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  • Solve Your Production Issues In 24 Hours With QRQC

    China Quality Control
    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…
  • Bride Wants To Take “Old Couple” Wedding Photos, Groom Storms Off

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    Fauna
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    From NetEase: Bride Dresses Up As Old Couple, Boyfriend “Flips Out” On the 20th, in front of the Dongmen Old Street in Shenzhen, a groom-to-be awaited his bride-to-be to take wedding photos. To his surprise, the bride used make up to turn herself into a 70-year-old granny, asked her boyfriend if he would love her at 70 years old, and wanted to take the photos with him also done up as an elderly person. When the man asked his girlfriend to redo her makeup without success, he publicly shouted, turned, and walked away, leaving the woman crying bitterly in the street. Comments from…
  • Photos: 30 Most Beautiful Counties in China

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    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…
  • Years Later, CCTV May Finally Be Moving Into HQ |…

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    21 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Years Later, CCTV May Finally Be Moving Into HQ | Wall Street Journal on.wsj.com/1tGOXgQ – bldg that size, took 6 yrs to move furniture © @chinahearsay for China Hearsay, 2014. | Permalink | No comment | Add to del.icio.us Post tags:
  • Queen Elizabeth II Sends Her First Tweet

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    Andrew Katz
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:06 am
    Britain’s monarch dabbled in social media on Friday by sending her very first tweet. It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R. — BritishMonarchy (@BritishMonarchy) October 24, 2014 While opening the Information Age exhibit at London’s Science Museum, the Queen, referring to herself as Elizabeth R., tapped out her first tweet from the official Twitter account of Buckingham Palace. A statement from the museum said director Ian Blatchford had invited Queen Elizabeth to mark the…
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  • Queen Elizabeth II Sends Her First Tweet

    Andrew Katz
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:06 am
    Britain’s monarch dabbled in social media on Friday by sending her very first tweet. It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R. — BritishMonarchy (@BritishMonarchy) October 24, 2014 While opening the Information Age exhibit at London’s Science Museum, the Queen, referring to herself as Elizabeth R., tapped out her first tweet from the official Twitter account of Buckingham Palace. A statement from the museum said director Ian Blatchford had invited Queen Elizabeth to mark the…
  • Canada Gunman Wanted a Passport to Go to Mideast

    Andrew Katz
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:43 am
    (OTTAWA, Ontario) — He seemed lost, “did not fit in,” had drug problems, and went more than five years without seeing his mother. In recent weeks, he had been living at a homeless shelter and had talked about wanting to go to Libya — or Syria — but became agitated when he couldn’t get a passport. A day after Michael Zehaf-Bibeau launched a deadly attack on Canada’s seat of government, a portrait of the 32-year-old Canadian began to emerge, along with a possible explanation for what triggered the shooting rampage. Bob Paulson, commissioner of the Royal…
  • The South Korean Ferry Tragedy Has Exposed a Bitter Political Divide

    Liam Fitzpatrick
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:22 am
    When the Sewol ferry sank in April, South Korea was united in trauma over the tragedy of a routine ferry ride that somehow resulted in the deaths of around 300 people, many of them high school kids. More than six months later, that grief has mutated into bitterness along political lines, and given rise to a slow-burn faceoff between antagonistic civic groups in the heart of the South Korean capital. In Gwanghwamun Square, Seoul’s symbolic center, amid groups of tourists taking selfies, relatives of some of those who died on the Sewol and their supporters have, for more than three…
  • Malaysia’s Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim Awaits Sodomy Appeal Verdict

    Charlie Campbell
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:50 am
    Malaysia’s opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim returns to court next week to learn whether he will be jailed on sodomy charges. On Tuesday, Malaysia’s Federal Court will hear Anwar’s appeal of his March conviction for engaging in homosexual acts, charges both Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International say amount to “politically motivated persecution.” Speaking to TIME on Friday, Anwar said his chances “didn’t look good.” “Most of Malaysia does not believe that I will get a fair trial or a decision based on the facts of the law,” he…
  • Dozens More Women And Girls Abducted By Boko Haram in Nigeria

    hcregan
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:43 am
    The militant Islamist group Boko Haram has been accused of abducting dozens more women and girls from two villages in Nigeria’s northeastern Adamawa state. Residents say the alleged kidnappings, which haven’t been confirmed by authorities, took place a day after a reported truce between the militants and Nigerian government, the BBC says. The government hopes negotiations with Boko Haram will secure the release of more than 200 girls who were taken hostage by the militants in April. But the Islamist group has not confirmed the ceasefire. The April kidnapping, in Borno state,…
 
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    China Law Blog

  • China’s Compliance Miracle: I Mostly Believe.

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:58 am
    A China client sent me the link to an article one of his employees had sent to him. My client’s email to me said only, “Is this true.” My response was even shorter: “Mostly yes.” The article is from The FCPA Blog, entitled, Do you believe in compliance miracles? The article talks of how China and India are “fast becoming global leaders for anti-corruption compliance and enforcement. That’s gotta be a miracle.” The article goes on to talk about how China’s corruption crackdown is happening with “real confidence, enthusiasm, and a…
  • China Legal Advice And The Role Of The “Grapevine”

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:58 am
    Every so often I go deep into the backend of this blog to review and delete the draft blog posts (some little more than an idea) that have yet to see the light of the Internet page, and shouldn’t. I did that today and came across a post on a great article Phil Taylor (now a solicitor trainee at Eversheds), wrote for the International Bar Association, entitled, Asia: Adopting the Right Mindset. The article talks about how and when lawyers should and do consider “factors beyond the letter of the law” in advising their clients. I strongly urge you to read the entire article.
  • China Company Indemnification From Product Defects. Yeah, Whatever.

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:58 am
    American lawyers love using indemnification provisions in product manufacturing agreements. They love them so much that they often use them in China manufacturing contracts (OEM Agreements) even though they do not work well at all there. American lawyers often put in a provision stating that if there is a product recall, the Chinese company must indemnify the American company for any fees/costs/damages incurred by the American company arising from the recall. American lawyers also often put in a provision stating that if anyone is injured by a product defect, the Chinese company must…
  • China Employment Contracts: Do Not Try This At Home, Part II

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:58 am
    Did a post yesterday explaining why I got so upset with the idea of an American domestic lawyer writing the employment contracts for his company’s China WFOE. That post, China Employment Contracts: Do Not Try This At Home, listed out a few of the more important things I was pretty certain this lawyer would miss in his contracts. In response to that post, a reader emailed me to  ask what “really” goes into a Chinese employment contract. This post responds to that email and highlights what is “really” involved in drafting China employment contracts. The below is…
  • China’s Film Industry Online, Part I

    19 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
    China’s theatrical box office market may be huge but the ancillary revenues (i.e. non-box office) are still relatively small in China. This is the first in a series of posts on developments in China’s digital ancillaries in a lead-up to the US-China Film Summit, which I will be attending along with a number of other lawyers from my firm and a talk I will be giving on China’s film industry before the Beverly Hills Bar Association on November 3. In this first post, I seek to provide a frame of reference for a discussion of ancillaries in China. In recent years, a market-based…
 
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    China Herald

  • How women billionaires differ from men - Rupert Hoogewerf

    Fons Tuinstra
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    Rupert HoogewerfFinance and real estate produce most of the rich women in China, according tot the new 2014 Hurun China's Women Rich List, with Yang Huiyan for the fourth time as number one. Women billionaires differ from the men in several ways, Hurun founder Rupert Hoogewerf told in WomenofChina.Rupert Hoogewerf: "In fact, the list of wealthy women is different from other lists; China's richest woman pay more attention to real estate and financial investment. We can see that 28 percent of China's richest women primarily made their money in the real estate industry, while…
  • Why China is investing in innovation - Shaun Rein

    Fons Tuinstra
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    +Shaun Rein After his bestseller The End of Cheap China author Shaun Rein published this week his new book The End of Copycat China: The Rise of Creativity, Innovation, and Individualism in Asia. In five questions China Urban Development´s Adam Mayer asks him about innovation. A selection.China Urban Development: AM: The title of your new book The End of Copycat China also suggests the ‘end’ of something China is known for (intellectual property transfer in this case) as a signal for its next phase of development. Is the perception of China as a land of copycats still a…
  • Exploring Chinese travel habits - Shaun Rein

    Fons Tuinstra
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:04 am
    +Shaun Rein Chinese have become avid international travelers, but they develop into a very different breed than other tourists. Business analyst Shaun Rein explains in his today released book The End of Copycat China: The Rise of Creativity, Innovation, and Individualism in Asia, how different China tourists are, and what they mean for the industry.Shaun Rein: I met Wang Yan one evening in 2014 in the ramshackle store from which she sells Nu Skin’s personal care products. She now earned $800 a month, almost double her earnings when she sold pirated DVDs in previous years. Originally…
  • Manipulating financial data - Victor Shih

    Fons Tuinstra
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:58 am
    Victor ShihChina has a long tradition of manipulating its financial data to meet its political needs. That ability is still prominently present, also today, says political scientist Victor Shih in the Global and Mail. China´s economy is much weaker than official figures suggest.The Globe & Mail: For investors, miners and even foreign governments whose revenues depend heavily on its demand, China has become the land of eternal economic sunshine. But nearly 40 years after it began to open to the rest of the world, it is increasingly beset by shadows.  Officially, there is little to…
  • Premier Li in anti-recession mode - Sara Hsu

