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(Part 2) McKinsey Annual Chinese Consumer Survey 08: Accelerating demand for premium products

January 20, 2009 - 12:34 pm in Archive, Cultural Observations

This is part two in a four part series of post that breaks down the recently published 2008 McKinsey Annual Chinese Consumer Survey. Click here to read Part I, “Growing Importance of Regional Differences” Who is considered middle-class in China?…

(Part I) McKinsey Annual Chinese Consumer Survey 08: Growing Importance of Regional Differences

January 15, 2009 - 8:47 am in Archive, Cultural Observations

The first part of the McKinsey survey looks at the Chinese consumer from a geographic standpoint. Traditionally the Chinese marketplace has been divided…

McKinsey Annual Chinese Consumer Survey 08 – Preview

January 13, 2009 - 8:50 am in Archive, Cultural Observations

I recently came across the McKinsey Annual Chinese Consumer Survey 08 presentation on SlideShare. I will break down the forty-slide presentation into…

Bad Taste, Great Results – TongRenTang Traditional Chinese Medicine

January 12, 2009 - 10:51 am in Archive, Companies to Observe, Cultural Observations

“Whatever you do, do not add more than a little bit of water,” my Chinese friend told me while we were out to lunch last week. She had just handed me a packet of a type of traditional Chinese medicine called 感冒清热颗粒…

When Will Mobile Internet In China Be Widespread? (Updated)

January 6, 2009 - 9:16 am in Archive, Companies to Observe, Cultural Observations

Last year I went off on a part business part pleasure trip to Japan. One of the highlights of my ten-day adventure was when I met up with Bill, an alumnus of my alma mater who has been working as a web designer in Osaka for almost twenty years. The laowai…

No Matter Whether You Call It 山寨, Shanzhai or Bandit Phone, This Is A Chinese Consumer Trend Worth Keeping An Eye On

January 5, 2009 - 9:00 am in Archive, Cultural Observations

Chinese television programming is generally pretty terrible. Apart from a few exceptions, like Fendou, an addictive drama from last year and tuning into an occasional episode of Duihua, a great business program I rarely watch TV. When it comes to video entertainment…

Tuangou: Chinese Consumers Group Together For Bargains

December 30, 2008 - 8:36 am in Archive, Cultural Observations

The China Observer's post about human flesh search earlier this month examined how Chinese netizens utilize enabling communication technologies for organizational purposes. We found that these manhunts begin online, but often conclude in a real world interaction…

Freeter in China: It’s Not Free Riding, It’s Freelancing

December 29, 2008 - 9:19 am in Archive, Cultural Observations

“等我有点儿钱, 我也要当飞特族!” My Chinese co-worker, Tony, told me that after he saves up enough money he wants to become a freeter. Freeter is the word used to describe a growing number…

Chinese Consumer: Some Imported Cheese With Your Stinky Tofu?

December 23, 2008 - 7:43 am in Archive, Cultural Observations

Local favorites bridge the gap for lesser-known foreign products in China “Have a taste, it’s just like stinky tofu!” the point of sale woman says to an unsuspecting fifty-something year old woman in the dairy aisle at Carrefour. The saleswoman…

The Language and Branding of QQ in China

Last week Josh left the following comment on my post, “An Introduction to Virtual Currency in China”: “Speaking of QQ, I’m pretty interested in the company behind that brand. I’ve seen the QQ logo everywhere from candy to cars.…