Video: The Tonal Beauty of Mandarin, Expressed Through A-Capella Fruit
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 dives into the often confusing tones that make the Chinese language what it is. But while the tones can be frustrating to master, there's also a sort of musical beauty to them. To fully exploit this beauty, Jesse creates a Chinese a-cappella ode to fruit.