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Lost in Expatriation read more
Oct-15th-2012 | Post by expatree

No matter how much you want it, every change creates stress. Simply moving house within the same city implies dealing with an unknown environment, but a support network can easily intervene. If the change involves moving abroad in a far away nation however, in a totally different culture and without knowledge of the local language, stress levels can become quite overwhelming.
Usually those who move to pursue a career or for a better job opportunity will be busy starting a new working life and, compared with the accompanying partner and kids, will be less affected by the side effects of this revolution.

But what can the non employed partner expect to experience?

Each one of us lives changes differently. Some people can easily adapt and switch mode and eventually reinvent themselves in a totally new environment, others could have more problems.
But even if we are prone to changes the new reality at first could seem not to match our expectations, and ultimately lead to a loss of self confi

Crazy Sale Promotions in Shanghai read more
Sep-21st-2012 | Post by expatree

Sale Promotions

As anyone who has recently ridden public transport or watched local television can surely attest to, advertising in China can often be far from subtle. With few established local brands and consumers unsure of what they truly want, advertisements often consists of ad nauseum in-your-face touting of a given product’s many fantastic features. However, with so many distributors vying to sell almost identical products and low brand loyalty, this strategy can be of limited efficacy. Thus, for countless vendors of consumer goods, this leaves but one lower common denominator on which to compete: price.

And compete they do, offering all types of unfathomable discounts surely rendering them unable to cover marginal costs. Advertisements bear such titles as “Charge 100, refund 100.” Lucky drawings and free gifts have become de rigueur in the retail sector. Consumer electronics outlets Suning and Gome have been at the forefront, offering some 3.8 billion RMB in discounts to consu

Tips for Starting a Business Abroad read more
Aug-21st-2012 | Post by expatree

If you're an expat who is thinking of launching a business in the country where you now reside, then there are a number of things which you should take into consideration. After all, starting your own business can be a daunting prospect in any country, but often even more so in a place to which you are still relatively new. With this in mind, here are a few tips which could help you get started.

Firstly, never assume that businesses will work in the same way to that which you had become accustomed at home. Often, business practices can vary all over the world, and key concepts can be very different according to culture. However, you can learn a lot about how businesses work abroad by simply searching online while you playFoxyBingo, order your weekly grocery shopping, or perhaps apply for your business visa. Although there will certainly be plenty more that you find out as you begin to launch your business idea, having a basic knowledge of how businesses operate in the country in whi

The Chinese Gold Standard read more
Aug-16th-2012 | Post by expatree


The ancient advice that “all that glitters is not gold” applies today.  The pursuit of gold is often a fool’s errand, an almost impossible task: there were around 10,500 athletes from 205 countries competing for 302 gold medals in London.  Indeed, the “gold” itself not all that golden: the medal is made up of 92.5% silver, 1.34% gold, with the remainder copper. 1.34% distinguishes the gold from the silver medal, and similarly small margins separate first from second place.

In an article in the Global Times after the first weekend of competition, Yu Jincui defended “gold fever” against growing criticism: “Taking part in competitive sports has greatly inspired China in shrugging off its poverty and isolation in the past decades.” He quoted Xiao Tian, deputy head of the Chinese Olympic delegation, as saying that the Chinese public would abuse the delegation if they didn’t meet their expectations of the numbe

Will the Chinese Dream replace the American Dream? read more
Jul-12th-2012 | Post by expatree

Chinese Dream


China & USA

The American Dream has long been held up as the model for social mobility, allowing people from disparate backgrounds and varying levels of destitution to reinvent themselves. As first identified by a visiting Alexis de Tocqueville in his 1831 treatise, Democracy in America, the United States, unencumbered by class history or ethnic determinism, offered an unparalleled avenue for newcomers to advance in the world. In the years following de Tocqueville’s pithy analysis, tens of millions made the journey, as immortalized in Emma’s Lazarus’s 1883 sonnet, “The Great Colossus”: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free”.

Many of these immigrants were able to establish highly-successful enterprises, rising from poverty to opulence in a single generation. Andrew Carnegie, born in a weaver’s cottage in rural Scotland, would become America’s greatest steel magnate and philanthropist. More recently, i

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