Vice Media will launch new episodes of the online travelogue series Sept. 30. The new episodes will see the bestselling author travel to Mongolia, Moscow, Detroit, London, Chengdu, Shanghai and New York to document communities and cultures undergoing rapid transformations.
Huang launched the Web series last year as a way to document how modern capitalism is reinventing ways of life, using the universal language of food and cooking as an entry point.
Project wound up taking off with Vice’s viewers to become one of its signature online series. Its YouTube network has over 3 million subscribers.
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The second season’s seven episodes will stream on Vice.com and its network of digital channels, with episodes split into two chapters and new trailers and installments rolling out through March.
In true Vice fashion, the show takes an alternative view of a world trend or topic to reveal something new to its younger viewers.
“Season two is about resistance — resisting the rising force of global capitalism and forcing technology, government and soft power to work for us once again,” Huang said. “As it stands, we live in an oppressive global feudalism where the individual creates and lays its treasures up to the 1% with no other option but to live the life of a digital peasant. Although we have the luxury of watching ‘Breaking Bad’ from a couch flanked by bowls of Shin Ramyun and Black Forest Gummy Bears, the fact of the matter is that we live in a feudal global economy with slightly better soma and Heisenberg with 196 faces (countries in the world).”
The season premiere will feature Huang traveling to Mongolia’s Gobi Desert to live with a tribe of nomadic camel herders whose centuries-old traditions face extinction, while other episodes have him joining a Pakistani Muslim cricket league in London; exploring the lucrative panda export business in Chengdu, China; working with city food cart workers in Shanghai; and pairing up with a Russian YouTube star to embed with a community of Kyrgyzstan immigrants.
The outspoken and sometimes controversial Huang (whose TED fellowship was revoked for comparing the org to a “Scientology summer camp”) owns the Taiwanese restaurant Baohaus in New York City’s East Village.
His memoir “Fresh Off the Boat” is being developed as a potential ABC television series, to be written and exec produced by “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23’s” Nahnatchka Khan. Huang will produce the series, which will follow a Chinese family that movies to Orlando, Fla., during the 1990s.