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  • Laowai Comics: Leaving China

    Beijing Cream
    Laowai Comic
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Laowai Comics is a periodic webcomic. Beijing Cream is proud to debut its Thursday comic every week. Previous Laowai Comics here. Click to enlarge
  • China's Housing Market Drags Down Growth

    The China Sourcing Blog
    Tim Quijano
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    The following is a contribution to the ChinAfrica magazine produced by The Beijing Axis.Amid a sustaining decrease in the value of the housing market, several Chinese cities have abolished household registration restrictions on property investment. Chengdu, the hub of development in southwest China, has notably proposed and then revoked its offer of a 3-percent housing loan subsidy for first-time buyers. Amid fears of building modern "ghost towns," Chinese municipalities began to enact restrictions on property investment from as early as 2009. The property market is considered one of the…
  • Ancient Murders And Suicides: The Haunted Houses Of Beijing

    Beijing Cream
    Lynne Wang
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Our friends at Beijing Today swing by now and then to introduce art and culture in the city. If you haven’t made any plans for your Halloween night, consider a trip to one of Beijing’s haunted houses. Not to be confused with the spooky amusement destinations that pop up throughout the US and Canada at this time of the year, these haunted houses are the sites of ancient murders and suicides. Tales of wandering spirits, unusual sounds and paranormal activity have persisted for more than a decade at some of these locations… Chaonei No. 81 (also pictured above) Located on a crowded…
  • Beijing Schoolboy: Family Has 14 Houses, So Why Go to School?

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    Fauna
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    From NetEase: Family of Beijing “House Baby/Child” Has 14 Houses, Claims He Has Enough Money to Eat for Three Lifetimes, So Why Go To School? Summary: Recently, dozens of parents in Beijing visited the city’s Middle and Primary School Counseling Center seeking the help of experts, discussing what they should do about their “naughty [unruly] children“. The mother of middle school schoolboy Young Hu came seeking help because a teacher has asked her to come to school to supervise her son at school in his studies, because Young Hu is always making a fuss at school…
  • Dezan Shira Partners with Surmang for Maternal and Child Health in Qinghai

    China Briefing News
    China Briefing
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:55 am
    Dezan Shira & Associates has launched a corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative with the Surmang Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to combating maternal and infant mortality in Yushu Prefecture, Qinghai Province. The post Dezan Shira Partners with Surmang for Maternal and Child Health in Qinghai appeared first on China Briefing News.
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  • Fake Clowns Terrorize France

    julialull
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Creepy clowns are freaking out the French. A rash of scary pranks carried out at night by the costumed characters have put police officers on alert. Teenagers dressed as clowns and carrying weapons have spooked many French citizens. The frightening characters have even led one town to ban the costume altogether for anyone over the age of 13. Southern California, New York City, and England have all experienced a creepy clown craze like the one in France in recent years.
  • Think You Can Cheat on the SAT? The College Board Says Think Again

    haleysweetlandedwards
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    The SAT is never uploaded to the Internet. Test questions are never emailed. And even the computers that test creators use to write and edit the questions are never, ever connected to the web. “The idea is that you can’t hack something that isn’t there,” said Ray Nicosia, the director of the Office of Testing Integrity at the Educational Testing Service (ETS), which oversees the security of the College Board’s SAT and SAT II subject area tests. Every year, those tests are administered at 25,000 test centers in 192 countries around the world. Earlier this week,…
  • Fissure Opens Between Pentagon and White House Over Assad’s Fate

    Mark Thompson
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    President Barack Obama declared in August 2011 that Syrian leader Bashar Assad must “step aside” for the good of his country after his forces had killed nearly 2,000 fellow citizens. More than three years later, with Assad still in power, the Syrian civil war has killed some 200,000 people and given Islamic extremists territory to occupy. That has led Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to warn the White House that the U.S. has to stop ignoring the Syrian dictator. In a two-page memo to National Security Adviser Susan Rice two weeks ago, Hagel said the lack of clarity is complicating…
  • Burkina Faso Leader Steps Down, Vote in 90 Days

    Andrew Katz
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    (OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso) — President Blaise Compaore stepped down Friday after 27 years in power following a wave of protests against his rule. He said elections for a new leader will be held in 90 days. The announcement, read out on state television, was a sharp about-face from Thursday when Compaore vowed to hold power through next year, after protesters stormed the parliament. It was not clear who would take power immediately, but Compaore’s statement referred to an article of the constitution that states the prime minister will be in charge. Burkina Faso’s parliament…
  • ISIS Revenge Killings Reportedly Target Sunni Tribe in Iraq

    denvernicks2014
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:53 am
    Fighters from the militant group that has taken over vast swaths of Iraq are summarily executing members of a Sunni tribe that resisted their advance, according to a new report. The New York Times, citing tribal leaders and local officials, reports that the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) is exacting harsh revenge on the Albu Nimr tribe, killing more than 200 after the tribe fought for months to keep the jihadists out of their region near the town of Hit, 90 miles west of Baghdad. “We put the responsibility on the government because they didn’t respond,” one…
 
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    China Real Time Report

  • A Record Falls – Along with an Official – in China’s Anti-graft Drive

    WSJ Staff
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:51 am
    China likes to do things in a big and record-setting way. Whether it is the height of its skyscrapers, the size of its foreign currency reserves or the heft of its economy – bigger is usually better. That seems to be true even in the ongoing drive to stamp out corruption.
  • Hotpot High? Restaurants in China Spice up Food… With Opium

    Richard Silk
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:46 am
    Chinese consumers are used to food safety scandals, from toxic heavy metals in their rice to cooking oil scraped up from the gutter. After those outrages, they might be grateful for some good old-fashioned painkillers in their soup.
  • Picture China: Potala Palace, Smoggy Day, Financial Forum

    WSJ Staff
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:02 pm
    The day's China news in pictures: workers repaint the sloping stone walls of the Potala Palace during its annual renovation in Tibet, people wearing masks walk on a smog-shrouded road in Harbin, the Financial Street Forum gets underway in Beijing and more.
  • Bad Loans Climb at China’s Biggest Banks

    WSJ Staff
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:19 pm
    Sour loans on the books of China’s biggest banks have increased 22% since the start of the year, as slowing economic growth and overcapacity in a number of industries take an increasing toll on the financial sector.
  • Writing China: Liu Cixin, ‘The Three-Body Problem’

    WSJ Staff
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Chinese science-fiction writer Liu Cixin has won widespread acclaim for his imaginative work “The Three-Body Problem.” The trilogy tells the story of a civilization in another galaxy that is facing extinction and chooses to invade the Earth in order to save itself.
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    China Law Blog

  • China Counterfeiting: What’s Your Action Plan?

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:58 am
    Intellectual Property Magazine recently published an article by our lead intellectual property lawyer, Greg Buhyoff. The article is entitled, Action Plan for Asia, and it is described as follows: “Harris Moure’s Gregory F Buhyoff provides pointers on how to implement anti-counterfeiting and misappropriation investigations in China and Vietnam.” Greg practiced law in Vietnam for around ten years. The article is behind a firewall, but we were given permission to publish it and we are doing so below. Companies that sell or outsource their products to Asia should anticipate…
  • China’s Film Industry Online, Part 4. It’s About Copyrights.

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:28 am
    This is the final post in a series looking at developments in China’s digital ancillaries market. In this series we’ve seen that China’s ancillaries are still comparatively small despite explosive box office growth. In part 1, I looked at how China leads the world in online consumption and how China’s consumers prefer to use mobile devices to get online. In part 2, I discussed the online convergence of motion picture production and motion picture distribution in China. In part 3, I examined how China film production and distribution are converging in cyberspace. In…
  • China Copyrights: The Basics

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    Every so often we get emails from people asking us to direct them to one of our posts on China copyright law and every so often I respond by saying that we will be doing such a post and then I will let them know. This has gone on for years. The big thing to know about China copyright law is that it is not all that different from US copyright law. And that is why we have been so slow to write much about it. Basically, in China, copyrights arise as soon as an original work is created, even (in most cases) if the work has been created outside of China. So if you write a song or a book in Newton,…
  • China’s Film Industry Online, Part 3. Production and Distribution Converge in Cyberspace

    28 Oct 2014 | 6:31 am
    This is the third in a series of posts looking at developments in China’s digital ancillaries market. Part I is here and Part II is here. In this post I comment on the impending online convergence of motion picture production and motion picture distribution in China. Online giants Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent (collectively, “BAT”) have each recently announced forays into production. Baidu, China’s answer to Google, is even launching a crowd fund with China Film Group. Alibaba has announced a similar initiative and will be collaborating with Hengdian World Studios. Then…
  • China Employment Law: How To Avoid LIFETIME Employees

    27 Oct 2014 | 6:47 am
    In China, an open-term labor contract (无固定期限劳动合同) is a contract where the employer and its employee agree that there is no definitive ending date for the labor relationship. Such a contract generally means the employer must retain the employee until his or her retirement age, though the employee can terminate at any time, with no restriction or penalty. The PRC Labor Contract Law provides that after execution of two consecutive fixed-term labor contracts, an employee can request an open-term contract (unless grounds for termination exists). However, as is typical of so much…
 
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    China Herald

  • Charity, developing fast and maturing - Rupert Hoogewerf

    Fons Tuinstra
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:21 am
    Rupert HoogewerfFormer prime minister Zhu Rongji is the first senior politician on the latest annual list of philanthropists, made by the Hurun Rich List. Many new names suggest the industry is developing fast and maturing, says Hurun founder Rupert Hoogerwerf to Radio Australia. Zhu contributed US$4 million in book royalties.Radio Australia: Chairman and chief researcher of the Hurun report, Rupert Hoogewerf, said Mr Zhu's contribution marks the first time a book royalty donation has made the list. The former premier is among 71 new philanthropists this year - the highest since records…
  • Building brands with social media - Tom Doctoroff

    Fons Tuinstra
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:27 am
    +Tom Doctoroff Author Tom Doctoroff, Asia Pacific CEO of JWT, tries to close the abyss between social media and traditional branding in his latest book Twitter is Not a Strategy: Rediscovering the Art of Brand Marketing. In Thoughtful China he explains why branding on social media need the more traditional insights.Tom Doctoroff is a speaker at the China Speakers Bureau. Do you need him at your meeting or conference, do get in touch or fill in our speakers´request form.Are you interested in more branding experts at the China Speakers Bureau? Do check out our recently updated…
  • Why Tianhe got beaten for the wrong reasons - Paul Gillis

    Fons Tuinstra
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:23 am
    +Paul Gillis Accounting professor Paul Gillis has a look at research group Analysts Anonymous (AA), who attacked in September the Hong Kong listed Tianhe Chemicals Group Ltd. for allegedly fraudulent cash flow statements. On his weblog Gillis explains why AA might be wrong. Paul Gillis: Tianhe asked the Hong Kong Stock Exchange to immediately suspend trading. That can be a smart strategy since it prevents the shorts from covering while they continue to pay for borrowed stock. Trading resumed a month later after the company responded to the 20 page AA allegations with a 55 page…
  • How to deal with China´s aging population - Zhang Lijia

    Fons Tuinstra
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    +Lijia Zhang Taking care of her aging father, author Zhang Lijia realized China is not ready to deal with its rapidly aging population. On for 1.6 percent care facilities are available. China became old before it got rich, unlike its neighbor Japan. From her weblog.Zhang Lijia: Traditionally, Chinese parents relied on their children for old-age care. My beloved grandmother, a courtesan turned concubine, suffered war, famine and other hardships in life. By the time she neared the end of her life, however, she regarded herself as a very fortunate woman as she was well cared for by her…
  • How protectionism helped China´s internet players - Shaun Rein

    Fons Tuinstra
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:07 am
    +Shaun Rein Author Shaun Rein has to defend his book The End of Copycat China: The Rise of Creativity, Innovation, and Individualism in Asia, against the blockade of internet companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter in an interview with Richard Heffner. This is how China´s protectionism has helped domestic firms.Richard Heffner´s Open Mind: HEFFNER: But, but they’re closing off their innovation in the sense that it can’t be an international experience yet and, and Twittter can’t be born out of China because … REIN: Well, that’s where I disagree with you. Okay? And,…
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    The China Vortex

  • Links for 2014-10-30 [del.icio.us]

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    George Lucas On Hollywood's Decline - Business Insider George Lucas Explains How Hollywood Became So Brainless http://t.co/lHfCVUilrd via @BI_Entertain China Is Very, Very, Very, Very Big - Bloomberg View China Is Very, Very, Very, Very Big http://t.co/ZHftGEfwvb via @BV How Apple, Inc. went thermonuclear on Samsung, erasing Android's primary profit center How Apple, Inc. went thermonuclear on Samsung, erasing Android's primary profit center http://t.co/W0XwDj81SF iPhone 6/6Plus vs. Galaxy Note 4 Sales: Apple to win Q4 battle | BGR For every Galaxy Note 4 sold this year, 10 people will buy…
  • Links for 2014-10-29 [del.icio.us]

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    China could 'punish' Hong Kong over protests, says ex-HK central bank chief http://t.co/Lpg28tU8wv via @reuters Real Hong Kong News's Photos - Real Hong Kong News | Facebook https://t.co/mVxb7ry1Mo via @embedly Tim Cook's Frequent Visits To China Say A Lot - Business Insider Tim Cook's Frequent Visits To China Say A Lot About Apple's Relationship With The Country http://t.co/7ElljcKSA1 China bans hookup app after "girl has sex for travel" hoax China bans hookup app after "girl has sex for travel" hoax http://t.co/gafOO6raHZ Xi Jinping Turns the Screws on Taiwan | The Diplomat Xi…
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    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    An Alibaba-Apple Pay marriage could pit both companies against Beijing - Quartz An Alibaba-Apple Pay marriage could pit both companies against Beijing http://t.co/0nno6UDqmh via @qz BBC News - China 'to protect whistle-blowers' amid corruption fight http://t.co/EjkxEyebni BBC News - Christopher Nolan's Interstellar 'a flawed epic' http://t.co/rWJfJkyA5A It only took 45 years for the US to completely change its mind about weed - Quartz It only took 45 years for the US to completely change its mind about weed http://t.co/jADcEnDxnZ via @qz Clay Christensen Defends Disruption Theory - Business…
  • Links for 2014-10-27 [del.icio.us]

    28 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    China Bans Private Clubs In Parks - Business Insider China Has Banned Private Clubs In Parks And Public Buildings http://t.co/9AGLa3eXPv via @bi_contributors Koreans Snap Up iPhones in Presales http://t.co/xIBxvQsrtU via @WSJ Tim Cook says that Apple Pay is already the leader in contactless payments http://t.co/MO59wur68H via @verge Daring Fireball: 'As Long as Visa Suffers' 'As Long as Visa Suffers' http://t.co/1uKgxsArAu Apple Pay Google Wallet vs. CurrentC: Major backlash against retailers | BGR iPhone fans and Android fans finally find something they hate more than each other…
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    27 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    China patiently challenges US military superiority http://t.co/nhwAUJ09LN
 
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    ChinaTechNews.com

  • Renren Kills Non-core Chinese Internet Businesses

    ChinaTechNews.com Editor
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Chen Yizhou, chief executive officer of Renren, says the company is planning to sell some non-core businesses to improve their profitability and they are also considering investment and expansion opportunities in America and Hong Kong. Chen revealed during an interview with local Chinese media that under the current model it is hard for the company […]
  • China Unicom's Profit Climbs With Growing User Base And Lower Costs

    ChinaTechNews.com Editor
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Chinese telecom operator China Unicom announced its financial report for the first three quarters of 2014, stating that by September 30 its operating revenue reached CNY215.34 billion, a year-on-year increase of 5.3%; while its net profit reached CNY10.56 billion, a year-on-year increase of 36.1%. For the mobile sector, China Unicom's revenue during the reporting period […]
  • Xiaomi Moves Overseas Mobile Phone Data Away From Chinese Servers

    ChinaTechNews.com Editor
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Hugo Barra, global vice president of Xiaomi, recently issued a statement that claims Xiaomi is moving its international user data from servers in Beijing to U.S. and Singapore. This is reportedly a response to previous incidents which exposed that Xiaomi smartphones automatically returned global user data to Beijing servers. Chinese telecommunications regulations require Chinese companies […]
  • JD.com Teams With China Post To Expand O2O To Small Chinese Towns

    ChinaTechNews.com Editor
    26 Oct 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Chinese B2C e-commerce website JD.com and China Post Group have reached a strategic deal to jointly develop an e-commerce platform targeting cities below third-tier size in China. With the cooperation, JD.com will provide various products, including PCs, digital products, home and kitchen supplies, and cosmetics, for China Post's "people-benefit project". Those products will reach 13 […]
  • China Mobile's ARPU Drops While Net Profit Sinks 9.7%

    ChinaTechNews.com Editor
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:12 am
    China Mobile's operating revenue reached CNY481.2 billion during the latest reporting period, a year-on-year increase of 3.9%; but its net profit was CNY82.6 billion, a year-on-year decrease of 9.7%. At the same time, its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization were CNY176.3 billion, a decrease of 5% compared with the same period of last […]
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    China Digital Times (CDT)

  • Show Me the Money

    Sophie Beach
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:58 pm
    For Science, Mara Hvistendahl recounts the experiences of theoretical physicist Ulf Leonhardt, who was contracted to spend three months a year at the Centre for Optical and Electromagnetic Research (COER) at South China Normal University. His work was partly funded by the the Recruitment Program of Foreign Experts, or “Thousand Talents” plan, which offers a generous subsidy to foreign scholars for part-time work at Chinese institutions. But Leonhardt’s experience demonstrates how contractual agreements are often ignored as Chinese host institutions seek to benefit from their…
  • Photo: Untitled (Beijing), by Jacques Beaulieu

    Samuel Wade
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:17 pm
    Untitled (Beijing) © Samuel Wade for China Digital Times (CDT), 2014. | Permalink | No comment | Add to del.icio.us Post tags: Jacques Beaulieu Download Tools to Circumvent the Great Firewall
  • Human Rights Groups Urge Obama to Pressure Beijing

    Samuel Wade
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:10 pm
    A joint letter from nine organizations urges President Barack Obama to publicly emphasize human rights during his impending visit Beijing. The groups call specifically for the release of Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo and his wife Liu Xia, rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti, and Tibetan Buddhist leader Tenzin Delek Rinpoche. The deteriorating human rights environment and the extraordinary damage done to China’s civil society should be given greater prominence in the bilateral relationship generally and your upcoming trip in particular. We appreciate the U.S. government’s…
  • China’s Cyberspace Minister Accuses U.S. of Hacking

    Cindy
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:47 pm
    Aside from defending China’s right to block foreign websites, top Internet regulator Lu Wei struck back against hacking accusations at a news conference on Thursday. 80 per cent of government websites in China, he claimed, have come under hacking assaults, many reportedly launched from the US. The Financial Times’ Charles Clover reports: China’s internet tsar has lashed out at US cyber hacking allegations against his country, saying it was in fact the “world’s largest victim” of the practice. […] “There are some who accuse China of hacking, and here I must stress that…
  • Minitrue: Lu Wei Denies ‘Closing’ Foreign Websites

    josh rudolph
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:26 pm
    The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. The name of the issuing body has been omitted to protect the source. Disable commentary on the article “Lu Wei on Inability to Log On to Facebook:  We Haven’t Closed A Single Foreign Website.” Implement immediately. (October 30, 2014) 关闭《鲁炜回应无法登陆facebook:没关过境外任何一家网站 》一文下的评论,立即执行。[Chinese] While speaking to the press about the “World Internet Conference” to be held…
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    Sinosplice » Life

  • Spartacus = Super Taka?

