Is the Term “China Hand” Still Relevant for Foreigners in China Today?

The word 中国通 (zhongguo tong) means “China hand” or “China watcher” in Mandarin. It’s a combination of 中国 (zhongguo – China) and 通 (tong – to know well). The three characters, when combined together, create the meaning of one who knows China well, i.e. a “China hand”. Today it’s still used to describe foreigners in … Read moreIs the Term “China Hand” Still Relevant for Foreigners in China Today?

Fall in Love with Communication, Forget About Grammar

I always get surprised when I hear someone complain about their English very articulately. Normally, I have been speaking to the person for a while, perhaps even in deep conversation. “What do you mean?” I inevitably respond. “I think your English is great. Sure, you could probably work on your tenses and gender usage, but … Read moreFall in Love with Communication, Forget About Grammar

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

Will Digital ELL Products Eat Print?

Will Digital ELL Products Eat Print? A lot of people believe that digitization is going to destroy print. But is that really true, at least in the context of the ESL industry? Recently, I came upon a report by Ambient Insight (now Metaari), which forecasted the outlook of Digital ELL products from 2015-2020. In this … Read moreWill Digital ELL Products Eat Print?

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)

Beijing Loves Hacking: Angelhack Returns After Two Year Absence

Beijing Loves Hacking: Angelhack Returns After Two Year Absence Angelhack, a US-based “global hackathon organization” held its first ever event in Beijing, China, since 2014 this past weekend at the naked Hub co-working space located near Dongdaqiao Subway Station in Chaoyang District (6/2/2018-6/3/2018). Coders, up-and-coming entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts alike all met to code, pitch, and ultimately … Read moreBeijing Loves Hacking: Angelhack Returns After Two Year Absence

Want to Learn About Blockchain? Caner Ipek Has Got You Covered.

Want to Learn About Blockchain? Caner Ipek Has Got You Covered. The Chinese government built Tsinghua University in 1911 to the northwest of the Forbidden City in Peking (modern day Beijing). They built the school using US reparation money, paid to China to compensate for the damages endured during the Boxer Rebellion. Originally a preparatory … Read moreWant to Learn About Blockchain? Caner Ipek Has Got You Covered.