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A New Kind of Cultural Diplomat

How a New Yorker became an internet celebrity in China by bridging cultural gaps

By Xie Yi Updated Apr.1

Thanks to China’s expanding fan economy and growing interest in other cultures among young Chinese, New York native Jerry Kowal (郭杰瑞) has gained fame on Chinese social media for his videos that explore the cultural differences between China and the US.

After two years since his first video, Kowal has amassed millions of followers on various Chinese social media platforms, including Weibo, China's version of Twitter, Bilibili, a popular video sharing platform, and news app Toutiao.
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