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Ep 72: Andy Curtain: Australian Comedian and Podcaster in Shanghai, China

April 9th, 2019

In this podcast episode we chat with long term China Expat Andy Curtain about his geographical movement from Melbourne, Australia to Shanghai, China and what effect it had on his online activities/presence. Even though he was online quite early in Australia with IRC and ICQ, he admits that most of his current online activities have been utility based, focusing on his stand up comedy promotions and community building. As a fellow Content Creator (and Influencer, lol), I find it very interesting that the making of his podcast, Stuck in the Middle, helps him process his own comedic material. There is so much to say about Andy, the deep impression he has made on the stand up comedy scene in China and his own business savvy that has impacted how I think of my own creative endeavors on and offline in the short time since this interview took place. But for now I will just say thank you Andy for coming on the show and sharing your story.   

In the Virtual Expats companion YouTube video,  https://youtu.be/tH_8vwed1CE, I reflect on two things that Andy and I talked about during his Virtual Expats interview: 1. content creation pressure and 2. the why in social media usage. It is fascinating how different our two virtual expat stories vary in these two regards. Both of our creation pressures are self inflicted but his is focused on staying in his fans minds and mine is what I like to call a “sharing fire” pressure. Also, Andy is a genius in promoting his craft without coming across like he is pushing a product on his audience, whereas I keep delaying the monetization aspect of my projects further and further off into the future. Of course, Andy has much more experience than I do in all of this, so perhaps this difference is based partly on that and partly on many other factors we did not talk about.

Andy’s Info:

Kung Fu Komedy, http://www.kungfukomedy.com/

Stuck In The Middle Podcast, http://www.kungfukomedy.com/series/stuck-middle/

More background on Kung Fu Comedy and its impact on Stand up in Shanghai & China, https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/asia/shanghai-comedy-clubs-stand-up-china-mandarin-asia-kung-fu-komedy-a8489976.html

Mamahuhu , https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmH8FWFRkbfsYj-zXsEvypQ

Show notes:

IRC, Internet Relay Chat, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_Relay_Chat

ICQ, https://www.techspot.com/article/1771-icq/

WeChat , https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WeChat

M2M, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machine_to_machine Versus Internet of things

aughts (2000’s) , https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aughts

Expat Podcast Promo Swap: The Expat Cast, https://theexpatcast.podbean.com/

Instagram @theexpatcast , Facebook @theexpatcast, Twitter @theexpatcast

Alessio Avezzano, MamaHuhu, http://www.alessioavezzano.com/mamahuhu

Poly morph self , http://www.polymorphself.com/

Donny Does YouTube , https://www.youtube.com/user/DonnieDoesIt/featured

Barstool Sports, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5PrkGgI_cIaSStOyRmLAKA

Rent a boyfriend Mamahuhu video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hdA-Wd-b9M

Andy’s podcast episode with Dean Edwards, https://soundcloud.com/futhamuckinprotocol/the-futhamuckin-andy-curtainkung-fu-komedy-episode-road-warrior-sessions-vol-23

Nigerian drug dealer episode: http://www.kungfukomedy.com/podcasts/ep-18-sam-high-times/

Blackstone Magic  Bar, Shanghai, China, https://www.blackstonemagicbar.com/

Joe Shaffer, http://joe-shaffer.com

Melbourne International Comedy Festival, https://www.comedyfestival.com.au/2019

Would love to hear from you! Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube & you can even leave a voice message on Speakpipe

Where to find Virtual Expat Podcast: Virtual Expats Podcast website,  YouTube Channel, subscribe on : iOS , Android devices, RSS, and our email list: for weekly podcasting updates

Music courtesy of Damon Castillo, https://www.damoncastillo.com/ , song "I Hope You Figured It Out" on the "Mess of Me" album

Check out all of our PodTubes here: https://stephfuccio.weebly.com/

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Ep 71: Eva Yoo: South Korean Tech Journalist who has lived in Ecuador, the U.S, UK and China

March 26th, 2019

In this podcast episode we chat with Eva Yoo, a Korean Tech Journalist who has lived in the U.S., the UK, Ecuador, Israel and China. Last year she completed an 8 month cycling trip from Shanghai, China to the UK, along the ancient Silk Road. During this trip she did many interviews with people working in startups. But Eva is so much more than the sum of these actions: she is a kind, thoughtful and curious person who makes the balancing of IRL and VRL (offline and online lives) look easy and I greatly admire her for that.  