    John Pasden
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Here’s a restaurant on Fuzhou Road () in Shanghai: So the Chinese name is , which includes a straightforward transliteration of the name “Spartacus,” which you can easily find on Baidu Baike and on Chinese Wikipedia, plus the word for “steak.” But somehow the English name of this restaurant is “Super Taka Steak.” How does that work? I’d love to hear theories.
  • Chinese Teachers: Use Your Chinese Names!

    John Pasden
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Chinese teachers, please have your students call you by a Chinese name. You’re not helping them by calling yourself some easier-to-pronounce English name. I would have thought that this was obvious, but after all these years in the business, I can now see that it is not obvious to many otherwise well-meaning teachers. So I’ll spell it out here. (Please forward this to your Chinese teacher who doesn’t ask you to use a Chinese name in your interactions.) So why should students of Chinese call their Chinese teachers of Chinese by a Chinese name? I’m glad you asked……
  • Analysis Paralysis in Chinese Studies

    John Pasden
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:59 pm
    You’ve probably heard of analysis paralysis, but where does it come into Chinese studies? Studying a language is fairly straightforward, right? I’m referring not to being overly analytical about grammar, but rather about vocabulary. How can one be overly analytical about vocabulary? This is something that technology has made easy in recent years. Most of my AllSet Learning clients use Pleco or Anki to review vocabulary. Both have built-in SRS flashcard functionality, so doing occasional reviews pretty much solves that problem, right? Well, maybe… SRS drawbacks aside, certain…
  • Improbable Wifi

    John Pasden
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:41 pm
    I’d love to see a list of the most improbable places that have wifi in China. I had lunch at this little hole in the wall the other day, and snapped these pictures: Unfortunately I didn’t notice the wifi until I was on the way out. I do wonder how good the wifi was.
  • Missing Elevator Buttons

    John Pasden
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:40 pm
    I recently read China Simplified’s book, Language Gymnastics. It’s a great entertaining introduction to the Chinese language which combines Chinese and foreign perspectives. The book included this passage in chapter 4, which is aptly titled “Sorry, There Is No Chapter Four“: Enter a Hong Kong residential tower elevator and you’ll often discover buttons for floors labeled 3A, 12A and 15B–no doubt alternative universes guarded by daemons and fairies. Other times the 1st floor is renamed the “ground floor” (following British conventions) and the 2nd floor is…
 
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    China IWOM Blog- Making Sense of the Buzz | seeisee | CIC

  • Kantar Media CIC Officially Releases 2014 Social Business to Big Data White Paper — Insights from Kantar Media CIC’s 2013-2014 China Enterprise Social Business Survey

    CIC
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:31 pm
    From 2011 to 2013, Kantar Media CIC published “From Social Media to Social Business” white paper series which served as a “step-by-step guide,” helping enterprises develop their understanding of Chinese social media and ultimately realize their social business objectives. Kantar Media CIC first defined social business for China in 2010 as “an organization designed consciously around social tools, social media, and social networks,  as a response to outgrowth of the web 2.0 technology space and its reshaped brand-consumer communication and business discipline.” After 4 years…
  • CIC launches real-time eCommerce, WeChat insights and Global Coverage of 67 languages

    Sam
    12 Aug 2014 | 11:48 pm
    We are very happy to share with you some exciting updates about CIC’s services and capabilities. CIC is continuing to invest in our technology to ensure our clients can fully leverage digital intelligence coming from the unique, fragmented, and dynamic social media landscape in China, Asia and across the world.   CIC adds real-time eCommerce, WeChat, BBS and Online News  In a major upgrade of Cooperator, CIC’s real-time social listening intelligence platform, expanded real-time coverage of Weibo to now include Online News, BBS, as well as eCommerce reviews from 8 eCommerce…
  • CIC China Internet Consumer watch 2014 July: Brand buzz offers lessons for product placement

    Sam
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:28 pm
    In the wake of hit movie like Transformer 4, more and more brands are considering or planning on product placement. Netizens were not only talking about the movie itself but also paid attention and offered opinions on brands’ product placements in the movie. CIC tracked the buzz about brands in the massively successful movie Transformer 4 which offers some lessons for those brands considering product placement: IN PLACE: The automotive brands, such as Chevroet, Lamborghini, and Trumpchi, were obvious and seamlessly fit into the movie plot and as a result were more naturally received by…
  • Nike vs. Adidas, the Battle for the World Cup “Adaptive Marketing” Crown

    Sam
    4 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    While teams battled for the World Cup, the marketing war between the two sports giants Nike and Adidas battled off the football pitch in a social media marketing war. Both has casualties. Adidas’ posted  an unseemly tweet around Suarez’ bite. Nike suffered when all its high profile spokespersons’ teams bowed out early (again) and netizens raised the specter of the “Nike Curse”. While Adidas could claim victory (and did) with two teams in the final, Nike was seen as getting the last shot with Götze kicking the winning goal in pair of Nike Magist shoes. In the end, both brands had…
  • CIC is hiring in Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong

    Sam
    25 May 2014 | 6:30 pm
    For 10 years, CIC has been a leading Asia Pacific social and digital insight firm based in Shanghai and with offices in Beijing and Hong Kong. We distill insight from ‘big digital data’ sets, including social media, e-commerce, search and any other ‘real time’ high speed data rich source. CIC is under WPP’s Kantar group. As we expand, we are aggressively hiring. If any of the below positions sound interesting to you or someone you might now, let me know. I can have my team follow up with a JD and more information: Charlie.meng@cicdata.com   * Beijing office lead *…
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    TechNode

  • On-demand Car Maintenance Service eBaoyang Raises Series A Financing Led by Source Code Capital

    Emma Lee
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:37 am
    eBaoyang, an on-demand car maintenance service, announced that it has received US$5 million of Series A financing from Source Code Capital. The funds will be injected in R&D and market expansion, according to the company. eBaoyang is a car maintenance marketplace that enables mechanics to fix users’ cars at their home, office, or any other places that is convenient for them. Users can place orders on the company’s official site or via its WeChat service account, and then two professional mechanics will join you at the designated time and place to fix the cars. The automobile…
  • Three Years after Opening up to Chinese Developers, Tencent Eyes Global Partnerships

    Tracey Xiang
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Mark Ren, COO of Tencent, at 2014 Tencent Global Partner Conference Tencent’s annual business partner conference has been rebranded as its “Global Partner Conference”. The two-day meeting started yesterday, with some interesting foreign faces in attendance. What’s even more interesting, chipmakers Intel and Broadcom showed up as partners of Tencent, a business long known as a software company. Along with international partners, Tencent also plans to introduce hardware manufacturers and traditional offline businesses as new partners for its open platform. Programming…
  • Chinese Users Now Can Shop Alibaba When Watching Videos on Youku

    Tracey Xiang
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:18 am
    Alibaba Group and Youku Tudou, the leading Chinese video site (in which the former has a 16.5% stake), have jointly announced two programs for retailers on Alibaba marketplaces to market themselves on the video platform. View and Buy on Youku, as the name indicates, allows viewers to buy the items shown in a video without pausing the playing video. It is powered by Alimama, the Google AdSense-like contextual advertising program of Alibaba. Alimama display ads based on user behavior on Alibaba’s marketplaces. So far almost all Chinese videos sites make revenues from pre-, mid-, and…
  • Taobao Launches Laundry Service to Deeper Forays into Local Life Market

    Emma Lee
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:14 pm
    Taobao Life, the local arm of Alibaba’s e-commerce marketplace Taobao, wheeled out an on-demand laundry platform in conjunction with several washing service providers, including iLanmao, Ganxike, and Laundry Queen (our translation). With this service, users can schedule a time that is convenient for them to pick up or drop off laundry at their door, by placing an order on a Taobao interface (as shown below). Taobao claims that the platform processed more than 50,000 pieces of laundries in October alone. To provide a high quality service, the platform works with quality logistics…
  • Co-working with TechNode in the Heart of Shanghai!

    Emma Lee
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:57 pm
    As a member of Chinese startup ecosystem, nothing makes us here at Technode happier than the chance to embrace a more vibrant startup culture and more dynamic entrepreneurial network locally. To facilitate this, TechNode launched the co-working space theNode in Beijing last year, with the goal of bringing together outstanding entrepreneurs with their bright ideas. Our efforts have seen results, with theNode now having accommodated nearly forty startups/accelerators, including innovative product incubator Taihuoniao, recruiting site Nashangban, mobile publishing platform Mono, and more.
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    The Peking Duck

  • Shaun Rein wants your help marketing The End of Copycat China

    Richard
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:12 pm
    The End of Copycat China is the name of Shaun Rein’s new book that will be available come October 20. I am flattered that Shaun has included me on the mailing list he uses to blast information to his friends and colleagues, and I wanted to draw attention to how he wants his fans to do the marketing for his new book for him. Over the last three months Shaun has sent out two lengthy email blasts and I find their content to be intriguing, and to confirm some of my own thoughts about Mr. Rein. Perhaps most revealing was this paragraph: If you or a friend are looking for a keynote speaker,…
  • Is Falung Gong a dangerous cult? Is it a cult at all?

    Richard
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:35 pm
    I’ll admit it right at the beginning: I’ve always found there to be something creepy about the Falun Gong. I remember seeing practitioners in Taipei sitting with their eyes closed meditating endlessly. I remember their anti-CCP literature. I remember meeting a group of practitioners at the local annual China celebration day in Phoenix and finding them generally icky. But just because I find them creepy doesn’t mean they are a cult, let alone a dangerous one. This excellent article presents the argument of one of the best informed China Hands I’ve ever read, Ian…
  • Twenty-five years later

    Richard
    3 Jun 2014 | 9:03 pm
    I never before saw all the raw video footage of “Tank Man’s” defiance against a column of army tanks until today. It is remarkable, how one nameless man entered all of our living rooms for just a moment and is remembered so vividly a quarter of a century later. And for good reason. Let’s keep the hundreds of murdered innocents in our thoughts today, and keep alive the fight to let the Chinese people know all who died during the crackdown. Let’s remember the Tiananmen Mothers, and let’s even hope for the day when the CCP admits the demonstrations were not an…
  • Return of Liu Di, the “Stainless Steel Mouse”

    Richard
    1 Jun 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Those of you who have been reading this blog for ten years or more (if any such reader exists) might remember an array of posts I wrote in 2004 regarding a “cyberdissident” Liu Di, who posted pro-democracy essays on the Internet under the moniker Stainless Steel Mouse. Posts like this or this, and several more. She also participated in study groups that discussed freedom and government reform, and saw herself and her colleagues arrested. I remember how angry I felt when another cyberdissident who lobbied for her release was himself arrested. Still, she has never been silenced.
  • Writing “The People’s Republic of Amnesia: Tiananmen Revisited”

    Richard
    18 May 2014 | 3:51 pm
    That’s the ingenious title of a new book by NPR correspondent Louisa Lim, who I had the pleasure of working with briefly when I was working on a project in Shanghai in 2010. I just ordered it and plan to review it soon. But the story of how Lim wrote this book is remarkable and bears mentioning now; it brings to light just how dangerous a topic Tiananmen Square remains for journalists today. Lim tells the story in a Washington Post article from earlier this week. I can’t urge you strongly enough to read it all. So intent is China on wiping out all recollections of the Tiananmen…
 
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    China Hearsay

  • Environmental Regulation: Can China Afford Caution?

    Stan
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    [T]o forestall more serious, systemic environmental issues, Beijing will have to be preemptive rather than reactive with regulation. In everything from modernizing its recycling industry to improving regulations on rare earth mining, the costs of waiting and testing out new ideas are high. Especially in terms of human health, delays from experimenting with environmental reforms are almost guaranteed to be more harmful in the long run than the initial errors from launching untested policies. via Taking the Leap on China’s Pollution Problem | The Diplomat Quite a thought-provoking point here.
  • BBC News – China ‘to protect whistle-blowers’ amid…

    @chinahearsay
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    BBC News – China ‘to protect whistle-blowers’ amid corruption fight bbc.in/1sIjLGZ — I’m very skeptical on this one © @chinahearsay for China Hearsay, 2014. | Permalink | No comment | Add to del.icio.us Post tags:
  • Regulating capital flows at both ends | VOX http:/…

    @chinahearsay
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:41 pm
    Regulating capital flows at both ends | VOX bit.ly/1tkGIUd — methinks this is a tough sell for some Western economies © @chinahearsay for China Hearsay, 2014. | Permalink | No comment | Add to del.icio.us Post tags:
  • Elizabeth Economy: Is China Committed to Rule of L…

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    29 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Elizabeth Economy: Is China Committed to Rule of Law? – Council on Foreign Relations on.cfr.org/1sImVum — more 4th Plenum commentary © @chinahearsay for China Hearsay, 2014. | Permalink | No comment | Add to del.icio.us Post tags:
  • Larry Summers: Beware of China and India | CNN htt…

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    29 Oct 2014 | 10:26 pm
    Larry Summers: Beware of China and India | CNN cnnmon.ie/1wH7SoI — that’s what I say every morning when I review my “To Do” List © @chinahearsay for China Hearsay, 2014. | Permalink | No comment | Add to del.icio.us Post tags:
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    The China Sourcing Blog

  • China's Housing Market Drags Down Growth

    Tim Quijano
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    The following is a contribution to the ChinAfrica magazine produced by The Beijing Axis.Amid a sustaining decrease in the value of the housing market, several Chinese cities have abolished household registration restrictions on property investment. Chengdu, the hub of development in southwest China, has notably proposed and then revoked its offer of a 3-percent housing loan subsidy for first-time buyers. Amid fears of building modern "ghost towns," Chinese municipalities began to enact restrictions on property investment from as early as 2009. The property market is considered one of the…
  • Fighting modern slavery with ethical procurement

    Tim Quijano
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:21 pm
    This piece was produced in collaboration with CIPSIn a guide produced in collaboration with Traidcraft and the Walk Free Foundation, CIPS defines ethical procurement (also known as responsible procurement) as procurement that respects fundamental international standards against criminal activity including bribery, corruption, fraud and modern slavery. The Walk Free Foundation estimates that roughly 30 million people live in slavery today in a number of sectors, countries and cultures around the world.  Effective procurement professionals are not only able to spot signs of…
  • Food scandals amplify need for MCIPS procurement professionals

    Tim Quijano
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:59 pm
    This piece was produced in collaboration with CIPS, the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and SupplyFood scandals are shaking confidence in food supply chains around the world. While food safety was once assumed to be paramount in the minds of food retailers and buyers, it has become clear that consumers have been deceived into consuming foods strikingly different from what their religion, preference or cultural values allow.Both McDonald’s Corporation and KFC parent Yum recently suffered brand damage when Chinese authorities closed down a local meat supplier after evidence of old and…
  • When the "African Tigers" compete

    Tim Quijano
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:46 am
    This piece was originally produced for the ChinAfrica EconometerAs costs increase in China and other Asian manufacturing countries, the "African Tigers" are competing to absorb displaced manufacturing capacity and become the next leaders of low-cost manufacturing. Recognizing the success of export-led manufacturing growth in bringing the Asian Tigers (Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan) out of poverty, African business and political leaders are seeking to mimic this success at home. The leading East African economies of Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda provide competitive manufacturing…
  • LETTER FROM CHINA: IPOs Bring Chinese E-Commerce Opportunity to the World

    Tim Quijano
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:43 pm
    This editorial was produced by The Beijing Axis for Business Day by Kobus Van Der Wath.JD.com, China’s answer to the American online retailer, Amazon, released their initial public offering (IPO) on the Nasdaq Exchange in New York in late May. Based out of Zhongguancun (China’s technology centre in northwest Beijing and answer to California’s Silicon Valley), the Chinese e-commerce platform peaked at a market capitalisation of US$28 billion by the close of the first day’s trading, 2.4 times last year’s sale of US$11.5 billion and almost twice as large as Amazon’s market…
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    元風俗嬢の風俗回顧録

  • お客さんとの恋愛

    admin
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:48 pm
    デリヘルもソープも形態はなんであれ、身体を重ねるのが風俗の仕事です。 身体を重ねてしまうと、単純なお客さんは自分に気があると思い込み、お客とお店の関係を飛び越えようと考え、行動に移すような人は後を断ちません。 仕方のないことですが、ほとんどの女の子にとってそれは迷惑でしかありません。…
  • 風俗をあがるタイミング

    admin
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:42 am
    デリヘルやソープランドのような風俗で働き始めるということはとても勇気が必要で、一生懸命色んな状況を考えた上で、働くことを決意することだと思います。 しかし、働き始めるのと同じくらい辞めるときも、一生懸命考えなくてはなりません。 もちろん大っぴらに言えるような仕事ではないので、早く辞めたいと思う女の子がほとんどかもしれません。…
  • 同僚との接し方

    admin
    3 Oct 2014 | 3:20 am
    ヘルスでもデリヘルでもソープでも、お客さんの相手をする女の子は自分だけではありません。 どんな店舗でも、少なくて数人から、多いとそれこそ数え切れない程の女の子が在籍しています。 もっとも、在籍しているといってもほとんど出勤しない女の子もいるでしょうから、いくら機会を待てども顔を合わすことのない女の子も絶対いるでしょう。…
  • 男性店員との付き合い方

    admin
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:52 pm
    デリヘルなどの風俗店で働いているのは女の子だけではありません。 電話番、受付、ドライバー、ホームページの管理などという役割で、ちゃんと男の人も働いています。 女の子ばかりの中で働く男の人のことを、どう思いますか? ハーレム状態で働くことが嬉しいと感じるのでしょうか?それともそんな風には思わず、淡々と働いているのでしょうか?…
  • お客さんとの連絡頻度

    admin
    21 Sep 2014 | 2:35 am
    デリヘルのような風俗、あるいはキャバクラのような水商売などで働いている女の子にとって、一度来たお客さんにまた来てもらうためには、ただ待っているだけではダメです。 また来てもらうための努力をしなくてはなりません。 それを努力と言うか、営業をかけると言うかはさておき、使うのはもちろん携帯電話(今ならスマートフォンと言うべき?)が必然となります。…
 
