China Jedi – “No reward is worth this.”

China Jedi – “No reward is worth this.”

Just when you thought Podcasts had slipped away into the South China Sea, never to be listened to on an MP3 Player purchased from a discount store in a suburb of Dullinghamwich. Writer, John Acton, stumbled and tumbled on a series of listening close to our hearts…


Favicon-oneIs the concept of living in China and the movie Star Wars something to be considered as being polls apart? The catchy title of already feels indie, with a simple address and title. The good folk advise what the website contains, “Shining Humour, Love and Light on Chinese Life!” Well, on my first visit, I was more than drawn in. I like living in China very much and I’m keen on the movie Star Wars. I’m part-Geek, part-Nerd, but not committed enough to attend every Comic-Con and read every news story. I’m more of a perusing sort. I browse but don’t always commit to a purchase. That is how I am. I don’ t blame anyone for how I am. “The superior man blames himself. The inferior man blames others,” Neil Stevens (Episode 18).


Starburst_Magazine_076_1984-12_Marvel-UKBack at Aberystwyth University, Andrew Pollard, a fellow footballer of our University Digs League times, went on to become a Lead Writer at Starburst Magazine, amongst a list of other publications. Unlike his commitment, I’ve only managed a few months playing Football Manager, a kind of latex-free contraception invented back in 1992. The point I should be trying to make, is that I’ve always admired those dedicated to their passions. It inspires me to see passion being worn on their sleeves. Jimmy Tang (Episode 6) is quoted as, “The toughest opponent of all is the one inside your head.” I totally agree. Go out and do what you believe in!


I first met Chris Bradshaw at the inaugural Magic Island Music Festival. He shares the same surname as my Aunty Christine. For all I know his family tree could meet my family tree. It doesn’t matter. As far as I am concerned, he is genuine. A human. His heart flutters with music and his involvement with the band Sun Yat Sens typifies that. In his free time, Chris is the CEO of CJB Health Consultancy Ltd. They deal with education, marketing, health and wellness. Together, with his Japanese wife, Chris is raising two young boy childs. His energy is infectious. He perspires enthusiasm in a way only the fruit drink Vimto has ever bottled. No other company has succeeded. Chris teamed up with Anthony (founder of Unique Kids English) to create They wanted to showcase wit, talent and even share educational games. The Middle Kingdom is not political or nationalistic. Not even for the faith of Jedi.


China-Jedi-Logo-webThe show gives hints at Chinese culture, the life of the expat and how foreigners perceive China and the Chinese. It is far from divisive, and far from educational. It is a lighter way of looking at things, with some understanding chucked in for the fun of it. There are elements of B.B.C. Radio 4 slapped into a show that could easily be at home during the early hours of B.B.C. 6 Music. We’re talking alternative, yet reality, without too much gloss and glamour. Celebrity has little place here, other than the place it is allowed. Paul Bailey, from InternChina (Episode 11) sums the spirit of the show up, “Life is too short to iron your underpants.”


Available on SoundCloud, iTunes, Google Play, Blubrry and a plethora of platforms that don’t always look right, typed up as words. As the disclaimer says, what you hear on that pod, may not be the truth, may not even be funny, but one thing for sure, the comments and words spoken are human. It is light-hearted, warm and endearing. A podcast to bring us back to life. Star Wars the movie may have inspired a title, but these podcasts can inspire people. To quote, episode 19, Wendy Wen, “Tough situations don’t last, tough people do.” In that vein, I hope this show continues for some time.


To listen to and explore a galaxy of episodes, click here:

Episode 21: China Jedi Show: E21 – Smoking Baguettes /Download file / Play in new window | Duration: 1:09:40.



JR Acton

“Sum yourself up in 100 words or less,” they said. I’ve blown seventeen words on this alone. As a former editor of Aberystwyth Town Football Club’s website and matchday programme, amongst other accredited publications in The Non-League Paper and Cambrian News, I can safely say that I like writing. I love reading and the English language equally which is why I fled Britain for Dongguan to teach English and spend some time trying to thrash out the first novel. Everyone can write but is everyone willing to read our words? Only time will tell. I am fluent in Mancunian and English – and I am learning Mandarin, slowly. Really slowly.

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