Forget about our “rule” on not recommending brand new China blogs — we’ve violated that rule so many times I am left wondering if a frequently violated self-imposed rule can be said to have ever existed at all. No, this blog warrants my going way beyond that and doing something really wild and unprecedented (this is by lawyer standards, mind you) and putting a brand new China blog on the blogroll straightaway.

I mean, we are talking about Kaiser Kuo here. THE Kaiser Kuo. The Kaiser Kuo who is probably the most famous non-Chinese living in China among the non-Chinese community in China (don’t anyone get cute with me on the definition of “non-Chinese” in this context, because you know exactly what I mean).

The blog is Ich Bin Ein Beijinger: Straight Outta Chaoyang, and once I got over my disbelief that this blog hasn’t been around for years, I quickly realized I was on to something good. Really good.

Let’s go to the bio:

First of all, a few words on the name of this blog. I came up with “Ich Bin Ein Beijinger” as the name for a monthly column I started writing in October, 2001, for the English-language magazine that’s Beijing. I’m not German, despite the name Kaiser, and I’m not really a Beijinger, despite living in Beijing for getting on 13 years if you add it all up. As for “Straight Outta Chaoyang,” surely you know the NWA masterpiece it references. But Chaoyang, Beijing’s large eastern district, is only “ghetto” in the sense that it’s home to the vast majority of expats living in the Chinese capital. I’m comin’ to you straight outta Chaoyang. I’m a native of Upstate New York, second in a brood of four produced by a couple of Henanese who made it to Ohio by way of Taipei. I grew up mainly in Tucson, Arizona, and went to college at U.C. Berkeley. After college, I spent a year in China, during which I helped found the Chinese metal band Tang Dynasty (Tang Chao). After the unfortunate events of ’89, I left China for a long stint in grad school at the University of Arizona, where I did an MA in East Asian Studies (’92) then worked half-assed toward a Ph.D. My abortive dissertation was on the rise of technocrats in post-Mao China. In 1996, I blew it off and came back to China to rejoin Tang Dynasty as lead guitarist. A Yoko Ono problem coupled with political disagreements over the nature of the American bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade in May of ’99 put an end to that, sadly. In June 99, I joined the now-defunct ChinaNow.com as editor-in-chief. After the bubble burst, I worked for a couple of wireless startups, always managing to leave before they were acquired (MIG) or IPOd (Linktone). I spent three years freelancing mostly in tech and telecoms before joining the Red Herring as China bureau chief in February 2005. I’ve since landed a dream job as group director, digital strategy, for Ogilvy China. I’m still active in the Beijing music scene, playing guitar in an original band called Chunqiu (Spring & Autumn) and bass in an AC/DC tribute band called, in the proud tradition of AC/DC tribute bands, The Dirty Deeds. I also still write the monthly column of the same name as this blog. The column has been a terrific platform from which I’ve managed, I’m proud to say, to offend just about every thin-skinned whiner and angry-letter-writer in our fair city.

Based on the categories of the posts, Kaiser Kuo’s blog will be focusing on “Banal personal crap, Current Affairs, Family Matters, Film, Food and Drink, Music, Television, that’s Beijing columns, weblogs, and Web/Tech.” There is surprisingly and disappointingly little good blogging on China’s art scene (to include China film and music, and even food) and I am looking forward to Ich Bin Ein Beijinger filling that role.

Wir sind alle Beijingers jetzt.

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Dan Harris

I am a founder of Harris Bricken, an international law firm with lawyers in Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, China and Spain.

I mostly represent companies doing business in emerging market countries. It has taken me many years to build my network and it takes constant communication and travel to maintain it. My work has been as varied as securing the release of two improperly held helicopters in Papua New Guinea, setting up a legal framework to move slag from Canada to Poland’s interior, overseeing hundreds of litigation and arbitration matters in Korea, helping someone avoid terrorism charges in Japan, and seizing fish product in China to collect on a debt.

I was named as one of only three Washington State Amazing Lawyers in International Law, I am AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (its highest rating), I am rated 10.0 by AVVO.com (its highest rating), and I am a SuperLawyer.

I am a frequent writer and public speaker on doing business in Asia and I constantly travel between the United States and Asia. I most commonly speak on China law issues and I am the lead writer of the award winning China Law Blog (www.chinalawblog.com). Forbes Magazine, Fortune Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, Business Week, The National Law Journal, The Washington Post, The ABA Journal, The Economist, Newsweek, NPR, The New York Times and Inside Counsel have all interviewed me regarding various aspects of my international law practice.

I am licensed in Washington, Illinois, and Alaska.

In tandem with the international law team at my firm, I focus on setting up/registering companies overseas (via WFOEs, Rep Offices or Joint Ventures), drafting international contracts (NDAs, OEM Agreements, licensing, distribution, etc.), protecting IP (trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights and patents), and overseeing M&A transactions.

  • Ben

    As a former that’s Beijing employee and a longtime reader of Kaiser Kuo’s columns, I’m glad to see that he is stirring up some trouble in the blogosphere.

  • haha. who’s kaiser kuo?
    ive read that’s beijing a couple of times but i honestly have no clue. I thought it was the blog of that canadian guy who was always on TV before I took a look at it myself…

  • Thanks Dan. You’re too kind. Good suggestions on some of things I oughta be writing about. Keep your eyes peeled too for a multi-author, bilingual Ogilvy China blog (working title: Ogilvy Digimedia Insight China) where our best and brightest will be blogging.
    Keep up your excellent work!

  • it was unfortunate when he stopped his previous blog and writing for That’s Beijing, I echo what Ben said, can’t wait to see more from him on Beijing.

  • You had me at “AC/DC tribute band”………

  • Ben —
    Me too.

  • Kaiser,
    I heard last year that Ogilvy was going to be doing a blog – Michael Darragh, I believe. Is this the same project?
    boyce

  • Mike —
    Ah, to be young again….

  • Kaiser —
    My pleasure.

  • b.cheng —
    The blogosphere ought to be perfect for him.

  • James —
    You have me with the “Hot Rocker Chicks.”