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Happy Chinese New Year and My Newsletter

Today is the Chinese Lunar New Year – the year of sheep, ram, or goat. Why? Because in Chinese, there is no distinction between sheep, ram, and goat – they are the same word: Yang (?). I wish everyone a very happy and prosperous year of the Yang!

The New Year begets a new beginning. I have just started a new newsletter. Here is the first issue. Hope you enjoy reading it! Your comments are most welcome!

Helen Wang on CNN to Discuss the Chinese Middle Class

I was honored to appear on CNN to discuss the Chinese middle class and what it means to global business. Here is a clip of the show:

The show was filmed at the CNN studio in Hong Kong on September 1st. Other panelists were Jeff Waters, partner of Boston Consulting Group, and Professor Xiao Geng of Fung Global Institute.

I am glad that mainstream media have started to pay attention to this subject. As I have said for the last five years, the rise of the China’s middle class is the biggest story of our time because of its profound impact!

Book Review: Living the Chinese Dream

Nearly three years after my book The Chinese Dream was first published, a book review by Samir Jaluria, a management consultant and blogger, shed new light on the importance of understanding the growing impact of the Chinese middle class. I am glad to see people find the book informative. Below is the review:

Helen Wang’s The Chinese Dream: The Rise of the World’s Largest Middle Class and What It Means To You is an informative, well-written book about China’s growing middle class. Wang, an independent consultant who assists companies doing business in China, artfully breaks down the book into a series of themes and interweaves them with a succession of personal experiences and fascinating interactions (including one with a PR manager doing “religion shopping” and another with Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba). The Chinese Dream’s principal argument is that the rise of a large Chinese middle class is beneficial for both China as well as the rest of the world. Furthermore, Wang believes that middle class Chinese and Westerners have a similar set of core values and share many of the same aspirations and dreams and can thus learn from each other.

To me, the biggest takeaway is how communism and capitalism can co-exist side-by-side in China. Continue reading Book Review: Living the Chinese Dream

Why Some Brands Succeed While Others Struggle in China

I was invited to be on CCTV-America, the America bureau for China Central Television, to discuss China’s middle class and what it means to Western brands. Here is a clip:

Apparently, CCTV-America was launched last February in the United States. It broadcasts a daily program from its Washington DC production center.


The Chinese Dream Is Winner of 2012 Eric Hoffer Book Award

I am thrilled to announce that my book The Chinese Dream has won the 2012 Eric Hoffer Book Award!

About 1,000 authors and publishers participated in the Eric Hoffer Book Award this year. The Chinese Dream has endured rigorous judging and received the highest distinction of Eric Hoffer Book Award in the business book category.

There are fourteen categories under the Eric Hoffer Book Award, including fiction, poetry, memoir, and so on.

According to the letter I received from The Eric Hoffer Award, "each winner was determined to be unique, worthy, and well produced in all aspects of writing and publishing."

This is in addition to the First Horizon Award I received earlier.

I am really encouraged by the awards. As a first time author, I am truly grateful for all the people who helped along way in making this book a success.

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The Chinese Dream Won The First Horizon Award

I am excited to announce that my book The Chinese Dream has won The First Horizon Award. This award is given by the Eric Hoffer Award for books each year to recognize superior work by debut authors.

About 250 first-time authors participated in the contest. Thirty-five people entered as finalists. Among them, five authors won the award. I am honored to be one of the five winners.

The Eric Hoffer Award is established to honor excellence in independent publishers such as academic, small press and self-published authors. For more information about The Eric Hoffer Award for books, please visit here.

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Becoming a Bridge between the US and China

Recently, I participated in an International Speech Contest at a Toastmasters Club. Although I didn't win the contest, it was a great experience. Below is a video of the speech:

Please post your comments and feedback in the comment area below. All are welcome!

I Will Be Speaking at Bay Area Council on Mar. 22

I will be speaking at Bay Area Council in San Francisco on March 22, at their luncheon series “How to Do Business in China.” See the details below:

The Bay Area Council is a business-sponsored, public policy advocacy organization for San Francisco Bay Area. Founded in 1945, the Bay Area Council has more than 275 of the largest employers in the region and is widely respected by elected officials, policy makers and other civic leaders as the regional voice of business in the Bay Area.

Please join me:

When: 12:00pm – 1:00pm, March 22, 2012

Where: Nixon Peabody LLP, One Embarcadero, 18th Floor, San Francisco, CA

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I Will Be Speaking at American Association of University Women

Happy New Year, everyone! May 2012 bring you much happiness, success, and prosperity!

As an upbeat note of the new year, I will be speaking at the Authors’ Luncheon at Los Gatos – Saratoga branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW) on January 25. See below a flyer for the event:

When: January 25 at 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

Where: La Rinconada Country Club, 14595 Clearview Drive, Los Gatos, CA 95032

For over 130 years, AAUW has advocated a fair chance for women and girls by breaking through their educational and economical barriers. What a honor to speak at such a wonderful organization! Click here to see the registration details.

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My Interview on BBC World News

On December 6th, I was on BBC World News to discuss eurozone debt crisis and how the Chinese middle class can help re-balance the West’s economy.