    Fons Tuinstra
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:54 am
    +Sara Hsu Europe talks already about a triple-dip, a third financial crisis, as China´s premier Li Keqiang visited the continent with a global anti-recession business trip, offering deals to Germany, Italy and Russia. Financial analyst Sara Hsu. "Bolstering growth is needed in those countries... It won´t be Li´s last tour," writes financial analyst Sara Hsu in the Diplomat.Sara Hsu: Li’s tour highlights the major challenges facing these countries. While Germany remains economically strong, as a producer and exporter of high-value added products, China, Italy and Russia must overcome…
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    The China Vortex

  • Links for 2014-10-23 [del.icio.us]

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Having children is not the formula for a happy life - Quartz Having children is not the formula for a happy life http://t.co/LRzol043W6 via @qz Apple to grow retail stores in China from 15 to 40 within two years, says Cook | 9to5Mac Apple to grow retail stores in China from 15 to 40 within two years, says Cook http://t.co/c8uaKtm5tc Chinese Investors Are Snatching Up Property And Investments In Struggling European Countries - Business Insider Chinese Investors Are Snatching Up Property And Investments In Struggling European Countries http://t.co/qU8g5bWUTx via @bi_contributors Snowden…
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    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    A London school teacher pays more UK tax than Facebook - Quartz A London school teacher pays more UK tax than Facebook http://t.co/fI28bRQHXM via @qz Intel Capital dishes out $28M to Chinese wearable, mobile makers | ZDNet Intel Capital dishes out $28M to Chinese wearable, mobile makers via @ZDNet, @eileenscyu http://t.co/ZiAzTGLq8x J.P. Morgan was warned of potential problems related to its hiring practices in China before a U.S. probe http://t.co/G1fCc1u3wF via @WSJ China ex-security chief faces likely expulsion from party. http://t.co/d1klTM2hJv via @WSJ
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    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    World Bank Chief: China Must Deliver On Its Reform Promises Or Face A Growth Crunch - Business Insider World Bank Chief: China Must Deliver On Its Reform Promises Or Face A Growth Crunch http://t.co/fH4A7l3Sq6 via @bi_contributors China Is Slowing - Business Insider China Is Slowing http://t.co/rrbJ6C1TGY via @themoneygame Apple Has A Huge, Not-So-Secret Ally To Help Market The iPhone 6 - Business Insider Apple Has A Huge, Not-So-Secret Ally To Help Market The iPhone 6 http://t.co/fIrUNLL3Ng via @bi_contributors China In 4 Downward-Sloping Charts - Business Insider The State Of China In 4…
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    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    The new iPad Air 2 and iPhone 6 Plus have changed my mind about the iPad mini - Quartz The new iPad Air 2 and iPhone 6 Plus have changed my mind about the iPad mini http://t.co/spTqUuvLZM via @qz Beijing broke its own air-quality rules and held a marathon in toxic conditions - Quartz Beijing broke its own air-quality rules and held a marathon in toxic conditions http://t.co/LlEjFzGGuV via @qz BBC News - China Communist Party plenum begins in Beijing http://t.co/mLqxXWQwHe China Q3 GDP Release Widely Anticipated - Business Insider We're About To Find Out China's Threshold For Pain…
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    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Chinese Shadow Economy In Italy - Business Insider An Illicit Chinese Economy Is Thriving In This Small Italian City http://t.co/olmqCdbfOq via @bi_contributors BBC News - Scandalous tales from the British embassy in Paris http://t.co/wI1qdR8vab
 
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    ChinaTechNews.com

  • Facebook Hits The Same Wall As Apple In China

    ChinaTechNews.com Editor
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:40 am
    The leaders of Facebook and Apple were in China this past week on separate missions with the same goal: gain better transparency and more access to the Chinese market. Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg was in Beijing for an event at a local university, and Apple's Tim Cook met with Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai to review […]
  • Lenovo Creates Mobile Phone Development Subsidiary

    ChinaTechNews.com Editor
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:18 am
    China's Lenovo Group announced the establishment of a new wholly-owned subsidiary aimed at mobile Internet-enabled devices. This new subsidiary will reportedly start formal operation on April 1, 2015, and it will have an independent company name and a new sub-brand. Chen Xudong, Lenovo Group's China president, will be chief executive officer of the new company. […]
  • 21Vianet Forms JV With Foxconn For Chinese Data Center

    ChinaTechNews.com Editor
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:11 pm
    21Vianet and Foxconn have signed a strategic cooperation agreement to establish a joint venture named Smart Time Technologies Limited. The two parties will jointly build and develop a global supply chain for the Internet data center and cloud computing infrastructure markets. In addition, the companies announced they plan to open a 21Vianet-Foxconn Internet infrastructure and […]
  • Lenovo To Invest Additional USD5 Million In Thailand

    ChinaTechNews.com Editor
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Lenovo plans to increase its Thai market share as it invests an additional USD5 million in Thailand in 2014. Jeerawut Wongpimonporn, general manager of Lenovo Thailand, said that Lenovo's Asian headquarters has approved this additional budget plan. Of the total investment, USD2 million to USD3 million will be used to expand marketing channels, enhance marketing, […]
  • Sony Confirms Launch Of PS4 In China At End Of 2014

    ChinaTechNews.com Editor
    18 Oct 2014 | 9:39 pm
    Sony has submitted an application to the Chinese government stating that the company plans to launch the Chinese official version of PS4 at the end of 2014 with expected annual shipments of 200,000 units. However, the detailed launch time, place, or shipment mode was not disclosed. Microsoft has already launched Xbox One in China. As […]
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    China Digital Times (CDT)

  • AIDS Activist Prevented from Attending U.N. Conference

    Sophie Beach
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:47 pm
    An AIDS researcher, Wang Qiuyan, was prevented from attending a women’s rights conference put on by the United Nations, when authorities forcibly registered her at a hospital. Jess Macy Yu reports for the New York Times: Wang Qiuyun, 46, a member of the Women’s Network Against H.I.V./AIDS China, was to have consulted Thursday with experts reviewing China’s case before the Committee for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. In an interview on Wednesday, she said she was currently under close surveillance at her home in Hebi, Henan Province, after local…
  • Writer Who Published Mao Victims’ Memoirs Charged

    Cindy
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:45 pm
    Writer Huang Zerong, also known by the pen name Tie Liu, has been officially charged by Chinese authorities for criticizing the Chinese government and publishing the memoirs of some who suffered under Mao Zedong. The 81-year-old, who has been detained since September, may face up to seven years in prison. Chris Buckley at The New York Times reports: Ms. Ren [Tie's wife] said the police visited her on Thursday to tell her that Mr. Tie had been formally arrested on two crimes: illegal business activities and “creating a disturbance.” She and his lawyer, Liu Xiaoyuan, said questions the…
  • The Chinese Used to Think Pandas Were Monsters

    Cindy
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:32 pm
    At Foreign Policy, Alexa Olesen describes the shift in Chinese views of pandas from metal-eating monsters to national treasures. China’s love affair with the panda is in fact a fairly recent phenomenon, and while strong, is not symptomatic of a deep culture of animal protectionism. China has a dismal record when it comes to animal rights and conservation, and pandas are among a tiny minority of animals unlikely to end up in a Chinese soup pot somewhere. But the national embrace of the panda has inculcated a shared affection that could provide a template for saving other species in the…
  • China Asked to Back ICC Case Against North Korea

    Samuel Wade
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:23 pm
    The U.N.’s chief investigator into North Korean human rights issues has asked China to support an International Criminal Court case against Pyongyang, rejecting the widespread assumption that Beijing will inevitably shield its neighbor and ally. From Mirjam Donath at Reuters: Michael Kirby, a former Australian judge who led the independent U.N. inquiry into alleged human rights abuses in North Korea, told reporters at U.N. headquarters that it was by no means certain Beijing would block an ICC referral. “I don’t think a veto should be assumed,” Kirby said. “China…
  • Panda Sluggers: U.S. Democrats Bash China

    Samuel Wade
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:11 pm
    At Slate, William Saletan describes a wave of China-bashing by current Democrat campaigns in the U.S.: Exploiting American anxiety about Asia is a long, unsavory tradition. As the Soviet Union unraveled in the 1980s and 1990s, many candidates turned their xenophobic fire from Russia to Japan and Korea. The threat was no longer military; it was economic. Now the enemy is China, whose economy, by some measures, has just surpassed that of the United States. Democrats, tired of looking soft on ISIS or Ebola, are talking tough on China. And they’re trying to make Republicans look un-American.
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  • 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

  • Chinese iPhone Hacker PanGu Releases iOS8.1 Jailbreak

    Emma Lee
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:56 am
    PanGu, the first Chinese team to offer an iOS jailbreak, released an iOS8 and iOS8.1 jailbreak that works on the latest Apple products, as well as previous devices that use the latest iOS operating system. PanGu iOS 8 – 8.1 jailbreak is currently a Windows only affair, with a Mac OS X version due for a release at a later date. It comes in Chinese and English. Watch the installation demo on YouTube or Youku. With the increase of official distribution channels and iOS updates, the iOS jailbreak rate in China dropped sharply from above 30% to 12.7% in 2013, according to a report by…
  • English-learning Site 51Talk Pockets Series C Financing Led by Sequoia Capital