Shanghai Note: Eva is speaking about her cycling trip this Friday and Saturday, March 28th and 29th in Shanghai! More info here: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6516165829204242432/

In the accompanying YouTube video,  https://youtu.be/n9RTzFIPN-0, I ponder Eva’s trend of seeking out social media fasting opportunities. She consciously wanted to be offline during part of this cycling trip as well as during her stay in other countries she has lived in. Admittedly, I am the polar opposite of Eva in this virtual regard. I grew up pre-Internet for the common folk and was forced to be offline due to lack of digital infrastructure in some places I lived overseas and at home, and I hated every minute of it. I do however find that my online pull is changing as I age and share this shift in this video while I walk around Xujiahui Park in Shanghai, China.

Eva’s info:

Eva’s bike trip site, https://www.seekroad.co/

https://twitter.com/evayooare?lang=en

Email: evayooare@gmail.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/eva-chaewon-yoo-b645aa6b/

Her blog (in Korean): https://evaisup.blogspot.com/

Show notes:

-Podcast Brunch Club, thanks Adela for creating it AND to our local host in Shanghai,  Shannon. This is where Eva and I met.

-TVXQ (music group Eva talked about),  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TVXQ

-Cyworld, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyworld

-Naver, like Baidu in China and Google internationally, https://searchengineland.com/naver-the-google-of-south-korea-11627

-Kakao Talk, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KakaoTalk

-Meaningful Discussion Meetup Group (Shanghai, China), https://www.meetup.com/meaningfuldiscussions-shanghai/

-The Story of Stuff , the consumerism video Eva talked about

Would love to hear from you! Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube & you can even leave a voice message on Speakpipe

Where to find Virtual Expat Podcast: Virtual Expats Podcast website,  YouTube Channel, subscribe on : iOS , Android devices, RSS, and our email list: for weekly podcasting updates

Music courtesy of Damon Castillo, https://www.damoncastillo.com/ , song "I Hope You Figured It Out" on the "Mess of Me" album

Check out all of our PodTubes here: https://stephfuccio.weebly.com/

This interview was created with:

Sunshine Summit this week AND meta episode frequency info

March 12th, 2019

Two quick things:

1. I just did a live stream interview with Heather Welch of the Sunshine and PowerCuts Podcast  for her biannual Sunshine Summit, where she chats with Podcasting community folks about connections. Here is my interview during the Summit.Heather still has an excellent group of folks that she is live stream interviewing all week. Check out the schedule, and join in in the chat room to ask questions during one of the chats here,  https://www.sunshinesummit.live

2. I am experimenting with the frequency of the Virtual Expats Podcast as well as my other to two podtubes. Right now all I can promise is that the next episode will be March 27th and after that there will be new episodes with every 2 or 3 weeks. Thank you for your patience while I balance life, podtubing and the unexpectedly big learning curve with the technical aspects of producing a good for your earbuds podcast. 

Would love to hear from you! Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube & you can even leave a voice message on Speakpipe

Where to find Virtual Expat Podcast: Virtual Expats Podcast website,  YouTube Channel, subscribe on : iOS , Android devices, RSSand our email list: for weekly podcasting updates

Music courtesy of Damon Castillo, https://www.damoncastillo.com/ , song "I Hope You Figured It Out" on the "Mess of Me" album

Check out all of our projects here: https://stephfuccio.weebly.com/

 

 

Ep 70: Alexandra Talty: American Travel Journalist based in Beirut, Lebanon

March 5th, 2019

In this episode we chat with Alexandra Talty, an American who has lived on and offline in Italy, the Dominican Republic and Beirut, Lebanon, where she has been based for 4 years now. Over the years Alexandra has taken full advantage of online opportunities available via blogs/blogging, social media platforms, and YouTube. She maintains a healthy IRL-VRL (online-offline) balance with regular social media fasts and by participating in and hosting online groups that meet in person. She is very honest and candid about her experiences being a foreign, American, female Journalist and all of the advantages and disadvantages those pieces of her identity invite as she works online while living abroad.  

