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A weekly podcast about making it big as a foreign fish in the world's biggest pond - China! Every week from Beijing, host Brendan Davis talks with a fellow foreigner who is doing something challenging, unique or maybe even just a little bit crazy. Guests ranging from venture capitalists to standup comedians share funny stories, useful insights, and occasionally, cautionary tales about their lives in China. The podcast aims to be invaluable for anyone considering making a similar move, plus e ...
 
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What does it mean to be foreign in a globalized world? Join us, a diverse team of curious-minded expats, as we delve into the fast-paced world of Shanghai, and explore what it means to be a laowai (or “foreigner”) in China in this bi-weekly podcast. Through stories from expats, Chinese locals, and everyone in between, we look at the laowai experience from every angle. This season, we explore themes ranging from friendship and dating, to culture and racial dynamics.
 
At Limitless, we believe that choosing China as an expatriate assignment offers unlimited opportunity and adventure – and proper preparation is the key to success! Through real-life interviews from China’s leading expats, we support you and your loved ones through the entire process from relocation to repatriation, and every step in between. Glean wisdom and pick up fantastic tips and tricks from other people like you. Stay motivated, be empowered and get connected to some pretty amazing fol ...
 
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This week I’m cross-posting an 8-minute shortie episode to both “If I Knew You Better” and my original, retired podcast “Big Fish in the Middle Kingdom”. There are THREE recent episodes of my other show, “How China Works” (co-hosted with Yingying Li), that I really don’t want you to miss. Check out those shows and our guests MARK LEVINE, FU HAN ...…
 
Writer-Producer-Director KEVIN GEIGER & I had a long-running “bonus feature” on THIS show called the “Fretful Laowai Radio Hour”: a very popular free-form conversation about all sorts of current China-Hollywood & related issues. I’m very pleased to now bring "Fretful Laowai" to my NEW show, “If I Knew You Better”, as a recurring feature. Please ...…
 
Okay! All good things must come to an end, and in this - the last episode of “Big Fish in the Middle Kingdom” - I say THANK YOU to many of the people who’ve helped me make it as good as it can be. The catalog of over 120 shows will stay live forever, but to hear me on NEW shows, please search and visit “If I Knew You Better” or “How China Works ...…
 
Nick Cheng is a popular British comedian based in Beijing, and a natural storyteller. And he has some great stories to tell: some are funny, most are fascinating, and a few - discussing a family member’s suicide attempts, his coming out while a member of the Royal Navy - are wrenching. But all are worth hearing, and I am glad to share them with ...…
 
This week I want to tell you about another of my podcasts, “How China Works”. My co-host Yingying Li interviews 2-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker Malcolm Clarke about his new film BETTER ANGELS. If you like THIS show, I think you’ll like THAT one, too, so I hope you’ll check it out! APPLE: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/0001-introduct ...…
 
Michael Nakan is the founder of Clipper Media Capital, a London-based production and packaging company. He cut his Hollywood teeth on the US version of “House of Cards” and then in NYC at HBO before returning home to the UK to work in development for DARKEST HOUR director Joe Wright. He's also established a China office of his UK firm and is su ...…
 
Weiko Lin was born in Taipei, Taiwan, & he continues to work throughout Asia, but it’s in Hollywood that he’s really made his name. His upcoming book, Crazy Screenwriting Secrets (Michael Weise Productions, avail July 1) is both a solid art & craft writing manual, AND a knowledgable how-to on navigating the often-treacherous waters between Chin ...…
 
Today Kevin Geiger & I bring you a special “Fretful Laowai: Summer Vacation" edition of Big Fish! In it we discuss our new alliance on the movie I’m developing in France, film festivals, some recent guests on my new podcast “If I Knew You Better”, my appearance on “The Carl King Podcast”, and what the changing tides (personal, professional, int ...…
 
Fei Wu is the host of the Feisworld podcast, a documentary filmmaker, & a digital marketer. She left China to finish high school in the US, where she’s lived for almost 20 years now, but lately she’s been revisiting her China roots and supporting her artist mother, whose famous paintings illustrating Chinese literature classic The Dream of the ...…
 
Steve Katz has possibly the most eclectic background and resume of anyone I’ve ever spoken to. His early influences in the 1960s, like Ray Harryhausen and Famous Monsters magazine, mixed with watching rehearsals at the nearby Westport Country Playhouse with visiting directors like Woody Allen to the influence and support of his parents to prope ...…
 
