Category Archives: culture

A nation of 1.4bn cold hearts – Zhang Lijia

The world, including China, reacted with shock at the pictures of toddler Yueyue, overrun by cars and ignored by passersby, hit the internet. Social commentator Zhang Lijia shares the feeling, but tries also to explain in The Guardian, why it happened.

Dealing with identity – Zhang Lijia

The famous author Zhang Lijia tells in her new weblog how she deals with questions about identity from her two daughters, while traveling in Bangladesh. “Well, if I tell people I am Chinese, people wouldn’t believe me.”

When East and West meet for business – Bill Dodson

Chinese and Western business practices differ, quite a lot. Bill Dodson recalls on his weblog a due diligence trip into Zhejiang province, visiting a company that offered to their Western visitors two accounting books. The Western visitors were shocked. A different modus operandi.

Mark Obama Ndesandjo joins CSB

The Shenzhen-based business man, artist and charity activist Mark Obama Ndesandjo has kindly agreed to join China Speakers Bureau. In a few years time, he has has helped to put social corporate responsibility on the local agenda and is helping companies to enter the challenging China market.

Chinese websites: crowded and kinetic – Bill Dodson

China veteran Bill Dodson describes in EON Business wire how different Chinese websites are from their Western counter parts. “Chinese websites reflect the condition and dynamics of Chinese society itself: crowded and kinetic”

Baidu is not ruled by the communist party – Kaiser Kuo

Foreign journalists visiting the headquarters of Baidu in Beijing, China’s largest search engine, might be up for a surprise, as they are met by rock musician Kaiser Kuo, also spokesperson of Google’s competitor. Here is a part of the report by Jordan Pouille in Metro.

The essence of trans-Atlantic conversation – Tricia Wang

Tricia Wang reviews a review of her work by Anxiao Mina for the Huffington Post and reflects on the essence of trans-Atlantic conversation. China’s internet cafes and Western saloons.

How to earn respect in China – Janet Carmosky

Getting respect in China is tough for any business executive, writes Janet Carmosky in Forbes. Defining criteria: Chinese have to define you as smart, but most foreign expats have no clue how to gain that.

About not writing a book about China – Janet Carmosky

It took Janet Carmosky thirty years not to write a book about what she knows about China, she tells in Forbes, and hopes Former US Treasury Secretary and Goldman Sachs CEO Hank Paulson will take at least that much time before he finishes his announced book on China.

Why Weibo is cuter than Twitter – Tricia Wang

All too often Sina’s microblog service Weibo is described as a kloon of Twitter. Sociologist Tricia Wang in Wuhan has been using Weibo for a few months and starts to report on her weblog about the differences of the two. About fun, love and entertainment.