Identity and relationships are the central themes in our stories in this first season. We interviewed a whole range of people, from laowai who’d just got off the plane, to locals whose families have been in Shanghai for generations, and compiled their personal stories into each episode.
- What the Heck is a Laowai?
Experiences of learning what it means to be laowai, being labeled as laowai, and more.
- The Perks of Being a Laowai
What are the benefits to being a laowai in China, and who gets access to those advantages?
- We Found Love in a Hopeless Place
Stories about dating in Shanghai, particularly about the race and gender dynamics of dating.
- Chinese Face in a Chinese Place
What’s it like to look Chinese but not be fully Chinese and live in China? Listen to the experiences of laowai of Chinese descent, half-Asian people, TCK, and more.
- The Evolution of a Laowai
We talk to laowai who have been here for different lengths of time to see how the experience of being a laowai changes the longer you stay in China.
- Foreign Bodies in China
How is the experience of being foreign-looking or having a foreign-sized body in China, and how does that impact someone’s experience?
- The Laowai Bubble
It’s possible to live in Shanghai and not come in contact at all with “real China” – this episode is about exploring what that means and how that is even possible.
- How to Escape the Laowai Bubble
How easy is it to integrate into Chinese society? We share the experiences of foreigners who have tried to immerse themselves in the Middle Kingdom, with various levels of success.
- The Revolving Door of Shanghai
How does the temporary nature of expat stays influence your social life? Is it easy to make friends here? To keep friends?
Bonus Episode: Awkward Conversations with Cab Drivers
Ever have a strange conversation with a cab driver? With a random guy as they jostle you on the metro? This bonus episode takes a light-hearted look at all the fascinating interactions people have had in Shanghai.