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Ningbo University Feb 2014

By Adrian Chan - 03.15.2014

Throughout the last week in Ningbo I gave seven lectures about my cultural bkgrd along with what Chinese students will encounter in global meetings.

In global mtgs, I emphasized that Chinese/EAsians participate less as they tend to shuo yiqian xiang (think before they spk), while mainstream USAers tend to yibian shuo yibian xiang (spk as they think).

Also, I mentioned that in EAsian cultures criticizing one’s ideas publicly is tantamount to criticizing the person and causing them to lose face (wo piping ni de jihua/yijian, wo rang ni diu le mianzi).

So it is difficult for Chinese/EAsians to dui shi, bu dui ren (focus on the issues not the person)

Ningbo University Feb 2014

Ningbo University Feb 2014


Implications of China’s Urbanization on Corporations

By Adrian Chan - 03.13.2014

February 25-26, 2014, Washington, D.C.
The Chief Diversity Officer & Thought Leadership
An in-depth conversation  about the global impacts of identity, labels and colorism on societies, communities and businesses.

Implications of Global Immigration and Migration Panel Discussion
Statement made by panel member, Dr. Adrian Chan (,VP & Head of Asian Pacific Operations for Kochman Mavrelis Associates on February 25, 2014 at the German Marshall Fund, Washington, D.C.:

Nobel laureate and economics professor Joseph Stiglitz recently said that the two most important trends or forces that will shape the world’s development in the 21st century are: 1) the technological developments in the USA, and 2) the urbanization in China.

It is easy see how dramatically and quickly USA technological innovations and their applications have transformed us personally, politically, and societally, here and throughout the world.  But the rural to urban transformation in China is slower to realize, a bit like watching grass grow.

Under Mao Zedong in 1949, China’s population was 90% rural and 10% urban.  Under the 1980 leadership of Deng Xiaoping, it was 80% rural and 20% urban.  But during the next thirty plus years China’s modernization program was such that by 2013 the urban population, for the first time in China’s history, surpassed its rural population, 51% to 49%.  Approximately 700 million Chinese now live in urban cities, while 650+ million still reside in the countryside (total population around 1.3+ billion people)  This is the largest migration in the history of humankind in such a short period of time (and still going on).  Given the same timeframe, India’s population went from 90% rural 10% urban to its current 70% rural, 30% urban (total population around 1 billion+ people). Read more »