32 episodes

The Spark is a podcast that explores what it means to traverse cultures and share stories that intersect Chinese and American culture to interrupt barriers and create connections.

The Spark is a cultural haven - A space held by a friendship between two women from two different countries, meeting at the point where their cultures, identities and stories intersect. Their conversations are grounded in transparency as they move beyond previous perceptions and ideas of the other to form deep connections as human beings first.

这是一个由两个来自不同文化背景的女生创造的广播平台。Amy Tianyi Zhao (微博:赵枣儿Amy)虽然来自中国,但她的教育背景和生活履历让她与西方文化产生了强烈的共鸣。Megan Dowaliby 虽然来自美国,但来自中国的老公让她对中国产生了浓厚的兴趣。两个完全不同的女生在一张传统中国餐桌上相遇。语言的交流引发了思想的碰撞。在那次晚餐两年后的今天,火花电台诞生。我们相信,一个人的国籍,以及其居住地并不能代表TA的文化身份。在一个全球化的时代,我们在不同文化中看到自己的影子,每个人都可能是很多文化交流和互动的产物。我们希望通过她们的对话和讨论,加深人们对“跨文化”身份的认同,赋予人们了解世界的激情和力量,最终达到促进世界,尤其是中美两国互相理解的进程。

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The Spark Podcast Amy Tianyi Zhao & Meg Dowaliby

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 10 Ratings

The Spark is a podcast that explores what it means to traverse cultures and share stories that intersect Chinese and American culture to interrupt barriers and create connections.

The Spark is a cultural haven - A space held by a friendship between two women from two different countries, meeting at the point where their cultures, identities and stories intersect. Their conversations are grounded in transparency as they move beyond previous perceptions and ideas of the other to form deep connections as human beings first.

这是一个由两个来自不同文化背景的女生创造的广播平台。Amy Tianyi Zhao (微博:赵枣儿Amy)虽然来自中国,但她的教育背景和生活履历让她与西方文化产生了强烈的共鸣。Megan Dowaliby 虽然来自美国,但来自中国的老公让她对中国产生了浓厚的兴趣。两个完全不同的女生在一张传统中国餐桌上相遇。语言的交流引发了思想的碰撞。在那次晚餐两年后的今天,火花电台诞生。我们相信,一个人的国籍,以及其居住地并不能代表TA的文化身份。在一个全球化的时代,我们在不同文化中看到自己的影子,每个人都可能是很多文化交流和互动的产物。我们希望通过她们的对话和讨论,加深人们对“跨文化”身份的认同,赋予人们了解世界的激情和力量,最终达到促进世界,尤其是中美两国互相理解的进程。

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    Ep. 32: We're Back!

    Ep. 32: We're Back!

    Meg and Amy are back behind the mic again for their first episode of 2023! They share where they’ve been, where they’re going, and what they’ve been up to since the last episode. Plus, what’s new for The Spark and the exciting new way to connect with Meg and Amy and others in The Spark community! Be the first to join in here: https://thesparkpodcast.substack.com/
    And be sure to follow along with us on…
    Instagram: @spark_podcast
    WeChat:TheSparkPodcast
    Little Universe: The Spark Podcast (赵枣Amy_火花)
    Himalaya: The Spark Podcast 火花电台
    NetEase:The Spark Podcast 火花电台
    If you like what you hear, please rate and review this podcast on your favorite platform! If you didn’t, don’t worry about it. It’s fine.
    Meg 和 Amy 在2023年带着新的内容,新的平台,还有新的创作灵感卷土重来。在这集中,Meg 和 Amy不仅分享了她们在过去一年中的大起大落,也讨论了在2023年两人将何去何从。另外一个好消息是火花电台的迁移:新的一年,我们正式入驻Substack,一个能让我们和听众有更多活动的平台。如果你想关注我们的动态,并且收到我们的不定时更新,请点击关注:https://thesparkpodcast.substack.com/
    我们其他的官方社交平台有:
    Instagram: @spark_podcast
    微信公众号: TheSparkPodcast
    小宇宙: The Spark Podcast (赵枣Amy_火花)
    喜马拉雅: The Spark Podcast 火花电台
    网易云音乐:The Spark Podcast 火花电台


