Brendan Davis: Big Fish in the Middle Kingdom

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About Our Guest

Brendan Davis is the host of Big Fish in the Middle Kingdom, a weekly podcast about making it big as a foreign fish in the world's biggest pond - China! Every week from Beijing, host Brendan Davis talks with a fellow foreigner who is doing something challenging, unique or maybe even just a little bit crazy. 

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Show Notes

  • [06:00] Fei and Brendan explain how they connected

  • [10:00] Big Fish in the Middle Kingdom show navigates how foreigners live in China. Can you tell us more about that?

  • [13:00] How do you think about downloads, sponsorship and getting paid for your podcast, given that you have other work and projects to do in China as well?
  • [16:00] How was your life in Georgia when you were a kid, before moving to LA?
  • [22:00] How did you decide to move to LA, what was the motivation and how was that transition like?
  • [28:00] What’s your opinion towards Asian culture? What are some of the things you found in common, and that you found different?
  • [29:00] What is your network of friends in Beijing right now? Are they mostly expats, or locals? 
  • [35:00] Have you met other Americans living there? Where are they from?
  • [38:00] What is some of the food you regularly eat, examples of things you’ve discovered? Do you cook your own food or dine out often?
  • [39:00] Where do you live and hang out in Beijing?
  • [41:00] How is the housing and rental market like in Beijing?
  • [42:00] Could you share some final thoughts for people coming to China? What would you recommend to them?

Favorite Quotes

[27:00] I think I always, probably from the bouncing around and the disconnected childhood, I always felt like the new guy. When I would meet students or people from a foreign country, I always felt that I could relate. As they were trying to settle in its home, but where nothing really felt 100% like home…

[35:00] In the past, foreigners used to be able to get away with almost everything frankly. But over the last 10 years, you have to come here in the spirit of partnership and humility and willingness to learn and work, and that’s the only thing that works. People who don’t have a clear mission, if you don’t have a clear mission, it’s going to be pretty brutal here.

[45:00 ]I would encourage everyone coming here to keep an open mind, and for Chinese listeners, to know that there are plenty of people like me, that are here sincerely, where we want to be part of things, and helping to improve the world for all of us a little bit.


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