I Was Just on TV in China. Now Watch the Show Online!

Jocelyn Eikenburg on CCTV Crossover_closeupChina Central Television just broadcast the episode of “Crossover” on Foreign Wives in China that I blogged about last week, and it’s now available for streaming online. Hooray!

So for any of you out there who wonder what I look like and sound like in person, well, here’s the next best thing. You’ll also see the “magical dress” in action and that lovely pair of earrings that the host Eyee Hsu lent me on the set just before we started filming (see my first post on this TV appearance for the full “backstage” story).

Besides me, you’ll also have the opportunity to meet two other amazing yangxifu: Marie Smurthwaite and Jess Meider (who I just featured on the blog).

Jocelyn Eikenburg on CCTV Crossover

Click here to stream the show online. And once you’re finished watching, sound off in the comments to let me know what you thought about the show!

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55 thoughts on “I Was Just on TV in China. Now Watch the Show Online!

  • September 28, 2015 at 6:44 am
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    Heh I always imagined your voice would be higher pitched and more East coast!

    Didn’t watch it all, it’s midnight and I have to work tomorrow.

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    • September 28, 2015 at 1:04 pm
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      Thanks for the comment! Yeah, it’s always interesting how you might have this idea of how a person online might sound and then when you hear them for real, it’s sometimes completely different.

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      • September 28, 2015 at 8:06 pm
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        Same here! Your voice is different from what I hear when I read your posts.
        🙂
        I recently heard my voice in a recording and I realized my pitch is higher than I ever thought!

        Laura

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        • September 28, 2015 at 9:20 pm
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          LOL! Maybe I’m kind of like Garrison Keillor in reverse! For those of you who don’t know Garrison Keillor, he was a famous radio personality on NPR in the US for decades. He has this really handsome voice — but what he liked to call “a face for radio”. So maybe I have “a voice for writing”? 😉

          Whenever I hear my voice recorded, I always feel like it sounds different from what I think it does.

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          • September 29, 2015 at 1:49 pm
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            Yeah, how we hear our own voice is different from how others hear it, which is how it sounds when it is played back as a recording. Interestingly, it is said that how others hear it is the more accurate representation of our voice because the sound of our voice is distorted as it passes through the head to our ears.

            I should add that it’s not just your voice that surprised me but your diction — the way you pronounce words — as well. As I watched you in the video I thought to myself, “She must have been a geek in high school”, and I don’t mean it as an insult. I think you’ve mentioned in the past that you were some kind of introverted bookworm as a teenager.

          • September 29, 2015 at 8:21 pm
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            That is interesting, D-Maybe.

            *raises hand* Yes, I was a huge geek in high school. Totally introverted and painfully shy as a child. It took me a long, long time to get used to speaking before others in public. It was probably one of my deepest fears. The person I was back then could never have guessed that I might appear on TV as an adult, and have to speak extemporaneously about myself and my life!

      • October 4, 2015 at 4:25 pm
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        Hi Jocelyn, loved the interview and agree with the above comments l envisaged your pitch to be higher !

        You all looked gorgeous and had wonderful stories to tell.

        Well done!

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  • September 28, 2015 at 7:51 am
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    The dress was fabulous and you looked lovely! The earrings so light and delicate, they sparkled next to your hair. It was interesting that the other two ladies were both singers and city girls (“Beijing forever”), while you have experienced life in rural China and shared that with us in your blog.

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  • September 28, 2015 at 8:01 am
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    Great for you! I can’t believe someone I’ve known half my life and have had fun times with is on international TV. I do wish they would have spent more time with you, maybe a segment on you and Jun out in the countryside with the family 😉

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    • September 28, 2015 at 1:06 pm
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      Thanks Ryan! They didn’t send people out to film us, probably because we’re in Hangzhou and not Beijing. But I was very grateful to just be featured!

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  • September 28, 2015 at 8:13 am
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    You are so poised and confident, I certainly wouldn’t be if I were on TV! What a great segment, well done Jocelyn!

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    • September 28, 2015 at 1:08 pm
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      Thanks Maria! I was actually pretty anxious leading up to the filming — but when we finally got on set and started the segment, something just clicked inside and I felt far more at ease than I ever expected.

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  • September 28, 2015 at 10:49 am
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    Well done! I enjoyed watching the show and hearing each of you share your stories. It must have been quite an experience, but then again, you are probably used to experiencing things most people back home can’t imagine. Thanks for sharing as always.

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  • September 28, 2015 at 2:03 pm
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    Great to ‘meet’ you like that! The show was fascinating. Hope there’ll be more. Would have loved to see Jun, too, but we can’t have it all…

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    • September 28, 2015 at 3:04 pm
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      Thanks Marion! Yeah, it would have been cool to have Jun as well. Maybe next time! 🙂

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  • September 28, 2015 at 3:25 pm
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    It was very nice to hear your experiences, and I must say, you looked stunning!
    But I was a little disappointed that you didn’t get to tell your story on how you and your husband met. Did it get cut out, or did it just never get there?

    Either way, best wishes to you!

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    • September 28, 2015 at 3:34 pm
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      You know, it’s been so long that I can’t remember if I did share it during the show or not.