Lastly, this podcast is part of the Virtual Expats podtube experience: part podcast, part YouTube channel. The Virtual Expat YouTube channel has a new video today about my recent return to Facebook after a decade away. https://youtu.be/uV3EI9Fr2iY

Show notes:

-Instagram #nomadgirls hashtag (Alexandra’s favorite living overseas hashtag)

-Numbeo, Global Cost of Living Website

-Matador Network & Nomatic Matt

-Travel Massive MeetUp Group (Beirut)

-Hostelword, Hostelzs.com

-Humans of New York (English), Humans of Amman (Arabic)

-Fly with Haifa

-Hey Nadine

-Oneika the traveler

-Japanese onsen (hot springs) video. It IS as beautiful a place as it seems.  

-Radio ambulante: like This American Life, Spanish language

-Beirut electricity phone app

-Careem Scooter rental in Beirut

-Long way round, Long Way Down motorcycle travel documentary with Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman

-Postcards from Beirut series

-Lindie Botes

-Speedtest, global internet speed

-Alexandra’s article on Trump and tourism:  U.S. Economy Losing Billions As ‘Trump Slump” Continues in Tourism Sector

-Beirut, Lebanon walking tour article

Would love to hear from you! Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube & you can even leave a voice message on Speakpipe

Where to find Virtual Expat Podcast: Virtual Expats Podcast website,  YouTube Channel, subscribe on : iOS , Android devices, RSS, and our email list: for weekly podcasting updates

Music courtesy of Damon Castillo, https://www.damoncastillo.com/ , song "I Hope You Figured It Out" on the "Mess of Me" album

Check out all of our projects here: https://stephfuccio.weebly.com/

Ep 69: Greg from the Bangkok Podcast : Chat rooms, Blogs & Podcasts

February 12th, 2019

THIS WEEK we chat with Greg from the Bangkok Podcast . Greg moved from his passport country of Canada to Thailand 17 years ago. His IRC chatroom habits at home changed quite a bit since this move and we try to sort out (Canadian vowel here folks!)  if it was the changing digital landscape or his move to another country (and all of the cultural and social changes that go with the expat experience) that brought on these changes, including writing his blog, Greg to Differ and creating the Bangkok Podcast.

Note: If you’ve been following Virtual Expats Podcast for awhile you may recognize the Bangkok Podcast from a review I did of it back when the podcast was called the Armchair Expat (not available online anymore, sorry!) Special thanks needs to go out to Greg’s co-hosts present and past of the Bangkok Podcast: 1. Ed Knuth is the current (and wonderful) co-host of the show but we also need to mention Greg’s previous co-hosts on the podcast: 2. Evo Terra (master of many projects but the one I am, a Podcaster, currently obsessed with is “Podcast Pontifications”) and 3. Anthony Joh of the “Speak Up Asia” Podcast.

Items mentioned in this episode:

-Virtual Expat Podcast is Podbean’s podcast of the week!

-Greg’s projects

Blog  http://www.gregtodiffer.com/

Podcast  https://www.bangkokpodcast.com/

-IRC: Internet Relay Chat

-Smiling Albino Tours https://www.smilingalbino.com/

-Chatbooks  https://chatbooks.com/download-the-app/

-China’s live streaming, eating boom

https://www.scmp.com/tech/enterprises/article/2124662/chinas-booming-live-streaming-industry-may-have-reached-its-peak

-Actor Conan Stevens, https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1947403/

-History of Rome Podcast: Mike Duncan

-Reddit, popping page

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Where to find Virtual Expat Podcast: Virtual Expats Podcast website,  YouTube Channel, subscribe on : iOS , Android devices, RSS, and our email list: for weekly podcasting updates

Music courtesy of Damon Castillo, https://www.damoncastillo.com/ , song "I Hope You Figured It Out" on the "Mess of Me" album

Check out all of our projects here: https://stephfuccio.weebly.com/

Ep 68: Creatrix Tiara : Performance Artist, Creative Soul & Virtual Thought Leader

December 27th, 2018

THIS WEEK we chat with Creatrix Tiara. Tiara started interacting with others online in chat rooms at 10 years old while IRL living in Malaysia. Over the years Tiara’s geographical path has included locations in Malaysia, Australia and the U.S. While Tiara’s geographic life shifted, Tiara’s online life seems to have had an upward trajectory in notariety and impact due to the candid and eloquent vocalization of immigrant and queer issues. Like many Online Content Creators, Tiara’s work going viral has not balanced notoriety with financial freedom. But perhaps that will change with the Queer Lady Magician show Tiara is currently doing (the next round of which will take place at the Melbourne LGBTQ Festival Midsumma from January 30-February 3, 2019). Judging from the voluminous body of work, Tiara will no doubt keep writing and creating for as long as possible. This passion to analyze, share and question is what first led me to Tiara’s creations and is why I love keeping up to date on what Tiara is doing.  

