Ever wonder how American slang translates into different languages? Well, you're about to find out! This month's Chinaphiles interview is Jessica Beinecke (白洁), the creator, writer, host and producer of Voice of America’s viral daily web show “OMG! Meiyu.” In each episode, Beinecke uses Mandarin to teach American slang and culture to her young Chinese audience. With just her Apple laptop and a few props, Beinecke produces “OMG” from her one bedroom apartment in New York City, and has garnered 20 million hits since July 2011. In addition to OMG! Meiyu, Beinecke hopes to broaden her production company's cross-cultural impact with more in-depth views into the lives of young people in China and the U.S. I was eager to find out the behind-the-scenes information on how OMG! is made, how Beinecke mastered Chinese, and her favorite Chinese slang.
Jessica Beinecke, Creator of OMG! Meiyu