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In China It’s Xiaonei, Not Facebook

October 19, 2008 - 4:17 pm in Archive, Companies to Observe

It’s eleven p.m. in China and 23 year-old Beijing University master’s student Peilin has just sat down in front of her brand new Lenovo IdeaPad. She clicks open QQ and MSN to instant message her friends. While she chats she uses Baidu to search…

Companies to Observe

October 17, 2008 - 6:17 pm in Archive, Companies to Observe, Uncategorized

Who are the home-grown Chinese companies changing the face of China (and, increasingly, the world) as we know it? Simply, Companies to Observe posts deliver…

Observer ABC

October 17, 2008 - 5:28 pm in Archive, Observer ABC

Growing up in the United States, I often heard a lot of Spanglish. Nowadays at my office in Beijing, I hear a lot of Chinglish. For multi-lingual readers,…

Visual Observations

October 16, 2008 - 4:09 pm in Archive, Visual Observations

In Chinese it’s “百闻不如一见,” the English equivalent is “a picture is worth a hundred words.” While I can write on and on about China, there are just some things you need to see for yourself. I have…

Cultural Observations

October 16, 2008 - 5:40 am in Archive, Cultural Observations

Cultural Observations posts provide you with a basic understanding of important cultural factors that influence business in China. Outside Observers should be knowledgeable about these factors; however, you should not over exaggerate the impact of culture…

An Introduction to The China Observer Blog

October 15, 2008 - 4:13 pm in Archive, Uncategorized

“China is the next big thing.” Every visit home, friends and family all make the same observation: “You’re in the right place. China is the next big thing.” When asked why, most offer anecdotal evidence about China’s rapid…