    Emma Lee
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:07 pm
    51Talk, an oral English training service providing one-to-one courses, announced that it has received US$55 million of Series C financing led by Sequoia Capital along with DCM and the Shunwei Fund headed by Xiaomi founder Lei Jun. It is worth nothing that 51Talk is the first online education company in which Sequoia Capital invested. Sequoia is the backer of a number of highly successful Chinese internet companies, like Alibaba, Qihoo 360, VipShop, JD, Dianping, and so on. 51Talk closed a US$12 million Series B round last year and received several million dollars in Series A from DCM at…
  • TouchPal Adds Free Voice Calling Option to Its Lifestyle App

    Tracey Xiang
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:28 am
    TouchPal Lifestyle App Adds Free Voice Call Option TouchPal, the mobile keyboard application developer, today released a new version of its caller identification and mobile services app. The major update is the addition of the free voice call option. The company also announced the app has been renamed TouchPal Call (our translation). The feature enables TouchPal users to call each other (including non-TouchPal users) over WiFi or 3G/4G networks, with recipients not having to be connected. Also, users don’t have to create a Touchpal account but only need to download the app.
  • mCommerce Service Koudai Gouwu Raises Series C Funding Led by Tencent

    Emma Lee
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:29 am
    Chinese mobile shopping service Koudai Gouwu (“Pocket Shopping”) today announced it has received a massive US$350 million Series C funding led by Tencent and Tiger Fund with the participation of H Capital, Vy Capital, Falcon Edge, DST. Of the total, Tencent has invested US$145 million for a 10% stake in the company. Kaodai Gouwu is a mobile shopping service which offers recommendations for users, such as shops, fashion matches, trending products, new arrivals, and editor’s choice. It allows users to review shopping comments by fashionable ladies and beauty experts. Its…
  • Juwai: Helping Chinese Shop for Properties Overseas Online

    Tracey Xiang
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:37 pm
    Besides Chinese institutional investors, super-rich individuals and the fast-growing middle class are flocking abroad to buy overseas properties. Good quality education for their children, a second home with a better living environment and investment opportunities are the major driving forces. Juwai, an online service offering Chinese customers information and services on overseas property purchases, has witnessed 100% growth in transactions for three consecutive years since the launch of the site, Simon Henry, co-founder of the site told me. Headquartered in Shanghai, China, Juwai…
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  • 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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  • Stanley Lubman: Why Even Minor Legal Reforms Are I…

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    21 Oct 2014 | 2:09 am
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  • Years Later, CCTV May Finally Be Moving Into HQ |…

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    21 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Years Later, CCTV May Finally Be Moving Into HQ | Wall Street Journal on.wsj.com/1tGOXgQ – bldg that size, took 6 yrs to move furniture © @chinahearsay for China Hearsay, 2014. | Permalink | No comment | Add to del.icio.us Post tags:
  • China again blames US for disrupted cybersecurity…

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    20 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    China again blames US for disrupted cybersecurity talks bit.ly/1x2WdR1 – not sure here who is pot & who is kettle © @chinahearsay for China Hearsay, 2014. | Permalink | No comment | Add to del.icio.us Post tags:
  • Companies look for more fairness as China eyes leg…

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    20 Oct 2014 | 10:14 pm
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  • SEM Marketing – 3 Search Engine Marketing Techniques to Increase Traffic

    Writer
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:18 pm
    SEM strategies are classified as marketing efforts performed online, focusing on trying to improve visitors to your web site along with a higher sales conversion from those visitors. You will see it as a general term which includes skilled Melbourne SEO, Banner advertising, PPC, Article and Video marketing, etc. So, the bottom line is, these are typical online activities you are doing to brand, market and sell your business, service or product. Let us take a closer inspection of the most effective three techniques. 1. Market and Keyword Research and Analysis. That’s where the success of…
  • How Our Body Protects Our Eyes

    Writer
    13 Sep 2014 | 8:50 am
    There are many different issues that can occur in the eyeball. The eyeball is made completely of soft tissue. This means that it is prone to damage more so than other body parts are. Because we use our eyes so much in our world today, it is important that we keep our eyes safe and protected. If you have any issues with your eyes, you should address them as soon as possible. You don’t want to hurt the quality of your life with poor vision or other issues with your eyeballs. Fortunately, our body has a fairly advanced protection system for our eyes. We have eye sockets which protrude past…
  • Becoming a Math Teaching

    Writer
    13 Sep 2014 | 8:48 am
    Mathematics is a difficult subject for a teacher to teach. There are many different types of mathematics that you can teach if you are interested in becoming a math teacher. The subjects that you will teach in mathematics will vary depending on the age range that you are teaching and level that you would like to focus on. These are all factors to consider if you are interested in becoming a math teacher yourself. Before you become a math teacher, you’re going to have to pass a set of very difficult college courses. If you don’t know the subject material inside and out, you will…
  • The Changing Landscape of Solar Technology

    Writer
    7 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    With the Australian economy still in the midst of recovery and prices of fossil fuels continuing to rise many people are beginning to take a take a look at green technology alternatives to the traditional grid supplied energy providers. Solar power is probably the most accepted current technology and investing in solar power for your home is a very viable solution. It was not long ago that solar power panels in Melbourne homes had been primarily an experimental method that was extremely expensive to have installed, needed a number of months of intense labor, and could only perform certain…
  • Getting The Most Of Your Time And Money: College Tips

    Writer
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Are you heading off to college for the first time? Is it overwhelming you? The whole college experience is quite different from anything else. Luckily, there are some ways that you can make your time in college less stressful and more successful. Use the tips shared in this article and you can have a great college career. Try to do everything in moderation when you enter college for the first time. This means that you should not party too hard or work too hard during your experience. Have a lot of fun, but make sure that you understand you are going to college to learn and expand your…
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  • 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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  • 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

  • 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…
  • Daily salary payments and other Bitcoin opportunities

    2 Oct 2014 | 11:25 pm
    During a strategic session in our office this afternoon we brainstormed about new business models that would only be possible with Bitcoin technology. One thing we discussed was a business idea that I had read about last night in a post from Twobitidiot (a well-known Bitcoin blogger). His idea was to set up a company that would allow employees to be paid on a daily basis instead of monthly. When I read this yesterday I did not think about it t0o much, but it’s actually a very feasible idea. One reason why most people are paid on monthly instead of daily, is because it’s too much of an…
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    China Business Blog

  • 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…
  • China’s Risk Reality

    admin
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:04 am
    Things can change quickly in China, but the need to adapt is no longer just about maximising the market opportunity – it is also increasingly about managing risks. Recent, widely reported cases have covered Anti-Monopoly Law (AML) investigations into companies such as Qualcomm, Microsoft, Audi and Mercedes-Benz, as well as government procurement bans on foreign software, IT and consulting services. Aston Martin, KFC, McDonald’s and others have suffered supply chain failures, whilst companies such as GSK endured corporate scandals. Foreign executives have been detained and jailed, while…
  • ChinaBlogTweets Twitter Updates for 12-10-2014

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    12 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    RT @ReutersChina: Australia miners push for China tariff relief for battered coal sector http://t.co/XseCHQJL9n -> RT @ProfGillis: China Outlines Plan to Ease Capital Controls, Boost Yuan Use http://t.co/F7djTYSj8i Direct listings abroad first step to ge… -> RT @S_Rabinovitch: Sharp drop in China's productivity is a warning sign about its growth model http://t.co/5EWYz6mNNj -> RT @beyondbrics: Is the renminbi set to slump? http://t.co/QOrXx4wwHf -> Check out "Learning to connect directly with luxury travellers from Greater China" http://t.co/SOB1AXKX3S via…
 
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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

  • 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…
  • Female BMW driver attacks foreigner with belt in Beijing

    Lost Laowai
    7 Sep 2014 | 6:33 am
    At around 8:30pm on September 6, in Beijing’s Chaoyang District, a taxi was abruptly stopped by an irate woman driving a BMW. She was not happy that the taxi had stopped in front of her to pick up a foreign man and his Chinese companion near the right-hand turn of an intersection. She proceeded to park her car in front of the taxi, preventing it from leaving. While the BMW driver argued with the taxi driver, the foreign man exited the taxi and confronted the woman. Things quickly escalated, resulting in the foreigner kicking the woman’s BMW — a kick the taxi driver later…
 
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  • 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

  • EU reaches deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:51 pm
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - European Union leaders agreed early Friday to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the 28-nation bloc to at least 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.
  • NY doctor back from Guinea has Ebola, 1st in city

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:47 pm
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - An emergency room doctor who recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the virus, becoming the first case in the city and the fourth in the nation.
  • Eurozone survey rise does not ease recession fears

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - A stronger than anticipated economic survey Thursday failed to inspire much optimism in European markets amid ongoing worries over the state of the 18-country eurozone and of France in particular.
  • New MHW minister under fire at Legislative Yuan

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - The new Minister of Health and Welfare Chiang Been-huang (蔣丙煌) emphasized that he did not do anything illegal when he served as minister without portfolio in the Executive Yuan, in response to legislators' questions concerning his professional ability for dealing with the recent food safety scandal.
  • Six companies fess up to Vietnam tallow

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday published the names of six food retailers, including Wei Chuan (味全) and UTC Foods (聯夏食品), which have been buying Ting Hsin tallow products. These are suspected to have been mixed with animal feed oil from Vietnam-based oil company Dai Hanh Phuc Company.
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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

