3 Sacrifices Expats Make By Not Learning Chinese

In my latest China vlog, I recount some of my own experiences working in China and why learning Chinese may become an invaluable skill set for foreign expatriates in the future.

All About Xiaomi: Smart Homes and Cool Tech

Chinese culture and society have long been one of my interests, and it’s been fascinating to observe how the country has developed over the past 20 plus years. I’ve also been working in the Chinese high-tech sector for several years, and it’s been extremely enlightening to be on the ground in China, and watch howContinue reading “All About Xiaomi: Smart Homes and Cool Tech”

35 Ways to Wish Someone Well in Chinese

Life in China is filled with opportunities to reconnect with old contacts and meet new friends. But what should you say to make a good impression, especially at special events? Check out this simple list of Chinese idioms, and you’ll have something to say on any occasion!

Three People Can Create a Tiger – Social Media in China

Social media in China has a huge potential to either help or disrupt Western businesses. The Chinese idiom “it only takes three people to create a tiger,” provides information and insights on how quickly information can spread, and the negative power of rumors in China.

Beating the Grass and Startling the Snake – IPR in China

Understanding Chinese idioms can offer insights into the Chinese mindset. The idiom “beating the grass and startling the snake” provides a good lesson on why you should guard your China market entry plans closely, lest local competitors beat you to the punch.

Building a Cart Behind Closed Doors – What Costco Did Wrong in China

The idiom “building a cart behind closed doors” serves as a useful reminder of the dangers of entering the Chinese foreign without ample preparation. Without on-the-ground research and analysis of consumer needs and preferences, it is all too easy to make disastrous missteps in China.

Struggling to Get Ahead – the Stressful Lives of Young Chinese

For many Chinese people, life and work are a constant struggle. The Chinese idiom “struggling to get ahead and fearing to be left behind” accurately captures this facet of daily life in China and can help Westerners better understand the Chinese.