China Readings
Book Review: China Goes West: Everything You Need to Know About Chinese Companies Going Global

Book Review: China Goes West: Everything You Need to Know About Chinese Companies Going Global

  Book Review: China Goes West: Everything You Need to Know About Chinese Companies Going Global by Joel Backaler, pp. 208, Palgrave Macmillan   Review by Peter Kovas My grandfather visited China with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1973. He wasn’t a musician, he was a retired businessman who accompanied the Orchestra as president of its board....
Book Review: Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China

Book Review: Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China

  Book Review: Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos, pp. 417, Macmillan Review by Peter Kovas What happens to the People’s Party when all the people get together and don’t invite the Party? The Chinese Communist Party has been sweating this question for some time now. It became...
The One Hour China Book: Two Financier-cum-Professors Attempt the Impossible

The One Hour China Book: Two Financier-cum-Professors Attempt the Impossible

Book Review: The One Hour China Book: Two Peking University Professors Explain All of China Business in Six Short Stories by Jeffrey Towson and Jonathan Woetzel, pp. 132, Towson Group LLC Every few months it seems, another well-regarded journalist or veteran businessman goes on a two week trip to China, and comes back ready to slather...
Live Music in China and the Importance of Giving Face

Live Music in China and the Importance of Giving Face

  Photo credit: Andy Best, Kungfuology Guest article by Michael Hurwitz China is home to an increasingly diverse array of foreign nationals. As it began opening up to the world in the 1970’s and 1980’s, business executives, students, and technical specialists were generally the only types of foreigners to be found here, but with globalization...
Ebook Profile: How to Start a Business in Taiwan

Ebook Profile: How to Start a Business in Taiwan

By David Schainker In my previous blogging I’ve covered some of the difficulties of entrepreneurship in Taiwan, a story which is increasingly gaining traction, as well as profiling the startup culture here.  Now it seems more and more energy and fresh talent is being put into Taiwan’s budding innovation economy, and foreign entrepreneurs are increasingly...

Learn the Most Common Chinese Characters with Tuttle Chinese

Over a year ago we bought Tuttle Learning Chinese Characters, Vol. 1: A Revolutionary New Way to Learn and Remember the 800 Most Basic Chinese Characters. Out of 74 reviews on Amazon, this new method of learning the most common Chinese characters received (as of 9/15/2012) a whopping 4.5 stars out of five, so it...

“All Business Is Local,” for Shanghai-based CEIBS Dean, John Quelch

Dr. Quelch’s book All Business Is Local: Why Place Matters More Than Ever in a Global, Virtual World is a different spin on the old “buy-local” argument, whereby the argument is that all business is, indeed, local. It might be obvious to anyone that really considers why any business would consider selling product anywhere without understanding...

Review Call: Brave Dragons: A Chinese Basketball Team, an American Coach, and Two Cultures Clashing

Some years back, American born of Chinese descent (via Taiwan), Jeremy Lin, of the NY Knicks kick started a sport in China that had before been largely ignored. But, because of Lin’s rising fame on the court, and China’s full embrace of this 6’3 star, it became easy to recognize a palpable change in China....

Anyone Read This Book? “What Chinese Want: Culture, Communism and the Modern Chinese Consumer”

Anyone Read This Book? What Chinese Want: Culture, Communism and the Modern Chinese Consumer  ….we’ve heard good things about it on forums, and the reviews look great too, although there are only five. Would love to say we have a review for you on it, but in this case we’re putting the question out there to...

Book Review On China by Henry Kissinger Reveals Chinese Realpolitik

Book Review On China by Henry Kissinger. New York: Penguin Group, 2010. xviii, 586 pp. By Ryan Pederson, PhD While standing in line to pay for my copy of  On China , I observed that the cover story on the latest issue of  The Economist was titled “China’s military rise.” Such a title now seems ubiquitous....

What Are the Best China Business Culture Blogs?

This is a question many Chinese business culture bloggers attempt to answer (our suspicion is because it is a hot topic–everyone wants to know!). But it’s also a question that hasn’t been sufficiently answered. The top search result for “best China business culture blogs” is from Chinalawblog.com, and it was written back in 2010 (with...