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    Shanghaied Weblog

  • Scott’s first Grouse Grind

    27 Oct 2014 | 12:18 am
    View from Grouse Mountain this afternoon I regularly do the Grouse Grind, a very steep 2.9 km hike with an altitude difference of 853 meters. Scott had told me a few times that he would like to join me, but I always thought it would be too hard and dangerous for him. The Grouse Grind was chosen last year as of one of the 10 most dangerous hikes in the world, and although I think that’s a bit over the top it’s certainly not a simple walk in the park. Each year many people have to be rescued because they underestimate the trail and some people have even died while trying to get to the top…
  • Bitcoin in 6 minutes

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:50 pm
    A couple of months ago Rutger van Zuidam told me he was working with some friends on a project to create a short animated video that would explain the concept of Bitcoin to people new to the technology. I liked the idea immediately, because understanding the basics of Bitcoin is hard and most resources on the Internet assume that people know what Bitcoin is and what it can be used for. Today the video was officially launched, you can see it here in English and here in Dutch (both links on YouTube). The result is great and will send it to friends or business relations who ask me about Bitcoin,…
  • Robot suits

    13 Oct 2014 | 12:51 am
    Post by 李鵬輝. On Facebook I came across this (English language) video about robot suits. Coincidentally I had a discussion about exactly this topic last week, so I have been thinking about the impact of robots and robotic equipment quite a lot over the past days. My personal belief is that robots will make our life a lot easier, but that they will also lead to mass unemployment. I am generally an optimist and I like technological progress more than most, but I do believe that within one generation most people’s jobs might be replaced by robots. And not just almost all low-end jobs,…
  • Bitcoin Watch

    11 Oct 2014 | 5:06 pm
    I like nice watches and I am a big fan of Bitcoin, so when I read in a Chinese WeChat group about the first watch for the Bitcoin aficionado I immediately decided to check it out. Normally I don’t buy watches off the Internet (I want to see and feel them first, especially more expensive ones), but this one is so special that I ordered it right away after seeing it online. The watch, called the Cryptomatic, is available in 4 different colors (red gold, silver/red gold, silver, and black) and I immediately liked the black one. The timepiece ships from Hong Kong and took about 3 days to arrive…
  • Maritime radio

    4 Oct 2014 | 9:37 pm
    One thing I realized this summer while sailing the Gulf Islands on my boat Liberty, was that I had no idea how to operate my radio. I was able to listen to conversations on channels, but I had no idea what channels to listen to nor how to initiate a conversation myself. So when I was back I did some research and found I actually needed to be licensed in order to operate my yacht’s radio. The easiest way to get certified was through a one-day course, which is offered a few times a year at the West Vancouver Yacht Club. Today was one of those days, so at 8:45 AM I showed up in their classroom…
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    China Business Blog

  • ChinaBlogTweets Twitter Updates for 26-10-2014

    admin
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    RT @ProfGillis: Why foreign companies are scaling back in China http://t.co/G7BUhuG4w3 via @WSJ -> RT @niubi: Official Central Committee Communiqué on 4th Plenum | translated China Copyright and Media @chinamedia1 http://t.co/sstPjcYogO -> RT @prchovanec: uh-huh http://t.co/niLiKwBQW9 http://t.co/v1E8ImCzD5 -> RT @EconChina: China's debt is continuing to soar. To rein it in, it must be willing to let companies fail http://t.co/O0mWxnl0lt http://t.… -> RT @ChinaEdge: Harrods, Zegna and Ellerman Hotels are already confirmed guests to our workshop. Spaces are limited, book…
  • Business in China: Risks and Opportunities

    admin
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Risk in China needs more attention, and a more strategic response. This was a key message from “Risky Business in China” author (and China Business Services director) Jeremy Gordon, in a recent talk at London’s Chatham House: “Current sentiment is that business risk is as high as it has ever been” (Risky Business in China). “Why is there so much negativity? What can businesses do about it? My view is that rapid and fundamental changes to China’s political, economic and social environment have changed the nature of opportunities and risks for international…
  • ChinaBlogTweets Twitter Updates for 19-10-2014

    admin
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    RT @shanghaidaily: China business confidence dips 8-month low, report says http://t.co/kdvzk608zK -> RT @fonstuinstra: Foreign entrepreneurs in China: Small is not beautiful | The Economist http://t.co/AL5dimxB5e -> RT @ChinaDailyEU: Alipay tool set to target overseas retailers: Alipay, the online payment affiliate of Alibaba…http://t.co/XTG1g4RqtV -> RT @CBR_Magazine: #China’s reserves retreat from $4 trillion mark as outflows seen: http://t.co/Tg9y8Lt1t8 via @BloombergNews -> The China Business Blog Daily is out! http://t.co/slvIa7ti3j Stories via @CLP_editorial…
  • Webinar: How to Avoid Business Risk in China

    admin
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:17 am
    An EU SME Centre Webinar, 28 October, 2014: How to Avoid Business Risk in China: A Guide to Due Diligence for EU SMEs. Doing business in China involves a series of challenges and risks that international companies need to address carefully in order to achieve success in the market. Some may face bribery, business fraud, anti-trust investigations or procurement bans from government and state-owned enterprises. Thus re-evaluating your China risk exposure, and adjusting your business strategies in order to continue to benefit from the opportunities offered by the China market is crucial. A new…
  • Event: Business in China – Risks and Opportunities

    admin
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:10 am
    In light of China’s economic reforms and a high-profile anti-corruption campaign, the speaker (Jeremy Gordon, author of Risky Business in China) will argue that fundamental political, economic and social shifts have changed the nature of opportunities and risks for foreign businesses in China. Event: Business in China – Risks and Opportunities Date – 23 October, 2014 Location – Chatham House, London See more at: http://www.chathamhouse.org/event/business-china-risks-and-opportunities. Jeremy Gordon is a director of China Business Services and China Edge, and author of…
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    Wangjianshuo's Blog

  • Blog is Dead – Let’s Move On

    Jian Shuo Wang
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:11 am
    Ruanyifeng brought a message to me. He said I was too quiet for too long on the blogshpere. In a typical blogger manner, I response publicly (nothing identify a blogger better than talking publicly on blogs when the mobile phone or other communication channel is easily available). I have announced that I stopped regular update to blog on my 10th year’s anniversary. I joined many people who have predicted that blog was dying. Now should say, I have joine the people who witnessed the death of blogging. To state something is dying is always over-statement, but it is not far from the…
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    19 Sep 2014 | 9:55 pm
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  • Delegation as Productivity Tools

    Jian Shuo Wang
    2 Jan 2014 | 9:01 pm
    This sounds very useful: Delegation can be one of your best productivity tools! There are many good practices, and we keep learning. What is the best way to remember these quote, and turn that into good habit? http://www.quora.com/Productivity/As-a-startup-CEO-what-is-your-favorite-productivity-hack
  • Baidu’s Deal Is Proof That M&A Will Flourish in China

    Jian Shuo Wang
    16 Jul 2013 | 9:02 pm
    Baidu’s $1.9 billion acquisition of app store 91 Wireless this week made me smile, because it solved a Chinese mystery. I’ve always wondered: Why do Chinese Internet giants try to copy the success of other companies, instead of simply buying them out? Tech companies in the U.S. have long been willing to acquire promising up-and-comers, instead of simply duplicating them. But, until recently, it didn’t work that way in China. A prominent example is Tencent, China’s largest Internet portal. If there was a startup doing well, Tencent would assemble a team to copy the idea…
  • Anyone Still Read Blog?

    Jian Shuo Wang
    2 Jul 2013 | 8:12 am
    I am just curious: is there anyone reading this blog at this time? Obviously blog is the “old” way of communication. If you are still here, would you please raise your hand so I can see you? (Well, leaving a comment seems better way for me to see you). Thanks.
 
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    Lost Laowai

  • Marco Polo coming to Netflix complete with sex, Mongols and naked kungfu

    Ryan
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:15 am
    The original lost laowai, Marco Polo is getting the premium TV treatment with a new 10-episode Netflix original series debuting December 12th. Lorenzo Richelmy is playing the Venetian explorer, and the show will centre on his adventures in the court of Kublai Khan, during the Yuan Dynasty of 13th century China. According to Variety: “Marco Polo” also stars Benedict Wong, Joan Chen, Chin Han, Zhu Zhu, Olivia Cheng, Claudia Kim, Mahesh Jad, Tom Wu, Remy Hii, Uli Latukefu and Rick Yune. The period drama was shot in Italy, Kazakhstan and Malaysia. The series was produced by Netflix…
  • Survey Says: China Expats dig cost of living, unpleased with health & education

    Ryan
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:54 am
    InterNations.org has recently released the results of their Expat Insider Survey 2014, a polling of nearly 14,000 expats around the globe which aims to “provide a comprehensive picture of life abroad: Focusing on the general quality of life, it identifies the most popular expat destinations. Topics covered include work, family, relationships and romance, leisure, and personal finances.” Overall, China comes in middle of the pack with an aggregate ranking of 38th out of 61. See the following infograph for more details: Check out the full article for a more in depth analysis of the…
  • Mark Zuckerberg Delivers Tsinghua Q&A in Chinese

    Lost Laowai
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:42 pm
    This past Wednesday Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg delivered his “first ever public Q&A in Chinese” at Beijing’s Tsinghua University. Handled with humour and aplomb, Zuckerberg discussed, “connecting the world, Internet.org, innovation and the early days of Facebook.” According to his Facebook update, earlier in the week he joined the Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management Advisory Board. Commenting on the school, he said, “Tsinghua is an amazing center of learning and research, and it has been inspiring to be with so many talented…
  • Photos: 30 Most Beautiful Counties in China

    Lost Laowai
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:14 pm
    The China Institute of City Competitiveness (CICC) has released a list of the 30 most beautiful counties in China for 2014. With little surprise to those who have visited, the tourist-laden picturesque heavyweight Yangshuo in Guangxi tops the list. The counties are graded based on their “excellence in planning and design, historical landscape, good maintenance of ancient sites, rich cultural heritage, beautiful natural scenery and the reputation of its service among the public.” Additionally, the CCIC committee used 85 different indicators in their selection process. The top 10…
  • 740 stranded Russian tourists in Sanya are going home

    Lost Laowai
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Sanya’s Dadonghai Beach, popular with Russian tourists. Photo by Jacques Beaulieu. In response Hainan authorities have offered to help ensure the abandoned tourists get back to Russia; with translators, transportation, and some meals and hotel rooms being provided for free after the Russian agency left the services unpaid. Provincial authorities have negotiated with Russian airlines to help provide chartered passage back home for the stranded tourists, with 600 having left on Sunday and the remainder leaving soon, said Chen Tiejun, deputy director with the Hainan provincial tourism…
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    bezdomny ex patria

  • how long until we learn?

    wangbo
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:39 pm
    This morning I sat in the classroom reading as I waited for students to arrive for their spoken tests. Among other things, I read chapters 3o and 31 of the Dao De Jing: 30: 以道佐人主者,不以兵強天下。其事好還。師之所處,荊棘生焉。大軍之後,必有凶年。善有果而已,不敢以取強。果而勿矜,果而勿伐,果而勿驕。果而不得已,果而勿強。物壯則老,是謂不道,不道早已。 He who would assist a lord of men in harmony with the Dao will not assert his mastery in the kingdom by force of arms. Such a course is sure to meet…
  • Dakang, An Yuan, Crafar, Lochinver, Shanghai Pengxin…

    wangbo
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:55 am
    Today I see news that a company called Dakang Muye (大康牧业) is planning to spend 2.3 billion to buy two New Zealand farms. Exactly how big a sum 2.3 billion is depends, of course, on which currency we’re using. I think it safe to assume from context that the currency is Chinese Yuan/Renminbi. In which case, 2.3 billion would translate to NZ$ 457,613,434.77. Now, I have no idea how that link to XE.com will work, but that is the figure I was given. Also, I googled “大康牧业”, and among all the news articles was a site that looked like it might belong to the company,…
  • going fruity

    wangbo
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:33 pm
    I’ve noticed more and more stores like this popping up around the neighbourhood recently. The earliest ones started to appear a few years ago, but there seems to be a sudden increase in them. Here’s a few points I’ve noticed about them: 1: The aesthetic seems to be largely the same among all such stores, from the general layout right down to the colour schemes, size, style, and fonts on the signage. 2: Although they are generally green grocers, the focus is definitely on fruit – to the point where the names of the stores, be they independent or branches of a chain,…
  • China Connection

    wangbo
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:34 am
    Note: This is a  very slightly altered version of a post I wrote on my Linked In profile. There’s a link to my Linked In profile on the right sidebar if you’re interested. The New Zealand Herald has been running a China Connection series by Paul Lewis in association with the BNZ every Friday, and as the series continues it gets more interesting. Today’s instalment looks at SMEs and China, and there are three points that grabbed my attention. The first point may well come across as a bit nit-picky on my part, but I will explain. Look at this sentence: “Last month, BNZ…
  • naive?

    wangbo
    3 Jul 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Well, I’m kinda hoping for David Shambaugh’s sake that there’s a bit of misreporting going on here, quotes being taken out of context, or something like that, because: “Google is down. Yahoo is own Bing is down. You can’t access the outside world.” And that, dear friends, is BULLSHIT! I have my gmail open in another tab, I just googled David Shambaugh and opened the Wikipedia article on him and his page at the George Washington University website, and all of that without a VPN or any other jiggery pokery to get me outside the tender embrace of Nanny and…
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    China Post Online - Taiwan , News , Taiwan newspaper

  • US consumer spending down 0.2% in Sept. as incomes see slow growth

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - U.S. consumers cut spending in September for the first time in eight months, as incomes grew at the slowest pace this year. The figures underscore nagging economic soft spots that are expected to ease in the coming months.
  • GDP up 3.78% year-on-year over third quarter

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - Taiwan's gross domestic product (GDP) rose 3.78 percent from a year earlier in the third quarter, beating an earlier government estimate of a 3.62 percent annual increase made in August, the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) said Friday.
  • Pingtung gov't leaks info to Wei-Chuan

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - It was discovered yesterday that the Pingtung Public Health Bureau was responsible for giving Wei-Chuan Food Co. (味全) a government document containing classified information revealing that the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW) was already aware that the oil Wei-Chuan imported from Vietnam was tainted; the document also said the government would carry out investigations before taking any action against the company.
  • HK protesters mull taking to Beijing's streets

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - Hong Kong's democracy protesters are considering traveling to Beijing to directly petition Communist authorities as the Chinese capital hosts U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders at an upcoming summit.
  • Burkina Faso leader refuses to quit after day of violence

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:20 pm
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore on Thursday refused to give up power but called off a state of emergency imposed after a violent uprising against his 27-year rule that saw parliament set ablaze.
 
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    Thomas Crampton

  • Looking forward to Social Matters 2014

    Social Matters Editor
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:04 am
    Great line-up for the conference tomorrow, this video shows I am willing to jump in a pool fully clothed to make this event a success! Social Matters 2014: The secrets to a perfect vine… from Work that works on Vimeo.
  • Job: Art Basel Hong Kong

    thomascrampton
    8 Oct 2013 | 7:16 pm
    Art Basel, Hong Kong is looking for a temporary staff member. Mention you saw the job post here when you email. JOB VACANCY The Art Basel show in Hong Kong is looking for a dynamic personality who is ready to step in as a TEMPORARY MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT ASIA. Your role will be to assist with the execution of marketing initiatives necessary in the delivery of the Art Basel show held annually in Hong Kong Your responsibilities for this position include: - Provide support to the Marketing and Communications Manager Asia - General Administrative support on all marketing…
  • Put down that phone!

    thomascrampton
    8 May 2013 | 9:19 am
    A great poster, among several others, by Brazilian artist Felipe Luchi as part of a campaign for Outside magazine. While I find the image oppressive on many levels – probably because I recognize my own character – the single person running away is a hint of optimism. Click on the image for a larger version.
  • Converse: Creative use of search

    thomascrampton
    23 Apr 2013 | 2:00 am
    Realize this example is not new, but I do like the way Converse used search to create an engaging game. Converse Domaination from Ross Martin on Vimeo.
  • Mandarin-speaking Digital Specialist? We are hiring!

    thomascrampton
    17 Jan 2013 | 9:47 pm
    We are keen to hire the best! Feel free to apply through LinkedIn or send an email with CV and cover letter to jason.fashade at ogilvy dot com. Details here: Who are we? Social@Ogilvy is a global, cross-discipline team of social experts from across all of Ogilvy’s businesses. We know there’s a new customer and stakeholder journey defined by the increasing impact our networks have on purchase decision and our behaviors. We design integrated social solutions that combine deep disciplines like CRM, PR and shopper marketing that are rooted in behavioral drivers. The role: Senior Regional…
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    techblog86

  • Ni Hao, Zuckerberg, in Chinese…

    David Feng
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:18 am
    Here’s some “inspiration” to those in China still struggling with English: You don’t really have to learn English; Mark Zuckerberg’s ready to speak Chinese to those in the Middle Kingdom. True, the “shock effect” is there. To the Chinese, whether or not you’re “foreign” really depends on your looks, not your passport. So whilst I’m “Chinese” even with a Swiss passport, Zuckerberg would be considered by default to (still) be “foreign” even if, one day in the (remote) future, he gets naturalised as a PRC citizen (up to him if he wants to do that, though).
  • Apple Pay and China

    David Feng
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:23 pm
    The recent concerns of Apple Pay helping itself to more than one payment of a user’s registered card could be a big issue for China, where “money con men” are serious issues. Too often are there cases reported of people who have been tricked — and nearly bankrupted — by those con men. Apple finds itself in a very precarious situation in China. A recent hack, which involved its iCloud service in China, comes after it launched the iPhone 6 late, likely due to security concerns (not the concerns you’d think Apple’d be concerned about!). Having also being chased by Communist…
  • Rebuilding techblog86

    David Feng
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:49 pm
    To some of you, techblog86 remains that site that is on one day, off the next; there one year, gone the other. It’s no secret your publisher has been busy since 2008: he has been actively involved first in the tech world, then in the startup world, then in the media world (PhD, teaching, radio shows; “just about everything”). On and off times included, this blog has, though, been around for six years — which on the Internet can be a pretty long time. This newest effort to rebuild techblog86, though, is real, genuine, and “has teeth”. Here’s how this site…
  • Chinese Gov Weibo: Some Interaction, (Nearly) All Officialspeak