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    • 59 min
    Ep.31: You Belong Here - A Conversation with Alex Kim

    Ep.31: You Belong Here - A Conversation with Alex Kim

    If you look at the outdoor industry, you usually see one type of person - white men. Alex Kim has set out to change that.
    Alex Kim is a first generation Korean American. Originally from Maryland, he’s the founder and director of Here Montana. Here Montana, is an outdoor program in Missoula, Montana that serves people of color to increase outdoor recreation around 4 pillars: joy, community, education and engagement.
    To learn more about Here Montana or to support its mission head to: https://www.heremontana.org
    And, follow along with Here Montana and Alex on Instagram @here_montana and @atkpics!
    Thank you so much for listening! We’d love for you to join in on the conversation! If you haven’t already, please rate and review this podcast! 
    You can also connect with us on 
    Instagram: @spark_podcast Facebook: @thesparkpodcastwithmegandamy Wechat public account: TheSparkPodcast or send us an email at hellosparkpodcast@gmail.com!  如果我们仔细反观最近大火的户外产业,作为消费者,我们经常会看到同种类型的模特占据了这个产业的广告牌——白人男性。本期火花电台采访的主人公Alex Kim励志改变这样的业态。
    Alex Kim是生长在美国马里兰州的第一代美籍韩裔。如今,他居住在蒙大拿州米苏拉,并且成立了户外组织Here Montana。Here Montana致力于服务有色人种,让更多种族,更多背景的人有机会体验和接触大自然,了解并享受属于所有人的户外资源。Here Montana 的户外体验活动主要围绕四个架构:娱乐性、社群性、教育性、参与性。
    如果想深入了解Here Montana,请关注他们的官方网站:https://www.heremontana.org。对Alex感兴趣的听众,也可以通过社交媒体了解他的动态:@here_montana and @atkpics!
    感谢聆听我们的最新单集。我们非常希望你也能加入我们的对话。我们也非常希望你能在更个平台上为我们的播客留言和打分!
    你也可以通过以下平台和我们直接交流:
    Instagram: @spark_podcast Facebook: @thesparkpodcastwithmegandamy 微信公众号:TheSparkPodcast 或给我们写邮件: hellosparkpodcast@gmail.com

    This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit thesparkpodcast.substack.com

