble in the most important play of our age? Beibei and Jason at The Bridge look at the strategies different people around the world took and examine what works and what doesn't. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/26/202155 minutes
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How are Gen Z and Millennials reshaping the workplace?

From Baby Boomers to the next generation entering our work places, the cultures can seem worlds apart. How can people raised in different times share their time in a work evolving workplace. What are the new ethics of a generation willing to forgo work that isn’t suitable? Has unemployment dropped because they aren’t looking for work? The Bridge shines a light on everything from gaps in your resume to spiraling inflation. You need to hear this. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/25/202155 minutes
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Can you live without a credit card?

From credit cards to digital payment, from student loans to monthly mortgage, what are those differences in financial habits between the people in the U.S. and China? Find out more on The Bridge with Jason and Alex. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/24/202155 minutes
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What's trending with what's trendy? Art right now

We don't always realize how much what we see get to shape our world and impact how we understand it and how we think about ourselves. New York is the capital of art in the U.S.. Where are the great artists in China? We take a look at China through the lens of traditional culture and follow the path to some of the greatest oil painters in the world. Take a journey with us to unravel the unknown potentials. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/23/202155 minutes
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Who can afford a domestic helper in China? More people than you think

From repairing to cleaning to helping with the new baby, China has an abundance of people in the home service industry. Need child care? How about a live-in nanny at an affordable price? The Bridge talks about China, the US and the world.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/22/202155 minutes
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How safe is it to go outside at night? The Bridge takes a look for you

Vlogger Jason has been traveling across China in the past ten years and for him it feels safe even walking alone on the street at midnight. The Bridge gets away from the disastrous headlines and shares stories about peaceful normal lives.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/19/202155 minutes, 1 second
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How do people meet the love of their life in different cultures and in different times?

The Bridge takes you on a journey from cyberspace to public space. Can grandma find you a husband or wife? Is it okay to flirt at work? Alex and Jason take you over the pacific to find the latest dating trends around the world and in your hometown.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/18/202155 minutes
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Are our cognitive abilities on the decline? The latest science findings might just surprise you

The Bridge looks at how you can protect your aging brain. From Chinese Traditional Medicine to learning another language, we talk activities to keep our mind sharp. Beibei and Jason exchange ideas that might just change your life. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/17/202155 minutes
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Wealth inequality in our world and how we need to tackle the issue

Wealth inequality is worse than at any time in our modern world. The Bridge discusses the biggest squeeze of our times. What will become of the poorest 90% and is there a way to break out of the bottom? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/12/202155 minutes
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How many romantic holidays are there throughout the world?

Our team takes you on a journey to China where there are several special romantic days. Think someone feels alone on Valentines’ day? How can we make someone feel special in our complicated time? Listen in and we’ll show you. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/11/202155 minutes
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Who's gonna be there for you when you're old?

In China, taking care of one's elders has been taking place for millennia. Is Florida the retirement home of America? Does China have a retirement base? The Bridge talks about family, love, life, values and living in your mom's basement.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/10/202155 minutes
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Where do Chinese go to experience China?

America has every climate imaginable. Is this why many Americans never travel abroad? While Chinese tourists love to see the world, increasingly China is the destination for many Chinese. Can you see China in just two weeks?See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/8/202155 minutes
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From Boomers to Gen Z, how are we changing the world and ourselves?

The US once oversaw the largest technological transformations the world had ever seen. How we are changing the world and it's changing us, one generation at a time. Come with us on a journey into the evolution of our youth and our world. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/5/202155 minutes
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Can Hollywood maintain its footing in China?

China has the most cinemas in the world. Hollywood has a long track record of producing great cinema. Increasingly the appetites of Chinese film lovers are changing. Can Hollywood keep up in an industry with increasing competition from the new giants in Chinese film making?See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/3/202155 minutes
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Are parks still fun today?

Beibei and Jason discuss some of the best parks in San Francisco, New York, Beijing and Wuhan. Where should you go if you want a casual day in Beijing? From Yuyuantan to Golden Gate Park, beauty abounds. Beijing and Shanghai are brimming with parks. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/2/202155 minutes
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Home delivery: Who's bringing change to your door?

The Bridge discusses the emergence of the people and apps bringing you everything you desire. From China's Meituan to America's Deliveroo, the show helps guide us through what's cooking and how they'll bring it home. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/1/202155 minutes
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To be or not to be a face dancer? Performance art in the US, China and the world

We take a look from box seats at the house and stage in our time. From Beijing's National Center for the Performing Arts to your Friday night out in New York, we discuss it all. Who's who and what is on around the world? We discuss the changing and unchanged landscape of Peking Opera and Broadway from London and San Francisco to Shanghai and Wuhan.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/29/202155 minutes
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What to do when you first move to a new city or a foreign country?

The Bridge looks at renting a home in the US, China, and around the world. We examine rent prices and cultural Dos and Don'ts from New York to Beijing.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/28/202155 minutes
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Solar panels are in. Who’s who in the new green revolution?

The Bridge takes a look into the makers and breakers of the biggest solar deals around. We show you the future and now. Can the US and China work together to tackle the biggest problems of our time? Join us and find out.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/27/202155 minutes
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Is the American Dream still alive?

More and more Americans are complaining of being squeezed. Everything seems to be happening at once, from the pandemic to inflation and wage stagnation. You may be surprised to find out whether the American Dream is still alive. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/26/202155 minutes
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How are the myths of the past relevant to the present?

For thousands of years people have been telling stories. Are the myths of the past still part of our world? The Bridge takes a deep dive into the stories around which our world was built. Are we still telling these same stories? And, are we now writing new ones? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/25/202155 minutes