Oct 8, 2020 • 50M

Ep.12: There and Back Again - Traversing Between Cultures with Rachel Zheng (1)

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The Spark is a podcast that explores what it means to traverse cultures and share stories that intersect Chinese and American culture to interrupt barriers and create connections. The Spark is a cultural haven - A space held by a friendship between two women from two different countries, meeting at the point where their cultures, identities and stories intersect. Their conversations are grounded in transparency as they move beyond previous perceptions and ideas of the other to form deep connections as human beings first. 这是一个由两个来自不同文化背景的女生创造的广播平台。Amy Tianyi Zhao (微博:赵枣儿Amy)虽然来自中国,但她的教育背景和生活履历让她与西方文化产生了强烈的共鸣。Megan Dowaliby 虽然来自美国,但来自中国的老公让她对中国产生了浓厚的兴趣。两个完全不同的女生在一张传统中国餐桌上相遇。语言的交流引发了思想的碰撞。在那次晚餐两年后的今天,火花电台诞生。我们相信,一个人的国籍,以及其居住地并不能代表TA的文化身份。在一个全球化的时代,我们在不同文化中看到自己的影子,每个人都可能是很多文化交流和互动的产物。我们希望通过她们的对话和讨论,加深人们对“跨文化”身份的认同,赋予人们了解世界的激情和力量,最终达到促进世界,尤其是中美两国互相理解的进程。
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Amy Tianyi and Meg are back with the second season of The Spark, where they open up the conversation by introducing their first guest, Rachel Ruonan Zheng. Rachel is a former fashion industry journalist and, currently, an editor at VICE Asia Pacific. Amy first met Rachel in New York City by happenstance when Rachel was one of the speakers at an event she attended. They immediately hit it off, sharing their bilingual writing backgrounds and their love for cross-cultural content creation. When choosing The Spark's first guest, Rachel instantly came to Amy’s mind. In this two-part episode, Rachel shares her expectations versus the reality of studying in the U.S.. She also shares her stories of working across cultures in China and America. Most importantly, she shares her journey navigating through U.S. and Chinese cultures' complexities as she traversed from China to America and back again.

Amy 和 Meg 携同The Spark 火花电台的第二季回来了!在这一季的第一集中,她们采访了第一个嘉宾,Rachel Ruonan Zheng。Rachel 是前时尚记者,目前在别的(前VICE中国)任编辑一职。在一次偶然的纽约活动上,Amy第一次遇见当时作为活动嘉宾的Rachel。因为她们共同的双语写作背景,以及她们对跨文化创作的热爱,两人一拍即合。当选择火花电台的第一个嘉宾时,Rachel成为了Amy的第一人选。在这上下集的采访中,Rachel 分享了她对美国的想象,以及她在美国时所面对的现实。除此之外,她还分享了在中国和美国两地工作的不同经历。最重要的是,Rachel讲述了她在不停的两国往返中,对两种文化氛围的了解过程。