As the China newbie here at CCU, I am happy to defer to the greater knowledge and expertise of my colleagues: Mar, with her MA in modern Chinese literature, who has studied and traveled in China; Karen, who travels to and from our Beijing office frequently, and is a member of the National Committee on United States-China Relations; and Tom, who is living and working in Beijing. When it comes to pop culture, though, I will stand up for myself and say that I am the resident expert! With that in mind, I wanted to share a bit of that with you, and herewith offer some CCUtting-edge pop CCUlture links, and hope you enjoy them!

First, OMGmeiyu, a very popular video blog that teaches all the English words that you really need to know, but are never taught in school (I will add one editorial comment–“boogers” are known as “bogies” in British English.)

For more from Jessica Beinecke go to her Youtube channel.

Next we have a fantastic cover of Adele’s song “Rolling in the Deep” played on the traditional Chinese zither, the zheng 箏:

Here is a link to an article from the Berkshire Encyclopedia of China on Chinese musical instruments (you must be logged in to read it.)

One more, from Conan O’Brien, presented without comment:

Check back for more pop CCUlture soon!