40 Days & Nights – Final Days Living in China

Before leaving China on Dec 31st, last year, I spent over 40 days getting a dose of China country living. My family and I were living in the 2nd-tier city, Suzhou and our lease was expiring mid-November.  We were waiting for my wife's USA immigrant visa from the Guangzhou Embassy.  Our calculations and best laid plans told us that her passport with visa intact would be in hand by the first or second week of December.  Being in Carolina for Christmas was going to be a piece of cake... ...it ended up being my  10th Christmas in China. ...

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Promotional Products: A Factory’s Point of View

How do factories in China view promotional products' inquiries and orders? Many moons ago, I was visiting a factory during an order to inspect the production line and assure they were adhering to the delivery schedule; standard procedure.  As my wife and I were speaking with the bosses, they were saying how there is no way they can respect the confirmed delivery time....and they weren't overly concerned about it....

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China Management: Security & Assurance

How to Get Low-Cost Employees Motivated?
In dealing with China there is a huge mountain range to scale on a daily basis. Many times during this trek, it's common to fall down and as you are crossing this mountain range, you also realize, there are more and more mountains, one right after the other and there is no end in sight. This mountain comes in the form of folks having no reason to do their jobs well.  From the person who takes your order in the restaurant to a sales person in a store to a factory sales manager who works on commission....

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Roots

Since 2001, I always lived in 2nd-tier cities….Although not the Beijing's or Shanghai's or Guangzhou's, still very large cities in China. Still humungous and I don't think I ever lived in a place with less than 7 million people....

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A New Beginning

expat life in China to the Carolinas
It’s been about 2 months since I’ve written anything and my, oh my, how things change in 2 months….. For 10 years I woke up in China, went to sleep in China. I finally exited. ...

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