Mosaic of China 英语脱口秀

s01e04 The Symphonic Siren (Astrid POGHOSYAN, Armenian Violinist)

Today’s interview is with Astrid Poghosyan, an Armenian violinist and the first non-Chinese management employee in the 140-year history of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. Astrid is the youngest guest in Season One of the podcast, but she has achieved a lot in the nine years that she has been here in China. Astrid and I talk about her passion for music, her passion for Armenia, and her life as an unofficial ambassador for both those parts of her identity. Astrid was in the first batch of graduates who could stay on in China after completing their studies. Before that, graduates needed to leave the country and work elsewhere for a couple of years before searching for employment back in China. Her application number under the new Visa regime was "001", and at the time she became a focus of debate on Chinese social media on the value of allowing young foreigners to stay and work in Shanghai. So it's a pleasure to release this recording, and give her the final word on this debate.



Astrid Poghosyan’s Object: Her violin


Astrid Poghosyan’s favourite WeChat sticker [1]: the victorious little girl.
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Astrid Poghosyan’s favourite WeChat sticker [2]: the nonplussed little boy.
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Astrid Poghosyan’s place of work: The Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.



Astrid Poghosyan’s home country: Armenia.


Astrid Poghosyan’s favourite restaurant: Sichuan Citizen.


Astrid Poghosyan’s favourite China-related fact: The length of the Chinese railway network would circle the globe twice. 


The thing that Astrid Poghosyan would miss the most if she left China: 小笼包 (xiǎolóngbāo - soup dumplings).


Astrid’s favourite destination within China: Hangzhou. Pictured: 西湖 (XīHú - West Lake).


Astrid Poghosyan’s selfie with Oscar.


Astrid Poghosyan’s appearances representing Armenia on the TV show “生活大不同 - WE ARE FAMILY”.





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