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.

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

Politics, Technology, and Business Come Together in Guiyang

Politics, Technology, and Business Come Together in Guiyang This past weekend, the capital city of Guizhou province, Guiyang, held its third annual China International Big Data Expo. Since its inception three years ago, the expo has held the broad theme of “Data Create More Value, Innovation Brings Better Future” (“数据创造价值 创新驱动未来”). Chinese government officials, high-profile … Read morePolitics, Technology, and Business Come Together in Guiyang

Y Combinator Targets Startups in Beijing

Y Combinator Targets Startups in Beijing Beijing, China This past Saturday, May 19th, 2018, Silicon Valley start-up incubator, Y Combinator (commonly referred to as YC), held their first ever China event, “Startup School Beijing”, at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China The event allowed YC partners and founders a chance to speak to an audience of … Read moreY Combinator Targets Startups in Beijing

Zhongguancun: A Gateway into Modern China

Zhongguancun: A Gateway into Modern China The Mandarin word, 中关村 (Zhongguancun) is composed of three simple characters. The first, 中 (zhong), means middle or center. The second, 关 (guan), means gateway or pass. Finally, 村 (cun) is the character for village. It also suggests inferiority and low-level quality, characteristic of a society where city dwellers … Read moreZhongguancun: A Gateway into Modern China

The Importance of Guanxi (关系) in China and How to Cultivate It

The Importance of Guanxi (关系) in China and How to Cultivate It The importance of guanxi (关系) Relationships are important everywhere, but in China they are considered fundamental to success. In fact, they are so important in China that the word in Mandarin for relationships, guanxi (关系), transcends its English translation both in depth and … Read moreThe Importance of Guanxi (关系) in China and How to Cultivate It

Why You Need to Understand Mobile Payments in China

Why You Need to Understand Mobile Payments in China Bloomberg News recently published an article highlighting the trend of Chinese tech workers leaving Silicon Valley in pursuit of better opportunities at home, in China. Beijing, the Chinese city that I live in, is considered by many to be the equivalent of Silicon Valley within Mainland … Read moreWhy You Need to Understand Mobile Payments in China

5 Useful Attitudes and Habits to Adopt When Learning Mandarin Chinese

Mandarin Chinese is a notoriously difficult language to learn. When I first came to China in the summer of 2013 I knew zero Chinese, but still I had hope that I could succeed where other language learners before me had failed. In the beginning I learned the easy stuff. Phrases like “听不懂 (tīng bu dǒng)” … Read more5 Useful Attitudes and Habits to Adopt When Learning Mandarin Chinese

Questions That Effective Language Learners Ask Themselves

Have you ever wanted to learn something so badly that you studied it all the time? If you are like me, then you have experienced the point at which studying becomes counterproductive. When learning something new, it is important to take intermittent breaks. This practice allows you to replenish your “focus muscles” and reflect on … Read moreQuestions That Effective Language Learners Ask Themselves

Using Movies to Increase Fluency and Cultural Knowledge

Watching movies in Chinese is a great way to improve your fluency in the language. Similar to learning a language through immersion, this technique forces you to progress via context and setting. If used effectively, this technique will not only increase your listening comprehension, but will also increase your vocabulary and cultural knowledge. How I … Read moreUsing Movies to Increase Fluency and Cultural Knowledge