    David Feng
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:03 pm
    There are only two ways to look at the recent People’s Daily Weibo ranking of Chinese official Weibo accounts (in simplified Chinese):— Progress (minor!) has been made (mostly self-congratulatory) There remains a tonne of problems to be solved I’ll look at it from critical perspectives. 1. Weibo in China still is about sensitive topics. Never mind the government has just about canned (uncontrolled) discussion about Occupy Central; even thousands of miles away from Central, they still have critical, thorny issues to deal with. The recent People’s Daily Weibo ranking wasn’t blind to…
  • Apple Sells 138+ iPhone 6 Units Per Second in China

    David Feng
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    Those figures are just the first six hours alone in the country. China has predictably gone completely crazy over Apple’s newest version of its smartphone — in a country madly obsessed by consumerism and the rise of the Tuhao (Chinese nouveau riche), it can only be explained as such, the country of over 1.3 billion has made everyone’s favourite fruit company that much richer by selling nearly an iPhone every ten milliseconds, or a thousandth of a second. The numbers tell it all: each of China’s top three three mobile phone carriers registered over a million iPhone 6 orders in the…
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    Simpson's Paradox

  • Fairy Princess Programming Teacher

    Meg Stivison
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    With sparkle ballet flats and sparkle French manicure, today’s look is fairy princess programming teacher. Fairy Princess Programming Teacher from Simpson's Paradox The post Fairy Princess Programming Teacher appeared first on Simpson's Paradox.
  • Project Management

    Meg Stivison
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Imagine a vast prairie. Full of steers, and cows, and they’re all going different directions! Running crazy in all different directions. And they’re big. Also, there are buffalo. Buffaloes? Anyway, multiple buffalo. And there is one lone cowboy, on this vast prairie, with a lasso, making all these animals go the same direction. I am the herder of those animals. – my coworker, explaining her job Project Management from Simpson's Paradox The post Project Management appeared first on Simpson's Paradox.
  • The Silent Age: Episode Two

    Meg Stivison
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    The second part of House on Fire’s The Silent Age continues janitor Joe’s time-traveling adventures as he saves the world from certain destruction. Like in the first episode, Joe travels between groovy 1972 and a terrible post-apocalyptic future with his solar-powered time-machine. Players continue using the same time-travel mechanic. Plant an apple in 1972, pick it in the future, bring it back to the seventies to feed a hungry scientist. (Doing this chain of actions, I was about 90% convinced that this was how the mysterious disease was spread) Open a valve in 1972, and drain water…
  • Virtual Book Tour: Syncing Forward

    Meg Stivison
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    In W. Laurence’s new novel Syncing Forward, the protagonist Martin James is investigating possible theft and espionage when he’s injected with a drug that slows his body down so much he finds himself unstuck in time. He’s able to realign with everyone else for short bursts of time. What seems like a day for James is months for everyone else, which naturally strains his personal and family relationships, as well as his search for a cure.  I enjoy well written timetravel, when it’s more about how human relationships are affected than technobabbling about how the time…
  • Actual Concerns In Games Journalism

    Meg Stivison
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:48 am
    (Spoiler: None of these involve a secret cabal of games journalists, plotting to destroy videogames in order to take over the world. Also, none of these concerns make me want to join up with a certain internet hate mob.) 1) The system of unpaid internships writing for gaming publications gives a massive advantage to prospective writers who have family money or other resources to support themselves while they work without pay for a year, and it puts writers who need to earn money from their work at a major disadvantage. This isn’t unique to gaming publications, but it doesn’t…
 
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    China Bystander

  • World Bank Adds Its Voice To Those Calling For China To Slow Its Growth

    China Bystander
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:23 pm
    THE WORLD BANK is lending some international credibility to China’s likely switch to a 7% annual GDP growth target next year. In its latest economic update the Bank says 7% growth would not hurt China’s labor market, an indicator watched … Continue reading →
  • China Becoming A Net Capital Exporter Could Boost Domestic Bond Market

    China Bystander
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    WHAT DOES IT mean that China is set to become a net exporter of direct investment capital for the first time? Outbound foreign direct investment (FDI) reached $75 billion in the first nine months of the year, up 21.6% on … Continue reading →
  • Party Plenum Indicates Limits To Xi Jinping’s Power

    China Bystander
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:43 pm
    THIS BYSTANDER DRAWS two points of note from the recently concluded Fourth Party Plenum, the four-day annual meeting of China’s 350 most powerful officials. The first is that President Xi Jinping has not centralized power as comprehensively as has been … Continue reading →
  • China’s Natural-Disaster Displacement Risk Quantified

    China Bystander
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
    CHINA ACCOUNTS FOR a disproportionate share of the world’s disaster-related displacement. That is not only a function of the size of its population. The country is at high-risk of being stricken by drought, seasonal floods, cyclones, earthquakes and landslides induced … Continue reading →
  • China’s Economy Steadies As She Slows

    China Bystander
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
    CHINA’S THIRD-QUARTER GDP growth number, at a 7.3% year-on-year, was a tad better than expectations, though not sufficiently so to prevent gloomy headlines about it being the slowest growth since the global financial crisis of 2008. Fears that growth was slowing too quickly … Continue reading →
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    Silicon Dragon

  • What's Hot/What's Not in Tech's Future

    13 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    At our recent Silicon Dragon event in the Valley, we looked at what's hot, what's not in tech's future with Gary Matuszak who heads up KPMG's global TMT practice, and venture capitalists Osuke Honda of DCM and Carmen Chang of NEA. Yours truly (Rebecca Fannin) served as the moderator. Please check out the video clip here:  http://youtu.be/m5YYNMTmXQQ
  • Tesla Drives Into China With Big Aims to Make Its Plug-In Cars Mainstream

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:18 am
    Tesla at Silicon Dragon in ShanghaiTesla Motors has big plans for China, and you can bet its car sales in the Chinese market will likely top the U.S.The innovative electric car maker from Silicon Valley will “replicate its American strategy in China,” says Shanghai-based Tesla executive Dan Hsu.  The first cars were delivered in April, and Hsu says he  hopes that Tesla sales will “be bigger” than in the U.S.  Certainly anyone who’s been to Beijing and encountered the smog shares that view.Central to the strategy in China is keeping…
  • What Makes Jack Ma Tick - And How He Built Alibaba

    21 Sep 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Alibaba’s successful IPO in New York brings back memories of interviewing founder Jack Ma in his hometown Hangzhou in 2006 long before his name was universally recognized – but well after he had saved Alibaba from failing in 2001. Silicon Dragon author interviewing Alibaba founder Jack Ma (circa 2006)in his hometown HangzhouI learned a lot about Ma as an entrepreneur during that first interview for my book Silicon Dragon.  One of Ma’s more memorable quotes resonates today: ”When I am myself, I am happy, and have a good result.”…
  • Friction Points for Alibaba As It Goes On Global Stage

    12 Sep 2014 | 10:02 am
    It’s interesting to hear astute China-US venture investors Gary Rieschel of Qiming Ventures and Chris Evdemon of Innovations Works say they wouldn’t invest in Alibaba stock as the Chinese e-commerce company gets set to go public in New York late next week. With a portfolio full of Chinese tech startups poised to go public if Alibaba’s IPO does well, you would think they would be more rah-rah. But no.“At a price of $160-$170 billion, I think they’ve already done enough to help other Chinese startups,” says Rieschel. “In my opinion, they’ve priced the company in a…
  • Alibaba Poised To Write $5 Billion Checks For U.S. Tech Startups

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:47 am
    Alibaba’s IPO is set to have a big impact be on U.S. tech M&A deals and future listings from venture-backed China startups on Wall Street.  See Silicon Dragon Talk, Sizing Up Alibaba.Referred to as the WalMart of China for its heft, the public listing of Alibaba will give it a huge treasure chest to acquire more U.S. tech startups and possibly write $5 billion to $10 billion checks, says venture capitalist Nazar Yasin of Rise Capital. Since 2013, Alibaba has invested in nine U.S. tech startups in deals valued at $968 million, according…
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    chinaSMACK

  • Chinese Government Sues Villagers Who Found and Sold Ebony

    Fauna
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    From NetEase: 8 Chongqing Villagers Sell 30 Meter Long Ebony They Dug Up for 196k, Has Money Confiscated Summary: Recently, the 196k yuan eight villagers in Chongqing city Tongnan county received from selling ebony was confiscated [by the government]. In 2012 October, Tongnang villager Wang X discovered a piece of ebony in the Fujiang River and collaborated with 8 other villagers to dredge it up. At the time, the local Cultural Relics Bureau received a report from Wang X and company, but they did not take [the ebony] because it was not a cultural relic. In December, the villagers sold the…
  • Young Chinese Girl Returns Home, Takes Over 20 Baths, Dies

    Fauna
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    From NetEase: Young Girl Taken Away By 4 Men, Returns Home, Takes Over 20 Baths, Dies At around 10pm on the night of 2014 October 20, Hunan province Yueyang city girl Li Yue reached the end of her short 17 years of life. On September 30th, she had arrived in Dongguan from Changsha. At around 6am in the early morning of October 20th, this slender and pretty girl was taken away by four men who were sitting at the same table as her at a midnight snack street vendor stall. A whole 10 hours later, she returned to her rented room in a confused state of mind, covered in bruises. When taken to the…
  • Chinese Homebuyer Discovers Bamboo Used Instead of Steel Rebar

    Fauna
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Moso bamboo, photo for illustration only. From NetEase: Jiangsu Building Uses Bamboo Instead of Steel Rebar, Developer Claims It Is Playing a Prank on the Homeowner Moso bamboo and steel reinforced bars are two things that have absolutely nothing to do with each other, but, sometimes, these two things have still been equated by people, such as just recently in a new building being constructed in Taizhou city Jiangyan district, where some homebuyers discovered that sheets of moso bamboo have been suspected of being used in the place of steel rebar during construction. Those familiar with the…
  • Beijing Schoolboy: Family Has 14 Houses, So Why Go to School?

    Fauna
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    From NetEase: Family of Beijing “House Baby/Child” Has 14 Houses, Claims He Has Enough Money to Eat for Three Lifetimes, So Why Go To School? Summary: Recently, dozens of parents in Beijing visited the city’s Middle and Primary School Counseling Center seeking the help of experts, discussing what they should do about their “naughty [unruly] children“. The mother of middle school schoolboy Young Hu came seeking help because a teacher has asked her to come to school to supervise her son at school in his studies, because Young Hu is always making a fuss at school…
  • Shanxi Traffic Police’s Fleet of Land Rover SUVs Exposed

    Fauna
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    From NetEase: “Matching Land Rover Fleet” Confirmed as Owned by Shanxi Traffic Police According to a China Business News October 22nd report: On October 21st, a set of photos titled “Exposing Shanxi Highway Traffic Police’s Showy Land Rover Fleet” circulated online. In the photos, matching white Land Rover vehicles were driven in a line, all fitted with police lights, all prefixed with “晋O” [the license plate prefix for Shanxi], and eye-catching license plates of repeating numbers. Among the license plates that could be discerned, three were…
 
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    China Briefing News

  • China Outbound: Connecting Your China Business to the ASEAN Region

    China Briefing
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:47 pm
    In this edition of China Outbound, we survey the growing integration between China and the ASEAN region, and the resulting benefits for foreign investment. We also highlight diversity within ASEAN itself, where a wide range of economic and political agendas comprise the ten-member bloc. The post China Outbound: Connecting Your China Business to the ASEAN Region appeared first on China Briefing News.
  • ‘Bad Faith’ Trademark Registration in China

    China Briefing
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:46 am
    Discovering that a Chinese company has registered a trademark in bad faith is one of the biggest complaints of foreign-invested Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) trying to enter the Chinese market. Here is a list of preventative measures and responses to counter this problem. The post ‘Bad Faith’ Trademark Registration in China appeared first on China Briefing News.
  • Dezan Shira Partners with Surmang for Maternal and Child Health in Qinghai

    China Briefing
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:55 am
    Dezan Shira & Associates has launched a corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative with the Surmang Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to combating maternal and infant mortality in Yushu Prefecture, Qinghai Province. The post Dezan Shira Partners with Surmang for Maternal and Child Health in Qinghai appeared first on China Briefing News.
  • An Introduction to Double Taxation Avoidance in China

    China Briefing
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:12 pm
    China has made significant strides in the past five years in the area of double taxation avoidance, as well as implementation assurance techniques. Here we give an overview of these developments and their implications for foreign direct investors in the country. The post An Introduction to Double Taxation Avoidance in China appeared first on China Briefing News.
  • China Regulatory Brief: Injury Insurance in Guangzhou, Annual Inspections in Dongguan and Container Export Refunds

    China Briefing
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:59 am
    In this week's China Regulatory Brief, we discuss work-related injury insurance in Guangzhou, the establishment of a workforce protection fund in the Shenzhen SEZ, the exemption of import tariffs on Australian coal, and Dongguan's implementation of a revised timeframe for annual reporting. The post China Regulatory Brief: Injury Insurance in Guangzhou, Annual Inspections in Dongguan and Container Export Refunds appeared first on China Briefing News.
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    Xinjiang: Far West China

  • Surviving Turpan’s 29km Death Race

    Josh Summers
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Note from Josh: this last week I asked Kevin Peters, a friend of mine here in Urumqi, to write about his experience participating in a recent race down in Turpan. I hope you enjoy the story and photos he shares!   On September 21st, 2014, three hundred runners gathered in Turpan, Xinjiang to take part in the Sixth Annual International Cross Country Desert Challenge. Stretching up to 29 kilometers, the race took participants through Turpan’s Flaming Mountains, a series of fiery colored hills with rugged terrain, sharp rocks, deep caverns, and wide stretches of desert. As a couch…
  • Traveler’s Guide to Turpan’s Jiaohe Ancient City 交河故城

    Josh Summers
    4 Oct 2014 | 1:18 am
    The ancient city of Jiaohe, which lies about ten kilometers west of the small town of Turpan, is one of the most visually spectacular ruins of the old Silk Road. More than 1,500 years of history sits atop this 30-meter high plateau and because of this it has become one of Xinjiang’s most interesting archeological sites – certainly one that’s worth your time to visit. The entire city ruins run 1,700 meters in length and 300 meters at the widest point. During its peak it was home to about 5,000 residents and boasted a “main street”, several monasteries, and…
  • “Timeless” Xinjiang | Interview with Ryan Pyle

    Josh Summers
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:22 am
    I had the opportunity this last month to chat with Ryan Pyle, a Shanghai-based photographer and producer best known here in China for his 20,000 km motorcycle journey across the whole country. He’s been described as an “anthropologist with a camera” and I think you’ll see by the photos below exactly why that is. I’ve always known he had a strong connection with Xinjiang and it was finally confirmed earlier this year when I learned he was publishing Chinese Turkestan, a beautiful photographic documentary of this region and its people. The book is available on…
  • How to Cross Xinjiang’s Irkeshtam Border to Kyrgyzstan

    Josh Summers
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:53 am
    Border crossing from Xinjiang into other countries in Central Asia isn’t necessarily difficult, but getting reliable, up-to-date information is. Take the Irkeshtam border crossing for an example – it’s one of the most common ways to travel from China to Kyrgyzstan and yet I have a hard time finding any published info on the process. Thanks to the input of several travelers, I would like to present a simple “how to” to make crossing the Irkeshtam border easy for future travelers. *Special thanks to Sim Yi Hui and Jon LaRosa as well as Lee and Galen from Silk…
  • The Day I Got My First China Speeding Ticket

    Josh Summers
    6 Sep 2014 | 1:43 am
    It was bound to happen at some point. Not that I’m a bad driver. In 15 years behind the wheel I can count on one hand the number of traffic violations I’ve received. Yet there splashed across the computer screen in the police station was a picture of me happily speeding down the highway between Urumqi and Heavenly Lake. “Is that you?” the lady behind the desk asked, as if it was normal for a white foreigner to be caught speeding along a Xinjiang highway. “Yes” I said as I handed over my 200 RMB fine. “That’s definitely me.” Camera-Shy in China Everybody is fully aware of…
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    The China Observer

  • Can Chinese Firms Build Globally Competitive Brands?

    Joel
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    This is the first in a three-part series of posts that summarize key takeaways from my recent trip to Europe where I spoke about topics from my new book, China Goes West: Everything You Need to Know About Chinese Companies Going Global. One of the highlights was the Hamburg Summit, a large-scale China-EU conference held in Germany that brought together 600 senior-level attendees across business, government, and academia. The organizers invited me to speak on a panel about Chinese firms’ ability to build globally competitive brands. Often times when I speak about this topic, I borrow a joke…
  • Global Chinese Companies: Challenges or Opportunities for Western Multinationals?

    Joel
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:49 am
    I recently returned from a two-week trip to Europe where I represented Frontier Strategy Group at several high-profile events focused on Chinese overseas investment, including the Hamburg Summit, and shared key findings from my new book, China Goes West: Everything You Need to Know About Chinese Companies Going GlobalWe’re finding that our clients, executives from large American and European multinational companies, are facing intense competition from Chinese companies. At an event we organized in Shanghai this past April, 41% of the executives in attendance ranked “Chinese…
  • Chinese Outbound Investment in Europe [Video]

    Joel
    20 Sep 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Where do Chinese firms invest in the European Union? The image above is from an animated video ESADE business school created to put Chinese outbound FDI in Europe in context. According to the video, top destinations for Chinese investment in Europe include Luxembourg, France, the UK and Germany. In addition to providing a high-level overview of Chinese investment in the EU, the video also examines the various motivations Chinese companies have for investing overseas. It is an interesting 5 minute clip which can be viewed on Youtube below: Click here to view the embedded video.
  • Chinese Outbound Investment to Exceed Inbound?

    Joel
    13 Jul 2014 | 2:49 pm
    According to a recent article in the Economist, based on the UNCTAD’s World Investment Report, Chinese outbound investment will likely surpass direct investment into China within the next two years. This comes after the United States Chamber of Commerce, a U.S. lobbying group, reported that Chinese investment in the United States surpassed U.S. investment in China for the first time in 2013. Keep in mind though that this refers to flow of new investment, NOT accumulated stock of investment.
  • Can Chinese Brands Go West? Video Interview

    Joel
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. The China Observer’s founder, Joel Backaler, was interviewed by Thoughtful China in Shanghai last month. The interview covered his new book China Goes West – specifically how likely is it that we will see global brands emerge from China. For viewers based in China, the segment is also available on Youku here.
 