    • 54 min
    Ep.30:回到梦开始的地方——再次对话楼佳凯

    Ep.30:回到梦开始的地方——再次对话楼佳凯

    然这并不是火花电台第一次采访楼佳凯,但这是我们第一次用中文与佳凯对话。佳凯是怎样从一个中国留学生,成长为一位拎着相机设备,义无反顾地深入丛林,牧场,和高山的纪录者?除了腾讯纪录片里收纳的情节,《一次远行》镜头后到底还发生了什么故事?在异国他乡学习生活多年后,如今,佳凯终于回到了老家义乌。他最近在忙什么?生活如何?
    摘下相机的佳凯,是一个什么样的人?希望通过这集,我们都可以更加了解我们的老朋友,故事叙述人,纪录片摄影人楼佳凯。
    你可能已经听说过,或者看过腾讯视频的最新纪录片系列《一次远行》。《一次远行》记录了五名中国留学生在疫情期间,人在他乡求学生活的故事。纪录片的最后一集的主角是火花电台采访过的前嘉宾——自由纪录片摄影人楼佳凯。当我们第一次采访佳凯的时候,他人还在美国蒙大拿州的米苏拉。那时的他在人生岔路口徘徊,面临着到底回国,还是继续留在美国工作生活的艰难抉择。如果你看了那集纪录片,那么你一定知道佳凯最终选择了回国发展。《一次远行》的最后镜头定格在了他登机的那一瞬间。但是飞机降落后,发生了什么?在一张单程票的行程结束后,佳凯再次和火花电台隔空重逢。这回,我们用中英双语,畅谈了佳凯在离家多年后,终于回到梦开始的地方的种种经历和感受。
    感谢聆听我们的最新单集。我们非常希望你也能加入我们的对话。我们也非常希望你能在更个平台上为我们的播客留言和打分!
    你也可以通过以下平台和我们直接交流:
    Instagram: @spark_podcast Facebook: @thesparkpodcastwithmegandamy 微信公众号:TheSparkPodcast 或给我们写邮件: hellosparkpodcast@gmail.com You may have seen the recent Tencent Documentary Series, Bon Voyage, that follows five Chinese students living abroad during the pandemic. In the last episode, they follow past Spark guest, Jiakai Lou. When we first talked with Jiakai, he was in Missoula, Montana at the height of the pandemic sitting at a crossroad: To stay in the U.S. or to go. If you’ve seen the documentary, you know that Jiakai ultimately made the decision to go home. His episode closes with him boarding his plane. But what happened after that? Jiakai came back to the Spark to share what life has been like after his plane landed in this two-part conversation (in both English and Mandarin) that you won’t want to miss.
    Thank you so much for listening! We’d love for you to join in on the conversation! If you haven’t already, please rate and review this podcast! 
    You can also connect with us on 
    Instagram: @spark_podcast Facebook: @thesparkpodcastwithmegandamy Wechat public account: TheSparkPodcast or send us an email at hellosparkpodcast@gmail.com! 

    This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit thesparkpodcast.substack.com

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Ep.29: A One-Way Ticket Home - Catching up with Jiakai Lou

    Ep.29: A One-Way Ticket Home - Catching up with Jiakai Lou

    You may have seen the recent Tencent Documentary Series, Bon Voyage, that follows five Chinese students living abroad during the pandemic. In the last episode, they follow past Spark guest, Jiakai Lou. When we first talked with Jiakai, he was in Missoula, Montana at the height of the pandemic sitting at a crossroad: To stay in the U.S. or to go. If you’ve seen the documentary, you know that Jiakai ultimately made the decision to go home. His episode closes with him boarding his plane. But what happened after that? Jiakai came back to the Spark to share what life has been like after his plane landed in this two-part conversation (in both English and Mandarin) that you won’t want to miss. Thank you so much for listening! We’d love for you to join in on the conversation! If you haven’t already, please rate and review this podcast!  You can also connect with us on 
    Instagram: @spark_podcast Facebook: @thesparkpodcastwithmegandamy or send us an email at hellosparkpodcast@gmail.com!  你可能已经听说过,或者看过腾讯视频的最新纪录片系列《一次远行》。《一次远行》记录了五名中国留学生在疫情期间,人在他乡求学生活的故事。纪录片的最后一集的主角是火花电台采访过的前嘉宾——自由纪录片摄影人楼佳凯。当我们第一次采访佳凯的时候,他人还在美国蒙大拿州的米苏拉。那时的他在人生岔路口徘徊,面临着到底回国,还是继续留在美国工作生活的艰难抉择。如果你看了那集纪录片,那么你一定知道佳凯最终选择了回国发展。《一次远行》的最后镜头定格在了他登机的那一瞬间。但是飞机降落后,发生了什么?在一张单程票的行程结束后,佳凯再次和火花电台隔空重逢。这回,我们用中英双语,畅谈了佳凯在离家多年后,终于回到梦开始的地方的种种经历和感受。
    感谢聆听我们的最新单集。我们非常希望你也能加入我们的对话。我们也非常希望你能在更个平台上为我们的播客留言和打分!
    你也可以通过以下平台和我们直接交流:
    Instagram: @spark_podcast Facebook: @thesparkpodcastwithmegandamy 或给我们写邮件: hellosparkpodcast@gmail.com