Elliott Zaagman has built a professional life as a writer, podcaster, investor in, & consultant to the leaders of some of China’s most famous (& infamous) tech companies. He appears in print & on-air internationally speaking truth about that environment. Ell co-hosts the China tech Investor podcast w/James Hull and has been on my other shows se ...…
 
Today is both my 3-year “Chinaversary” and the 2-year anniversary of launching THIS VERY PODCAST! In all that time, I’ve released about 300 hours worth of podcasts, and I’m looking forward to many more. Please SEARCH and join me on “If I Knew You Better” & “How China Works”, and thanks for all your support. It means the world to me. MORE: https ...…
 
Millions of people in the tech & startup world know Steve Hoffman as “Captain Hoff” from Foundersspace, a leading incubator from Silicon Valley that is now omnipresent throughout China. But very few people know that his FIRST career was as a development executive in Hollywood, and this is the first time Steve’s talked about all this in-depth si ...…
 
James Goodnight is an Arts Center graduate who adventured around the US after school, but that was just the start. He moved to Beijing 10 years ago and built a career as a commercial photographer, specializing in car ads. He’s also a big fan of indoor watersports, and tells us all about that. James’ story involves a lot of synchronicities and I ...…
 
Lee Chen is a familiar face on US TV, but her own story is more impressive & incredible than the many shows she’s appeared in. For starters, she’s probably the only successful Hollywood actor who got their start in a "Chairman Mao Thought" propaganda performance troupe towards the end of the Cultural Revolution in China. She was born in Inner M ...…
 
Returning champion Kevin Geiger (Magic Dumpling, Peewee Frog; ex-Disney) is back for another freewheeling China chat! We start with an outline and let it rip from there. Big fun, and a big reason I rebooted the podcast. We talk about returning home & expat ennui (hence the “Fretful Laowai” show handle), our new projects, how to (and how NOT to) ...…
 
To introduce “Big Fish in the Middle Kingdom” listeners to my NEW, globally-focused podcast “If I Knew You Better”, I decided to share this particular China-related episode with actor Raymond Ma. Raymond has worked with everyone from Ali Wong & Awkwafina to Chuck Lorre & Aaron Sorkin. He was born in Hong Kong & lives in Los Angeles. I hope you ...…
 
Tom McGregor is a widely-read China journalist from Dallas, Texas living in Beijing. His upcoming book US vs. China: From Trade War to Reciprocal Deal (being published under his given last name Pauken) draws on his experiences being both very pro-Trump AND pro-China. Our views diverge at the expected point, but we have the kind of respectful ch ...…
 
This week I talk about rebooting “Big Fish in the Middle Kingdom”, my other show (w/Yingying Li) “How China Works”, my NEW show “If I Knew You Better”, & I tell a pretty incredible “moving to China / crazy synchronicity" story which I’ve never told on the mic before. BLOG & LINKS: https://www.crazyinagoodway.com/home/reboot…
 
Check out this special episode from Paris as I dish out the details of what I've been up to here, the future of THIS podcast, the launch of my NEXT podcast, how to attend a sneak preview in Los Angeles of the film my team and I recently completed, and when I’ll be back in China - in theory. Enjoy! BLOG: https://www.crazyinagoodway.com/home…
 
Today I’m presenting a live recording of a special event I did at the Beijing American Center at the US Embassy to China back in December, 2018 with my former Migration Media partners Mike Shaw and Chrislyn Choo, plus Cara Gleeson. We were introduced by Janice Englehart at the BAC, the event was organized by Leslie Dong, and my esteemed friend ...…
 
CARL KING is a true polymath: someone who’s professionally good at many things. He’s a screenwriter, published book author, composer, engineer, director, producer, & more. Carl has worked with numerous legends in the progressive music and geek culture scenes, including Dweezil Zappa, Steve Vai, Kevin Smith, the late Jon Schnepp, Brendon Small, ...…
 
FRIENDS & FANS: today marks the last regularly scheduled solo “BFMK” show for me. It’s been an amazing journey! And although I'm sad to end this chapter, I'm also very excited to introduce you to the NEW interview show I am launching in a month. It will be similar to BFMK, except that it features people making moves in the greater world instead ...…
 