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    Asian Ramblings

  • Packing Tips for Travel South-East Asia

    admin
    26 Oct 2014 | 3:54 pm
    I have been travelling to Cambodia +/- Vietnam annually over the last 5 years. Each year I have got better at paring down my luggage so that it is much more manageable and I have room for other stuff. I do medical volunteer work in Cambodia so any spare room in my suitcase is used to bring donated medical equipment and medication to Cambodia. I’ll make it clear right here that I’m a “flash-packer”, which means that I’m a budget traveller, but not one for dorm rooms. Mobile medical clinic in Phnom Pehn slum community Firstly, if you can, get a…
  • Experience the Globe – don’t let recent terror alerts stop you travelling.

    admin
    24 Sep 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Opinion Piece by friend Nicky who is currently living in Turkey. If you watch the news, read newspapers, go on Facebook, or check any kind of Twitter stream, you will no doubt be aware of the rather dark goings on in the world currently. I’m not going to mention any name of any organization or specific event, because that would be giving publicity to what these people have done or are doing, and they don’t deserve that, so instead we will deal with increased terror alerts as a generic topic. It’s a topic that some feel is rather taboo to discuss too much, but when it comes to your safe…
  • Venturing Outside Your Comfort Zone with Travel

    admin
    6 May 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Everyone’s comfort zone is different when it comes to travel. For one person, the idea of going to Thailand might see very routine, since experienced travellers tend to know it’s one of the easiest countries in the world to travel to. However, someone who has only been to Western countries might find even the idea of Thailand a little daunting. Whatever your comfort zone is – here are some tips for how you can expand your travel horizons without feeling nervous to the extent you don’t enjoy your trip. Travel with a more experienced traveller. For example, my Mum went…
  • Free Things to Do in Beijing

    admin
    9 Mar 2014 | 4:56 am
    One of the busiest, biggest, and most frenzied cities in the world, the capital of China is a huge and diverse place to visit. Of course, cities, let alone capital cities, mean money, and you may struggle to find all the fun of the fair without any cold hard cash to spend. Thankfully, there are several activities available in this colourful city that don’t require any cash to cross hands. Yes, I’m talking free! Here are five of the cheapest (i.e. free) activities to pass the time in Beijing. Tiananmen Square – You must have heard of this huge square, in fact it’s…
  • Getting Around – Transportation in Asia

    Nicky
    1 Mar 2014 | 3:58 am
    Due to the huge distances involved with travelling around Asia, it’s quite likely that you’re not going to do it on foot, unless of course you’re feeling extremely energetic and you like blisters. For the more sane amongst us, this will involve several different methods of transport, many of which you might not come into contact with on a daily basis in your own country. Here are six of the most common. Tuk Tuk I love the sound of this, just the name brings up exotic images! Basically a tuk tuk is a small vehicle that is extremely handy for zipping around, and particularly…
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    China Private Equity, Published by China First Capital

  • The Abacus. A Crowning Achievement of Chinese Innovation

    admin
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:50 am
      While China’s recent performance may be a disappointment, averaged across the millennia no other nation has provided the world with such an abundant wellspring of innovation. Have a look at this long list of Chinese inventions. Not a day passes for most of us when we don’t rely on at least one product of Chinese ingenuity, be it paper money, the bristle toothbrush, toilet paper, oil wells. A slightly smaller group of us wouldn’t want to long tolerate life without noodles, steamed or stir-fried food, tofu, tea, alcoholic drinks. Left off the Wikipedia list is one other…
  • China High-Tech: giant ambitions can’t disguise a disappointing record of achievement

    admin
    3 Oct 2014 | 2:02 am
    “China, the innovation nation. With nine times more engineering graduates and more patents filed each year than in the US, China is transitioning quickly away from its roots as a copycat, knockoff economy to become a potent new high-tech power.” By now, we’ve all read the headlines, heard the hype. China’s high-tech ambitions were part of the sales pitch used in Alibaba’s successful US IPO last month. No story about China, no prediction about China’s future gets more attention or more traction from consultants, authors, policy analysts. It encapsulates the unanimous…
  • Alibaba grabs the IPO money but the future belongs to Jeff Bezos and Amazon China

    admin
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:46 pm
    Alibaba Group should next week collect the big money from its NYSE IPO. But, Seattle’s Amazon owns the future of China’s $400 billion online shopping industry. Amazon’s China business is better in just about every crucial respect: customer service, delivery, product quality even price when compared to Alibaba’s towering Taobao business. Hand it to Jeff Bezos. While few have been watching, he is building in China what looks to me to be a better, more long-term sustainable business than Alibaba’s Jack Ma. Amazon’s China business fits a familiar pattern. The…
  • Investment in China PIPEs grows on Alibaba’s coattails — The Deal

    admin
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:32 pm
      Investment in China PIPEs grows on Alibaba’s coattails By Bill Meagher    Updated 07:45 PM, Sep-09-2014 ET   Fueled by the anticipated initial public offering of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., a renewed wave of investor interest has swept into U.S.-registered Chinese companies. Such companies have raised $4.43 billion in 35 private-investment-in-public-equity transactions this year, compared to $276.8 million in 13 PIPEs last year, according to PrivateRaise, The Deal’s data service that tracks the PIPE market. Those figures exclude transactions that raised less than…
  • Why and how Beijing became one of the world’s more unmanageable major cities

    admin
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:36 am
    What if most of what we think about government spending was wrong? What if government money causes, rather than cures,  pollution, unaffordable and substandard housing, impossible traffic, more expensive and less available healthcare? Sounds impossible, right? Not if you live in or have traveled to Beijing lately. The city’s now infamous urban problems are at least in part the result of a deluge of government spending since the onset of the financial crisis in 2008. Direct central government funding doubled to over Rmb 14 trillion ($2.2 trillion) over this period while local governments…
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    China Internet Watch

  • Baidu Became China’s Largest Android App Distribution Platform in H1 2014

    Cecilia
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:29 pm
    As of 30 June 2014, the total number of users in Baidu app distribution platforms exceeded 600 million and with an average of 130 million daily distribution and 10 million developers, having become the largest Android app distribution platform in China in Q2 2014. According to latest data, in H1 2014, users in China mobile app distribution market had an increase of 25% from last year and total distribution increased by 25%. The top 3 ones in mobile distribution market were Baidu, 360 and Tencent, accounting for over 70% market share. Since Baidu bought 91 company in 2013, it has been top in…
  • Amazon Launched Direct Shipping for China Cross-border Online Shoppers

    Incitez China
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Amazon China announced the official launch of the direct shipping service and a Chinese website for Chinese shopping overseas. From now on, Amazon US, Germany, Spain, France, UK and Italy, all provide direct shipping to China. Chinese consumers can select from these six overseas sites with over 80 million products in footwear, apparel, maternal and child health and nutrition, and personal care product categories. More country sites and product categories will be made available to Chinese online shoppers. Amazon overseas direct shipping can help consumers quickly deal with customs clearance…
  • Baidu Had Over Half Million Active Online Marketing Customers in Q3 2014

    CIW Team
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:41 pm
    Baidu announced its unaudited financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2014. Total revenues in the third quarter of 2014 were RMB13.520 billion ($2.203 billion), a 52.0% increase YoY. Online marketing revenues for the third quarter of 2014 were RMB13.427 billion ($2.188 billion), representing a 51.8% increase YoY. Baidu had about 516,000 active online marketing customers in Q3 2014, representing an 11.2% increase YoY. Revenue per online marketing customer for the third quarter was approximately RMB25,900 ($4,220), a 35.6% increase YoY and a 7.0% increase QoQ. Traffic…
  • China Local Mobile Advertising to Exceed RMB10 Bln

    Cecilia
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    China local mobile advertising market is expected to exceed RMB10.142 billion (US$1.65 billion) in 2014 with an increase of 93.6% from 2013 according to EnfoDesk. There are several reasons for the rapid growth of China’s local mobile advertising market in 2014: Overall mobile internet market in China is mature More and more advertisers realize and recognize mobile advertising’s great potential A great number of local SME advertisers have increased recognition in local mobile ads with the development of local businesses Local data adds value in mobile ad market It is estimated…
  • Xiaomi Tops BCG’s Most Innovative Companies List in China

    Incitez China
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Xiaomi is ranked the most innovative Chinese company (35th globally) in 2014 according to BCG’s 2014 global innovation survey. Tencent (47th) and Huawei (50th) also made it to the BCG “The Most Innovative Companies” Top 50 list. BCG saw only a 2 percentage point decline in the priority of innovation from 2013 to 2014—and a 3% decline in the proportion of respondent organizations that are spending more on innovation in 2014 than in 2013. Xiaomi is one of the only three new companies that joined BCG’s “Most Innovative Companies” list with Hitachi, and…
 
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    China Hope Live

  • Chinese-as-a-Second-Language, Episode 6: Coffee enemas

    Joel 大江
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    Maybe you think writing about coffee enemas is… in poor taste. Well, this isn’t about coffee enemas; it’s about the crazy stuff that floats through our daily conversations in China and the deliciously odd experience of encountering it in a second language. Like last week’s little exchange: “Hey, Dajiang! I sent you a Weixin message for Jessica, to help her recovery.” (Jessica recently had surgery, and our Chinese friends have been super supportive.) “Oh, yeah? What is it?” “It’s about a treatment that’s really popular right…
  • A Chinese shrine to… Jesus?

    Joel 大江
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:11 am
    Hong Kongers erected two shrines at different locations on their barricades in their battle against police and thugs: one to Guan Gong (aka and , a ubiquitous Chinese folk deity especially worshiped by police, triads and restaurant owners), and one to Jesus. (None of the HK images below are mine; click each for its source.)Comparing these shrines provides a fantastic little opportunity to explore contextualization and syncretism — big words for talking about how ideas, practices and objects are adopted by a culture, and whether or not their core meanings survive intact. But first, the…
  • Why we use SunVPN in China

    Joel 大江
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:49 pm
    When we first came to China in 2007, the average expat didn’t need a VPN. But a lot has changed since then. For example, I use: Gmail for e-mail; Google for search and translation; Facebook and Instagram to stay in touch with family and friends, and share pictures of our kids with their aunties, uncles, grandpas and grandmas; Twitter for news; YouTube to make music playlists for our family; And in China, I need to VPN to access every single one of those. So without a VPN, I lose my first or only options for English-language e-mail, search, translation, news and social networking, and a…
  • “…tear gas, or as it’s known in China, ‘the sky'”

    Joel 大江
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    It’s that special time of year again: The Colbert Report clip embedded below about a lot of severely inconvenienced Beijing pigeons and Some Event Which Must Not Be Named has reminded me that it’s time to order new filters for our DIY air purifiers. Because winter is coming to China. And that means the annual airpocalypse. And we’ve got everything you need to know right here: China Essentials: DIY home air purifiers Because “…tear gas, or as it’s known in China, ‘the sky’.” (You’ll need to set your VPN on a U.S. server to see the…
  • Sunrise sword dancing & taiji, our neighbourhood, Qingdao, China

    Joel 大江
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:44 pm
    Our neighbourhood still has a little bit of exotic China. These are from two weekends ago, literally a stone’s throw from the preschool and a 1-minute walk from our apartment. Every morning a group of retirees practices tàijíquán and sword dancing . More sunrise taiji photos: Sunrise taiji, our neighbourhood, Qingdao, China (2013 Fall) Springtime neighbourhood taiji lessons 太极拳 (2013 Spring)
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    ChinaHush

  • Chinese Brides: A Good Choice for an Asian Wife?

    Yang Yang
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:06 am
    There has been a lot of competition among many Asian and Eastern European countries, but websites for Chinese women, whether as mail order brides or for more traditional marriages always seem to be the most popular. Despite the proliferation and popularity of these sites, there are plenty of other options for men interested in marrying Chinese women. Why do so many men find Chinese women so attractive? Let’s take a look at some common traits and perceptions of Chinese women to find out. We’ll also discuss how “mail order” brides compare to traditional dating and marriage. 1. Why men…
  • Taiwanese Women: What are they really like?

    Yang Yang
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:56 pm
    Based on what is often written on blogs, websites, and social media, Taiwanese women seem to have gained a negative reputation. This view of Taiwanese doesn’t seem to be held just by men in the West, but frequently by Asian expats as well. So what are Taiwanese girls really like? Where Taiwanese girls get their reputation As with anything, there are plenty of theories as to why Taiwanese girls have such a negative reputation. If you aren’t familiar with Taiwan, it’s a large island near the coast of Mainland China. Taiwan is highly influential in this part of the world, but relations…
  • China’s Starry future Seen by Western Psychics

    Sean Maples
    12 Oct 2014 | 10:21 pm
    “I Ching Song Dynasty print” by Song era print artist – http://catalog.digitalarchives.tw/item/00/08/73/99.html. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons. One of the essential religious actions in China is divination, existing from ancient times through the present. Numerous outside customers come to visit, that they are fixated on the I Ching, or the Book of Changes, as an after-effect of the overall upsurge of examining this mysterious book as per alternate Chinese psychic surnamed Li. How can it function? The resurgence of the divination is not a trend, yet…
  • Mainland media call Hong Kong protestors extreme opposition

    Annie Lee
    28 Sep 2014 | 2:22 pm
    September 28 is a day to remember in Hong Kong history as it sees the emergence of what started as a student groups led peaceful march escalating into Hong Kong’s unprecedented protests and police crackdown. When almost every major west media was breaking the news, mainland media unsurprisingly treated the matter in complete opposite way – silence. In fact, today’s headlines in the Hong Kong-Macau section on one of China’s biggest news portal ifeng are: 4 Chinese faces on the Nobel Prize prediction list, 2 of whom born in Hong Kong; Hong Kong expecting to receive 8% more…
  • A tooth for a tooth, farmers occupy main road as sunning ground

    Annie Lee
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    In a newly constructed Kexue Main Road in Zhengzhou City, the usual grey asphalt pavement turns into a golden boulevard of corns which covered 2/3 of the six-lane road and stretched as long as 5km. According to local villagers, the newly harvested corns can be properly dried in a couple of days and packed for sale on the spot thanks to the sunny weather and good ventilation on the road. When asked why they occupied the public road for private use, one villager explained: "The road used to be our land. The developers just came here and grab our land to build factories and compounds. We…
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    China Quality Control

  • Improve Process Flow by Rethinking Roles & Responsibilities

    Graham
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:47 pm
    How can you use process mapping to assign tasks effectively within an organization and improve process flow and quality? Last month we published an article, “How You Can Improve Quality At Your Organization In 4 Key Parts”, in which we discussed four key areas where you can revamp your organization to improve quality and process flow. Now, we’d like to delve into one such area in greater depth. The focus for today is on organizational structure and responsibilities. Managing Expectations Of Roles & Responsibilities To reiterate a key question that was raised in the earlier blog…
  • Solve Your Production Issues In 24 Hours With QRQC

    John
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:40 am
    What is QRQC? QRQC – or Quick Response Quality Control – is not only a quality control tool and method for troubleshooting but also an innovative concept in the field of global quality management. QRQC integrates a simple and logical solution to a given production or business operation problem within 24 hours’ time and has applications in many different segments along supply chains, including project management, manufacturing, logistics and others. QRQC focuses on quality control to ensure that any problem is identified and isolated and that a solution is found and implemented quickly…
  • How You Can Improve Quality At Your Organization In 4 Key Parts

    Graham
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:10 am
    The following is an article compiled with knowledge from veteran quality control professionals we have personally interviewed and worked with over the past several years. These professionals come from industries such as automotive, defense, aerospace, plastics and oil & gas. This article touches on quality tools such as Six Sigma, Lean, 5S, 5Y, 8D, TQM, SPC, VSM and QFD.  These are marvelous innovations in systems quality assurance, and have pushed engineering excellence to a whole new level, although, unless your business is in a solid and sustainable position, and you thoroughly…
  • Manufacturing Secrets: 6 Processes That Will Make Your Product Shine

    Eric
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Do you believe in love at first sight? Have you ever had a shopping experience where you just had to buy a product as soon as you laid eyes on it? This is probably because the appearance of the product grabbed your attention immediately. Many products take on a very glossy, shiny or sleek appearance as a result of the manner in which they are produced. So how does the manufacturer achieve this? We’ll tell you with these 6 manufacturing processes that will make your product shine:   1. Sand blasting One way to give your product a shine is through sand blasting, a process which helps to…
  • 8 Concepts for Success in China…

    Laura
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Last month, Andrew Reich, founder of InTouch Services, delivered a presentation to CRCC Asia, a company which specializes in connecting China and the global community through award-winning internships. Having lived and worked in China since 2002, Andrew’s presentation covering his own experiences, offered pearls of wisdom and revealed effective ways to conquer the Chinese business world while developing professionally. These are his 8 Concepts for Success in China: 1) Understanding the Chinese Mentality With China’s growing importance on the world stage, it’s important to understand…
 
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    East Asia & Pacific on the rise - Making development work for all

  • Realizing the hopes of unemployed youth in Papua New Guinea

    Walai Punena Jacklyn Tongia
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:29 pm
    I met Gilford Jirigani at a workshop in Port Moresby a few months ago. What struck me about him was his natural confidence and poise as he captured the audience’s attention - including mine-as he told us how one project changed his life. He went from being an unemployed kid, down and out and unclear about his life in the city, to eventually becoming one of the pioneers of a youth program aimed at increasing the employability of unemployed youth in Port Moresby in 2012. The National Capital District Commission’s Urban Youth Employment Project (UYEP) has given a second chance to unemployed…
  • Of Seasons and Typhoons

    Leonardo B. Paat Jr
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Communities living along the coast in Cebu province are at highly at risk to the impacts of climate change. Having grown up in Cagayan, a province in the northeastern most part of the Philippines, our lives have always been defined by the wet and dry season as well as typhoons. My childhood memories are dotted with events when our village would be flooded or hit by typhoons. There were times when we had to evacuate and once permanently relocate following a catastrophic flooding of the province due to the swelling of the Cagayan River. My grandfather, then a tobacco farmer, would despair as…
  • Developing the Youth Workforce in Solomon Islands

    Stephen Close
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:26 pm
    I see it every time I come back to Honiara, Solomon Island’s bustling capital, soon after I arrive.  Young people on the streets, wandering around in groups or by themselves with nothing to do.  It’s the same thing my local friends and colleagues mention.  Solomon Islanders also ask, “What kind of future lies ahead for our kids?”  Solomon Islands face new economic challenges and a rapidly expanding, youthful population.  Seven out of 10 Solomon Islanders are under the age of 29.  While large numbers of young people are unemployed and not in school or in…
  • Pacific Island Youth taking Action4Climate

    Kym Louise Smithies
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:11 pm
    The onslaught of climate change in the Pacific Islands that look like tiny spots from space, is a big wake-up call for the youth of these nations. Young Pacific Islanders are taking a proactive stance by raising their voices on this issue. This year, several Pacific Islanders have joined young film makers from around the world in filming and documenting their stories in the Action4Climate competition – an international video competition organized by Connect4Climate with a total 230 entries from 70 countries. Five entries have been shortlisted from the Pacific Islands. You can read more…
  • Việt Nam: Một kỳ thi quốc gia có đánh giá được hết năng lực học sinh?

