Monthly Archives: July 2013

Behind the Scenes, 7-29-23

Selecting the title and cover design for the Wild Wild East Selecting the title for a book, as well as the cover, is an important part of the publishing process. It says to the potential reader: pick me up, I’m interesting to read. Most authors, myself included, always have, what I refer to, as a […]

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Grey Income in China

Grey income was first coined by the Chinese government in 1978 and refers to that portion of a person’s income that is unreported and realized from sources outside of salaries and bonuses. In other words, it’s income that the government doesn’t officially know about and where the recipient hasn’t paid any taxes. To some extent […]

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Behind the Scenes: 7-24-23, A New Book is born

7-24-23 A New Book is born Name: Pending approval, or name change, from the earthly version of God (the publisher): Doing the China Tango II, Advanced Studies. How to Dance around pitfalls in Chinese Business Relationships Estimated Publishing Date: September – October, 2013 Today I sent a new book, a manuscript as it’s called, to my publisher. […]

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Does religion exist in modern-day China?

The Chinese are normally very easy to communicate with. Speak to them on almost any subject and they’ll freely exchange information with you, especially over a drink. However, we’ve learned over the years that two subjects, politics and religion, are always avoided. As a matter of fact, you’d probably have an easier time getting them […]

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Why you can’t be color blind in China

Everything in China is said to mean something, and colors are no exception. I didn’t initially ascribe any importance to a color. Colors were a non-event in my business world. However, over the years I’ve discovered that colors can mean a great deal in China and be a help, or a hindrance, in your business […]

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Part II: Bridging the gender gap in China – too many single men!

The population explosion within China became most prevalent around 1949 when the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) came into power. The CCP was against birth control and also the use of contraceptives. Mao Zedong wanted the population of China to grow. He believed that a large population would increase the nation’s wealth by increasing the labor […]

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Part I: Bridging the gender gap in China – Women come out of the shadows and prosper in present-day China

It’s not uncommon in China to have women serve as CEOs, CFOs, or occupy any management position within a Chinese company. When we work with companies to help them adopt more sophisticated accounting and corporate governance procedures, for example, we very often work with women who occupy senior management positions. In fact, Thornhill’s General Manager […]

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Sneak Peak from my newest book in the works!

As you know I am currently working diligently to bring you my latest book! My current working title is “Doing the China Tango II – advanced studies” and as time allows I will continue to bring you more sneak peaks! Here is an excerpt from pages 27 and 28: Having a rudimentary understanding of Chinese […]

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Why is Taiwan important to China? It’s a matter of face.

Most of us assume that China’s current fixation on Taiwan is related to the military threat that Taiwan poses to mainland China. After all, Taiwan is 90 miles off the coast of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), the same distance as Cuba is from the United States, and straddles important sea lanes. However, over […]

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Review from my up and coming new book…

I have been working diligently on my new book, “Doing the China Tango II”, for sometime now. It gives me great pleasure when I read quotes such as this from my esteemed colleagues to  know that I am helping people in so many ways, take a look. “Had I met Alan Refkin earlier in the […]

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