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. For more, go to www.lookingforlaowai.com, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
#9: The Revolving Door
This is the last episode of the first season of Looking for Laowai! This week we talk about the transient nature of friendships as an expat in China, how people deal with this, and how they approach new relationships. Hannah and Toni are joined by friend and producer Averill, whose departure from Shanghai coincides with the end of this season. We’re sad to see you go, Averill, but we wish you the best of luck with the future!
#8: Escaping the Laowai Bubble
This week, we're looking at escaping the expat bubble. We hear the stories of people who have tried hard to integrate and make Chinese friends, the challenges they've faced, and the rewards they've worked hard to achieve.
#7: The Laowai Bubble
We’re back after an extended (and flu-y break)! This is part one of a two-part episode on the laowai bubble, or the expat bubble and escaping this bubble. We’ll be looking at the language barrier, something called homophily, differences in socializing, and whether we should break out of the bubble.
#6: Body Image in China
This week, we’re talking about body image in China, and how Chinese beauty standards affect locals and foreigners alike. We focus on female bodies and hear multiple women’s experiences navigating what their bodies look like and how their bodies are perceived and talked about. We explore how the Chinese approach of being direct about body talk impacts people in different ways.
#5: Evolution of a Laowai
We sat down with expats in China who had just got off the plane, those who had been living in China for a few years, and those who have been here for over a decade, and asked them about their experiences and how they have changed over time.
A little appetizer for the feast about to come! Have a listen to our teaser:
What does it mean to be a "laowai", or foreigner, in China? We’re working on a new podcast that explores the different experiences of being foreign in a globalized world.
Join us in this bi-weekly podcast, which will be released every other Tuesday.