Karen and Cathy explain cultural and historical references episode by episode in popular Chinese historical dramas as well as Chinese pop culture news.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.
In The Know - Chinese Pop Culture News: Shocking But Welcomed Baby News!
Hu Ge, of Royal Nirvana and Chinese Paladin fame, shocked the Chinese entertainment circle by announcing that he is now a father to a baby girl. It's been a joke for years that Hu Ge would just stay single so for him to announce he's married and has a child is quite a welcome surprise for pretty much all of Chinese media! We also touch on continued drama with Lunar New Year Box Office movies and also the return of Chinese celebrities abroad for fashion weeks!
The Story of Yanxi Palace - Ep 47+48: Clearing the Air
The Emperor decided to give Ying Luo the cold shoulder after seeing her with Fu Heng together even though he saw she was set up. This meant that she was mistreated and neglected in the palace without her favor. But, Ying Luo being Ying Luo captured the opportunity to return to his line of sight when Noble Consort Chun asked her to embroider a buddha portrait for the Empress Dowager. Add on top of that Fu Heng's words to the Emperor and we see Ying Luo not only regain the Emperor's favor but also be promoted to the title of Consort.
In The Know - Chinese Pop Culture News - 2023 Spring Gala and Box Office Drama
It's the Year of the Rabbit! Karen and Cathy discuss the highlights or lack thereof from this year's Spring Gala Performance. We also breakdown the fierce competition happening right now at the box office as film studios try to capture audience's attentions with offerings from legendary directors, respected actors, and pop idols.
The Story of Yanxi Palace - Ep 45+46: Dispelling the Rumors
With Fu Heng having returned victorious from war, old rumors resurface about his and Ying Luo's relationship which causes quite a headache for her as it destabilizes her position in the palace. After all, the Emperor himself knows all about the relationship between those two and has become quite jealous.
Song of the Moon 月歌行 Review
Karen provides her review of 月歌行 or Song of the Moon featuring Xu Lu and Zhang Bin Bin. It's a mediocre fantasy drama that has a poor story but stunning visuals.
The Story of Yanxi Palace - Ep 44: Climbing the Ladder
Wei Ying Luo incurs the ire of Imperial Concubine Jia and is punished for insubordination. Imperial Concubine Jia goes running to the Emperor and lies about Ying Luo's disobedience. The Emperor decides to ignore Wei Ying Luo. A few days later, he finds himself annoyed that she hasn't come to ask for favor. Wei Ying Luo quickly finds herself back in favor after the Emperor finds out the truth of her punishment. He surprises the Imperial Harem by promoting Wei Ying Luo to the rank of Imperial Concubine. Meanwhile, Fu Heng returns and is devastated to hear the news of her new status.
The first time listening, it was definitely what I needed at this time. And I will definitely continue listening.
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.