21: Internet Habits with Yunus Emre Karasakal: Brazilian Jiujitsu Instructor and Douyin Content Creator
In this episode I am pleased to welcome Yunus Emre Karasakal, a Turkish expat in Shanghai, China. Yunus is a Brazilian JiuJitsu (BJJ) Instructor here in Shanghai as well as an Abu Dhabi World Pro Masters Champion (Brown Belt) and an IBJJF Asian Open Champion (Brown and Black Belt). Yes, for the language geeks, he gives BJJ instruction in English and Chinese and yes, we chatted about him coming on the Changing Scripts show soon, don’t worry. Yunus is the first expat I’ve talked to that spends more time on his host country’s social media platforms than the ones he used before moving abroad. The platform he uses the most is the very popular Chinese video app, Douyin, which has an outside of China app spin off called Tiktok. He brings BJJ to a funny level on this current platform. If you don’t have Douyin, don’t worry, you can still see some of his videos on Instagram.
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Yunus grew up in Istanbul, Turkey and moved to Beijijng, China in 2008. He then moved to Shanghai, where he lives now. We will talk about his funny and popular Douyin videos in this interview as well as his pre-China online activities such as MIRC, forums, and social media. Since we did this interview his video channel has taken off and trust me, with all of the content creators in this country of 1.something billion, that is impressive.
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-Bilibili: Another video platform in China: https://www.bilibili.com/
BONUS: Medium about Bilibili and their preusage test
-Ed Hardy: Tattoo Artist (tshirt that Yunus was wearing)
AI Super power by Kai-Fu Lee https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/in-the-race-for-supremacy-in-artificial-intelligence-its-us-innovation-vs-chinese-ambition/2018/11/02/013e0030-b08c-11e8-aed9-001309990777_story.html?noredirect=on
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