Welcome to 2019! I’m jumping the show numbers ahead to reflect the actual number of shows released so far. And I'm in Los Angeles this week & for awhile in general, so I’m making some other changes & expanding the idea of what’s possible. Check out today’s show, which doubles as my January solocast, to hear all the latest. Cheers! APPLE: https: ...…
 
Susie Qin is from Erdos, Inner Mongolia, sat for her CPA exam in San Francisco, and now lives in Beijing. On this episode we cover a lot of subjects: the hard-drinking culture of Erdos, her unique experience in college, working for an infamous Chinese boss, her volunteer work at Shepard’s Field Children’s Village in Tianjin, and more. NOTE: Thi ...…
 
On this special lucky Holiday Edition of the show (#88!), Kevin Geiger and I talk about: his wife Wen’s recent award-winning VR project on the Dunhuang Caves, the value and necessity of offshore creative development, his new children’s book, my writing ambitions, upcoming LA and Paris trips, and the future of this show - including a BIG ANNOUNC ...…
 
In this show, I give you a raw, unedited update into my life for the past 14 months since I last released content, an apology, and a personal invitation to reconnect on a new platform with a renewed purpose. The link mentioned in the show is bit.ly/joinallymona
 
Haus of Lily are Beijing’s finest drag queen revue. Three of the nine current queens were in the studio tonight, and we may not break the internet, but we DID kill the wine before the show even started. We have fun, get real, laugh our heads off, and talk about damn near everything you can imagine. NOTE: I put the “Explicit Language” rating on ...…
 
Today I can announce that I am honored to have been invited, along with my Migration Media cohort, to speak at the US Embassy here in Beijing on Thursday, December 13, in celebration of International Migrants Day. We've put together what should hopefully be a fun and fascinating evening, and I hope you’ll join us if you can. More information an ...…
 
Andy Braun is a photographer and art director who left the beautiful horse country of Kentucky to explore the world. He spent a lot of time in Germany growing up, and moved there to work for awhile after college, but it was China that drew him to stay - at least for the last 4 years and counting. Good fun talk, great guy - enjoy! BLOG: https:// ...…
 
On this week’s Side Dish, Yingying Li and I talk about lessons learned from doing “How China Works”, which is at the halfway point of Season 1 as of today - but this isn’t a promo. It’s a jumping-off point for some real talk about how the crazy and ever-changing US-China dynamic is affecting us, our friends, our plans, and how we are changing o ...…
 
Meredith Sides is the kind of effortlessly funny that makes her a freakin’ joy to talk with - so much so that I had to edit 15 minutes of me rambling and BSing with her out of the raw interview (which is on me and not her for sure). But she’s also deadly serious about a topic near and dear to her heart: nut butters. She's an addict, and along w ...…
 
Kevin Geiger makes another appearance on the ‘Fretful Laowai’ edition of "Big Fish Side Dish” to talk mobile cat cremation, “faux”ga, Stan Lee, VPN-less communications during my LA trip, speaking accidental Chinese, impending Thanksgiving fun, Kevin’s love for “How China Works”, and more. BLOG: https://www.crazyinagoodway.com…
 
Author. Speaker. Personal development guide. A Ted Talker. He’s been on “The Howard Stern Show”, “Larry King Live”, and now he’s at my studio in Beijing. Bart Baggett has worn many hats, but perhaps “sherpa” is the one that fits best. His new company is Prism Life Design, his new book is the title of this podcast episode, and his energy is cont ...…
 
Today I’m dropping this hot take on my recent trip to LA as my November solo show. The actual details of the project I was there for are under wraps for now, but the trip itself is the star of THIS show - so I hope you enjoy my sleep-deprived tangential ramblings. BLOG + ALL LINKS: https://www.crazyinagoodway.com/home/bd-nov18…
 
Nillah is a journalist from Kenya who came to China and developed a strong career in radio. She does several shows on CRI including “My China Story”, which will have me on as a guest on the Friday that this episode releases. We discuss issues of home, local versus regional versus national identities, how the arc of her career has developed and ...…
 