    This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit thesparkpodcast.substack.com

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Ep.28: Full Circle Moment - A Conversation with Diane Schäfer-Surén

    Ep.28: Full Circle Moment - A Conversation with Diane Schäfer-Surén

    In this solo episode, Meg caught up with the first foreign exchange student she knew who subsequently became one of her oldest and closest friends. Meg met Diane Schäfer-Surén in highschool on the Oregon Coast. The two take a walk down the memory lane, talking about all the instrumental moments that turned Diane’s foreign exchange experience into one of the best experiences in her life. Today, she works as a regional manager for Cultural Care Au Pair - the same company that made her foreign exchange student experience possible. For Diane, life has come full circle as she now spends her time facilitating au pair experiences for hundreds of young adults in Germany to spend a year in the United States with American families. 
    Thank you so much for listening! We’d love for you to join in on the conversation! If you haven’t already, please rate and review this podcast! 
    You can also connect with us on 
    Instagram: @spark_podcast Facebook: @thesparkpodcastwithmegandamy or send us an email at hellosparkpodcast@gmail.com 在这集中,Meg采访了她人生中遇见的的第一位外国交换生。这位交换生也成为了她之后人生路上认识时间最长的挚友——Diane Schäfer-Surén。 Meg在俄勒冈州的高中认识了Diane。在对话中,两个人不仅回顾了高中时期的逸事,Diane更是分享了一些让出国学习成为她人生中亮点的瞬间。今天,Diane是一名地区经理,主要负责文化交流互惠生项目。而经营这个项目的公司,正是多年前负责介绍Diane留学美国公司。如今,Diane 每年都会帮助上百名在德国,甚至欧洲的年轻人来美国学习生活。
    感谢聆听我们的最新单集。我们非常希望你也能加入我们的对话。我们也非常希望你能在更个平台上为我们的播客留言和打分!
    你也可以通过以下平台和我们直接交流:
    Instagram: @spark_podcast Facebook: @thesparkpodcastwithmegandamy 或给我们写邮件: hellosparkpodcast@gmail.com

    This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit thesparkpodcast.substack.com

    • 48 min
    Ep.27: 从电脑前到讲台前 - 对话网络工程师李泽尧

    Ep.27: 从电脑前到讲台前 - 对话网络工程师李泽尧

    Amy终于在去年年底,采访到了一位她非常佩服的好朋友——李泽尧。目前,他的全职工作是一名在PINT任职的网络工程师。业余时间,他是纽约市立大学亨特学院的客座教授。从屏幕前到讲台后,作为一名年轻的外国教授,泽尧在美国公立大学教课的过程中经历了非常多有意思的身份转换和奇异故事。在这集中,我们均娓娓道来。 李泽尧是一名生长在北京,如今长居在纽约的网络工程师,设计师,以及教育者。他本科毕业于上海纽约大学,研究生毕业于纽约大学帝势艺术学院互动电子媒体学位。 感谢聆听!我们希望你能加入和我们的对话。你的评论和评分对这档播客至关重要,我们提前感谢你的参与。  
    你也可以和我们在以下社交平台直接对话:
    Instagram: @spark_podcast
    Facebook(脸书): @thesparkpodcastwithmegandamy
    或直接给我们的邮箱发邮件t hellosparkpodcast@gmail.com! 
    我们会尽最大努力,直接回复你的消息。


    This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit thesparkpodcast.substack.com

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

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10 Ratings

Pelayo theforbiddenapple ,

The SPARK is SHINNING!!

Love this podcast, the topics are really deep and transcendent but the Amy and Meg bring them down to earth for us in a vulnerable and entertaining way, would love to listen to it all day !! 🚨

joey 6996 ,

Inspirational

So interesting to hear two intelligent women speak about intercultural connections ✨

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