  • 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…
  • Chinese Courts: Malignant Edit-Retweeting May Be Illegal

    David Feng
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:06 pm
    The Chinese supreme court, the Supreme People’s Court, issued on 09 October 2014 a new regulation which enters into effect on 10 October 2014. In it, the court has ruled has ruled (contents in simplified Chinese) that edit-retweeting, whilst not by itself illegal, may be problematic if the edit-retweet involves materially changing the title of the post, where it may mislead the general public. The new rules are part of a new legal document issued by the court, which goes by a very long title of: Regulations of the Supreme People’s Court Regarding Several Questions Dealing with Law…
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    Simpson's Paradox

  • To Ms. Meg

    Meg Stivison
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    This weekend, I caught a bad cold  so I spent a few days napping and watching Star Trek and having soup and napping again. I wasn’t feeling great when I came back in to work on Tuesday morning, but when I got to my desk and I saw this message from one of my former students, it was all worthwhile. To Ms. Meg from Simpson's Paradox The post To Ms. Meg appeared first on Simpson's Paradox.
  • Sometimes Nostalgia’s Not Enough For a Successful Game

    Meg Stivison
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    New piece up on Hardcore Games. After the first dungeon, where my biggest challenge was finding my way, the second dungeon became almost impossibly difficult. (The party wipes were not helped by a small bug that caused the game to hang or lag on the Load Game screen, or by a larger one that crashed the game when I returned to town with one unconscious party member. Ugh.) Since E does an all-out attack, the only time I really messed around with the awkward combat menus was when I wanted one of my spellcasters to use a particular spell. Pretty soon, I felt like I was just armoring up, hitting…
  • Axonic Diodes, Revisited

    Meg Stivison
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Wait! Before he begins, this was a science fiction game set on a tropical island!  –Me, attempting an explanatory preface before one of my coworkers performed a dramatic reading of one of my Next Island mission dialogues for the rest of our coworkers. When I wrote these missions, I was thinking about MMO players, and never imagined listening to an impromptu dramatic reading for the Products team at YD, but it was pretty good fun. Axonic Diodes, Revisited from Simpson's Paradox The post Axonic Diodes, Revisited appeared first on Simpson's Paradox.
  • Book Tour: City of Whores

    Meg Stivison
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    City of Whores by Mark B. Perry tells the story of an aspiring movie star and a powerful celebrity couple in 1950’s Hollywood. A thin veneer of old-Hollywood glamour covers dark secrets and disturbing choices. The story of an aspiring actor willing to do anything and everything to become a star isn’t new, but the characters are fleshed out, complex, and believable, and the particular brand of “anything” will keep readers turning pages. Overall, the novel was a great deal grittier and darker than any of the other books I’ve received from Whirlwind. (Like Black…
  • Robots Need Love Too

    Meg Stivison
    18 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Robots Need Love Too is an iOs puzzle game about two lovestruck robots from Elephant Mouse. In the beginning of Robots Need Love Too, you can choose names, gender, and preferred pronoun for your romantic robots. In addition to the obvious he and she choices, your robots could use the genderqueer pronouns they, zie, ey, or xie, and naturally any two robots can fall in love. Robot gender and pronouns are entirely cosmetic features for this puzzle game, but character customization is always about allowing players to recognize ourselves in the game and connect more with our protagonist. The…
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    China Bystander

  • 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 →
  • Summers Sees Possible Abrupt Slow Down In China’s Growth Rate

    China Bystander
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:26 am
    CHINA, AND INDIA come to that, will grow much less rapidly than is currently anticipated. That forecast comes from former U.S. Treasury secretary Larry Summers and Lant Pritchett, a colleague of Summers at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, in a … Continue reading →
  • Facing A Slower Chinese Economy, Xi Needs A Winning Party Plenum

    China Bystander
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    THE INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND held its forecasts for China’s GDP growth this year and next unchanged in its latest quarterly economic outlook even as it trimmed those for the world economy. It is still expecting 7.4% GDP growth this year, … Continue reading →
  • Hong Kong’s Umbrella Protest: Tanks For The Memory

    China Bystander
    4 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    PRESIDENT XI JINPING will not want a photograph of even a single Hongkonger facing down a line of PLA tanks to be the iconic image to emerge from the current Umbrella protest in the city. However, sending in the tanks, … 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

  • Men Cannot Understand the Hassles Women Have With Their Hair

    Fauna
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    From Sina Weibo: @伟大的安妮: This is why regardless of whether women have long hair or short hair, it is…always…this…troublesome… #Men Simply Cannot Understand The Pain Women Have With Their With Hair!!!!# Comments from Sina Weibo: 阿恋恋恋恋_: When your hair reaches your waist, remember to hold it up when taking a shit. Hahaha, your hair definitely must’ve been dipped in shit before. 阿弟哥iii: So all you need to cover your physique [private parts] is a small little red heart. iBy_Yu: @黄灿灿acan It’s obvious that the last part of…
  • Bride Wants To Take “Old Couple” Wedding Photos, Groom Storms Off

    Fauna
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    From NetEase: Bride Dresses Up As Old Couple, Boyfriend “Flips Out” On the 20th, in front of the Dongmen Old Street in Shenzhen, a groom-to-be awaited his bride-to-be to take wedding photos. To his surprise, the bride used make up to turn herself into a 70-year-old granny, asked her boyfriend if he would love her at 70 years old, and wanted to take the photos with him also done up as an elderly person. When the man asked his girlfriend to redo her makeup without success, he publicly shouted, turned, and walked away, leaving the woman crying bitterly in the street. Comments from…
  • Dog Makes Omelette for Tired Owner, Touches Chinese Netizens

    Fauna
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:55 am
    From Sina Weibo: @微博搞笑排行榜: This must be the most loving GIF I’ve ever seen. It’s very long, but it’s worth watching! Note: This animated gif is from a video made in 2013 April… A copy on YouTube: Comments from Sina Weibo: 低调_012: Was there anyone like me who watched through half of it only to have their screen go dark and then tapped the screen…and it started over from the beginning!!!!!! It’s a lie. I just put my dog and the eggs I just bought together, and now… Hehe, original poster, come out and explain yourself. ANNA苏糖_:…
  • 65 Years of Chinese National Political Slogans, Reactions

    Joe
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:31 pm
    From Sina: 65 Years of National Political Slogans In the wake of National Day, I’ve collected the most famous national promotional [political] slogans for the past 65 years. Let us look back at this tumultuous road. 1949, Chinese People have Stood up. 1950, Resist U.S. Aggression and Aid Korea, Defend the Homeland. 1951, We Must Sternly Repress Counter-Revolutionaries. 1952, the “Three-Anti and Five-Anti” campaigns 1953, The Party Line is the Beacon Shining on Our Work. 1954, We Must Liberate Taiwan. 1955, Walk the Path of Cooperation. 1956, Let a Hundred Flowers Bloom; Let…
  • Chinese Woman Tears Apart ATM That Swallowed Her Bank Card

    Fauna
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    From QQ: Dongguan Woman Destroys ATM Bare-Handed Because She Was Unable to Withdraw Money Recently, many Dongguan residents have seen a post in their Weixin/WeChat Moments [friend's circle]: A woman in Shilong town who apparently couldn’t withdraw money angrily dismantled an ATM machine with her bare hands. As this reporter learned, this scene indeed happened on October 16th inside the Jinshawan Shopping Mall. Shilong Police state that they preliminarily suspect the woman suffers from mental problems, have already taken her to the Dongguan Mental Hospital for examination, and are…
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    China Briefing News

  • With Reboot of Import Tariffs, A Sooty Future Awaits for Foreign Coal in China

    China Briefing
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:36 pm
    China, the world’s biggest coal producer and consumer, is facing a poignant dilemma: whether to turn up its effort to tackle air pollution and curb carbon emissions or boost its flagging coal industry to prevent a sharp economic slowdown. Recent developments show the latter argument is winning out. The post With Reboot of Import Tariffs, A Sooty Future Awaits for Foreign Coal in China appeared first on China Briefing News.
  • Investing in China’s Education Industry

    China Briefing
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:34 am
    China's education industry presents a rich, albeit immature, field of investment opportunities, with its highest growth in niche markets overseas school entrance prep and vocational certification. In this article, we survey some of the latest developments in the industry. The post Investing in China’s Education Industry appeared first on China Briefing News.
  • End of the Line: Terminating an Employee in China (Part 1)

    China Briefing
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:17 am
    Heightened pressure in China's labor market means that employers are commonly required to terminate employees to optimize their business operations. Legally speaking, this is by no means an easy thing to do, especially under the comparatively stringent regulations on terminating employment contracts since 2008. The post End of the Line: Terminating an Employee in China (Part 1) appeared first on China Briefing News.
  • Is Your China Manufacturing Business Ready for Next Year’s Flood of Cheaper Vietnamese Products?