Items mentioned in this episode:

-Creatrix Tiara’s website AND  Patreon page

-Virtual Expat Podcast review of Tiara’s work from July 2017, episode 40

-ABC (Australian network) “What’s On Your Phone” series

-Grey Matter

-Savage Garden’s “Crash and Burn” song in sign language

-”All My Friends Are Leaving Brisbane” (movie)

-Tiara’s Educate Deviate Education blog

-Tiara’s Viral blog post ”Goodbye, Ello: Privacy, Safety, and Why Ello Makes Me More Vulnerable to My Abusers and Harassers” that was picked up by the Washington Post AND The New Yorker interview that ensued

-Slut Walk AND Tiara with a poster of her viral quote

-Gaby Dunn article on the financial hardships of being a YouTuber

 

Would love to hear from you! Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube & you can even leave a voice message on Speakpipe

Where to find Virtual Expat Podcast: Virtual Expats Podcast website,  YouTube Channel, subscribe on : iOS , Android devices, RSSand our email list: for weekly podcasting updates

Music courtesy of Damon Castillo, https://www.damoncastillo.com/ , song "I Hope You Figured It Out" on the "Mess of Me" album

Check out all of our projects here: https://stephfuccio.weebly.com/

Ep 67: Alison Maciejewski: An American Expat With Food, Technology & Microfinance Exploring Tendencies

December 13th, 2018

THIS WEEK Alison Maciejewski makes us think long and hard about food photos on social media, wanderlust articles that try to tackle culture and the linguistic barriers of the Internet. But the conversation is not all serious, we have some fun comparing emoji options on Line (in Thailand) and WeChat (in China), what and where “ugly delicious food” is, and how using teen dramas are a good way to learn the Thai language. If you listen to the Expat Rewind Podcast you may remember Alison from earlier this season. We welcome her over to the Virtual (Expat) side of our projects and know you are going to appreciate her input on the pondering we do about our geographic and virtual selves in these conversations.

Items mentioned in this episode:

- Alison’s Instagram  and personal blog

- Alison’s Expat Rewind Podcast episode from earlier this season

- WeAreXpats Twitter rocur account

- Alison’s Irish Travelers blog post

- Pantip, popular Thai forum

- Fried cheese in Prague

- Alison’s friend who does Muay Thai, Emma’s blog, Under the Ropes

- Kickstarter Duo laptop additional screen

- Food Chain Podcast episode on Kelis, singer of the “Milkshake” song

-Bangkok Podcast

- Internet by language

- Podcast about China by Chinese women: Wǒ men Podcast

- “Remembering Shanghai” by Isabel Sun Chao and Claire Chao. The book I mentioned with pinyin for Mandarin Chinese words BUT few hanzi Chinese characters.

Chef Bee, Thailand

-Thai alphabet, Omniglot.com

- Learn Thai With Mod

-Hormones, Thai soap opera 

-Migrationology.com

- BKK Fatty website and YouTube channel

- Newspaper “technology is making us anti-social” photo

-Books in Shanghai book club

Would love to hear from you! Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube & you can even leave a voice message on Speakpipe

Where to find Virtual Expat Podcast: Virtual Expats Podcast website,  YouTube Channel, subscribe on : iOS , Android devices, RSSand our email list: for weekly podcasting updates

Music courtesy of Damon Castillo, https://www.damoncastillo.com/ , song "I Hope You Figured It Out" on the "Mess of Me" album

Check out all of our projects here: https://stephfuccio.weebly.com/

Ep 66: Anh Ta: Vietnamese Artist & Online Presence Role Model

December 7th, 2018

 THIS WEEK we are proud to have Anh Ta with us for a conversation about how geographic movement from Vietnam to the U.S. has affected her online experience. Anh is an Artist with a strong online presence that she carefully curated for both professional and personal usage. She originally moved from Hanoi, Vietnam to the U.S. for her Bachelor’s Degree and has just completed her Master’s Degree in Art recently as well. Congratulations Anh! She is currently creating art and sharing it and other aspects of her life online from New York City.