    An Thi My Tran
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Học sinh Việt Nam tham dự kỳ thi tốt nghiệp trung học phổ thông. Photo: Van Chung/World Bank Sau nhiều tháng thảo luận sôi nổi, Bộ Giáo dục và Đào tạo cuối cùng đã ra thông báo về việc tổ chức một kỳ thi quốc gia chung để xét công nhận tốt nghiệp trung học phổ thông (THPT) và lấy kết quả làm căn cứ tuyển sinh đại học, cao đẳng. Cho đến năm học vừa qua, học sinh Việt Nam vẫn phải tham gia hai kỳ thi riêng sau khi hoàn thành 12 năm học phổ thông: một kỳ thi tốt…
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    QualityInspection.org

  • Switching from Acceptance Sampling to Process Control

    Renaud Anjoran
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Most importers who buy products in China resort to acceptance sampling — in particular, QC inspections based on AQL limits. The main reason is, they can’t trust their suppliers. Actually, they often don’t even know where certain orders is made! This situation is not ideal (they’d rather avoid paying for inspections) but is manageable for certain buyers. Many importers are happy so long as they don’t receive a shipment with more than 4% of defective products. Acceptance sampling is not suitable for certain importers However, some importers have higher…
  • Best Practices for Managing Chinese Suppliers [Upcoming Conference]

    Renaud Anjoran
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:17 am
    The European Chamber is organizing the second edition of the “Profitable Sourcing” series of conferences. The previous session, in February, was quite a success. It attracted close to 70 participants and was extremely interesting. I hope to see you on Nov. 11 (afternoon only) in Guangzhou. Who will the speakers be? The head of Manufacturing Excellence for Footwear at Adidas The president of the FAW-Volkswagen Foshan branch A supply chain executive from Bureau Veritas (to discuss the role of factory audits and similar services) David Collins, one of my parters at China…
  • The 3 Types of Hong Kong Trading Companies

    Renaud Anjoran
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    After working myself in a Hong Kong trading company a few years ago, and then observing my clients’ suppliers, I have noticed a lot of similarities among these companies. I think we can distinguish between three types of trading companies: 1. Good salesmen They are good at getting new clients… but not necessarily at keeping them. They are often creative. In the garment/fashion industry, they often have at least one designer who proposes ideas. It is very easy for overseas buyers to develop new products with them. I have observed a few such companies. They are often managed by a…
  • The Different Sampling Plans Contained in the ISO 2859 Series

    Renaud Anjoran
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:10 am
    The vast majority of inspectors follow the ISO 2859-1 standard. But about ISO 2859-2, -3, and so on? The relationship between these parts is explained in ISO 2859-10:2006 (introduction to the ISO 2859 series of standards for sampling for inspection by attributes): ⎯ Part 1: Sampling schemes indexed by acceptance quality limit (AQL) for lot-by-lot inspection ⎯ Part 2: Sampling plans indexed by limiting quality (LQ) for isolated lot inspection ⎯ Part 3: Skip-lot sampling procedures ⎯ Part 4: Procedures for assessment of declared quality levels ⎯ Part 5: System of sequential sampling…
  • List of the Best Articles Published on this Blog

    Renaud Anjoran
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:53 am
    When we redesigned this website a few months ago, we wanted it to be very simple. We even removed the “resource” pages. But the problem with a blog is, the best articles get buried in the mass. So we gathered them in several topics that can be accessed on this page. Happy reading!
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    Joop.in

  • Ozakajō Osaka castle

    Joop
    26 Oct 2014 | 2:32 am
    Originally called Ozakajō, it is one of Japan’s most famous castles, and played a major role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth century of the Azuchi-Momoyama period. Osaka Castle is situated on a plot of land roughly one kilometer square. It is built on two raised platforms of landfill supported by sheer walls of cut rock, using a technique called Burdock piling, each overlooking a moat. The central castle building is five stories on the outside and eight stories on the inside, and built atop a tall stone foundation to protect its occupants from sword-bearing attackers.
  • Create your own font!

    Joop
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    The Internet is beautiful! Sometimes you find a gem that’s just worth sharing. At myscriptfont.com, everyone can transform ones handwriting to a computer font. The process is simple: Print out the template Fill it out Scan it Upload to myscriptfont.com The result is a TTF, SVG or OTF font which you can install on your computer or even online. I made one together with Suna and the image above shows her reaction. Still thinking of the practicality of this but it’s interesting nonetheless!
  • Crocodile in the Yangtze

    Joop
    11 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    “We are fortunate to live in this time, we are fortunate to live in the Internet era. We are fortunate to live in China.” Said Jack Ma as he addressed his 16.000 employees in a stadium, as he is received with a rumbling applause. I just finished watching ‘Crocodile in the Yangtze’. A story about how an English teacher starts alibaba.com in 1999 in Hangzhou and later taobao.com to compete and defeat ebay in his home country. Having walked the streets of Hangzhou in 1999, I’m a bit sad I didn’t bump into this visionary leader. I’m really thankful to…
  • Ran from Amsterdam tot Zaandam with Startpagina.nl

    Joop
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:06 am
    I’ve been avoiding large (marathon) events; why disturb the peace of running by yourself on a random dike in the Netherlands? However, I got invited for a run with the team of startpagina.nl and I couldn’t resist. It was also a great motivation for me to run throughout the summer. This run from Amsterdam until Zaandam is one of the largest in the Netherlands with almost 90.000 participants. I used to be very serious about my time; No talking, no sightseeing and straight to the finish. This day I decided to enjoy the experience. High fiving the little kids beside the road. Due to…
  • Travelling Korea; The food, the people and the nature

    Joop
    7 Sep 2014 | 2:53 am
    What is it like to visit Korea? Well, look at the video above from “yongguk namja” and get an idea. It’s really an awesome place to travel to. Additional to the above, some highlights to my trip last week; Arrived at the beach (Boryeong). One of our new year resolutions was to visit the sea this summer. However, it didn’t seem to work out and as the weather turned cold already in the Netherlands I didn’t think it would happen. So I was delighted to visit the sea in Korea! Since the end of the summer season was also approaching here, family was worried that I…
 
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    MyBrownBaby

  • Cider Apple Pie with Apple Cider Drizzle (RECIPE)

    Denene Millner
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:37 pm
    This Cider Apple Pie recipe is a new staple dessert Girlpie whips up for company—or when I beg. #AintTooProud The post Cider Apple Pie with Apple Cider Drizzle (RECIPE) appeared first on MyBrownBaby. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Kiawah Island Residence Inn: Plotting Our Affordable Family Vacation

    Denene Millner
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:33 pm
    It's time for a getaway! Plotting an affordable family vacation at Kiawah Island's Andell Inn, a Residence Inn by Marriott hotel. The post Kiawah Island Residence Inn: Plotting Our Affordable Family... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Suffer the Little Children: the Effect of Domestic Violence On Kids

    Denene Millner
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    It's not just battered moms who get hurt: the effects of domestic violence on children are real—and long lasting. The post Suffer the Little Children: the Effect of Domestic Violence On Kids... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Getting My Daughter Her First Bra: Girl Lux Is Pitch Perfect

    Denene Millner
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:11 pm
    My baby isn't a baby anymore. Buying my daughter her first bra made that crystal clear. This new tween bra made the trek easier—for sure. The post Getting My Daughter Her First Bra: Girl Lux Is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • We Wish The White Mom With Black Sperm Said This

    MyBrownBaby Staff
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    What the white mom who accidentally got Black sperm should have said. The post We Wish The White Mom With Black Sperm Said This appeared first on MyBrownBaby. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Speaking of China

  • Interview with Linda Leaming on Her Book “A Field Guide to Happiness”

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Married to Bhutan by American Linda Leaming — which tells the story of how she found her bliss and a husband in this oft-forgotten Himalayan country — remains one of my personal favorite AMWF memoirs for a very simple reason: Linda.She’s delightfully self-effacing (such as when she shares her many awkward “lost in translation” moments while learning Dzongkha, the official language of Bhutan), hilarious (a friend mistakenly calls Bhutan “Butane” and then she tells them the country is located in Africa), and wise too (such as when she points out…
  • “Is he your foreign exchange student?” When you’re a white woman who looks older than her Asian husband

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    26 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Actually, he’s my husband.I never thought a simple trip to the grocery store with my husband would give me one of the most embarrassing experiences I’ve ever had.It happened while we were checking out of a grocery store in the US. My husband, as usual, started bagging our stuff while I pulled out my credit card to pay for everything. It was just another typical checkout experience – until the cashier, a white woman in her fifties, started chatting with me.“Nice to have some help,” she said, referring to my husband who had already bagged everything and placed it neatly in our…
  • Guest Post: Did You Know Hollywood’s 1st Sex Symbol Was an Asian Man?

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Logan Lo enlightened me with this guest post, which speaks to an oft-forgotten side of Hollywood history and how it has impacted Asian men in the media today. He writes: “…there are some that feel that the modern effeminization of Asian men in Hollywood and television was due – at least in some part – to the backlash over the first Hollywood sex symbol, a Japanese man named: Sessue Hayakawa.”Who was Sessue Hayakawa? Read on to learn more about this fascinating and pioneering actor. (UPDATE: For more background on this topic, read Logan Lo’s post…
  • An Interview with Susan Blumberg-Kason on “Good Chinese Wife” – Pub’d in Asian Jewish Life

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:49 pm
    My interview with Susan Blumberg-Kason on her new memoir Good Chinese Wife was just published in Asian Jewish Life!As longtime readers know, I originally interviewed Susan back in July about Good Chinese Wife as part of the Good Chinese Wife blog tour. For Asian Jewish Life, I expanded on that interview to ask more about how Susan’s Jewish identity factored into her story and also learn about the work in progress she’s currently writing (which has a very strong Asian Jewish theme!).Here’s an excerpt from the interview:AJL: Your Jewish identity is an important part of your…
  • Do Some Chinese Men Really Feel Inferior to Western Women?

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    My husband John (pictured above together with me beside Hangzhou’s West Lake) never felt inferior before me. But I was surprised many years ago when a friend told me some Chinese men would — and wouldn’t want to date me because of it.Years ago, before I had finally met John (my husband), I recall spending an evening in one of Hangzhou’s many teahouses with my friend Xiao Yu, a male colleague I met in my company.Xiao Yu always felt like a brother to me from the first day I entered that company. Maybe it was his near-flawless English, his easygoing smile that always seemed…
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    Hidden Harmonies China Blog

  • My Take on HK’s Occupy Movement

    Ray
    26 Oct 2014 | 12:12 pm
    This is actually a respond to Plutocrats Against Democracy but I got carried away and wrote this article. What LCY want to say about the pitfall of 1 person 1 vote is that the majority would vote HK into a welfare state as there is a sizable of not too well off people in HK. This is actually the biggest fear of China’s top leadership, in their view this is hurting the so-called western democracies economic recovery. They don’t fear democracy per se but rather what it would do to the social economic structure of China. It is not that they feel welfare is bad but China simply…
  • Plutocrats Against Democracy

    N.M.Cheung
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    On today’s New York Times, Paul Krugman has a column on democracy in Hong Kong. “It’s always good when leaders tell the truth, especially if that wasn’t their intention. So we should be grateful to Leung Chun-ying, the Beijing-backed leader of Hong Kong, for blurting out the real reason pro-democracy demonstrators can’t get what they want: With open voting, “You would be talking to half of the people in Hong Kong who earn less than $1,800 a month. Then you would end up with that kind of politics and policies” — policies, presumably, that would make the rich less rich…
  • The Mantra of “One Man, One Vote.”

    N.M.Cheung
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    It seems to be so reactionary to be against democracy, a noble concept. Yet for someone like me who has been living in U.S. for so long, a cynic, maybe jaded, the slogan of Hong Kong students of real democracy, or the Western media’s championing of human rights provoke mirth and bitter laugh in me. First let us look at the world at large, U.N. where annually at New York votes are taken in General Assembly, but essentially meaningless if it infringes on U.S. and her freedom to action in any way as a veto in Security Council is assured. When U.S. wanted to invade Iraq, she presented the…
  • Umbrella Revolution and Authoritarianism with Chinese Characteristics

    Guo Du
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:06 am
    Hong Kong’s Umbrella Freedom Fighters can’t possibly be fighting for “freedom” in one of the most indulging communities on earth; it’d be like fish keep asking for more salt in the ocean. If succeeded, it’d turn them into anchovies. A popular reason cited by supporters is that China’s an authoritarian state, therefore to be loathed unconditionally. Anyone who reads mainstream newspapers would know that much. If this fear is indeed the real cause, I’d like to take this opportunity to examine China’s authoritarianism by reviewing some known facts: 1) In 1949, when the…
  • Western Media’s Pervasive Bias Against China Today

    Allen
    4 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    Zack recently pointed out in the open thread the following article by Stephen Harner that accurately – though not necessarily exhaustively – hit on so many points on what is wrong with the Western press, which I quote in full: Dealing With the Scourge of “Schadenfreude” in Foreign Reporting on China Stephen Harner, Former US State Department Official October 3, 2014 Why are we so often disturbed by Western media reporting and analysis of China? Why does reading commentary of China’s economy, foreign relations, politics, and society leave us feeling emotionally abused,…
 
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    Red Luxury

  • Crocs Struggles to Find the Right Footing in China

    red luxury
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Crocs, the U.S. footwear company, is facing a difficult year in Asia as sales have declined in China and Japan. “Revenues in the [third] quarter were in line with our expectations in three out of four regions. Revenue declined slightly in Asia, where results were substantially impacted by weaker performance in our China wholesale and [&hellip
  • Tory Burch’s New Shanghai Store Is Its Largest in the World

    red luxury
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Signaling it is serious about China expansion, Tory Burch opened its first Asian flagship, and its largest store in the world, in Shanghai this week. The 9,645-square-foot flagship is located in the prime Kerry Center retail complex on Nanjing Xi Lu. The opening celebration included celebrities such as Chinese actress Zhangzi Yi, a dinner prepared [&hellip
  • Uniqlo’s Rapid China Expansion: 200 New Stores in Smaller Chinese Cities

    red luxury
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Japan’s fast fashion retailer Uniqlo is pushing deeper into China. Fast Retailing, parent of Uniqlo, is planning to expand into smaller Chinese cities – tier two, three and even tier four cities – to generate further growth. Uniqlo will add 200 stores this fiscal year and expects profits to grow by 34 percent. Uniqlo has [&hellip
  • What’s Wrong with Hainan’s Luxury Hotel Boom

    red luxury b
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:45 pm
    A popular vacation destination, the tropical Chinese island of Hainan is becoming saturated with luxury hotels, raising market concerns for some experts. Hainan has drawn huge numbers of domestic and foreign investors since 2010, when the Chinese government announced a plan to build it into a leading international tourist spot over the next decade. Today, [&hellip
  • Fendi’s Asia Push Begins with Hong Kong Store Makeover

    red luxury b
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Italian fashion house Fendi has reopened its newly renovated boutique in Hong Kong as part of a larger Asian expansion plan in the works for the brand. Designed by Gwenael Nicolas, a French architect based in Tokyo, the newly redone three-story store is located in the Landmark mall in Central. Richly decorated with bronze, stone, [&hellip
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    China Talking Points

  • Dating Questions Every Asian Should Ask Themselves

    <a href="http://www.freedatingamerica.com" rel="nofollow">Matt</a>
    26 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Interracial dating   No matter where you call home, dating is a complex ritual. The more we know ourselves, the better our odds are at finding someone truly compatible and fulfilling, with longevity and passion. Since the internet has made the world such a small and accessible place, cross-cultural dating is immensely commonplace, but it also adds additional challenges (as well as rewards.) In Asia, online dating is an all-out phenomenon. Men and women are finding like-minded members of their culture in droves, but more and more are branching out and exploring cross-cultural unions.
  • Where Can I Meet Chinese Women in Beijing?

    <a href="http://www.freedatingaustralia.com.au" rel="nofollow">Matt Fuller</a>
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:37 am
    Sanlitun – Beijing   Beijing is known as one of the favourite locations to meet local Chinese women. Chengdu and Shenzhen are also popular Chinese cities for romantic rendezvous. So what makes Beijing one of the premiere cities to find love in China? Many of China’s single women see Beijing as a city full of opportunity thus attracting thousands each year to exploit the many possibilities that await. Beijing is ‘the’ location from which western men turn to as a means of meeting genuine Chinese ladies who are looking for a husband. Chinese women have different…
  • What Does Sex Mean to Chinese Women?

    <a href="http://www.promagicofmakingup.co.uk" rel="nofollow">Bill Achola</a>
    25 Mar 2014 | 5:23 am
    Chinese women and sex An understanding of Chinese history is obviously important for a good understating of Chinese women. Just a reminder that here am not lecturing you on Chinese history but rather telling you something to help you get the most out of the following blog post, which will lead you most effectively to a Chinese heart. What I like about Chinese tradition is that ”men are superior and women are inferior; boys are precious and girls are cheap. Even today, this tradition still applies in rural areas of china. The serial dating concept that is prevalent in the Western culture…
  • Online dating websites in China

    Laura
    5 Sep 2013 | 9:52 pm
    Online dating websites in China   Market size In 2010, a TV dating program called “Feichengwurao” became a hit across China by introducing the famous model of “Take Me Out”. The success of the program also drove the online dating market. In 2011, the market size of online dating reached 980 million RMB and it is estimated that the size of online dating market would double in 2015. The three largest online dating websites, including Jiayuan.com, baihe.com, and Zhenai.com, take over 70% of the total market. Back in 2006, only 5% of the Chinese population would consider online…
  • 10 Best Dating Apps Available For Android

    Alex Richarson
    10 Aug 2013 | 8:02 pm
    10 Best Dating Apps Available For Android     Dating can be hard. That is as simple as I can be put it. However, in our new digital age it is becoming more accessible for those with smartphones to have access to great dating apps that can change your dating life for the better. Many of these have an interesting way in which they bring people together and some are for specific groups of people as well. So no matter who you are or what you are looking for, you should be able to find what you are looking for using one of these apps   Plenty of Fish One of the sites that has been…
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    The China Observer

  • Can Chinese Firms Build Globally Competitive Brands?

