China Cyber Celebs … Fascinating

Check out this video on live streaming stars in China, by one of my favorite Youtube Channels, 101 East:

Due to China’s large population, even small monetary tips and donation by the audience, pays off in a big way for the content creator.  The streaming platform takes 2/3, and the remaining 1/3 is for the creator.

Mr. Wang, interviewed in the story, had limited job prospects due to his lack of education, and humble family background with limited connections.  He makes about $6000 USD in one day for a few hours of work.

Take some inspiration in how the current generation is monetizing their content.  What is your side hustle?  Do you have a Youtube Channel, Instagram,, or Twitch account?

I post this because it is so interesting to see how China’s internet celebrity and platforms evolved based on its closed internet system, and this same technology is helping some individuals rise above their disadvantage.

Learn Mandarin Chinese Online

1.379 Billion Chinese according to this search on Google:  Would you like to be able to talk to this group of people in business or in life?  Imagine getting to know this customer for your product development or business.

Let me tell you my Chinese learning journey:

I had a friend in high school who was an exchange student from Hong Kong.  We met and became friends after a simple conversation on the school bus.  We hung out in high school, took the same junior year classes, and when he went back home to Hong Kong, I visited him and some of my extended family for the first time before starting my first year at the University of Washington.

Hong Kong at that time was an exciting place for me as it was fast paced, foreign, and materially flashy.  I spoke some elementary Cantonese Chinese, but could not read nor write Chinese.  From this travel experience, I decided to take some courses in Mandarin at the University.  When I graduated, I had taken up to 3 years of Mandarin courses, and spent a school summer session at Peking University, in Beijing China, and an internship in Taipei, Taiwan.

As with any language, it takes practice, usage, and repetition to learn.  It also helps to immerse or travel and make use of that language.  But what if you live here in the USA, and want to study a language?  What options do you have?

Looking at, we can do a simple search and read the summary of some great courses:

This is a pretty fun Chinese History and Cultural Series, called ChinaX, by Harvard University:

If you are looking for more advanced Chinese learning, I was using this site for a while for intermediate to advance courses a while back.  Chinese Pod allows you to consume the content on your own schedule.  Then follow up with an instructor using video follow-up with teachers:

They have a fun blog here:

Try for free, then if you are still excited and need more content go to and subscribe to a paid account.  Before you do you can try their free sampler lessons:

Go ahead, learn some survival Chinese!  Learn to order food or say hello to your loved one!  How do you learn a language?

Then find a conversation partner nearby via Craigslist,, or the University of Washington Language Exchange Program.

Tell me if these links and resources are helpful.  Let me know if I overlooked some even better ones!