Two days ago, Mike Sui posted the above video onto Youku (embedded after the jump). It currently has 1.71 million views. More impressive, this video’s been on YouTube for only a day and it’s already well on its way toward viral, with 17,000 views. The thing of it? No one that I know of in the English-language China blogosphere has posted this video (until now, of course; if you’ve seen this elsewhere before 3:11 pm, let me know). That means Sui’s one-man act is being passed around almost exclusively among Chinese users of YouTube and Facebook (which is where I first found it, on the page of a Chinese student in DC), and on Chinese social media (Sui has 206,000 fans on Sina Weibo). We wish Mike well on his road to online stardom. (H/T Casey Guo)
UPDATE, 5:41 pm: A bit more about Sui: he’s based in Beijing and, like many talented expats in China, is somewhat of a jack of all trades: English teacher, singer, host, actor (notably in the film Welcome to Shamatown 《决战刹马镇》). I somehow suspect we’ll be seeing him in bigger roles in the near future.
I was remiss to not link to this earlier, but a couple of months ago, a Chinese guy spoke in nine different languages in a video that went viral on Youku (3.3 million views). That success didn’t translate to YouTube, however – only 140,000 views (though the vid has been reposted on several accounts). I wonder what the ceiling is for Sui on YouTube. Lower than Youku, one would imagine — if one so desired, this could serve as a lesson in cultural differences (e.g., Chinese aren’t as nonplussed by a person caricaturing stereotypes), or a lesson in the importance of the Chinese market. Run with it if you will.