Category Archives: urbanization

The China take on digital transformation

Digital transformation is key in the planning of companies, governments and individuals, as the world is changing beyond recognition. But for the world outside China it often remains unclear how the most innovative country is going to influence their digital future. 

Speakers at the China Speakers Bureau can help you to make sense out of this often disruptive change of the world. Here we bring together a group of leading experts on China and how its digital transformation is going to change the world outside China too.

Chinese, looking for quality and new values – Ian Johnson

A group of tens of million of Chinese are looking for more than only make money, says journalist Ian Johnson. They look for a better quality of life, including organic food, corporate values and good domestic education for their children.

China´s successful battle against slums and urban unrest – Ian Johnson

Unlike many other large cities, China has been avoiding the establishment of large slums and related instability, argues author Jeremy Wallace in an interview with journalist Ian Johnson at the New York Times. The abolishment of the hukou system is not expected any time soon, since it serves the government well.

Can China urbanize in a sustainable way? – Sara Hsu

China´s urbanites are expected to growth with a few hundred million over the coming years. But can cities grow in a sustainable way, wonders urbanization expert Sara Hsu in The Diplomat. The is both room for doubt and for hope, she writes.

Shadow banking expert Sara Hsu joins China Speakers Bureau

The China Speakers Bureau is happy to include Sara Hsu, offering our financial clients a unique insight in this unique feature. She will soon participate in one of our China Weekly Hangouts to discuss shadow banking in China.

Tech woman to watch, Huffington Post – Tricia Wang

The Huffington Post published a “Women to Watch” segment on women in tech, including our cultural sociologist Tricia Wang, currently writing a book on her experience in China. “Everyone knows that you don’t ask someone what their anonymous name is.”

Relaxation Hukou needed to boost economy – Heleen Mees

China’s domestic visa system, the Hukou, is a drain on its economy and makes if very hard for the industry to switch from export and investment driven to a consumption economy, says economist Heleen Mees in the Globe&Mail.

Building too fast in China – Bill Dodson

Author Bill Dodson takes the no.10 subway in Shanghai several times per week and just missed the collision yesterday. An annus horribilis for China’s infrastructure, he sights on his weblog. But taking the bicycle in stead of the train is no longer an option.

Corruption and executions in Suzhou – Bill Dodson

Suzhou resident Bill Dodson talks about the executing of his corrupt vice-mayor to Paul French of the Ethical Corporation in a podcast. Local debts are becoming a liability and local officials paying with their lives. A look behind China’s corrupt economy.

Living as a migrant worker “Are we too dirty?” – Tricia Wang

Sociologist Tricia Wang is trying to blend in as a migrant working in Wuhan and reports on her weblog about her experiences. “Are we too dirty for your eyes?”