Brands in China – be true to yourself

I was reading a post the other day (and forgot to bookmark it – my OCD having been taken out by the man flu) about how a substantial minority of  respondents thought that US-originated international brands in China like Coca-Cola were  local Chinese brands. Coca-Cola originally entered the Chinese market in 1928 and then re-entered […]

Jargon Watch: Shanzhai

Shanzhai is translated into English as mountain fortress, in reality it means a cave, a hideout, the kind of place where guerrillas or bandits are based. It is now used to describe technology entrepreneurs who take a homebrew attitude to hardware engineering and a bucaneer attitude to intellectual property. Want a mobile phone that doubles […]

Chinese new year doodle from Google

Chinese new year doodle from Google, originally uploaded by renaissancechambara. Chinese New Year doodle from Google for the year of the ox left me puzzled for a few seconds before I got it, maybe because I am still a bit spaced from sleep. Have a look and let me know what you think.

Oprah Time: What Does China Think? by Mark Leonard

What does China think? sounds like a major subject area which would require a huge volume to discuss. Leonard’s book in comparison is little more than a pamphlet which I managed to sit down and read cover-to-cover in a little over three hours during the Christmas period.  I was first switched on to Leonard’s writing by […]

Keeping it gangster with Jingjing

Hong Kong is familiar to many westerners as a backdrop for gangster films from Enter the Dragon to Jackie Chan’s Police Story, PTU and the Infernal Affairs trilogy. In fact, the society is much more organised and less violent than the likes of the UK, even the housing projects in Aberdeen don’t really compare to […]