    China Briefing
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:17 pm
    Vietnam’s lower operating costs – in terms of both land-use rights and worker salaries – mean that inevitably, production of low and medium tech products will leech away from China into ASEAN. Here is a checklist of the issues your China manufacturing base will face as a result of this. The post Is Your China Manufacturing Business Ready for Next Year’s Flood of Cheaper Vietnamese Products? appeared first on China Briefing News.
  • China Regulatory Brief: Guangzhou R&D Subsidies, China-Russia Agreements and Revised Dongguan Annual Inspections

    China Briefing
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:35 am
    In this week's China Regulatory Brief, we discuss changes to R&D investment subsidies in Guangzhou, a swath of trade and investment agreements signed between China and Russia, and Dongguan's revised annual inspection timeframe. The post China Regulatory Brief: Guangzhou R&D Subsidies, China-Russia Agreements and Revised Dongguan Annual Inspections 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

  • 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.
  • China Goes West: 4 Perspectives on Chinese Outbound Investment.

    Joel
    3 Jun 2014 | 3:24 am
    I have just returned from an extensive China roadshow promoting my new book, China Goes West: Everything You Need to know about Chinese Companies Going Global. The timing of the trip coincided with Putin’s visit and the United States’ charging five Chinese officials with cyber espionage. I kicked off my tour in Beijing where I spoke in front of more than 200 people in my first week at organizations such as the American Chamber of Commerce, the European Union Chamber of Commerce and the Carnegie Endowment’s center at Tsinghua University. One of the greatest parts of the trip was…
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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

  • The Top 100 Richest Men in China in 2014

    CIW Team
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Jack Ma of Alibaba, becomes the number one in Hurun Rich List 2014, with a fortune of US$25 billion, surpassing Wang Jianlin of Wanda in second place with US$24.2 billion. There are 354 dollar billionaires in Hurun Rich List 2014, up 39 on last year.  10 years ago there were only 3. 819 saw their wealth grow (last year 672) of which 343 (last year 115) were new faces. Total wealth of the richest men in China on Hurun Rich List comes to US$1.4 trillion, more than the GDP of countries like Spain or South Korea. 5 new faces in the Top 10: Jack Ma, Li Hejun, Yan Jiehe, Liu Qiangdong and Lei…
  • Baidu Launched Online Education Platform Chuanke

    CIW Team
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:37 pm
    Baidu launched an online education platform Chuanke.com for organizations and individuals to offer courses online. Chuanke.com empowers educators with both video one demand courses, live streaming video education tools, and other education tools such as assignments, tests and references. The online classroom is also designed with interactive capability for engagement between teachers and students. Students can learn anytime on any type of devices being a PC, smartphone or tablet. They can also receive SMS alerts for class notifications. In addition to online teaching tools, Baidu Chuanke…
  • Top 100 Mobile Apps in China

    CIW Team
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:56 pm
    Wechat was the most popular mobile app in China in September 2014 with 377.92 million monthly active users, followed by QQ (308.742 million) and Baidu (145.047 million) according to data from EnfoDesk. The top 3 mobile apps in China remain the same from August. QQ Zone’s active users increased to 110.87 million which had an increase from August while QQ music had a little decrease in MAUs in September. You need to login as CIW Premium subscriber to see the full list and download link. Login or subscribe here. Also read: China Mobile App Distribution Channels Market Share
  • China Smartphone Offline Market Overview in August 2014

    Cecilia
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:12 pm
    In China smartphone offline market by sales volume, China Mobile market share rose to 47% in 2014 while China Unicom dropped to 24%. China Telecom’s market share had little change from 2013 according to a research from GfK. Besides, 2G is becoming less popular in China as its market share decreased to 8% in 2014. China Mobile has increased more investment in 4G smartphone market since last year, which contributes to its rapid development in China smartphone offline market in 2014. In the first half of 2014, total sales of smartphones in China have exceeded 185.563 million units…
  • China Top 5 Online Payment Mobile Apps in Sep 2014

    Cecilia
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Alipay Wallet, Alipay’s mobile app brand renamed from “Alipay” and the largest mobile payment platform in the world, exceeded 62.818 million MAUs in September 2014 in China according to EnfoDesk; Alipay Wallet is the most popular mobile payment app by MAUs, followed by Tenpay, Bestpay, Alipay and Lakala.  In comparison, the top 4 online payment mobile apps in August 2014 in China were Alipay, Bestpay, Tenpay and Lakala by total MAUs. Among China top 5 online payment mobile apps, Lakala, Tenpay and Alipay Wallet all had different use frequency growth rate , especially…
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  • A Chinese shrine to… Jesus?

    China Hope Live
    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

    China Hope Live
    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'”

    China Hope Live
    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

    China Hope Live
    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)
  • Sidewalk water calligraphy, Licun Park, Qingdao, China

    China Hope Live
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:16 pm
    At our favourite local park in Qingdao this past weekend, a little Chinese sidewalk water calligraphy magic:
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    ChinaHush

  • 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…
  • The daily life of grass root models

    Annie Lee
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:43 pm
    25 years old Xiao Ling comes from Gansu Province, she has been modeling in Shanxi Province for 3 years now. She met her current roommate Xiao Xie from one of her fashion show and they had become inseparable since.   Auto show and photography modeling are their main source of work. Unlike professional models, they have to live with very unstable booking. According to Xiao Ling, she can make about 4000 yuan (about 650 USD) in a good month. The auto shows every year are their best chances of making more income. Wearing high heels is a must for their line of work. Xiao Xie gets so tired of…
 
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  • 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

  • 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…
  • Vietnam: Can One National Exam Test All?

    An Thi My Tran
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:29 am
    Students in Vietnam attend the high school completion exam. Photo: Van Chung/World Bank After months of impassioned public discussion, Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training has finally announced that one national exam will determine high school graduation and the exam results will be used as the basis for university entrance admission. Until recently, Vietnamese students took two tests after completing 12 years in school: one was for high school graduation and the next was for university entrance. Both were high stakes tests that created pressure on students and their families.
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  • 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!
  • Checking a Product’s Intellectual Property Rights Before Buying

    Renaud Anjoran
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:21 pm
    A reader asked me how to conduct due diligence relative to the intellectual property rights of the products offered by Chinese suppliers: I am to sell accessories in a specific market. I have stumbled on many Alibaba listings where: 1. Product in question is a brand name 2. Product in question is under different (made up?) brand name 3. Product in question does not have brand The problem here is when they don’t disclose the brand, or they show a different brand because you never know if that product’s design is registered. You never know unless you are aware of such brand…
  • Do Chinese Factories Really Migrate to Inland Provinces?

    Renaud Anjoran
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    One of the very clear trends over the past 15 years in China has been the migration of exporting factories from the Pearl River Delta to the whole coast, and then (to a much lesser extent) to land-locked areas. However, my prediction is that this migration trend will slow down considerably, and for a simple reason: in many industries, it makes more sense to be located within the existing cluster of competitors rather than far away from them. First, let’s look at the exceptions — those industries for which production is very widespread. Here are few examples: Wood furniture…
  • Maturity of Manufacturing Areas in China

    Renaud Anjoran
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:52 am
    I noticed that inexperienced importers tend to look at obvious signals (prices, response times, quality of English…) when communicating with potential suppliers. But they often overlook the location of the factory. The export manufacturing industry really emerged in China in the early 1980s in Shenzhen. For example, most office buildings that are in the Huaqiangbei area used to house manufacturing operations. Then the exporting factories went to Dongguan city, to the rest of Guangdong, to Zhejiang and Fujian… and so on. What is pushing new factories further and further away?
 
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  • 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…
  • Long weekend in Shanghai

    Joop
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:11 am
    It seems to be a good tradition to visit Shanghai now and then. We met up with friends and ate the fruits and dishes that we craved. Arriving during Friday’s traffic rush, we had some trouble hailing a taxi from the metro station. A friendly passerby explained that you can bid for taxi’s with an app these days, but instead I called a friend to pick us up. On Saturday we enjoyed a south Chinese lunch (小南国), haggled for presents at pearl city (didn’t do that for a long time!), and ate a modern Shanghainese meal (Lynn) with different friends. However good and rich the…
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  • We Wish The White Mom With Black Sperm Said This

    Denene Millner
    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! ]]
  • Mo’Ne Davis Throws Like a Girl In New Spike Lee Documentary (VIDEO)

    Denene Millner
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Mo'Ne Davis throws like a girl with a 70-mile-per-hour pitch that captures American hearts in Chevy ad. The post Mo’Ne Davis Throws Like a Girl In New Spike Lee Documentary (VIDEO) appeared... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What Blazing Your Own Trail Feels Like and Other Revelations from a Sometimes Okay Writer/Wife/Mother

    Tracey Michae'l Lewis-Giggetts
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    When it comes to motherhood and work, blazing your own trail is possible—and necessary. The post What Blazing Your Own Trail Feels Like and Other Revelations from a Sometimes Okay Writer/Wife/Mother... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Truth About Age 46: On My Birthday, So Happy Being Me

    Denene Millner
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:44 pm
    Celebrating my birthday at age 46: it just gets better with time. The post The Truth About Age 46: On My Birthday, So Happy Being Me appeared first on MyBrownBaby. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • New Study Says Labor Pains Don’t Hurt As Much As We Remember. Moms Everywhere Want To Shank Them In the Gut.

