Ni Hao, Kai-Lan (simplified Chinese: 你好, 凯兰; traditional Chinese: 你好，凱蘭; Nǐ hǎo, Kǎi Lán!; Hello, Kai-Lan) is a
Ni Hao, Kai-Lan is based on the childhood memories of the show's creator Karen Chau growing up in a bicultural (Chinese-American) household. “Ni hao” means “Hello” in Mandarin, and Kai-Lan is the Chinese name Chau was given at birth, which was later anglicized to Karen.
The setting of the show appears in China throughout most episodes. It is revealed in Season 1 finale that they all live in California implied to be Chinatown. However it appears most characters aren't Chinese. The explanation is unknown. Ni Hao, Kai-Lan introduces its viewers to the Mandarin Chinese language, along with elements of Chinese culture and values, multiculturalism (through the diverse backgrounds of Kai-Lan's friends), and intergenerational families (e.g., Kai-Lan and her relationship with Ye Ye).
Episodes generally feature breaking the fourth wall, 11 minutes of interactivity, A target word that is repeated multiple times, A few words of Mandarin Chinese vocabulary, One or more of Kai-Lan's friends having a negative emotional response to some action or activity (problem), Kai-Lan thinking out loud (observation), Cause-and-effect problem solving, and before saying good-bye (at the end of each episode), Kai-Lan says, "You make my heart feel super happy!"