American Imitates Various Chinese & Foreigners In Viral Video

Mike Sui imitating a Beijinger in a viral video.

Mike Sui imitating a Beijinger in a viral video.

Uploaded 3 days ago, the following video already has over 3 million views, ~100k comments spanning over 3000 pages, over 50k upvotes, and is still the number one video currently trending on popular Chinese video sharing website Youku

In the above video, one young American man named Mike Sui impersonates a total of 12 different characters: A Beijinger, an American white person, Li Lei (a fictional character used in Chinese middle school English teaching materials, here represents mainland Chinese), an American black person, an African black person, a New Yorker, a Japanese, a Hong Kong Chinese, a Russian, a French, a gay person, and a Taiwanese Chinese. The dialogue alternates between English and Chinese and includes a lot of stereotypes, dialect, and inside jokes.

Han Meimei and Li Lei, two characters used in Chinese middle school English language instruction.

A copy on YouTube, with ~100k views and ~1000 comments:

Mike Sui also introduced his video on his Sina Weibo account, which currently has over 70k comments spanning 3600 pages and has been forwarded and shared an amazing 350k times….

@Mike隋: Hello everyone, I am Laowai Loser Mike Sui, with fluent Chinese but nowhere to use it, sucks! Can’t go on “Avenue of the Stars” [a CCTV singing talent show], because I can’t sing or dance. Don’t want to participate in Chinese language contests for foreigners, because I’ve never considered myself a laowai anyway. Even my girlfriend is always saying: “Go ahead and talk, other than that what else can you do…?” [泪] Alright then, let’s let everyone see just how glib I can be! Note: 7:05 is the highlight~!

Mike Sui portraying a white American in his viral video.

Mike Sui imitating a black African in his viral video.

Mike Sui imitating a Hong Konger in his viral video.

Mike Sui portraying a homosexual in his viral video.

Mike Sui imitating a Japanese person in his viral video.

Mike Sui imitating a Taiwanese person in his viral video.

Comments on Sina Weibo:


[爱你][爱你][爱你][爱你] Too awesome!


You’re niubi!


You’re like the werewolf in Vampire Diaries! What a handsome young man! [思考][思考]


What are you trying to do! The Gay and the Taiwanese person were the highlights!


Could be the best Chinese-speaking laowai~ [c摇头萌]


Interested in Chinese citizenship?


My god! That Taiwanese impersonation was so good!!!!


Hey brother, you sound like a local. That “倍儿溜儿” [“very fluent”] isn’t Chinese, it’s Beijing dialect!! The jersey was a highlight ^_^


This is the most niubi video I have seen this year! Brother, you’re too talented!


This laowai is too TM funny.


Your Chinese is even better than Chinese people! My praises… Loved the Taiwanese part!


The first time I’ve ever seen this many forwards, hah!


The French guy was too vulgar and the Russian had too many facial expressions. These two were faulty.


This must be forwarded. Fucking lousy May 1st holiday and I’m working overtime, but you made me completely laugh out loud without regard for how I look in this office. I’m even tearing up…


Laowai, you’ve become famous! [good][哈哈]


Are you really not Chinese???

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Mike Sui.


Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.


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