    Joel
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    This is the first in a three-part series of posts that summarize key takeaways from my recent trip to Europe where I spoke about topics from my new book, China Goes West: Everything You Need to Know About Chinese Companies Going Global. One of the highlights was the Hamburg Summit, a large-scale China-EU conference held in Germany that brought together 600 senior-level attendees across business, government, and academia. The organizers invited me to speak on a panel about Chinese firms’ ability to build globally competitive brands. Often times when I speak about this topic, I borrow a joke…
  • Global Chinese Companies: Challenges or Opportunities for Western Multinationals?

    Joel
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:49 am
    I recently returned from a two-week trip to Europe where I represented Frontier Strategy Group at several high-profile events focused on Chinese overseas investment, including the Hamburg Summit, and shared key findings from my new book, China Goes West: Everything You Need to Know About Chinese Companies Going GlobalWe’re finding that our clients, executives from large American and European multinational companies, are facing intense competition from Chinese companies. At an event we organized in Shanghai this past April, 41% of the executives in attendance ranked “Chinese…
  • Chinese Outbound Investment in Europe [Video]

    Joel
    20 Sep 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Where do Chinese firms invest in the European Union? The image above is from an animated video ESADE business school created to put Chinese outbound FDI in Europe in context. According to the video, top destinations for Chinese investment in Europe include Luxembourg, France, the UK and Germany. In addition to providing a high-level overview of Chinese investment in the EU, the video also examines the various motivations Chinese companies have for investing overseas. It is an interesting 5 minute clip which can be viewed on Youtube below: Click here to view the embedded video.
  • Chinese Outbound Investment to Exceed Inbound?

    Joel
    13 Jul 2014 | 2:49 pm
    According to a recent article in the Economist, based on the UNCTAD’s World Investment Report, Chinese outbound investment will likely surpass direct investment into China within the next two years. This comes after the United States Chamber of Commerce, a U.S. lobbying group, reported that Chinese investment in the United States surpassed U.S. investment in China for the first time in 2013. Keep in mind though that this refers to flow of new investment, NOT accumulated stock of investment.
  • Can Chinese Brands Go West? Video Interview

    Joel
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. The China Observer’s founder, Joel Backaler, was interviewed by Thoughtful China in Shanghai last month. The interview covered his new book China Goes West – specifically how likely is it that we will see global brands emerge from China. For viewers based in China, the segment is also available on Youku here.
 
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    Speaking of China

  • Interview with Linda Leaming on Her Book “A Field Guide to Happiness”

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Married to Bhutan by American Linda Leaming — which tells the story of how she found her bliss and a husband in this oft-forgotten Himalayan country — remains one of my personal favorite AMWF memoirs for a very simple reason: Linda.She’s delightfully self-effacing (such as when she shares her many awkward “lost in translation” moments while learning Dzongkha, the official language of Bhutan), hilarious (a friend mistakenly calls Bhutan “Butane” and then she tells them the country is located in Africa), and wise too (such as when she points out…
  • “Is he your foreign exchange student?” When you’re a white woman who looks older than her Asian husband

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    26 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Actually, he’s my husband.I never thought a simple trip to the grocery store with my husband would give me one of the most embarrassing experiences I’ve ever had.It happened while we were checking out of a grocery store in the US. My husband, as usual, started bagging our stuff while I pulled out my credit card to pay for everything. It was just another typical checkout experience – until the cashier, a white woman in her fifties, started chatting with me.“Nice to have some help,” she said, referring to my husband who had already bagged everything and placed it neatly in our…
  • Guest Post: Did You Know Hollywood’s 1st Sex Symbol Was an Asian Man?

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Logan Lo enlightened me with this guest post, which speaks to an oft-forgotten side of Hollywood history and how it has impacted Asian men in the media today. He writes: “…there are some that feel that the modern effeminization of Asian men in Hollywood and television was due – at least in some part – to the backlash over the first Hollywood sex symbol, a Japanese man named: Sessue Hayakawa.”Who was Sessue Hayakawa? Read on to learn more about this fascinating and pioneering actor. (UPDATE: For more background on this topic, read Logan Lo’s post…
  • An Interview with Susan Blumberg-Kason on “Good Chinese Wife” – Pub’d in Asian Jewish Life

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:49 pm
    My interview with Susan Blumberg-Kason on her new memoir Good Chinese Wife was just published in Asian Jewish Life!As longtime readers know, I originally interviewed Susan back in July about Good Chinese Wife as part of the Good Chinese Wife blog tour. For Asian Jewish Life, I expanded on that interview to ask more about how Susan’s Jewish identity factored into her story and also learn about the work in progress she’s currently writing (which has a very strong Asian Jewish theme!).Here’s an excerpt from the interview:AJL: Your Jewish identity is an important part of your…
  • Do Some Chinese Men Really Feel Inferior to Western Women?

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    My husband John (pictured above together with me beside Hangzhou’s West Lake) never felt inferior before me. But I was surprised many years ago when a friend told me some Chinese men would — and wouldn’t want to date me because of it.Years ago, before I had finally met John (my husband), I recall spending an evening in one of Hangzhou’s many teahouses with my friend Xiao Yu, a male colleague I met in my company.Xiao Yu always felt like a brother to me from the first day I entered that company. Maybe it was his near-flawless English, his easygoing smile that always seemed…
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    Blog - Digital Jungle

  • Why the Growth of Video Sharing through Social Media is Good News for Marketers

    27 Oct 2014 | 2:47 am
      Video Sharing Has Increased Recently there have been clear peaks in the volume of video sharing on Weibo. 30.2% of the shared videos were via Youku, followed by iQIYI and Tudou. There are several reasons why Chinese social media…
  • How Social e-commerce will Change Digital

    27 Oct 2014 | 2:04 am
        The Growth of Social e-commerce China will overtake the United States in e-commerce revenue and become the world’s largest global e-commerce market. Social media platforms in China are increasingly integrating e-commerce capabilities with their networks. At the same…
  • How to Improve Your Google Ranking: Penguin 3.0 Update

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:50 pm
    Latest Penguin 3.0 Update According to several key sources at Google, we can expect an update to the Google Penguin algorithm in as little as a week. While no set date has been given Webmaster Trends analyst John Mueller commented;…
  • 11 ways to get indexed By Baidu the Largest Chinese Search Engine

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:02 am
      In this post, we are going to tell you how you can get ranked and indexed by Baidu. There are many differences between Google and Baidu. In order to be ranked in Baidu, you will need to meet requirements…
  • A Birthday Gift From CloudFlare

    29 Sep 2014 | 2:48 am
    Happy 4th Birthday CloudFlare Happy birthday CloudFlare! On September 27th CloudFare turned 4 and they have decided to mark the occasion for their team and customers. This is not the first time CloudFlare have done something special to mark their…
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    CHINADebate

  • Artsy and Ai Weiwei

    Malcolm Riddell
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    Among the many extraordinary resources on the Web is Artsy. Artsy describes itself this way..’Artsy’s mission is to make all the world’s art accessible to anyone with an Internet connection.’ And since it’s beginning two years ago Arty has made impressive strides toward accomplishing this. (Note that here ‘accessible’ includes selling works of art, which I presume is how Artsy makes money and takes nothing away from it usefulness.) Readers here know that one of my favorite artists is Ai Weiwei. More importantly though he is one of my heroes for his bravery,…
  • ‘Asian Philanthropy: Strategic Social Stewardship’ by Angie Tang and Mercy Kuo

    Malcolm Riddell
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Mercy Kuo Mercy Kuo, CHINADebate’s Chief Strategy Officer,  and Angie Tang, Senior Advisor of Asia Value Advisors, a leading venture philanthropy advisory firm based Angie Tang in Hong Kong,have published in The Diplomat ‘Asian Philanthropy: Strategic Social Stewardship.’  Portending a trend, Mercy and Angie, assert in the tagline ‘Philanthropy from the region is growing, despite some significant challenges.’ What I found especially interesting is this…   For many Asian HNWI families, wealth brings a sense of social responsibility. The…
  • Harvard’s Tony Saich on the Hong Kong Demonstrations

    Malcolm Riddell
    3 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
      As the demonstrations in Hong Kong continue, I get calls and emails from CHINADebate Members, especially hedge funds concerned about what the impact will be on investments, asking what I think will happen. I have had to answer that I don’t know. Any serious impact would come from the actions of China’s leadership, and we don’t have any precedents from the Xi Jinping regime. That said, insightful China watchers can give us analyses that will at least allow us to weigh expectations. Of these, one of my handful of go-to experts is Tony Saich. Anthony Saich Besides his…
  • Welcome to Mercy Kuo, CHINADebate’s Chief Strategy Officer

    Malcolm Riddell
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Mercy Kuo Mercy comes to us from the Committee of 100, where she was successively Director of Research and then Managing Director. The Committee of 100 describes itself in this way… The Committee of 100 is an international, non-profit, non-partisan membership organization that brings a Chinese American perspective to issues concerning Asian Americans and U.S.-China relations. Our organization draws upon the collective experience, knowledge and resources of our members – Chinese Americans who have achieved prominence in a variety of fields and work in partnership towards our mission.
  • CHINARoundtable Sept 16 NY

    Malcolm Riddell
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:26 pm
 
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    Chengdu Living

  • Evolution of the Chengdu Riverside

    Sascha
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:33 pm
    I live not far from the sluggish southern end of the river that runs through Chengdu. I go down to the river maybe three or four times a month with my two sons, and we throw rocks into the sewage run off, watch the old men throw small nets at the mouth of the same run off, and run through the rubble and jungle of the wild urban riverbank. Just after the worst of winter broke, I noticed the old folk crawling around the wreckage of some old neighborhood, smashing big slabs of concrete into smaller slabs, and preparing the earth beneath for planting season. One old man dropped a huge stone down…
  • Western Entrepreneur Brings Eastern Tailors to South Chengdu

    Zak
    28 Sep 2014 | 2:48 am
    Entrepreneurialism is growing palpably in Chengdu. The expat community has long been opening the doors to new establishments, particularly on the restaurant and nightlife side of things. The success, not just in popularity but also financially, of local landmarks like The Spot and Jellyfish is hardly a secret. But there has also been a movement towards more boutique shops, places that offer top-quality products from abroad. The top-shelf beer from Beer’s Nest is now being served in a second location. Then there are the boys at Natooke Bike Shop who turn out gorgeous hand-crafted…
  • Why I Can’t Leave Chengdu

    Sascha
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    I first talked with Ron, Chi Chi and Bianca in the stairwell of the Poly Center, outside of the Sinostage Dance Studio where the three of them worked as dance instructors. About two minutes into the conversation, I asked them about Chengdu, in the sheepish way you’d ask someone about a dish you made that you know you’d oversalted. Ron’s shot me a eyes-wide glance and cocked his head like only a black man can, and shouted out, “Chengdu is the Shit!’ Chi Chi and Bianca nodded sagely. I looked at my casserole in a whole new way. The Shit? Really? I pressed on, what…
  • Measuring PM2.5 for 200rmb: the SamoAir Review

    Charlie
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Spend some time in Chengdu and you might find that the most common concern among expat residents is the polluted air. Many of us track pollutant levels using our smartphones everyday, wear protective masks when running or cycling, and outfit our homes with low (and high) cost air filters and automation systems. For me, the next step after setting up filters and automation in my home was to measure indoor pollutant levels myself to identify and troubleshoot potential problems. A common and trustworthy device used to measure air pollutants is the Dylos 1100, which is American-made and…
  • China’s Social Institution of the Polite Lie

    Eli
    28 May 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Recently I was reminded of something I learned ten years ago, while studying in Beijing. It was a month ago, and I was walking into a restaurant in Chengdu, around closing time, with a group of my wife’s friends. It was nearly 9pm and most of the staff were eating their shift meal or clearing tables, waiting for the last diners to finish. I asked a waiter if we could get some food and he responded apologetically that they were closing. Knowing that our dinner options were dwindling, I pleaded our case, asking that they seat us. To deflect my request the waiter said, ‘sorry, we are out of…
 
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    Beijing Cream

  • No Subway Line 2 Halloween Party This Year, Because You Could Be Arrested

    Anthony Tao
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:57 pm
    Happy Halloween, everybody. For those of you wondering, the some-years-strong Beijing tradition of dressing up and riding Subway Line 2 on the weekend before Halloween will come to a close this year. Authorities are worried about the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit, so they don’t want their public transportation clogged with beer-guzzling foreigners doing weird shit and attracting crowds. Reuters reports: Beijing police have warned people they face arrest for wearing Halloween fancy dress on the subway as it may cause crowds to gather and create “trouble”,…
  • China’s Bill O’Reilly, Sima Nan, Is Now Pro-Free Speech, Anti-Moron

    Valentina Luo
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    From left to right: Sima Nan, Zhou Xiaoping, and Fang Zhouzi Until this week, the social critic Sima Nan was best known for getting his head stuck in an escalator at Dulles Airport. That moment was particularly precious because Nan, a devoted neo-Maoist, had just posted another of his anti-America screeds on Sina Weibo before flying to DC. But China’s most famous wumao is now back in the news for a more impressive reason: as an impassioned defender of free speech. The wumao, or 50-centers, are patriotic Web commenters who sing the praises of big government, whether for a paycheck…
  • Laowai Comics: Leaving China

    Laowai Comic
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Laowai Comics is a periodic webcomic. Beijing Cream is proud to debut its Thursday comic every week. Previous Laowai Comics here. Click to enlarge
  • Hong Kong Artist Chronicles Month Of Protests In One Cartoon

    Anthony Tao
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Want a graphic summary of the past month of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong? Local graphic designer and artist Carol Hung has you covered. She posted the above (click to enlarge) last night on Facebook, a calendar showing the main events that have led us to where we are today: the pepper spray, the umbrellas, the arrests, the barricades, the Kenny G… And where do we go from here? Hung, 30, told CNN three weeks ago that she wanted “to make people laugh in this heavy atmosphere” with this cartoon: Here latest work is decided less funny, but no less impressive. (H/T…
  • Ancient Murders And Suicides: The Haunted Houses Of Beijing

    Lynne Wang
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Our friends at Beijing Today swing by now and then to introduce art and culture in the city. If you haven’t made any plans for your Halloween night, consider a trip to one of Beijing’s haunted houses. Not to be confused with the spooky amusement destinations that pop up throughout the US and Canada at this time of the year, these haunted houses are the sites of ancient murders and suicides. Tales of wandering spirits, unusual sounds and paranormal activity have persisted for more than a decade at some of these locations… Chaonei No. 81 (also pictured above) Located on a crowded…
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    China Real Time Report

  • A Record Falls – Along with an Official – in China’s Anti-graft Drive

    WSJ Staff
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:51 am
    China likes to do things in a big and record-setting way. Whether it is the height of its skyscrapers, the size of its foreign currency reserves or the heft of its economy – bigger is usually better. That seems to be true even in the ongoing drive to stamp out corruption.
  • Hotpot High? Restaurants in China Spice up Food… With Opium

    Richard Silk
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:46 am
    Chinese consumers are used to food safety scandals, from toxic heavy metals in their rice to cooking oil scraped up from the gutter. After those outrages, they might be grateful for some good old-fashioned painkillers in their soup.
  • Picture China: Potala Palace, Smoggy Day, Financial Forum

    WSJ Staff
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:02 pm
    The day's China news in pictures: workers repaint the sloping stone walls of the Potala Palace during its annual renovation in Tibet, people wearing masks walk on a smog-shrouded road in Harbin, the Financial Street Forum gets underway in Beijing and more.
  • Bad Loans Climb at China’s Biggest Banks

    WSJ Staff
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:19 pm
    Sour loans on the books of China’s biggest banks have increased 22% since the start of the year, as slowing economic growth and overcapacity in a number of industries take an increasing toll on the financial sector.
  • Writing China: Liu Cixin, ‘The Three-Body Problem’

    WSJ Staff
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Chinese science-fiction writer Liu Cixin has won widespread acclaim for his imaginative work “The Three-Body Problem.” The trilogy tells the story of a civilization in another galaxy that is facing extinction and chooses to invade the Earth in order to save itself.
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    China Law Blog

  • China Counterfeiting: What’s Your Action Plan?

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:58 am
    Intellectual Property Magazine recently published an article by our lead intellectual property lawyer, Greg Buhyoff. The article is entitled, Action Plan for Asia, and it is described as follows: “Harris Moure’s Gregory F Buhyoff provides pointers on how to implement anti-counterfeiting and misappropriation investigations in China and Vietnam.” Greg practiced law in Vietnam for around ten years. The article is behind a firewall, but we were given permission to publish it and we are doing so below. Companies that sell or outsource their products to Asia should anticipate…
  • China’s Film Industry Online, Part 4. It’s About Copyrights.

