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"HOW CHINA WORKS" is a daily podcast designed to help foreigners become “China-smart” and to help Chinese people who are ready to go global. Hosts YINGYING LI and BRENDAN DAVIS use a hybrid East-West perspective - crossing cultures, generations, and genders - to find common ground and build understanding. The show is fun, friendly, and focused, referencing history and culture as it looks to the future, in order to benefit all of us.


HOSTS

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YINGYING LI is an expert consultant in cross-cultural management communications, brand strategy, business development, and thought leadership. Based in San Francisco, CA but born and raised in central China, Li's clients have included Forbes billionaires and executives from Facebook, LinkedIn, Cisco and Intel as well as educators, small businesses, and others. She is trilingual and has 10+ years' experience working in the US, China, Brazil, India, and Turkey. Li has been honored as a "Top 30 Under 30" Chinese entrepreneur in the US and is the founder of Yingfluence, Inc, a Silicon Valley-based startup that is the world's first cross-cultural talent and thought leadership network. Her lifelong passion has been increasing global understanding through better communications, and "How China Works" is another step towards achieving that goal.

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BRENDAN DAVIS was raised in Atlanta, Georgia and began his entertainment career in 1990. He moved to Los Angeles in 2002 and has been a producer on films competing at Sundance, Toronto, Berlin and other top festivals. In 2013 Davis produced a US season of Chinese TV hit "Jia Pian You Yue" featuring Stan Lee, Justin Lin, M. Night Shyamalan, Sean Astin, and others. Davis has been co-located in Beijing and Los Angeles since 2013. He has guest lectured at the Beijing Film Academy and works as a producer and consultant with global partners. Davis created the podcast “Big Fish in the Middle Kingdom” in May 2017 in an attempt to make more sense of his new home, and he co-created "How China Works" with Yingying Li to continue his journey.


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UPCOMING SHOWS:

Show #
#000 - Introduction to “How China Works”

CATEGORY: CHINESE BUSINESS DINNERS

Show #
#001 - “Chinese Business Drinking Culture”
#002 - “The Table: Where Do I Sit, & Why?"
#003 - “Name Card Etiquette & The Rise of WeChat”
#004 - “Eating & Good Manners”
#005 - “Ending The Night: KTV vs. Sleep" 

CATEGORY: DECODING CHINESE COMMUNICATION

Show #
#006 - “High-Context vs. Low-Context”
#007 - “Modesty, Humility, Hierarchy” 
#008 - “Negotiation”
#009 - “Yes, No, Please, & Thank You”
#010 - “Jokes & Humor” 

CATEGORY: DATING

Show #
#011 - “Romance, East & West"
#012 - “Traditional vs. Modern Chinese Dating Culture”
#013 - “Online Dating in China"
#014 - “Mixed: Being In A Blended Couple"
#015 - “Getting Serious: Next Level" 

CATEGORY: MODERN WORKING CULTURE

Show #
#016 - "Corporate Lifestyle"
#017 - "Startups & 996"
#018 - "Reacting to Policies"
#019 - "Male vs. Female Leadership"
#020 - "Super Digital Life" 

CATEGORY: FINANCE

Show #
#021 -“The Cultural Value of Money in China”
#022 - “Banking Norms”
#023 - “Cashless Society”
#024 - “In & Out: Moving Money Between Countries”
#025 - “Investing in China"

CATEGORY: MAKING FRIENDS

Show #
#026 - “Guanxi and How To Develop It"
#027 - “Social Media and Friends’ Circles"
#028 - “IRL: In Real Life”
#029 - “Finding Your Level: Leading & Following"
#030 -  “Who Pays? That Depends." 

CATEGORY: CHINESE MILLENIALS

Show #
#031 - ”Shopping Behavior and Attitude”
#032 - “Entertainment & KOLs“
#033 - "Knowledge Hunger and Content Business"
#034 - “Nomadic Youth & Bereavement Culture ('Sang')"
#035 - "Chinese Youth Going Global" 

CATEGORY: OFFICIAL MEETINGS

Show #
#036 - “Understanding ‘Face’ and How To Give It"
#037 - “Meeting in a Government Office”
#038 - “Hosting A Meeting In Your Office”
#039 - “Conversation Flow: Who Speaks, When, & Why"
#040 - “Following Up: Expectations vs. Reality" 

CATEGORY: TRAVELING IN CHINA

Show #
#041 - “Planes, Trains, & Didi”
#042 - “Hotels”
#043 - “Foreign Food”
#044 - “Visiting Historic Landmarks”
#045 - “Respecting Local Culture & Being A Good Guest"

…and more!