Weekly Roundup: Migrant Workers in China, Bringing the NCAA to China, Green Supply Chains, and Shaking Hands With the Man

Monday, February 18, 2008 7:26
Posted in category The Big Picture

With so much going on in China, and only a limited amount of bandwidth, I have created this weekly post to highlight articles that I feel are (1) important, (2) relevant, and (3) interesting.

This week there are 3 articles that I have chosen to highlight as each are quite interesting, they are all relevant, and there are issues within each that I think you the reader should be aware of.

If you have an article that you feel needs to be mentioned, please do so in the comments section. We all have different areas of interest and bandwidth, so I hope you will take some time and post those articles!

Migrant Worker Issues in China
Migrant workers have been getting a lot of attention lately. They have been the focus of new laws, their inability to travel home over the last 10 days, and if you can believe it… some believe they may not return to their posts after the holiday. With all that, I just found this excellent deck on the plight of migrants in China that readers should look through.

Bringing The NCAA to China
While I am an American, and I grew up in one of the biggest sports towns there is (St. Louis), I must confess that I do not follow sports. I don’t watch the superbowl, I rarely will watch the “World” Series, and Golf puts me to sleep. However, for millions of Chinese, that is not the case.. particularly for basketball. The clip below is about how one coach is trying to bring NCAA to China, and what I like about it is that this coach has obviously studied how others have successfully done it in China. He is bringing Chinese coaches to the States, dressing them in the gear, showing them how to coach, and building guanxi the entire way. Sports fan or not, this clip is worth watching.

[youtube width=”425″ height=”335″]http://youtube.com/watch?v=X2jhOU5UuoE[/youtube]

Bearing Point Report: Greening The Supply Chain
A very interesting report on a recent survey by Bearing Point on efforts of companies to green their supply chain. Almost as interesting as finding out that 69% of Japanese firms believe regulation in Japan stymie their innovation, is the complete lack of China content. Given China has been called the world’s factory by so many, I am really curious to know why China would be left out of this study. Perhaps it is because China’s pristine environmental record and innovative supply chain practices which reduce waste, improve design, and really exemplify a cradle to grave approach to green manufacturing.

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Shaking Hands with Secretary Hu
A very interesting article on the behind the scenes of an official visit by Secretary Hu

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