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:28 am
    This is the final post in a series looking at developments in China’s digital ancillaries market. In this series we’ve seen that China’s ancillaries are still comparatively small despite explosive box office growth. In part 1, I looked at how China leads the world in online consumption and how China’s consumers prefer to use mobile devices to get online. In part 2, I discussed the online convergence of motion picture production and motion picture distribution in China. In part 3, I examined how China film production and distribution are converging in cyberspace. In…
  • China Copyrights: The Basics

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    Every so often we get emails from people asking us to direct them to one of our posts on China copyright law and every so often I respond by saying that we will be doing such a post and then I will let them know. This has gone on for years. The big thing to know about China copyright law is that it is not all that different from US copyright law. And that is why we have been so slow to write much about it. Basically, in China, copyrights arise as soon as an original work is created, even (in most cases) if the work has been created outside of China. So if you write a song or a book in Newton,…
  • China’s Film Industry Online, Part 3. Production and Distribution Converge in Cyberspace

    28 Oct 2014 | 6:31 am
    This is the third in a series of posts looking at developments in China’s digital ancillaries market. Part I is here and Part II is here. In this post I comment on the impending online convergence of motion picture production and motion picture distribution in China. Online giants Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent (collectively, “BAT”) have each recently announced forays into production. Baidu, China’s answer to Google, is even launching a crowd fund with China Film Group. Alibaba has announced a similar initiative and will be collaborating with Hengdian World Studios. Then…
  • China Employment Law: How To Avoid LIFETIME Employees

    27 Oct 2014 | 6:47 am
    In China, an open-term labor contract (无固定期限劳动合同) is a contract where the employer and its employee agree that there is no definitive ending date for the labor relationship. Such a contract generally means the employer must retain the employee until his or her retirement age, though the employee can terminate at any time, with no restriction or penalty. The PRC Labor Contract Law provides that after execution of two consecutive fixed-term labor contracts, an employee can request an open-term contract (unless grounds for termination exists). However, as is typical of so much…
 
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    Quality Wars - Your Boots on the GROUND in China

  • Take Action to Improve Process Flow

    Graham
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:10 am
    Whether you work in manufacturing or any other sector, no one is a stranger to problems in their company or organization. The compelling question is, “what’s the best approach to correcting problems and preventing them in the future?” In last month’s article titled, “How You Can Improve Quality At Your Organization In 4 Key Parts”, we told you about four key areas where you can iron out the wrinkles in your organization and improve quality and process flow. Last week we went a step further and gave you a closer look at how to improve process flow by rethinking roles &…
  • Improve Process Flow by Rethinking Roles & Responsibilities

    Graham
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:47 pm
    How can you use process mapping to assign tasks effectively within an organization and improve process flow and quality? Last month we published an article, “How You Can Improve Quality At Your Organization In 4 Key Parts”, in which we discussed four key areas where you can revamp your organization to improve quality and process flow. Now, we’d like to delve into one such area in greater depth. The focus for today is on organizational structure and responsibilities. Managing Expectations Of Roles & Responsibilities To reiterate a key question that was raised in the earlier blog…
  • Solve Your Production Issues In 24 Hours With QRQC

    John
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:40 am
    What is QRQC? QRQC – or Quick Response Quality Control – is not only a quality control tool and method for troubleshooting but also an innovative concept in the field of global quality management. QRQC integrates a simple and logical solution to a given production or business operation problem within 24 hours’ time and has applications in many different segments along supply chains, including project management, manufacturing, logistics and others. QRQC focuses on quality control to ensure that any problem is identified and isolated and that a solution is found and implemented quickly…
  • How You Can Improve Quality At Your Organization In 4 Key Parts

    Graham
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:10 am
    The following is an article compiled with knowledge from veteran quality control professionals we have personally interviewed and worked with over the past several years. These professionals come from industries such as automotive, defense, aerospace, plastics and oil & gas. This article touches on quality tools such as Six Sigma, Lean, 5S, 5Y, 8D, TQM, SPC, VSM and QFD.  These are marvelous innovations in systems quality assurance, and have pushed engineering excellence to a whole new level, although, unless your business is in a solid and sustainable position, and you thoroughly…
  • Manufacturing Secrets: 6 Processes That Will Make Your Product Shine

    Eric
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Do you believe in love at first sight? Have you ever had a shopping experience where you just had to buy a product as soon as you laid eyes on it? This is probably because the appearance of the product grabbed your attention immediately. Many products take on a very glossy, shiny or sleek appearance as a result of the manner in which they are produced. So how does the manufacturer achieve this? We’ll tell you with these 6 manufacturing processes that will make your product shine:   1. Sand blasting One way to give your product a shine is through sand blasting, a process which helps to…
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    Blog - Digital Jungle

  • Why the Growth of Video Sharing through Social Media is Good News for Marketers

    27 Oct 2014 | 2:47 am
      Video Sharing Has Increased Recently there have been clear peaks in the volume of video sharing on Weibo. 30.2% of the shared videos were via Youku, followed by iQIYI and Tudou. There are several reasons why Chinese social media…
  • How Social e-commerce will Change Digital

    27 Oct 2014 | 2:04 am
        The Growth of Social e-commerce China will overtake the United States in e-commerce revenue and become the world’s largest global e-commerce market. Social media platforms in China are increasingly integrating e-commerce capabilities with their networks. At the same…
  • How to Improve Your Google Ranking: Penguin 3.0 Update

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:50 pm
    Latest Penguin 3.0 Update According to several key sources at Google, we can expect an update to the Google Penguin algorithm in as little as a week. While no set date has been given Webmaster Trends analyst John Mueller commented;…
  • 11 ways to get indexed By Baidu the Largest Chinese Search Engine

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:02 am
      In this post, we are going to tell you how you can get ranked and indexed by Baidu. There are many differences between Google and Baidu. In order to be ranked in Baidu, you will need to meet requirements…
  • A Birthday Gift From CloudFlare

    29 Sep 2014 | 2:48 am
    Happy 4th Birthday CloudFlare Happy birthday CloudFlare! On September 27th CloudFare turned 4 and they have decided to mark the occasion for their team and customers. This is not the first time CloudFlare have done something special to mark their…
 
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    InternChina » Languages » English

  • HALLOWEEN 2014 at INTERNCHINA

    Anna Theves
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:49 am
    Our InternChina Office Manager as frightening Halloween alter egos Count Bailey – Zhuhai Interninator Morgan – Zhuhai Brigature Brigitte – Qingdao Malevolent Clare – Qingdao Paulenstein Paul – Chengdu       
  • Building the Chinese Economy

    InternChina
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:11 am
    When thinking about the super booming Chinese economy these last few decades, a couple of questions rise up in our minds. How are they able to continue this growth? How come they are able to expand their economy so fast? Who is paying for all this? Will there be an end to China’s growth? While […]
  • Unterwegs in Zhuhai

    Maddy Baensch
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:20 pm
    “Was bietet sich in einer Küstenstadt mehr an als ein Trip zu einer der nahegelegenen Inseln?“, dachte ich mir. Gedacht, getan, geplant: Die einfachste zu erreichende Insel von Zhuhai aus ist Qi’ao Dao (Dao= Chinesisch für Insel), da diese durch eine große Brücke mit dem Festland verbunden ist. Idealerweise fährt ein Bus von Zhuhai bis […]
  • Business Knigge China

    Maddy Baensch
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:59 am
    China: Das Land der Mitte, inzwischen an der Spitze der Weltwirtschaft und Weltpolitik und zugleich einer der wichtigsten Export- und Importpartner für Deutschland. Doch wie funktioniert das Geschäftsleben eigentlich in China? Hier sind einige Tipps für erfolgreiche Geschäfte in China: Kontakte (Guanxi) sind alles in China. Versuchen sie möglichst früh gute Kontakte in China zu […]
  • Rafaela and International Futures

    Ivan Zhelyazkov
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:15 pm
    Short company introduction – Internship code ZHBS48 Many business and English training centres in China claim to be international schools despite being Chinese owned and managed. They might hire foreign teachers, but everything about their business philosophy is local.IF was formed by four Englishmen. As well as all of the teachers, all of our upper management […]
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    China Stock Research - China Stock Research - Blog posts

  • Baidu (BIDU) Q3 FY2014 Results

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:47 pm
    Baidu Inc. (BIDU; profile) released Q3 FY2014 results which included revenue of 13.5 billion RMB (in line with management guidance) and net income of 3.6 billion RMB. Third quarter revenue was slightly under the 13.55 billion RMB consensus estimate, but Baidu’s earnings of 11 RMB per share beat the 9.8 RMB per share estimate. This quarter’s earnings 11% surprise was the third consecutive beat by the company. One highlight for the quarter was progress on the company’s initiatives in the mobile space. According to management, mobile traffic surpassed desktop during the…
  • Eco data - Industrial Profit

    28 Oct 2014 | 1:08 am
    The latest economic data out of China, industrial profits for major companies, echoed a tune similar to other recent data – overall weakening conditions which seem to be intensifying. For the YTD period through September, industrial profits slowed to +7.9% YoY, down sharply from +10.0% for the YTD through August. For the month of September alone, profits were up +0.4% YoY, slightly lower that the +0.6% from last month. Looking at revenues, the picture wasn’t much better. For the YTD period through September, revenue growth slipped to +7.9% YoY vs. +8.3% through August. Statistics…
  • Baidu (BIDU) - what to look for in Q3

    27 Oct 2014 | 11:38 pm
    Baidu (BIDU, profile) is set to announce Q3 FY2014 earnings October 29, 2014 after market close. The stock managed to escape the September swoon that hit most other US-listed China stocks, but did dip lower in early October along with the broader market. Baidu has rallied since, to regain trading comfortably over the $200 handle. So what should investors be looking for Wednesday, and what could it mean for the stock? On the revenue side, seeing solid progress in mobile is key; continuation of growth from earlier in the year would bode well for the company’s future competitiveness.
  • New Oriental (EDU) bullish, barely, but more to come?

    27 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    After a rough Q1, is New Oriental Education (EDU) ready to move higher? Last week’s earnings report was pretty awful, however despite a rough Q1, it seems like there may be some support for the stock, due in part to management’s relatively confident guidance. Was Q1 lackluster revenue growth a one-off? The stock seems to show that investors are willing to take a bet that it was. Note that the stock rating is barely positive; however this may be the start of a new trend, particularly if the recent move higher is followed with higher volume.   Current technical rating…
  • Vipshop (VIPS) looking better, but where's the volume?

    27 Oct 2014 | 6:04 am
    Vipshop Holdings (VIPS) is looking good in all areas except our moving average screen. It has room to continue this climb before hitting overbought. The only issue one can see with VIPS is that there hasn’t been a real pickup in volume along with this move.   Current technical rating is: 2.25 (previously rated a -1.25)  Note: technical ratings are -3 to +3 indicating bearish to bullish; a zero is neutral to cautionary.     Price and moving averages: VIPS (Vipshop Holdings) has closed above its short term moving average. Short term moving average is currently…
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    Red Luxury

  • Crocs Struggles to Find the Right Footing in China

    red luxury
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Crocs, the U.S. footwear company, is facing a difficult year in Asia as sales have declined in China and Japan. “Revenues in the [third] quarter were in line with our expectations in three out of four regions. Revenue declined slightly in Asia, where results were substantially impacted by weaker performance in our China wholesale and [&hellip
  • Tory Burch’s New Shanghai Store Is Its Largest in the World

    red luxury
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Signaling it is serious about China expansion, Tory Burch opened its first Asian flagship, and its largest store in the world, in Shanghai this week. The 9,645-square-foot flagship is located in the prime Kerry Center retail complex on Nanjing Xi Lu. The opening celebration included celebrities such as Chinese actress Zhangzi Yi, a dinner prepared [&hellip
  • Uniqlo’s Rapid China Expansion: 200 New Stores in Smaller Chinese Cities

    red luxury
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Japan’s fast fashion retailer Uniqlo is pushing deeper into China. Fast Retailing, parent of Uniqlo, is planning to expand into smaller Chinese cities – tier two, three and even tier four cities – to generate further growth. Uniqlo will add 200 stores this fiscal year and expects profits to grow by 34 percent. Uniqlo has [&hellip
  • What’s Wrong with Hainan’s Luxury Hotel Boom

    red luxury b
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:45 pm
    A popular vacation destination, the tropical Chinese island of Hainan is becoming saturated with luxury hotels, raising market concerns for some experts. Hainan has drawn huge numbers of domestic and foreign investors since 2010, when the Chinese government announced a plan to build it into a leading international tourist spot over the next decade. Today, [&hellip
  • Fendi’s Asia Push Begins with Hong Kong Store Makeover

    red luxury b
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Italian fashion house Fendi has reopened its newly renovated boutique in Hong Kong as part of a larger Asian expansion plan in the works for the brand. Designed by Gwenael Nicolas, a French architect based in Tokyo, the newly redone three-story store is located in the Landmark mall in Central. Richly decorated with bronze, stone, [&hellip
 
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    Travel China Cheaper

  • 5 Ways to Watch the NFL in China

    Josh
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    It was one of the biggest sacrifices for me in moving to China: no more Sunday NFL football. I’ve learned to manage, but along the way I’ve also learned a few ways to get my “fix” of American Football. If you’re in the same boat and you’re looking for some high quality and/or cheap optionsRead More The post 5 Ways to Watch the NFL in China appeared first on Travel China Cheaper.
  • 5 Tips for Getting a China Teaching Job

    Josh
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:53 am
    I taught English here in China for 4 years and not once have I looked back on that time with regret. In fact, very few jobs allowed me to travel as much, learn so much and save so much. If you’re thinking about coming to teach in China, congrats! Based on my 10 years of experience here inRead More The post 5 Tips for Getting a China Teaching Job appeared first on Travel China Cheaper.
  • 10 China Travel Hacks All Seasoned Expats Use

    Josh
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    Over the past decade I have had the privilege of traveling all across China – from Beijing to Kashgar, from Xi’an to Hong Kong. Along the way I’ve learned quite a few travel hacks that have helped make travel in this crazy country just a bit easier! Perhaps you’ve been living in China for years orRead More The post 10 China Travel Hacks All Seasoned Expats Use appeared first on Travel China Cheaper.
  • Top 5 Chinese Tourist Scams (& How to Avoid Them)

    Josh
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    As a tourist in a foreign country there’s almost no way around it: you’re at high risk to be scammed in some way. Face it: you’ve got a big, fat target on your back. Scam artists, beggars and sometimes even the “average joe” see you as a gullible visitor with plenty of money. This isRead More The post Top 5 Chinese Tourist Scams (& How to Avoid Them) appeared first on Travel China Cheaper.
  • VyprVPN Review 2014 | A Personal VPN Review from China

    Josh
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    There are very few VPN companies that truly “stand out” in the China market. I’ve tested quite a few this past year and I can tell a dramatic difference between those companies that say they work in China versus those that actually work hard to serve the China market. After a month of intense testing, IRead More The post VyprVPN Review 2014 | A Personal VPN Review from China appeared first on Travel China Cheaper.
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    New Life ESL

  • Teacher’s City Spotlight: Shenzhen – The City of Design

    Guest
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Shenzhen is located directly north of Hong Kong in China’s subtropical southeast. Shenzhen is a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network and is a Special Economic Zone (SEZ), attracting businesses from all over the world. Not only is Shenzhen affectionately known as China’s Silicon Valley- owing to the booming high-tech industry, it is also famous for being China’s newest city. Prior to 1979, when it first became an SEZ, Shenzhen was just another sleepy fishing village in Guangdong province. Since then it has exploded, becoming the tenth most populous city in China and…
  • Teacher Interview: Marianne From America

    Monica
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:03 pm
    First off, tell us your name, age, and where you’re from:

 My Name is Marianne. I am 25 years old and I am from Boston, Massachusetts. What made you want to come teach in China? I am currently a student majoring in Elementary Education. I wanted to get a feel for teaching while also traveling. While doing research, I came to know more about working and living in China and found it as an amazing opportunity. Is this your first time teaching/living overseas? Yes. What was your experience like getting over to China? My experience getting from the USA to China went very smooth. I did all…
  • Beijing Livin’: Big City Attractions on the Cheap

    Monica
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    I’ve come to a strange realization: There’s no better feeling than being a tourist. Not many locals are fond of tourists and I can definitely see why. The khaki shorts, running shoes, bulky cameras, Ray Ban’s with the neck strap. Oooh’s and aaaah’s, finger-pointing, the overly-exaggerated “shee shee” when trying to say “thank you” in Mandarin. It is indeed painful to watch, but you can always tell a tourist is 100% comfortable with themselves between snapping photos and adapting to chopsticks. They should trade in their neon polos for shirts that say, “I know I’m a…
  • Meet Marcos: Your New Favorite Drinking Buddy

    Monica
    4 Oct 2014 | 6:51 pm
    Can you Introduce yourself? Sure, my name is Marcos, I’m 25 years old and from San Francisco, California. I studied Ancient History and Education at the University of California Santa Cruz then headed out to China a few months after graduation. I grew up in SF my whole life but I always loved to travel and I knew that I really wanted to live somewhere very different and challenge myself. So, I made the move to China. I first lived in Beijing for about a year and a half, then when the opportunity came, I took a transfer to Shanghai and fell in love with it. I have been in Shanghai a…
  • Why Everyone Should Work With Kids At Least Once in Their Life

    Monica
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:12 pm
    I taught my final ESL class last weekend. I’ve been working with the same students for three years and never anticipated telling them I would no longer be their teacher. I’ve watched them grow up. They’ve watched me grow up. I’ve met all of their parents, been invited into their homes, and have celebrated their birthdays. I’ve cooked with them and joked with them. I’ve comforted them and broke up their little kid fights with each other. They know me. I love them and they love me too. While I’ve spent the last couple of weeks thinking of how I would break the news, my successor…
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    The Vision Times » China

  • Eating Wisely for Fall

    Chani Blue
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Ever heard the concept of eating seasonally? Well, in traditional Chinese medicine, this idea holds an even deeper meaning. In ancient China, many peoples’ food choices followed the four seasons, and there was a reason for this. Namely, your body is cyclic like the seasons. This concept is linked to the theory of the Five Elements, as all matter in the universe follows patterns in nature. For example, Fall is the season of harvest; the weather is dry and begins to cool. Often, there is a dry wind; sometimes you feel this internally with a dry cough. Likewise, it’s also common…
  • Watch This Dramatic ‘Excavator Rescue’ of a Man Trapped in a River (Video)

    Jane Tseng
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    A Chinese man was saved from his partially submerged car just moments before it got swept away by a flash flood on Oct. 30. The taxi driver tried to drive his SUV across the river in Fengjie, Chongqing but lost control of the vehicle. The water level rose quickly, and his car began tipping in the flood waters. Some people nearby spotted him, and rigged up a rope system to send him a buoyancy aid. Then an excavator driver arrived drove into the water so the men could get into the bucket, and be lifted to safety.
  • Panda Preschool: How Cubs Born in Captivity Learn About the Wild (Video)

    Jane Tseng
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    You think breeding pandas in captivity is challenging? Well, teaching them to live in the wild is even harder! This video shows how a nature reserve in China helps baby pandas to learn about their environment, so that one day they can live independently. And there’s a special dress code for staff, although it might not be as fun as you think. So as not to disturb the bears, the workers pretend to be pandas too. They have to wear special panda suits, and smear them with urine and feces to make them look and smell like pandas… nice! It’s hard work, but everyone feels rewarded…
  • Fisherman on Yangtze River

    Bamboome
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    Yangtze river is the longest river in China. And definitely one of the greatest in the whole Asia. But it has changed a lot lately. Not a long time ago it was a very narrow river. It was possible only for smaller ships to pass through. And only during few months in a year. After the construction of the Three Gorges dam, it has increased its level more than 100m! No longer it is a narrow river. Today Yangtze river, Long river or the Changjiang river how Chinese people call it, is an incredible natural phenomena with so much water in it, huge intercontinental ships are able to go through. So…
  • Nomadic Herders Struggle to Survive in Northwest China (Video)

    Cassie Ryan
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    There are nearly 1.4 million ethnic Kazakhs living in Xinjiang Province, which borders Mongolia, Russia, and Kazakhstan. Many live as nomadic herders producing big-tailed sheep in the Altai Mountains. Every year they move their yurts and herds from the mountain passes in the summer to the warmer valleys in the winter. But this year there was a bad drought, and sheep aren’t selling for a good price. The Kazakh nomads have lived in this area for centuries, and left the Soviet Union to maintain their culture. As Chinese authorities increase restrictions on ethnic minorities, some are…
 
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