    Denene Millner
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    Do labor pains hurt? A new study says it's not as bad as moms think. We think the researchers should go into hiding now. The post New Study Says Labor Pains Don’t Hurt As Much As We Remember.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Speaking of China

  • 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…
  • Guest Post: “Am I in the ‘Wrong’ AMWF Relationship?” How a Woman Who Loved China Fell for a Korean man

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Jeongsu and LindaWhat happens when the man you love isn’t from the country and culture that first captured your heart? That’s the conundrum Linda Dunsmore of Linda Living in China — a self-professed “China fan” — faced when she fell for a man from Korea. She writes, “I was worried because he was Korean, while I was passionate about China…. I kept asking myself, ‘Why do I have to fall in love with a Korean man?'”Do you have a fascinating AMWF relationship story or other guest post you’d love to see on Speaking of China?
  • Is the AMWF scene a creepy thing?

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    12 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    (Screenshot from http://www.americanfobs.com/)Is the AMWF scene a creepy thing?I know, it sounds like a crazy question for a website that includes AMWF in its tagline. But ever since I came across this article in the summer titled How AM (Asian Male) Anything Creeps Women Out, it’s been on my mind.For those of you who missed it, here’s an excerpt from the article:Sending out a little over twenty e-mails to a little over twenty attractive women, I received some painful yet truthful responses regarding the Asian male (anything) women cults. “It’s creepy. A bunch of Asian guys in a room,…
 
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    Hidden Harmonies China Blog

  • 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,…
  • Are the Occupy Protesters really about “Democracy”?

    Allen
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:39 pm
    As the Occupy protests continue in Hong Kong, articles, editorials and op-eds in the Western press continue to characterize the conflict as one between those in Hong Kong demanding “real democracy” and Beijing reneging on its promise of “universal suffrage” under “one country two systems.” Western media and leaders – including the New York Times Editorial Board and President Obama, for example – have all but argued that “universal suffrage” in Hong Kong means that Beijing should have no say in determining which candidates are…
  • What is Your Take on Hong Kong Police Breaking Up Protesters Occupying Government Buildings and Public Spaces?

    Allen
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:41 pm
    The news of Hong Kong Police using tear gas to disperse crowds aimed at occupying government buildings and public spaces to protest against Beijing rules on how Hong Kong residents vote for its next leaders are plastered on the first page of all the major news site today. The Wall Street Journal, for example, has this story. HONG KONG—In the harshest response against protesters in Hong Kong in nearly a decade, police used pepper spray and several rounds of teargas to disperse pro-democracy crowds blocking traffic on some of the city’s busiest streets. An effort by police to keep…
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    Red Luxury

  • China’s Mobile Advertising Spend to Jump 834 Percent

    red luxury w
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    With the rapid adoption of mobile and smartphone technology, mobile advertising expenditures are set to jump by 834 percent in China, nearly three times the global growth rate, according to a new study by digital and media consultancy ZenithOptimedia on growth rate trends projected for 2013-2016. The major categories of growth are beauty, automotive, and [&hellip
  • Students Drive Surge in Chinese Tourist Spending in the UK

    red luxury w
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Students from China and Hong Kong are spurring London’s economy. According to Global Blue, tax-free spending by customers from those countries rose 10 percent year-on-year in September, reports Women’s Wear Daily. This was the highest increase in spending by Chinese and Hong Kong customers in the past six months. The spending growth was attributed to [&hellip
  • Giambattista Valli Re-Creates His Paris Salon For Shanghai Show

    red luxury w
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Giambattista Valli has taken Shanghai by storm with a week full of fashion events culminating in the haute couture event that brought a little piece of Paris to Shanghai. The event was Valli’s first large-scale haute couture show outside of Paris, but he won’t be missing the comforts of home. In fact, the designer recreated [&hellip
  • Bulgari Selects Beijing for Fifth Luxury Hotel

    red luxury
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    To promote its luxury brand, Bulgari is expanding its hotel business and has announced the location of its second hotel in China. The opening of its first China hotel, the Bulgari Hotel Shanghai, is slated for 2016. In spring of 2017, Bulgari will open a Beijing hotel in the exclusive Embassy District, near the trendy [&hellip
  • Jaguar Land Rover Expects 50 Pct Drop in China Growth This Year

    red luxury w
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Jaguar Land Rover expects its sales growth in China to drop by 50 percent this year after robust growth. Despite opening its first overseas factory in China on Tuesday, which saw JLR’s first made-in-China vehicle, the Range Rover Evoque, roll off the assembly line, Jaguar expects sales to be up 20 percent this year, down [&hellip
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    Bikedan in Asia

  • China: Chengdu Laochemi 100km Road Race

    Bikedan
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:51 am
    It is always good coming to race in the Chengdu area as the organizers, ‘Lao Che Mi’ are widely known for putting on great events that are well organized. They also look after their foreign guests extremely well, paying attention to every detail. I have raced at many races throughout China, and Laochemi events are right up their with the best, if not the best.  They have been putting on events since 1984 and are pioneers in the China cycling scene; they also have five TREK concept stores in Chengdu city!  If you are looking for a good race to do in China, consider signing up for…
  • Cycle Travel: Exploring off-the-beaten track in China

    Bikedan
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:22 pm
    China is a massive country with many off-the-beaten track gems just waiting to be discovered by bicycle, so many that you can spend a lifetime here and still not complete them all; I’ve been living in China for over four years and have barely scratched the surface. For familiarity sake and time constraints, I tend to do many of the same routes around the city of Hangzhou where I live, and travel out frequently for bicycle races around China. Unfortunately, many of the bike races around China are not held in locations that ideally show-case the region where the race is being hosted;…
  • Mountain Bike Stage Racing in Asia

    Bikedan
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Mountain biking seems to be seeing a resurgence in popularity, especially with multi-day stage racing that provides riders with new experiences and adventures in exotic locations. Multi-day MTB stage racing is already popular in Europe and USA, and its slowly taking a grip on the Asia circuit. Its a perfect way to see and experience the country close up while meeting other like-minded MTB endurance riders from all parts of the globe. I had my first taste of MTB stage racing when I took part in the Genghis Khan MTB Adventure in Inner Mongolia back in 2010. It has now become a firm fixture on…
  • Cycling Secret: Durian Fruit the New Super Food?

    Bikedan
    7 Dec 2013 | 10:41 am
    It is a stinky putrid smelling fruit. I’ve always steered clear of this fruit despite friends on numerous occasions trying to convert me to eating Durian. Last year, I had a flat-mate from Canada who loved the spiky fruit and would bring it home; I would instantly know it was around, even though it was put out in the laundry room. The smell just pervades the whole apartment. I was offered to try it but never could get past the evil smell. I did try it and was pleasantly surprised at the sweet creamy taste of the fruit, however it did leave a slight after taste.  My wife also tried to…
  • Racing: Bikedan’s 2013 Tour de Bintan

    Bikedan
    14 Nov 2013 | 3:32 am
    I had always wanted to go back and do the Tour de Bintan race for the past several years but always ended up doing something different like the 7-day Tour de Formosa race in Taiwan followed by the KOM Taiwan Challenge in 2012. I was invited to go back  and do the KOM Taiwan again, but chose to do Tour de Bintan instead as it more suited my abilities as a rider.  I first competed at the Tour de Bintan event in 2010 as a Cyclingnewsasia cycling journalist, my report can be found via this link: Cycling Tour Bintan Island.  Also check out a 2010 report on Cyclingnewsasia.  Read about…
 
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    The China Observer

  • 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.
  • China Goes West: 4 Perspectives on Chinese Outbound Investment.

    Joel
    3 Jun 2014 | 3:24 am
    I have just returned from an extensive China roadshow promoting my new book, China Goes West: Everything You Need to know about Chinese Companies Going Global. The timing of the trip coincided with Putin’s visit and the United States’ charging five Chinese officials with cyber espionage. I kicked off my tour in Beijing where I spoke in front of more than 200 people in my first week at organizations such as the American Chamber of Commerce, the European Union Chamber of Commerce and the Carnegie Endowment’s center at Tsinghua University. One of the greatest parts of the trip was…
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    Speaking of China

  • 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…
  • Guest Post: “Am I in the ‘Wrong’ AMWF Relationship?” How a Woman Who Loved China Fell for a Korean man

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Jeongsu and LindaWhat happens when the man you love isn’t from the country and culture that first captured your heart? That’s the conundrum Linda Dunsmore of Linda Living in China — a self-professed “China fan” — faced when she fell for a man from Korea. She writes, “I was worried because he was Korean, while I was passionate about China…. I kept asking myself, ‘Why do I have to fall in love with a Korean man?'”Do you have a fascinating AMWF relationship story or other guest post you’d love to see on Speaking of China?
  • Is the AMWF scene a creepy thing?

