In a 2004 interview, Caroll Spinney said the 5-year-old actress, who was hired in China, learned her English lines one at a time during the filming. "I would walk with her and repeat a sentence to her. She probably didn't know what she was saying, but she was very smart." To Spinney's delight, the girl sent him a message on a website for Big Bird fans.
- *Rudeen, Kan Crain. "Big Bird's-Eye View of China Gets 2nd Look." Rocky Mountain News, February 14, 2004.
- Big news: just shared text messages with Lisa Ou: aka Big Bird in China's Xiao Foo!!!
- We're less than two weeks from interviewing BIG BIRD IN CHINA's Xiao Foo! Ludicrously pumped. #IAmBigBird pic.twitter.com/gPxTruRt
- Tomorrow, Big Bird in China's Xiao Foo arrives... we're putting together a photo album for her right now! #IAmBigBird
- Big Bird in China's Xiao Foo is en route! pic.twitter.com/4Zd4YgMA
- Headed to meet Big Bird in China's Xiao Foo and realizing she probably doesn't look the same as she did 30 years ago. Hmmm...
- In the lobby, anxiously awaiting "Xiao Foo's" arrival... #IAmBigBird
- Big Bird in China's Xiao Foo has grown up! #IAmBigBird pic.twitter.com/P6hKF7EU
- Currently scanning photos from Big Bird in China's Xiao Foo--these haven't been seen in the States before! #IAmBigBird
- Today we're filming the reunion between Big Bird & Xiao Foo for #IAmBigBird. They haven't seen each other since BB in China-30 years ago!
- EP#26: Debra Spinney/Jerry Stories (Dave Goelz)/"Zanzibar", Below the Frame with Matt Vogel, December 8, 2021.