Items mentioned in this episode:

-Anh’s art website, https://anhtaart.com/about/

-Brain Pickings and On Being: Anh’s favorite websites

Would love to hear from you! Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube & you can even leave a voice message on Speakpipe

Where to find Virtual Expat Podcast: Virtual Expats Podcast website,  YouTube Channel, subscribe on : iOS , Android devices, RSSand our email list: for weekly podcasting updates

Music courtesy of Damon Castillo, https://www.damoncastillo.com/ , song "I Hope You Figured It Out" on the "Mess of Me" album

Check out all of our projects here: https://stephfuccio.weebly.com/

Ep 65:Interview: Steve: UK Expat in Asia, Life Coach in Hong Kong

November 19th, 2018

THIS WEEK we chat with Steve, who left the UK for a trip to Spain quite a number of years ago. After that trip he ended up living in Greece for a year and just reached his 6 year anniversary in Asia this month. After living a number of years both on and offline in mainland China, he moved to Hong Kong earlier this year, where he now works as a Life Coach. Like yours truly, he has been an avid user of online technologies and social media from the beginning and has a lot of stories of wonderful and not so wonderful things that have happened online. And, also like myself, he has a lot of questions about what the hell we are doing online and how sustainable our virtual selves are going forward. His expat geographic life and VRL (virtual reality life) do in fact seem to affect each other in a rather interesting way, so have a listen and let us know what you think.

Items mentioned in this episode:

-Steve is on Facebook (yourlifeyourcoachHK), Instagram https://www.instagram.com/yourlifeyourcoachhk/) and WeChat (Ginger_Ste)  

- Tube to Pod YouTube channel

- My friend Brandon’s podcas, Rootabaga, where he interviewed Dave Sperling of Dave’s ESL Cafe (Dave’s episode is coming out soon)

-Conversations With People Who Hate Me Podcast  

-WeChat, there are many mobile phone apps in China BUT this is the granddaddy of them all

-Joanna Lumley’s Biography

-ASMR

-My Books in Shanghai “Meet the Reader” interview

-Online Rorschach Test

Where to find Virtual Expat Podcast:

Virtual Expats Podcast website,  YouTube Channel, subscribe on : iOS , Android devices, RSS, and our email list: for weekly podcasting updates

Would love to hear from you!

Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube & Speakpipe (leave a voice message)

 

Music courtesy of Damon Castillo, https://www.damoncastillo.com/ , song "I Hope You Figured It Out" on the "Mess of Me" album

Check out all of our projects here: https://stephfuccio.weebly.com/

Ep 64:Interview: Mai: Philosopher, language/book geek & Creator of the Intellect Grime YouTube Channel

October 23rd, 2018

Mai, Creator of the Intellect Grime YouTube Channel, is an Egyptian YouTuber who produces content about Philosophy, languages and books. She learned about blogs from YouTube, has been on and off Facebook for years and uses an app to track her mobile phone usage. In short, she is an inspiring example of how we can take agency of our online selves. In this episode we talk about her virtual chronology as she grew up in Egypt and as she moved to the UK for university. Did her move IRL effect her actions VRL? What is VRL? Have a listen to find out all of this and more.

Where to find Virtual Expat Podcast:

Virtual Expats Podcast website,  YouTube Channel, subscribe on : iOS , Android devices, RSS, join our email list: for weekly podcasting updates

 

Mentioned in this episode:

Intro: Tube to Pod YouTube channel

YouTube’s BookTube

Moment app

IRL and VRL (virtual real life)

Conversations with People Who Hate Me: Dylan Marron

Podcast Brunch Club

Smart Brown Girl

Music courtesy of Damon Castillo, https://www.damoncastillo.com/

Song "I Hope You Figured It Out" on the "Mess of Me" album.

Would love to hear from you!

Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube & Speakpipe (leave a voice message)

Check out all of our projects here: https://stephfuccio.weebly.com/