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    12 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    (Screenshot from http://www.americanfobs.com/)Is the AMWF scene a creepy thing?I know, it sounds like a crazy question for a website that includes AMWF in its tagline. But ever since I came across this article in the summer titled How AM (Asian Male) Anything Creeps Women Out, it’s been on my mind.For those of you who missed it, here’s an excerpt from the article:Sending out a little over twenty e-mails to a little over twenty attractive women, I received some painful yet truthful responses regarding the Asian male (anything) women cults. “It’s creepy. A bunch of Asian guys in a room,…
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    Blog - Digital Jungle

  • 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…
  • How to Recover From the Panda 4.1 Update

    29 Sep 2014 | 2:41 am
    Panda 4.1 what does it do? Google have announced that the latest Panda update, which has already been launched, is a filter dedicated to penalizing poor content and prevent it from ranking well. The logic behind this latest update is…
  • The Older Social Media User

    29 Sep 2014 | 2:13 am
    Social Media Population of China With an approximate population of roughly 597 million active users, Chinese social media is obviously a dominant online force. When it comes to age, 51% of social media users are over the age of 31.…
 
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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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    eWallstreeter

  • American who reached Beijing before Mao

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Sidney Shapiro, author and translator, 1915-2014
  • Concerns remain over ADB’s Chinese rival

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:02 am
    Bank’s chief economist says AIIB could help meet Asian infrastructure needs but signals potential governance gaps
  • China real estate decline continues

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:22 pm
    Oversupply drags down house prices for fifth consecutive month
  • Shanghai bourse awaits options approval

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Launch will be China’s first new equity derivative product since 2008
  • Sky-Mobi Part 3 - Ace up the Sleeve

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:42 am
    October 23, 2014 (Chinavestor) ROE exhibits quite disastrous figures and the lack of featurephone use is noticeably harming MOBI’s operating power. So how can there be an upside for investors to allocate funds to? Whilst AAPL’s and Samsung’s mobile devices are what we called premium, high end devices, MOBI aims to serve the cheaper mobile phones. There are a large number of producers in China with a primary purpose of creating cheap smartphones. Developed economies may be unfamiliar to the
 
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    Beijing Cream

  • Laowai Comics: At The Zoo

    Laowai Comic
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 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
  • I Nearly Lost A Testicle In A Beijing Hospital

    Bryce Lewis
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    “He says you need to get the surgery now or you’re going to, like, you know, lose it. There’s a vein that, like, got twisted and your, you know, um, it’s dying. He says it will, like, die soon and that you’re lucky it hasn’t died already.” - From our correspondent’s painful introduction to Beijing I knelt at the top of the hospital escalator, partly from exhaustion, mostly out of surrender. My moans and cries recalled childhood Halloween nights spent puking up entire plastic jack-o-lanterns of candy. My tears blurred reality. Loud, distracted, exotic…
  • Global Times: Nickelback Epitomizes Western Media’s Political Agitation

    Anthony Tao
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:26 am
    The best lede ever? After listening to “Edge of Revolution,” a new song by the Candian band Nickelback, one can easily understand how clever the West is in expressing and propagating its views. [sic] Take a bow, Farman Nawaz. You belong to a rare class of adult on the Internet who admits to listening to Nickelback. (H/T James Palmer)
  • Refrigerator, Rambo Top Our List Of Favorite Chinese-Chosen English Names

    Anthony Tao
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    CCTV recently published an article called “Tips for Chinese choosing an English name,” which is frankly exactly the type of piece I think CCTV should be publishing more of. It features delightful sentences such as, “Many Chinese like to pick names that are in fact, not names,” and, “Meanwhile, Dong and Wang is used as slang for male genitalia. So avoid anything like ‘Bunny Wang’ at all times.” It got us thinking: what are the best Chinese-chosen English names we know? My favorite has, since the beginning, been “Refrigerator.” I…
  • For 1st Time In 23 Years, Beijing Marathon Not Won By Chinese Woman. Also, Smog

    Anthony Tao
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    Congratulations to Ethiopians Girmay Birhanu Gebru and Fatuma Sado Dergo, the men’s and women’s winners of the 34th Beijing International Marathon that was run today in “very unhealthy” to “hazardous” air. It was so bad that Xinhua even called it “smog” in an article that begins with this incredible factoid: China’s bid to win the women’s race of the Beijing International Marathon for the 23rd straight year was thwarted on Sunday as Ethiopian Fatuma Sado Dergo braved the smog to finish first in the 42.195-kilometer run in two…
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    Everyone's Blog Posts - Study More Chinese

  • Review of Book “Basic Spoken Chinese” by Cornelius C. Kubler

    Thomas Doherty
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:30 pm
    I have been reading and studying a fairly new set of Mandarin Language textbooks known as the “Tuttle Basic Chinese Series” that can be used in the AP level High School or College classroom or by people studying on their own. I will only review the first book in the series “Basic Spoken Chinese” BSC at this time. At later times I will review other volumes in the “Tuttle Basic Chinese Series”. Full Title and Publishing Information: “Basic Spoken Chinese, Introduction to Speaking and Listening for Beginners” by Cornelius C. Kubler ( Tuttle Publishing 2011…
  • Comparing language courses: Private vs Group vs Online Lessons

    Zoe Wells
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Learning a new language is always a fun challenge. There are varying ways a learner can embark upon a language course, whether they are a complete beginner or have previous knowledge. How do you know which style of learning is for you? Here's the lowdown on the types of language courses available. Private Learning: Private learning with a tutor is ideal for anyone leading a busy life. The flexibility of a private tutor means you can arrange a lesson at a time convenient to you as well as having a learning plan tailored to your exact needs. The benefits include: * One on one lessons with a…
  • Chinese People and Western TV Shows - An Article posted at Yoyo Chinese Blog

    Thomas Doherty
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Michael Hurwitz over at "Yoyo Chinese The Official Blog" has written a fine article ( in English ) about some of the US/UK TV shows that are now popular in China.  "Thanks to the advent of Chinese streaming services like Sohu and Youku, it’s easier than ever for Chinese fans to watch their favorite foreign TV shows. While pirated versions have been available online for years, lately Western content providers have struck deals with Chinese platforms to allow legal distribution of high-quality, subtitled episodes, resulting in a big jump in viewership". The shows covered in the article are…
  • Taiwan Mandarin versus Beijing Mandarin - A Starter Kit

    Thomas Doherty
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    A May 29, 2014  article over at "The World of Chinese" Internet Site by  Keoni Everington (华武杰) does a good job of scratching the surface of the baffling differences between Taiwan Mandarin and Beijing Mandarin.  ( It may be relatively baffling probably only to the mostly European language based members of the SMC Site ).  Read the article and some of those unknown words you have heard in a Taiwanese movie or song may now make sense.  Here is the link:         http://www.theworldofchinese.com/2014/05/taiwanese-mandarin-starter-kit/              
  • Olle Linge Points Out Problems With Listening to Chinese

    Thomas Doherty
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Olle Linge over at Mandarin.about.com has posted an article of the difficulties involved in listening and understanding what one hears in Mandarin. It is even worse in the real world where sometimes you must determine which language is being spoken and if the speaker is saying a word wrong or using a slang word or mixing languages.  It is not uncommon to hear sentences consisting of Mandarin, Cantonese and English all mixed together in some Chinatowns.    http://mandarin.about.com/od/How-to-learn-Mandarin-Chinese/fl/How-to-learn-to-understand-spoken-Chinese.htm        
 
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    China Law Blog

  • China’s Compliance Miracle: I Mostly Believe.

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:58 am
    A China client sent me the link to an article one of his employees had sent to him. My client’s email to me said only, “Is this true.” My response was even shorter: “Mostly yes.” The article is from The FCPA Blog, entitled, Do you believe in compliance miracles? The article talks of how China and India are “fast becoming global leaders for anti-corruption compliance and enforcement. That’s gotta be a miracle.” The article goes on to talk about how China’s corruption crackdown is happening with “real confidence, enthusiasm, and a…
  • China Legal Advice And The Role Of The “Grapevine”

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:58 am
    Every so often I go deep into the backend of this blog to review and delete the draft blog posts (some little more than an idea) that have yet to see the light of the Internet page, and shouldn’t. I did that today and came across a post on a great article Phil Taylor (now a solicitor trainee at Eversheds), wrote for the International Bar Association, entitled, Asia: Adopting the Right Mindset. The article talks about how and when lawyers should and do consider “factors beyond the letter of the law” in advising their clients. I strongly urge you to read the entire article.
  • China Company Indemnification From Product Defects. Yeah, Whatever.

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:58 am
    American lawyers love using indemnification provisions in product manufacturing agreements. They love them so much that they often use them in China manufacturing contracts (OEM Agreements) even though they do not work well at all there. American lawyers often put in a provision stating that if there is a product recall, the Chinese company must indemnify the American company for any fees/costs/damages incurred by the American company arising from the recall. American lawyers also often put in a provision stating that if anyone is injured by a product defect, the Chinese company must…
  • China Employment Contracts: Do Not Try This At Home, Part II

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:58 am
    Did a post yesterday explaining why I got so upset with the idea of an American domestic lawyer writing the employment contracts for his company’s China WFOE. That post, China Employment Contracts: Do Not Try This At Home, listed out a few of the more important things I was pretty certain this lawyer would miss in his contracts. In response to that post, a reader emailed me to  ask what “really” goes into a Chinese employment contract. This post responds to that email and highlights what is “really” involved in drafting China employment contracts. The below is…
  • China’s Film Industry Online, Part I

    19 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
    China’s theatrical box office market may be huge but the ancillary revenues (i.e. non-box office) are still relatively small in China. This is the first in a series of posts on developments in China’s digital ancillaries in a lead-up to the US-China Film Summit, which I will be attending along with a number of other lawyers from my firm and a talk I will be giving on China’s film industry before the Beverly Hills Bar Association on November 3. In this first post, I seek to provide a frame of reference for a discussion of ancillaries in China. In recent years, a market-based…
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    Quality Wars - Your Boots on the GROUND in China

  • 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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    Blog - Digital Jungle

  • 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…
  • How to Recover From the Panda 4.1 Update

