Tea and Tea House Culture

One of the coolest parts about living in China is the opportunity to refine your tea drinking palate. Although I still haven’t given up coffee completely, there are lots of interesting, different types of teas which I’ve come to know since moving here. One type which is relatively unknown in the U.S. is pu’er (普洱茶). … Read moreTea and Tea House Culture

Formal Mandarin Chinese (五道口 banner example)

Above you will see an advertisement from the back of a bus stop just outside of the U-Town shopping center. The poster shows two shop owners not accepting cash, stating they prefer customers use their digital wallets (不收现金). The poster was sponsored by the People’s Bank of China (中国人民银行) and interestingly at a time when the … Read moreFormal Mandarin Chinese (五道口 banner example)

The Hardest Part About Being an Expat

The hardest part about living abroad isn’t missing your family and friends. It’s watching fellow expats leave town. This is the part that no-one talks about. In the beginning living abroad is fun … You get to meet new people and exchange stories. How you came to the place and what your opinions are about … Read moreThe Hardest Part About Being an Expat

The Dingiest Apartment in the Best Part of Town

I would rather eat an extra spicy bowl of hotpot and then go for a ten-mile run than search for an apartment in Beijing. Why? At least when you go for the run there is the possibility of some intrinsic satisfaction and the runner’s high. When you look for an apartment in Beijing, it’s mostly … Read moreThe Dingiest Apartment in the Best Part of Town

The Difference Between 外婆 and 姥姥 In Chinese

Do you know how to refer to your maternal grandmother in Chinese? It depends on who you ask. One way to say it is 外婆 (waipo). The first character, 外 (wai), means outside. The second character, 婆 (po), means grandmother. The two characters come together to mean your “outside grandmother”, as in traditional Chinese culture the women goes … Read moreThe Difference Between 外婆 and 姥姥 In Chinese

40 Years of Reform and Opening up in China – the Importance of Perspective

By all records and opinions, China has developed quite fast over the past forty plus years. Starting in 1978 with Deng Xiaoping’s famous market reforms, the country has maintained an annual GDP growth of 9% on average. In fact, if you were to compare a modern Chinese city (commonly referred to as “first-tier”) with one … Read more40 Years of Reform and Opening up in China – the Importance of Perspective

Business Lessons from Luckin Coffee (瑞幸咖啡)

Business Lessons from Luckin Coffee (瑞幸咖啡) The rise of Luckin Coffee (瑞幸咖啡) in 2018 has everything that you’d want in a good China business case. A homegrown company that has leveraged technology and other assets to build a strong brand early on. So, what can we learn from Luckin Coffee about doing business in China? … Read moreBusiness Lessons from Luckin Coffee (瑞幸咖啡)

Jack Ma Talks Big Data and Poverty in Guiyang

Jack Ma Talks Big Data and Poverty in Guiyang Executive staff from Chinese organizations like Alibaba, Tencent, the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, Mengniu Dairy Group came together this past Sunday (5/27) at Guiyang’s third annual China International Big Data Expo to discuss the important topic of how to use big data to eradicate poverty. … Read moreJack Ma Talks Big Data and Poverty in Guiyang