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China Law Blog On Huffington Post Live. Friday, November 30, 2012. (TODAY at 1pm EST/10 am PST)

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I will be participating in a Huffington Post Live show on China TODAY.  The show starts at 1 pm EST/10 am PST and it is going to be on the following:

  • Why do American businesspeople “love” Chinese officials. Is this because the key to financial success is finding that government in?
  • Why do expat leaders leave China?
  • How will China’s slowdown impact American businesses?
  • What about China as a currency manipulator?
  • What about the tense relationship between the United States and China?

I make no promises regarding brilliance or erudition, but I assure you that I will be contrarian enough to generate at least some controversy.  So please be sure to listen, either live or at some later time.

And, of course, don’t hesitate to let us know what you think/thought.

  • Geoff in Tianjin

    Dan, I watched the program. I really don’t think this sort of forum is for you. Don’t get me wrong – I can see why you would agree to participate, why you would do it – I just felt sorry for you given: firstly, the limited time in which to make your points (reduced to little more than rushed soundbites) and; secondly, the evident technical difficulties.

    I remember a previous post of yours in which you stated your reasons as to why you don’t use Twitter (I don’t use Twitter either; I’ve never used it). In that post you were explaining how limiting it was to be confined by 140 characters, that that’s just not enough characters to properly state one’s position on a subject. Well, the format of the TV show reminded me a bit of that. The matter of: “whether nothing happens in China without the government being involved” requires time for a fully-measured response, not a rushed few words while praying that the communications link doesn’t go down.

    • http://www.chinalawblog.com/ Dan Harris

      You know what? You are absolutely right and a part of me was somewhat relived to have gotten cut off (BTW, it was not my battery that caused the problem). I felt like everyone had their own agenda and all I was trying to do was to say that it varies by industry and by location and that it isn’t just black and white out there. Your analogizing it to Twitter is spot on. It was essentially Twitter live. I am going to be more circumspect in the future on the shows I choose. I really appreciate your advice and I have truly taken it to heart!

  • theoriginaljedi

    The only thing a Chinese Mainlander looks down on more than an American is a Huayi.

    I dislike that the young woman in the stream gave the impression that her ethnicity presented some kind of inherent benefit, when in every experience I have found overseas Chinese to be the least capable of surviving China.

    For one, domestic Chinese despise anyone who looks Chinese, but isn’t domestic. I’ve seen waitresses ignore entire sides of tables either because they were Huayi or they didn’t speak Mandarin, or they had an obviously Asian American accent.

    Secondly, the vast majority of American born Chinese are the offspring of disidents, southern farmers, or armed rebels. (Not to make a judgment on any, since almost all Americans fall into one of these categories.) For a Chinese American to say they can return to China is like me saying I can return to England – it’s a nice thought, but serious divides quickly emerge after emigration.

    Lastly, Asian Americans are still one of the few non-integrated U.S. ethnicities. Therefore, they can’t go hunting with the good ol’boys, nor can they rub cuffs with American mainstream. How many Chinese American fortune 500 company CEO’s are there? How many congressman?

    For one of America’s oldest ethnicities, they are also America’s least connected. This is doubly troubling, because Huayi don’t fit in well in China, where they are viewed with disdain, contempt, and even hatred. But they also don’t fit very well in America where they are viewed with confusion, derision, and a little bit of exotic flavor, like opting for thousand island instead of the ranch dipping sauce. 

    I hope that the current state of affairs with the Asian American community will change, but I am doubtful until they collectively realize, that they are now no more Chinese than my left pinkey toe – and even hindered by what little vestiges of Chinesism they retain. China town needs to die. If you speak English, speak it well or not at all, and if you speak Chinese with the intent to return, work really hard on your accent.

    For my part, my children will never be able to utter the word Chinese American or Huayi. My people are the most influential of any U.S. minority, and you will never ever hear us refer to ourselves as anything other than proudly American. Unless we’re talking about G-d. 


    And never think the color of your skin will grant you entry. For anyone laboring under the delusion that being Chinese American will give you advantages in China, you are soon to discover the best place for you is right here in the United States, becoming integrated – you are NOT Chinese any-longer. Your U.S. community needs you. You are part if a bright group of highly talented and entirely underutilized people that are sidelined because few understand you. Few understand you because your parents never fought for places of leadership in the society and always settled for the average, when they were arguably capable of so much more.

    And if America is signaling anything, it is that we are ready and proud to have you. 

    (And sorry for being harsh, but Chinese Americans must raise their consciousness. This is a troubling and very huge problem that must be confronted from within the U.S. community).

    Oh, and for people in China, unless you are a dissident, stay there. You will have a lot better life than scrapping by on 50k a year in the American suburbs, in some big, poorly built mass market home, with an enormous, overpriced sedan, eating bad Chinese food, commuting to Chinatown for your favorite dish that reminds you of ‘home’, not understanding a thing your children say, never going to office parties, only to one day retire back to China wondering why the hell you left in the first place. 

    But if you honestly love American history, freedom, democracy, this insane and insensitive culture, and you think that xiaoping for LV is something that only stupid Asian tourist do, then by all means come on – you’ll be welcome with open arms. (I know about 4 Chinese people like this, out of the thousands I’ve met. They are the only four that are not completely miserable and don’t spend an entire conversation talking about when I plan on moving back to China or all the things they miss). And don’t even get me started on all the international college students that think America functions so much better than China, my first introduction into proving them horribly wrong takes only three letters… DMV. After a couple of hours there, they too want small government.

  • Chris Neumeyer

    Wow, the guy below me sure has a lot of strong views. Interesting views and to a certain extent there seems to be some logic in them, but mostly I disagree. Plenty of asian-americans are very successful and well integrated into US society. And I don’t think it was wholly unreasonable for Dan’s asian co-speaker to believe she might do well working in China, given that she appears to be fully bilingual, bicultural and well educated. Likewise, I expect my 9 year-old daughter, born and raised in Taiwan, but fully fluent and comfortable in the US will some day have great career opportunities that I — as someone who struggled to learn basic Chinese as an old man — have to fight harder for. But that’s all a little off topic.

    I enjoyed the talk and I also disagree with the other person, below, who suggested maybe in the future Dan should consider other forums instead. True there was a technical difficulty at the end, and true the three speakers didn’t have identical views (how boring would that be), but I found all the view interesting and enjoyed it.

    In particular, I liked the first guy’s point that in the US everything is legal unless the law states specifically to the contrary and in China it’s the opposite, and I liked his comments on the peculiarity of AmCham holding government appreciation days (ie., kissing up), and liked how he later confessed one must do the same in any country. I also liked Dan’s comments about how the PRC government’s #1 concern is holding on to power and making profits is secondary, except maybe locally. Over all, I didn’t see any great conflicts; it seemed there were four individuals having a discussion, working towards consensus on various points, which I think they basically accomplished.

  • Hoang Thi Anh

    Sorry to say but it was crap.