    29 Sep 2014 | 2:41 am
    Panda 4.1 what does it do? Google have announced that the latest Panda update, which has already been launched, is a filter dedicated to penalizing poor content and prevent it from ranking well. The logic behind this latest update is…
  • The Older Social Media User

    29 Sep 2014 | 2:13 am
    Social Media Population of China With an approximate population of roughly 597 million active users, Chinese social media is obviously a dominant online force. When it comes to age, 51% of social media users are over the age of 31.…
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    InternChina » Languages » English

  • NIGHTLIFE in CHENGDU #2

    Anna Theves
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:28 am
    It’s been a while since we talked about nightlife in Chengdu, (did you know for instance that in Chengdu there are more bars per person than any other city in China) here is an update on some of the key party locations in the city. Poly Centre 保利中心 The Poly Centre (保利中心) or has quickly […]
  • My Internship in Qingdao: Review of Oliver Bradley

    Anna Theves
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:44 pm
    So I am sat in Qingdao airport awaiting my flight back to the UK after what I can only describe as the best summer that I have ever had. Time really does fly when you are having fun, which explains why I just cannot believe that it has all gone so quickly. I have never […]
  • Featured Internship Rafaela Kuznec and International Futures – ZHBS48

    Ivan Zhelyazkov
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:13 am
    You are likely never to have heard of Zhuhai – located in the southwest of China’s Pearl River delta, Zhuhai is southern China’s best kept secret. Having just been a small fishing village in the 1970’s before being granted Special Economic Zone (SEZ) status, Zhuhai was incorporated as a city in 1979. Its growth since […]
  • Generation UK Interns En Masse in Chongqing

    Clare Harding
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Being an intern based in Chengdu opens up a Pandora’s Box of travel destinations in Western China, not least of which is the fascinating tumult of Chongqing; a city of staggering development, tortuous steps and hidden charm. Chongqing is also home to the British Council in South West China, without whom many interns would not […]
  • Qingdao – Die Grüne Insel

    InternChina
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:27 am
    Qingdao, was soviel wie die Grüne Insel bedeutet,  ist eine Hafenstadt in der Provinz Shandong im Osten der Volksrepublik China. Heute leben und arbeiten rund 7 Millionen Menschen in Qingdao. Nicht nur der rapide Bevölkerungsanstieg, sondern auch das enorme Wirtschaftswachstum in den letzten Jahren macht Qingdao zu einer der wichtigsten Handelsmetropolen an der Ostküste Chinas. […]
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  • New Oriental Education (EDU) Q1 FY2015 Results

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:39 am
    New Oriental Education (EDU) released Q1 FY2015 results which included revenue of 394 million USD (lower than management’s initial guidance of about 420 million USD) and net income of 112 million USD. Revenue growth during Q1 was a paltry 1% YoY, notably slower than the +20% YoY pace for FY2014. The quarterly results showed the continued impact of headwinds facing the company, which missed both consensus revenue and earnings estimates.   Although the quarter’s results were disappointing, management’s outlook going forward could be cause for optimism. The company’s…
  • Eco data - Residential home prices for September 2014

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:35 am
    China new home prices fell slightly, or in one case remained stagnant, in all major cities across the nation despite the lifting of purchasing restriction in all but four top tier cities. All but one of the 70 major cities surveyed showed prices falling month on month by an average of -1%. The sole exception was the city of Xi’an which showed no change for month on month price changes. Beijing, arguably the most important market and a major source of the government’s concern with rising housing costs, saw prices dip -0.7% MoM, but were still slightly higher than a…
  • Taking a look at the 58.com (WUBA) mobile app

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:23 am
    58.com (WUBA, profile) is China’s popular online marketplace that allows users to post listings of items or services they want to sell and for people to respond to them. As part of its business, 58.com has a fairly easy-to-use and comprehensive mobile application that allows users to buy and sell from almost any location. To help investors understand more about how this app is powering 58.com's business, we took the app for a test drive.   On the app’s homepage users are able to quickly identify what categories they want to search in. 58.com service categories are…
  • Eco data - October Flash PMI increases to 50.4

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:08 pm
    The HSBC/Markit Flash China Manufacturing PMI increased vs. September’s final reading of 50.2 (release here). An improvement in the main sub-indexes (output, new orders, exports, and employment) helped push the index higher. Output, new orders, and exports were all pointing to an increase, however were cooler than readings in September. The employment index was still showing contraction, but the index increased sharply from last month’s reading showing a larger degree of contraction.  
  • Hollysys (HOLI) back to positive

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    Hollysys – back to a buy, but is it another head fake? Will Hollysys (HOLI, profile) finally play along and form a trend that lasts longer than a stoplight? We can only hope so; the stock has consistently failed to enter a trend over the past three times when we thought one was forming. So we’ll heed the Sirens’ call once more, and call a buy here, because hopefully our persistence will pay off. Our stochastic line has just crossed the signal line, MACD is above moving average and CCI has generated a buy signal. Maybe Holly Automation will start…
 
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  • China’s Mobile Advertising Spend to Jump 834 Percent

    red luxury w
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    With the rapid adoption of mobile and smartphone technology, mobile advertising expenditures are set to jump by 834 percent in China, nearly three times the global growth rate, according to a new study by digital and media consultancy ZenithOptimedia on growth rate trends projected for 2013-2016. The major categories of growth are beauty, automotive, and [&hellip
  • Students Drive Surge in Chinese Tourist Spending in the UK

    red luxury w
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Students from China and Hong Kong are spurring London’s economy. According to Global Blue, tax-free spending by customers from those countries rose 10 percent year-on-year in September, reports Women’s Wear Daily. This was the highest increase in spending by Chinese and Hong Kong customers in the past six months. The spending growth was attributed to [&hellip
  • Giambattista Valli Re-Creates His Paris Salon For Shanghai Show

    red luxury w
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Giambattista Valli has taken Shanghai by storm with a week full of fashion events culminating in the haute couture event that brought a little piece of Paris to Shanghai. The event was Valli’s first large-scale haute couture show outside of Paris, but he won’t be missing the comforts of home. In fact, the designer recreated [&hellip
  • Bulgari Selects Beijing for Fifth Luxury Hotel

    red luxury
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    To promote its luxury brand, Bulgari is expanding its hotel business and has announced the location of its second hotel in China. The opening of its first China hotel, the Bulgari Hotel Shanghai, is slated for 2016. In spring of 2017, Bulgari will open a Beijing hotel in the exclusive Embassy District, near the trendy [&hellip
  • Jaguar Land Rover Expects 50 Pct Drop in China Growth This Year

    red luxury w
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Jaguar Land Rover expects its sales growth in China to drop by 50 percent this year after robust growth. Despite opening its first overseas factory in China on Tuesday, which saw JLR’s first made-in-China vehicle, the Range Rover Evoque, roll off the assembly line, Jaguar expects sales to be up 20 percent this year, down [&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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  • Watch Mark Zuckerberg Explain How Facebook is Helping China in Chinese in Beijing

    Ben Grinberg
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:02 pm
    “Accidental billionaire” Mark Z. spent some time at Beijing’s Tsinghua University charming the crowd with his passable Chinese. Zuckerberg showed a surprising amount of charm and warmth to his Chinese audience as he explained that Facebook is helping to connect Chinese businesses with the rest of the world. And that he wants to connect the world to China. Although Facebook is banned in China, it continues to have a significant influence on Chinese society and business. Zuckerberg is, in fact, a board member of Tsinghua University’s School of Economics and Management…
  • Can Kentucky Fried Chicken Mend Your Broken Heart? (Video)

    Jane Tseng
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    A 26-year-old woman from Chengdu spent a whole week gorging herself in KFC to get over her boyfriend. While walking around feeling miserable after they broke up, she passed the fast-food outlet, and decided to get something to eat. She realized she needed some time to think, and didn’t have to leave because it’s open 24 hours a day. She told media: I didn’t want to go back to my apartment because it was full of memories of him. So I stayed. Eventually, seven days later, she was ready to go. She telephoned her boss to quit her job, and took a train to her hometown of Shandong.
  • Feng Shui House Numbers: The Truth, Myth, & Meaning

    Lina Camarena
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:23 am
    Feng means wind and shui means water. In traditional Chinese culture, wind and water are viewed as being related to good health and good fortune. Thus, Feng Shui is the science of harmonizing with the surrounding environment. It is based on the Taoist holistic view of the world, especially in the idea that everything is alive and filled with energy (Qi). According to Feng Shui, this energy binds the universe, the Earth, and humanity together. By now, you may be realize that Feng Shui is an interesting science, but it is not a simple one, specially if you try to understand it with…
  • Why Chinese Are Snapping Up Aussie Properties (Video)

    Wei Hu
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    This clip from the Today Tonight looks at the so-called “Chinese invasion” in Australia. The phenomenon is happening in residential and commercial real estate, as well as in agriculture.
  • Bridezilla-to-Be Looks Like Grandma to Test Fiance’s Love (Photos)

    Iris Lu
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    This prospective groom got a shock after waiting for his lovely lady to arrive for their wedding photos in Shenzhen, according to the Guangzhou Daily. She appeared wearing make-up that made her look like a 70-year-old woman, and wanted the photos taken that way, asking him whether he’d still love her when she was old. When he told her to get her make-up redone, she refused. Eventually he lost his temper and left her crying alone in the street.
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