Should you learn Cantonese?
Podcast: The question of learning Canto used to only apply to expats, but these days the future of the dialect is under threat. We talked about its origins, who's speaking it, how to learn it, what it means politically, and about Hong Kong's minority languages.
The reopening of Hong Kong
Podcast: The city is reopening again after almost no covid cases in 3 weeks. Find out how the situation compares to SARs, what has the 'non-lockdown' looked like and what are the crazy measures taken by businesses to stay safe, which may soon be taken on around the world.
The Storytelling Community
Podcast: The city has a killer storytelling scene, and at the heart of it is the group Hong Kong Stories. The group head honcho Rachel Smith joins us this week, who also hosts a huge podcast of the same name, and organises both the Spoken Word and HK Podcast festivals. We talked about how the scene started, what makes a good story, when people are lying, why they don't want any morals on stage and they handle people sneaking in their politics.
Helpers: The Backbone of Hong Kong
Podcast: Who are the city's domestic workers? Why are they almost all women? We take a dive into the history of the city's helping hands, their relationship with their employers, the abuse and their fight for recognition.
Working out in HK
Podcast: How do you stay fit in Hong Kong? We talk about the best at home, indoors and outdoors exercises, different types of meditation, yoga, the statistics on exercising, and the most popular regime in Hong Kong.
Canto Comedy: How did it start?
Podcast: Cantonese standup is big and it's going to be huge. Find out how where its roots lie, how it came to be, where it's going around the world, what lays in store and where can you see it. Vivek is the best-known comic in Hong Kong and tells the story how it all began from the inside.
Ep 167: Westerners have weak stomachs
Our buddy from Singapore Gabriel Tan joins the pod with Mohammed, and do a terrible job of talking only about the coronavirus, and the boys claim Westerners have weak stomachs.
Ep 165: The Laughing Epidemic
Europe gets the sneeze sneeze, when will it end? A few hints lie in the Tanzanian Laughing Epidemic of 1962.
Ep 164: 8 Years a Ban
Chinese swimmer Sun Yang gets an effective lifetime ban from the sport, and the global crisis enters phase two.
Ep 163: Naked Batman
The coronavirus rages on but you'll have to listen to find out who naked Batman is.