Returning champion Elliott Zaagman is back, and this week he lights it UP! He gives us the quick info about HIS new show with James Hull that’s powered by TechNode, the “China Tech Investor Podcast”, we discuss MY new show with Yingying Li called “How China Works”, he fills me in on the legend of the GeekPark Mafia, AND as a palate cleanser fro ...…
 
This is one of the VERY BEST shows I've ever done: Simply put, JEFF MARDER is a world-class talent. He has established himself as an A-list Electronic Music Designer, keyboardist, and Conductor for numerous Broadway shows, tours, Cirque du Soleil, and the Radio City Christmas Show. He’s also the former pianist with the Harlem Spiritual Ensemble ...…
 
In this episode of “Big Fish Side Dish”, I sit down with Mike Shaw, the founder of Migration Media (MM) and host of “Migratory Patterns”, and Chrislyn Choo, fellow MM team member and the creator of her 2-pronged project “Chrysalis”, to discuss the MM platform, the proper launch of the 1.0 version of the MM website, our various shows, my NEW sho ...…
 
Aladin Farré is a Parisian documentary filmmaker and editor based in Beijing. He is also the host of “Middle Earth: China’s Cultural Industry Podcast”, a monthly show that I happen to like a lot. In this episode we discuss all of the above as well as Aladin’s experiences navigating his way into the Chinese film industry and the absolute necessi ...…
 
On today’s “BFSD”, where previous “Big Fish in the Middle Kingdom” guests return for a catch-up chat, KEVIN GEIGER and I discuss degradations in environments physical and political, raising kids to have both coding and wilderness survival skills, the future of tech and society as we blow past AI and march towards the Singularity, and much much ...…
 
This week’s episode features Sean Koopmans. Sean is a Dutch Canadian who moved to Beijing in 2002. He left a world of vintage cars and clean air and came to China, where he found little of either. There’s not much of a big local community for the former, but after some other stops along the way, he decided to do something about the latter. Enjo ...…
 
This week I am SUPER EXCITED to be sitting down with my friend YingYing Li to announce the project we have been hard at work on: “How China Works”! It’s a new daily podcast designed to help foreigners become “China-smart” and to help Chinese people better understand the outside world, in 15 minutes or less per day. The goal is that Yingying and ...…
 
There’s BIG NEWS coming from the Migration Media world over the next couple of months, and today’s show highlights a great interview you might’ve missed with Chrislyn Choo, one of the MM partners, recorded shortly after I first met her, along with a new introduction to give you the rest of the story since the initial release. This show is being ...…
 
Jan Smejkal grew up in a small village in the Czech Republic but has become a leader in the startup world, based out of Shenzhen. He is a successful founder himself who now runs the world’s largest entrepreneurial community, Startup Grind, in China and throughout the Asia Pacific region. We had a focused, inspiring talk - a very tight show. Enj ...…
 
While most of China is on vacation enjoying National Golden Week, a yearly holiday celebrating the founding of the PRC, I’ve been busier than usual. So I decided to do a short solo show to play catch-up on what’s happening, what’s going on, and what’s coming up. A regular show plus another “Big Fish Side Dish” are coming up next week! Please SU ...…
 
In this inaugural episode of “BIG FISH SIDE DISH”*, Jonathan Garrison and I riff on how punk rock and other hardcore music helped shape our childhoods and changed our life trajectories. A 12-pack of Harbin Beer might’ve been involved. In a related note, you get to hear how much I curse when I don’t pay attention and mind my manners. Enjoy. *”Bi ...…
 
Eric Selley has his degree in education from Toronto and works as a truly professional teacher here in Beijing, but these days he is becoming best-known as a comedian. Eric brings a great energy and a fresh perspective to the recent comedy-themed episodes of “BFMK” and shares his thoughts on joke writing, the differences between audiences in To ...…
 
To lift directly from his LinkedIn, which says it far better than I ever could: Elliott Zaagman is best known as an executive coach, corporate trainer, and writer who focuses on how Chinese leaders and organizations interact with their global employees and the public. He focuses on leadership development, HR, and PR and is both an enthusiastic ...…
 
David Jacobs grew up in an idyllic part of Virginia, began traveling on a fluke, and ended up in China - where he’s stayed far longer than he ever expected. Along the way, he became a key part of the Beijing comedy scene, where he currently manages Comedy Club China (CCC). CCC is responsible for hosting open mics and quality gigs many nights a ...…
 
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