Given to Change

When I first came to China, the apparent lack of Chinese interest in supporting charitable work was quite shocking. When asked for donations, many Chinese would respond simply that, “It


When is the last time you tried something new? Not just a new style of chicken sandwich—something really new, to you? I mean a whole new experience you’ve only been

Balancing Cultural Perspectives

It was 2006, and I was attending one of those “Doing Business in China” conferences in Beijing. It was rather humorous at times, watching the variety of reactions—the newcomers wide-mouthed

Time Table

When I came to China, I was sick and tired of routines. I hated the unvarying daily grind of my previous life, sitting in traffic on an interstate twice a

The Motivational Manager

  ABC Company, an American corporation, had recently formed a joint venture with a Chinese company. They built teams that consisted of foreign managers and Chinese staff, who were responsible

I Like This Pie

As much as I enjoy learning how to survive in the throes of inconvenience by rising to a challenge, sometimes I just want things to be easy, and to stick

Only Dongguan: Who Changed Whom?

I came to work here as a radio and TV host, and a journalist, but I wasn’t sure how long I would stay. How the city grew on me and

Sense of Self

This year, I’ll be spending the first half of June visiting my family in my hometown in Texas. As has happened in the past, a trip home tends to remind

Only Dongguan: Life of Pie

After traveling around the world and learning how to speak eight different languages, I was convinced to come to Dongguan. All I heard at the time about Dongguan, was that

Take Back the Snack

Be honest with yourself – when was the last time you had a healthy snack or breakfast that filled you up and made you really feel good? Do you even