Video: Bilingual Rap Traces China's Development from the Qing to the 'Bling' Dynasty

The Great LOL of China, made in conjunction with Asia Society's China Learning Initiatives, is a bilingual video series starring Beijing-based American comedian Jesse Appell. The bi-weekly episodes aim to highlight unique aspects of Chinese culture and society through comedy.

In this week's episode, Jesse channels Notorious B.I.G. to explore China's economic transformation from the feudal Qing Dynasty to the modern "Bling Dynasty," with its shopping malls, second generation rich, tainted food, and "iPads in one class, no desks in another." For better or worse, in China, "The mo money we come across, the mo fazhan (development) we see."