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US comedian lauds Chinese for sense of humor in face of epidemic

Ecns.cn | Updated: 2020-03-10 16:31

A talk show about the Chinese people "entertaining themselves" during the novel coronavirus epidemic has become popular on social media, bringing Chinese humor and optimism to the world.

US comedy star Jesse Appell hosted the show.

"The Chinese keep a good sense of humor and get through the tough time," Appell said.

He played some videos depicting those in quarantine having fun by performing the "lion dance" at home or even "going on holiday" inside their apartments," etc.

"They are staying home to keep themselves healthy, to keep their country healthy and also keep you healthy," he said at his talk show at Northeastern University.

"We don't usually see portrayals of China as very funny, but the people there are very funny,"he said. "The problem is we don't have a good way right now for regular people in America to see what life is like for regular people in China and vice versa."

Appell said he was impressed by the humor of the Chinese in online videos. He wanted to tell US viewers about the impact of the epidemic on the lives of ordinary people, and to be humorous and optimistic even in the face of tough times.

He hopes his comedy can work against what he sees as American prejudice and stereotypes surrounding Chinese people in the wake of the outbreak.

Appell came to China on a Fulbright scholarship seven years ago. He began to study xiangsheng or "crosstalk" -- a traditional type of Chinese comedy -- as a disciple of Chinese comedy master Ding Guangquan.

Video provided by Jesse Appell

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