Category Archives: Business in China

Ethan Allen – the interesting Asia story of a venerated American Brand

Last week at the Asia Society in New York I attended an event entitled “Ethan Allen CEO – Selling ‘Made in the USA’ to China.   It featured Ethan Allen Interiors CEO M. Farooq Kathwari interviewed by Timothy Aeppel bureau chief … Continue reading

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Expats living in the U.S. and China still seem to forgo a wide world view

I’ve posted that American expatriates living in China have increased my learning curve.     Having met more than fifty U.S.A. born expatriates that now live in China (and even more non-U.S western expats), there are similarities in their view of … Continue reading

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American expatriates living in China continue to increase my China learning curve

Today is my last full day in China for this trip.   It’s been a different one than any of my prior trips and I’ve had more alone time on this trip than any trip to China I’ve made before.   I … Continue reading

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Another day in Hong Kong at a 3rd place

I’ve been working in a public space (Pacific Coffee Company) nearly the entire day on this last Monday of February 2013.   As usual there are a good number of business meetings going on simultaneously.   This happens in the U.S. as … Continue reading

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Keeping up on China by following Westerners

As I’ve not been in China for a longer period than usual I have a feeling of disconnection from my Chinese friends and colleagues. Via email, social media and Skype I have kept in contact with many people but as … Continue reading

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Will the new Chinese President Xi Jinping institute communication reforms?

It seems that people that know me associate my travel to China with my being the ‘China guy’. While I am flattered that some consider me knowledgeable (to a greater degree than they are) of what is going on in … Continue reading

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How Americans and Chinese are alike – and then they’re not

I recently heard some Chinese colleagues of mine on a trip to the U.S. mention how geographically big are the United States. For instance trips between U.S. cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles require long car rides (when not … Continue reading

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Marketing Chinese brands in the U.S. – it’s a learning process

It’s not as if the Chinese companies I’ve met with lack any understanding of good marketing principles. Nearly every company and everyone I’ve met in those companies have highly educated people that are focused on growing the sales of the … Continue reading

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I’m not quite ready to move to China to live – yet

Even after a fifteen plus hour flight from Hong Kong back to Newark, I’m strangely not tired although I’ve not been to bed in more than 30 hours (and that’s after a 4 hour night’s sleep). My mind is buzzing … Continue reading

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Business in China for Americans means hurry up and wait

Having moved around quite a bit during this trip – Tokyo to Hong Kong and then to Shenzhen, China I’ve been able to experience the stark contrasts of doing business in China with that of doing business in Japan or … Continue reading

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