Karen and Cathy explain cultural and historical references episode by episode in popular Chinese historical dramas as well as Chinese pop culture news. The podcast is in English with proper nouns and phrases spoken in Mandarin Chinese. Currently, they are discussing The Story of Yanxi Palace. Completed dramas/movies include: The Story of Ming Lan, Empresses in the Palace, Royal Nirvana, Palace (2013 film), and Mulan (2020 Disney movie) among others.
The Story of Yanxi Palace - ep 36 + ep 37 - Steady Steps Forward
Wei Ying Luo is given the opportunity to return to Chang Chun Palace. She is offered the choice of publicly renouncing her love of Fu Heng or suffer a punishment. She chooses the latter. After her ordeal, she is allowed back to serve the Empress and help her regain the ability to walk. The Emperor, meanwhile, is trying to figure out his feelings towards Wei Ying Luo. Fu Heng and Er Qing finally get married. Fu Heng promises to try to be a good husband but the marriage quickly cracks. Consort Chun decides to gain favor from the Emperor and quickly becomes pregnant.
In The Know - Chinese Pop Culture News - Kris Wu Sentenced
BREAKING - On November 25th 2022, Kris Wu, once one of the most famous pop stars in China, was sentenced to 13 years in prison and exile on counts of rape and group sexual promiscuity. We discuss in this episode who he is and the events that led up to his arrest and the subsequent aftermath. Listen for the latest updates on this scandal
Trigger warning: In this episode, we do discuss sexual assault as part of this story so please proceed with caution.
In The Know - Chinese Pop Culture News - Mattress Drama
Wang Xiao Fei decided to publicly blast his ex-wife Da S/Barbie Hsu on Weibo complaining about all of the fees he's paying for in her home and he's sick of it, complete with a detailed spreadsheet. His mom entered the fray and so did Da S, her sister, Xiao S, and their mother, plus Wang Xiao Fei's mistress. It's been a multi-day saga with the clear winner being the mattress brand Hastens since Wang Xiao Fei has ordered the Hastens mattress he bought for him and Da S to be burned during one of his public tirades.
The Story of Yanxi Palace - ep 35 - Disturbing Revelations
In the end of episode 34 and into 35, we get a number of disturbing revelations. 1) Yuan Chun Wang believes himself to be connected to an extremely powerful family, 2) Consort Chun had been nursing an unhealthy love for Fu Heng for the last decade and 3) with the Empress's return to consciousness, she outright forces the Emperor to reconcile for his true affections for Ying Luo.
The Story of Yanxi Palace - Ep 34: Heartbreak
The Emperor happens upon Ying Luo and Fu Heng working together to tend to the Empress and is furious to see them so close. Soon after, Ying Luo is accused of cursing Noble Consort Gao and is interrogated by the Emperor. In order to save her life, Fu Heng jumps to the conclusion that he must marry Er Qing, breaking Ying Luo's heart.
November Drama Updates - Lighter and Princess, Thank you Doctor, and New Life Begins
Here's our November drama update of the new dramas that have recently aired! This includes Lighter and Princess, Thank you Doctor, and New Life Begins. Several dramas have also recently wrapped filming including new dramas starring Yang Mi, Zhao Li Ying and Lin Geng Xin. We also have some new pop culture gossip as the two co-leads (Bai Jing Ting and Song Yi) of the recently wrapped Chang Feng Du were spotted together going to visit Bai Jing Ting's parents. Listen to our latest episode for the latest in drama and pop culture news!
Go-to Podcast for CDramas!
I have been watching CDramas for years but have only recently found this podcast. I wish I knew about it earlier! I love how Cathy and Karen explain the history, cultural references, and stories in a way that a westerner can easily understand. I particularly love the In The Know and Chinese Drama Updates episodes, as finding this info/gossip online for non-Chinese speakers can be difficult. Love the pod ladies, please keep it up!
Great podcast on Chinese dramas
If you’re a fan of Cdramas, especially of the historical variety by folks who know what they’re talking about, this is the podcast for you.
I just love this podcast! They not only focus the show with great insight, but also give historical references! I am a history lover and this is just amazing! Keep going! Your fans love it!!!!
Edit: the only thing I would ask for, is a little intro music. That would set it off!