Ember Swift Interview Part 1 - How China Changed Her Music | Speaking of China

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  1. Laura
    Laura January 25, 2013 at 4:37 am | | Reply

    Ohhh I love Ember!
    And I totally agree her song Laowai is great. I use it to practice a bit key sentences, I find it funny, and the rythm is good, it has a lot of energy!!!!
    Plus makes me laugh!
    Ember you should make it come to the KTV´s ! It has a rocky rythm that makes you move! And is true that you can also feel the Chinese influence in her music.
    I think one of these days, in one of my metro trips in Shanghai metro I will finally sing that song, cause specially recently I turn more heads than before, and hear laowai more and more often!

  2. Patricia
    Patricia January 25, 2013 at 2:39 pm | | Reply

    Ember is a woman of 21st century she communicates through music and walks the walk and the talk of the future. She is a peace maker!

  3. Bruce
    Bruce January 25, 2013 at 3:36 pm | | Reply

    As long as she is a good person, it doesn’t matter what/who she is.

  4. centaur
    centaur January 25, 2013 at 4:25 pm | | Reply

    Love this! My country men in dreadlocks and jamming reggae, and beautiful 洋妞 singing funny songs in Mandarin. And check out that video of Ember’s baby dancing in the walker to reggae! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ng1_XRJPYeA&feature=player_embedded

    What a long way China’s music scene has come. Check out these recordings by Cui Jian in 1985 of “Say Say Say” and “Talking in your sleep.” And Laura Fygi singing a classic tune in Chinese by Teresa Teng (邓丽君).
    http://www.myspace.com/music/player?sid=48962078&ac=now
    http://www.myspace.com/music/player?sid=48962078&ac=now
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x635IuZwrw0

  5. centaur
    centaur January 25, 2013 at 5:04 pm | | Reply
  6. Sveta
    Sveta January 25, 2013 at 6:56 pm | | Reply

    All I can say is that she sounds like an amazing lady. Good luck to you and your family.

  7. SBC
    SBC January 26, 2013 at 9:33 am | | Reply

    What a cool way to learn mandarin! I am trying to learn it by watching chinese movies. I wonder if China has a collection of dramas too that one can watch with subtitles (no historical stuff, something light). Since I am in academia, another academic training seems more painful, so learning a language while watching funny/romatic dramas makes me feel like i am killing two birds with a stone. (Not to mention u get a better sense of spoken language, which is different from just learning grammar rules and constructing sentences.

    1. xingfenzhen
      xingfenzhen March 3, 2014 at 5:15 pm | | Reply

      Here are some of my suggestions.

      For romantic series set in Modern China, I recommend 北京爱情故事 (Beijing Love Story), 爱情公寓 (IPartment,whose stories is based on the American Series How I met your Mother, but set in Shanghai),

      爱情公寓 (IPartment)
      http://www.viki.com/videos/223554v-ipartment-s1-e01-episode-1

      Men, A romance comedy from a Guy’s perspective.
      http://www.viki.com/videos/1001608v-men-episode-1#

      There is also a highly influential one called Beijing Love Story, 北京爱情故事. However, I can’t find videos with English sub on them. However, they were aired on ICN with English subs, so they exist somewhere.

      For something classic and influenced a generation, you should watch Romance in the Rain. Almost everyone in their 20s in China have watched it in their teen or pre-teen years. And it’s one of their first dramas about love and relationships.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romance_in_the_Rain
      http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL838D03B289465987

      Another series worth a while is Story of A Noble Family, which is essentially the classic story of Dream of The Red Chamber re-set in early 20th century China.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Story_of_a_Noble_Family
      I only found ep. 30 with english subs, but the rest is probably out there somewhere.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zLc0i9j71Y

      Historical genre is still the most popular genre in China. However, these are more light and very very popular.
      Princess Pearl, A Chinese semi-historical romantic comedy of epic popularity. (ask any Chinese, they’ll probably have either seen the whole thing or a large part of it)
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princess_Pearl
      The classic 1999 version
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIN9RcHxXXU
      New version
      http://www.viki.com/videos/135052v-new-my-fair-princess-episode-1

      Scarlet Heart, the series that defined the time traveler romance genre.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_xyIMNgq5Y

      Empress in the Palace/The Legend of Zhen Huan, a slighly darker story
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Legend_of_Zhen_Huan
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9hPxRJO7Jk

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  9. Laura
    Laura March 12, 2013 at 4:23 am | | Reply

    I exchanged few Emails with Ember after I visited her website and I can tell everyone that even though we don´t know each other she is so warm and nice always.

    Her emails are short, concise and with great ” !!! ” in the right place.

    I enjoy reading her pieces even more than reading books. Ember should write a book with her pieces, the kind of pocket book you can buy at airports.

    Ember! See this! What about Beijing, Shanghai airport and some airport in Canada?!!! I totally think you should do it.

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