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November 4, 2012《美国那点事儿》 第三期:美国为什么不禁枪? 《美国那点事儿》 第三期:美国为什么不禁枪? I had the opportunity to be a guest on the Tencent (ie: -- China’s interwebbing monopoly with 450 million users!) series “Meiguo na dian shi’er” to discuss some of the more controversial points in upcoming election. This show is about gun rights in America – I had to be tactful when [...]

October 22, 2012


Earlier this year I was invited onto a CCTV news program to discuss Occupy Wall Street — which I was amused to accept. At the radio station, we had been effectively banned from discussing the movement while it was still happening, but yay, now that it was over and not really topical anymore… it was [...]

October 15, 2012


May 28, 2012

Geeking out for the Mandarin Star competition :)

(and the youtube version for those of you who can hop the wall — or already live on the other side of it!)

October 19, 2011

Fengmaniu Festival Opening Ceremony 风马牛戏剧节开幕式

We had a great time at the opening ceremony for the theater festival (we put together a little skit — day of, of course! — for the opening ceremony). Ted came out in the crow costume (a la Kro’s Pizza – our sponsor, thanks Kro!) and freaked me out and did general little brotherly antics, [...]

September 16, 2011

Hand Made in China (BON TV): Shadow Puppets!

In this unique episode of Hand-Made in China, guest host Elyse Ribbons takes on Zhang Wei’s challenge to learn how to create and perform a theatrical show using the ancient Chinese art form of shadow puppetry! Watch from beginning to end as they learn how to make their own shadow puppets and take the opportunity [...]

June 1, 2011

from Jinghong to Mengyang… taking the Yunnan bus

A random/fun video I put together during Ted and my trip down to Xishuangbanna in Yunnan in April. We were there filming a kung fu movie where we played evildoers who kicked monks’ butts. During our time off we would take the long distance bus from the village we were staying in (Mengyang) to the [...]

March 29, 2011

Elyse Ribbons: Bridging Chinese Culture with the World

2011-03-28 09:01:27          Web Editor: Qin Mei . Ever imagine what it must be like to run a cross-cultural theater group in China? Elyse Ribbons would know, because she started one all on her own in Beijing. She originally came to China as a student in 2001, and then returned after graduating [...]

March 27, 2011

JSTV 江苏卫视《幸福晚点名》 来自世界各地的旅游美女!

A couple weeks ago (or maybe even a month ago now?) I decided that amidst my three trans-continental flights and 4 full-time jobs and everything, I needed more time away from home to participate in a wacky Chinese tv game show So… I flew down to Nanjing to do 《幸福晚点名》 on Jiangsu TV (JSTV is [...]

February 6, 2011

China Daily: Elyse’s American Dream in China

Don’t Call Me Laowai: Elyse’s American Dream in China – China Daily by Berta Tilmataite It’s been 8 years Elyse lives in Beijing. Now she started to study Peking Opera at the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts and is the only one westerner studying there. Elyse came to China unexpectedly and fell in [...]