Video: A Comedic Look at the Quiet and the Chaos of Chinese New Year

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 and a friend find themselves alone in Beijing during Chinese New Year after the city of migrants empties out for the holiday. With all the shops closed, the lone survivors fight for their life — and ramen — in a world rocked by explosions.