Tag Archive for China

Situations Vacant

Depending on how you choose to look at it, China is either an ancient civilization or a 30 year-old economy. If you’re in the international PR industry here, the country’s more recent history dominates your workload more than the Han…

Career Opportunities after China.

The journalist’s emailed questions were mostly straightforward. She was writing a report for a European recruitment firm specialising in expatriate assignments that wanted to expand its business in China. “How difficult had it been to find a suitable apartment?” “Had…

Bridging the Language Divide

A successful American businessman generated news headlines this week when he delivered a 30 minute speech and then took questions from an audience. The speech took place at Tsinghua University, one of China’s foremost seats of learning in Beijing. Reporters…

WHOSE POLLUTION IS IT ANYWAY?

Air pollution in China is a man made environmental and human catastrophe. It poisons the air people breathe, the water they drink and the food they eat.  It fouls rivers and contaminates soil and hides blue skies behind deep layers…

DRIVEN MAD IN CHINA

I bought my first car when I was 17. University years aside, I was a car owner from then until four days before I left the UK. Exchanging my last car for cash was an unwelcome experience but I arrived…

IN A PARALLEL UNIVERSE

Can you imagine, just for a second, the furore that would ensue should the Chinese Government decide to ban Starbucks from selling coffee in China, citing fears that the world’s largest coffee retailer could be ‘influenced’ by western governments to…

COMMUNICATING IN A TRADE BATTLE

Nations tend to play nicer with each other when the global economy is happy and everyone’s getting a fair share of the spoils. Recession, on the other hand, eats away at a nation’s jobs, cash reserves and confidence. Defences can…

MR MODEST & MR VAIN

People seldom trust what they don’t understand. The west doesn’t understand the Chinese; China is unfamiliar with western culture and behaviours. Too often, trust gets lost between the gaps in understanding and hidden underneath layers of ill-informed perception. It is…

CHINA: FIRST OBSERVATIONS

It’s difficult to over-estimate the enduring impact that traumatic historical events can have on the psyche of nations. They leave deep lasting scars and memories. The ‘Great Hunger’, Ireland’s potato famine, led to the death of starvation of more than…

AN ADVENTURE IN CHINA

The pace of modern life affords limited time to stop and reflect on where we’re going.  Yet things continually change and develop around us.  This is no less true in corporate communications as it is anywhere else. With the growing…