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  • September 28, 2015 at 8:15 pm
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    Haha, yeah… I didn’t really have a preconceived idea of what you would sound like, but your voice came as something of a surprise.

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    • September 28, 2015 at 9:21 pm
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      D-Maybe, as you can see from the comments above, you’re not alone. See my comment to Laura above!

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  • September 28, 2015 at 11:02 pm
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    For a moment, I thought you’re a Virgo, Jocelyn. But then I saw you just had your birthday a month ago, so you’re not Virgo. You’re Leo.

    Remember reading somewhere in your posts long time ago when you’re taking a cab, the taxi driver said you’re like Chinese, you really are Chinese.

    Great to listen to three of you having a conversation on interracial relationship.

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    • September 29, 2015 at 8:11 pm
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      Thanks Rdm! Yes, I am a Leo.

      Wow, you have a great memory! Yes, I did write about that once. 🙂

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  • September 29, 2015 at 4:04 am
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    Fantastic! Thank you for the link.

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  • September 29, 2015 at 7:48 am
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    Wow! I loved it! This segment was totally sexy showing off these foreign women! Jocelyn’s voice sounded different. I really like how Jocelyn did a “no-hold’s bar” by not withholding her opinion about the truth. Are there anymore videos or shows about you?

    Keep up the greatness!!!!!!!

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    • September 29, 2015 at 8:12 pm
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      Thanks Fred! Nope, this is the only video I have right now. But if more come out, I will surely share them on the blog. 🙂

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  • September 29, 2015 at 9:53 am
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    This is so cool! Thanks for sharing! On the question, how did you all meet your partners in life–I think the host forgot to let you speak your turn after the other two finished.. or did they cut it out? ><;

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  • September 29, 2015 at 9:55 am
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    Oops!! Now I see someone asked the same question already, from above, and you’d already answer it.. hehehe..sorry!

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  • September 29, 2015 at 3:49 pm
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    It was great and refreshing to actually see you ‘moving’ and ‘talking’. As many others I imagined your voice differently while reading your posts.
    You all three appeared to be so professional, it was great to listen to your three stories.
    Thank you for sharing.

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  • September 30, 2015 at 4:46 am
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    Jocelyn,

    It doesn’t matter how you sound on T.V. We don’t judge on that seriously. Keep up the good job ! I haven’t been here for a while due to my work and lots of trips aboard. How come I can not see anything online regarding your interview? I clicked on the link and went to that site but nothing pop up.

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    • October 1, 2015 at 10:57 am
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      Thank you, Bruce!

      As @Hopeless Romantic mentioned above, it might be an issue with your web browser (the video is a flash video), so the advice to switch web browsers is right on.

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  • September 30, 2015 at 8:44 am
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    1. they put you up in chaoyang hotel ???? that is only a decent hotel !!!! they should have done better and gave you a better hotel than that. i hope you could let them (cctv) know about this, first impression is always important. when they gave you a hotel like that, i guess i have to say that cctv is cheap.
    2. don’t you get pressure from your in-laws to have kids ???

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    • October 1, 2015 at 11:01 am
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      Thank you for the comment, nelson. I was very appreciative for this opportunity (it was my first-ever appearance on a TV show anywhere) and am grateful that CCTV paid for my travel and hotel expenses, besides inviting me as a guest on one of their shows. As for your second point, see the articles I’ve written on this (such as this one the WSJ published on the issue).

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  • September 30, 2015 at 10:22 am
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    @Bruce,
    It could be that your web browser has some sort of ad blocker plugin preventing the video from displaying (instead you see a white blank space). I know I had that problem with my Firefox browser, so I used a different browser (Chrome), or I disabled the ad blocker plugin I had on Firefox and was able to view the video.

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  • September 30, 2015 at 6:08 pm
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    This is really inspiring Jocelyn! I think it is awesome that you were brave enough to go on TV (I work in media and I would definitely find it daunting to speak on TV!)

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  • October 2, 2015 at 9:34 am
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    OMG!!! You were amazing. The show was great. I watched a few times. I am so proud of you.

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  • October 3, 2015 at 11:43 am
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    I finally got to watch! You were fantastic, and yeah, like everyone else, I was completely thrown by your voice. (I totally projected my higher-pitched voice onto you.)

    I thought it was hilarious that your husband totally splurges on you — and only you — by the way. A good choice!

    The earrings were also all that I hoped. 😉

    I’m not really a fan of jazz (too structured!) but I loved Jess’s voice. Gorgeous.

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  • October 6, 2015 at 11:30 am
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    Jocelyn,

    I watched it already. Everything is great !!!

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  • October 7, 2015 at 1:38 am
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    Hi Bruce. How are you?

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  • October 8, 2015 at 11:04 pm
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    Fred,

    I’m fine. I just travel alot and you? Have you done anything lately?

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  • October 10, 2015 at 2:13 am
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    @ Bruce.

    Good to know that you are alive and doing well. I am doing well and working hard. Send me a private email to tell me more if you have time.

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  • October 13, 2015 at 2:52 am
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    Fred,

    You really like to talk to me huh? lol . How is California weather treating you?

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