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Foxconn Moving Direct to Consumer

Sunday, June 29, 2014 6:53 No Comments

I remember having conversations years ago about what Foxconn would do going forward, and whether or not they would be happy as the manufacturer to brands.   The WSJ article, Amid Margin Squeeze, Foxconn Designs Its Own Fate, puts this question to rest. Recently, the $130-billion-a-year in revenue company has ventured into handset accessories under its […]

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Bites of China. Finally a Show Worth Watching!

Monday, June 9, 2014 8:46 1 Comment

A couple of weeks back, while riding the G train back from Nanjing, something caught my eye.  An advertisement by CCTV for what I believe could be one of the best produced shows China has put together.  At first, I had no idea what the advertisement for, but what was clear was that it was […]

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The Year of the Horse is here! Bring on the Fireworks! Bring on the SMOG!

Friday, January 31, 2014 7:26 No Comments

LAst night, while enjoying a hot pot with friends and doing my best to ignore the CCTV New Year extravaganza, I was taking screen shots from my CN Air quality app to see if it would be possible to show the impact of fireworks on China’s air quality. As you can see, over the course […]

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Capturing China’s Carbon

Monday, December 2, 2013 4:39 No Comments

As the Chinese come to grips with the tangible realities of energy, and its emissions, there are a number of interesting pilots that are going on in China to capture emissions and do something useful with them. And while I am not a huge fan of solutions that do not address the underlying failures, at […]

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Is China a Model For Others? Should it be?

Friday, November 22, 2013 6:15 1 Comment

An interesting TED presentation from Dambisa Moyo on the fact that more and more developing nations are looking at China as a role model to learn from. One that reflects conversations that have been taking place for a while, she has certainly sharpened the pencil on the fact that the US’s position as a model […]

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Today was a “bad” day at school

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 0:44 No Comments
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Lung Cancer Rates in Beijing up 50%. Breathing Blamed

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 21:06 No Comments

This morning’s article from the Telegraph (Lung cancer rates in Beijing are up by 50 PER CENT (but officials claim it’s due to smoking NOT the smog), leads with some very sobering bullet points about the crisis that is air quality in China. Lung cancer rates in China’s capital have doubled in a decade Officials […]

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I Don’t Give a PISA How Well Shanghai Students Test.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 6:54 6 Comments

Tom Friedman has done it again. He has visited China. He has written an article (The Shanghai Secret). He has stirred the hornets nest. An article he wrote after he visited “some of the highest- and lowest-performing schools in China to try to uncover The Secret — how is it that Shanghai’s public secondary schools […]

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