Archive for the ‘ThinkChina Matters’ Category

It has been a long hiatus since I’ve written.  I have not lost interest in China – rather, I got preoccupied with some major changes at my day job…

What prompted me to log back on is this fascinating book I just finished reading: Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip by Peter Hessler.  I can’t quite summarize it here; you have to read it from front to back to really get the feel.


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Took some time to update both the Beijing page, and added a page for Guilin/Yangshuo.  Also added some travel resource links on the sidebar…

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Book reviews added
A Bull in China, Jim Rogers
Tomorrow’s Gold, Marc Faber

Beijing travel page
Art page

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Blocked in China

Here’s my first encounter of the censored Internet world in China – the wordpress domain is apparently blocked…  so I had no access to this blog while I was traveling over the past two weeks.   Will resume once I get over the jetlag.

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Happy New Year everyone…  It’s the year of the Rat. 

The Rat is supposedly the start of the twelve year Zodiac cycle.  If you’re born in the year of the Rat, here’s who you are, according to Wikipedia:

Being the first sign of the Chinese zodiacs, rats are leaders, pioneers and conquerors. They are charming, passionate, charismatic, practical and hardworking. Rat people are endowed with great leadership skills and are the most highly organized, meticulous, and systematic of the twelve signs. Intelligent and cunning at the same time, rats are highly ambitious and strong-willed people who are keen and unapologetic promoters of their own agendas, which often include money and power. They are energetic and versatile and can usually find their way around obstacles, and adapt to various environments easily. A rat’s natural charm and sharp demeanor make it an appealing friend for almost anyone, but rats are usually highly exclusive and selective when choosing friends and so often have only a few very close friends whom they trust.

Traditionally, Rats should avoid Horses, but they can usually find their best friends and love interests in Monkeys, Dragons, and Oxen.

Professions include espionage, psychiatry, psychology, writing, politics, law, engineering, accounting, detective work, acting, and pathology.

Hmm, espionage!! 
Sorry for the hiatus – will be back after the new years. 

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China Fatique

I am feeling a bit of China Fatique recently – In brand management, there’s the concept of over-exposure of a brand.  I’d call this over-exploitation.  Every day, every publication have something to say about China.  After Jim Rogers’ book, Bull In China (see book review page), I am swearing off China business books for a long while.  There’s just nothing new to say anymore.

The next 9 months will be quite a torture – expect more China exploitation and Election campaigns.  On top of that, you have the writers’ strike.  Well, at least the Olympics itself should be interesting.

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Happy Holidays!


Wish you all a Happy
and Healthy Holiday Season!

See you in 2008.

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