Your business view on economical, social and cultural trends in China

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Is it the middle class' Chinese Dream to leave China? Yes and no.

Just last month my family and I were on a holiday in Toronto, Canada for three weeks. Toronto is one of these places with a large international community, not in the least Chinese. During the holiday we stayed mostly at the house of my wife’s Chinese friend which four brothers and sisters are all living in Toronto. Their parents made their fortune in the textile industry in China and decided that it would be better for their children to live abroad. So they did what all Chinese parents with the necessary means would do: they bought them all a house. And as the family had business connections with Canada and had invested money there, as a way of economic emigr

To what degree do western companies really understand China?

I live partly in a world of expats and executives who stay in China for a few years and then move away again to their next assignment somewhere else in the world. A lot of these expats are living the dream: a driver, international school for the children, an a yi (nanny), and a big house in a neighborhood which is as western as it gets. It's a real western bubble in the Chinese society. Consequently for them it's difficult to know something about how the biggest part of the Chinese citizens live.

My life in China has been completely different. When I came in 2004 to China at the age of 24, I was young, willing to learn new things, and absorb the surroundings. Now 12 years later, I see that my understanding of China is somewhat different than other westerners, because of my different experiences.