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Expat Profile: Mallory Spadaro


Name: Mallory Spadaro Age: 24 Job: Teacher Hi Mallory! Can you tell us a bit about your background and what made you decide to move to Beijing? I was born in Seattle, Washington and grew up in a suburb north of the city. At university I studied poetry and Chinese—the latter on a bit of a whim. About two years …

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Expat Profile: Brick O'Neal

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  Name: Brick O’Neal Job: Founder of TROUBLE BAR imports Hi Brick! Can you tell us a bit about your background and what made you decide to move to Beijing? Let’s rewind back to when I graduated from Sullivan University in Louisville Kentucky back in 2002 and went on to do an apprenticeship at 610 Magnolia (610 Magnolia St Louisville …

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Opera Bombana

The chocolate ice cream cannelloni was sweet and chewy, but not overpoweringly so

Opera Bombana is renowned chef Umberto Bombana’s first restaurant foray in Beijing. He is perhaps best known for his triple Michelin star restaurant 8½ Otto e Mezzo in Hong Kong. Opera Bombana is situated in Parkview Green, a beautiful high-end shopping mall filled with various bizarre sculptures, but thanks to its location and design, you do not feel like you …

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Business Profile: Sylvia Liu of WildChina and Ellevate

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Name: Sylvia Liu Job: Marketing Manager at WildChina, Ellevate Network Beijing VP Hi Sylvia! Can you tell us a bit about your background? Of course. Technology has always been a significant part of my life. I was born in the center of China’s Silicon Valley, one block away from the office where Lenovo built their first computer. Growing up with …

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Advice that will guarantee you an internship


As we all know, we are all living in an extremely competitive world, where it can seem impossible to land a job. This problem probably feels worse if you are living in China, where people work unimaginably long hours without a word of complaint. However, we have gathered a few tips that will help you land the job or internship …

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Expat Profile: Sophie D'Agostino


Name: Sophie D’Agostino Age: 25 Job: Graphic Designer Hi Sophie! Can you tell us a bit about your background and what made you decide to move to Beijing? I was just about to graduate from art college in Scotland, when my boyfriend, who was working in Scotland at the time, was contacted out of the blue about a job opportunity in …

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The Importance of Living Abroad


We’ve all heard the importance of travelling. We live in an increasingly international age, where globalization is rampant, so it is essential to gain a well-rounded view of the world. If you travel when you are young, you are at a time in your life when generally speaking, you’re pretty free. You do not have a family of your own …

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Breakfast Seminar: Leadership Pipeline, 15th April


15th April, 2014. From 8:00- 10:00An in-depth exploration of how the Leadership Pipeline concept with few simple initiatives can significantly increase the execution power of your organisation and transform your organisation into a talent factory. The German Chamber along with the Danish Chamber and the Swiss Chamber have invited Kent Jonasen to deliver this master class to help to fully understand …

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Expat Profile: Vanessa Menchaca of Wander Onwards

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Name: Vanessa Menchaca Job: Travel Blogger at Wander Onwards Hi Vanessa! Can you tell us a bit about your background and what made you decide to move to Beijing? I studied English Literature and Art at Boston College because I’m an unofficial space cadet and I needed a way to express my important opinions and feelings through a variety of …

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Expat Profile: Robynne Tindall

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Name: Robynne Tindall Job: Dining Editor, The Beijinger Hi Robynne! Can you tell us a bit about your background and what made you decide to move to Beijing? I have always been a languages person, but when it came to choosing my degree I wanted to do something other than the usual French/Spanish/German language degrees offered in UK universities. Having …

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Company Profile: COB Originals

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Names: Chris O’Brien and Deanna Wong Founders of COB ORIGINALS Why did you decide to move to Beijing? How long ago was that? Deanna: Although we didn’t know each other at the time, we both moved to Beijing for the same reasons. We’d both recently graduated from university and were on career paths that didn’t suit us. We both came …

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Making the most of your Study Abroad in China (Part 1)


Making the most of your Study Abroad in China   China is gaining increasing popularity as a location for overseas students to study abroad. This is hardly surprising considering China’s recent and continuing economic boom and the fact that Mandarin is now one of the languages most widely spoken around the world. Being able to speak Mandarin is an asset …

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Career Networking and Wine Tasting, July 2nd-July 16th


July 2nd, Wednesday. 18:30-21:00. Joint-Chamber Networking for Young Professionals (BritCham). Looking for chilled after-work drinks in a classy and comfortable atmosphere in a secret alleyway in Sanlitun? Then Parlor is your place! We’ve negotiated the perfect deal for you with the help of our friends at the Benelux and German chambers. On 2 July, Parlor will exclusively open its doors for up …

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Dumpling Making Class at the Hutong Beijing

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Remember our post on Baoyuan Jiaozi Wu a while back? Well, I recently got to make colourful dumplings of my own. The Hutong Beijing offers a range of cooking classes, from Sichuan dishes to local Beijing street food. We arrived early, and sat ourselves on the tall stools and helped ourselves to plum juice and cucumber water. As soon as everyone …

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Company Profile: Big Bear Baked Goods

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Name: Jon Ellis Job: Founder of Big Bear Baked Goods What inspired your move to China? I had been doing a lot of jobs in Chicago before. I was a carpenter, I had worked on restorative properties in the suburbs, I was a barista and I worked at a gym and I just had a lot of jobs that just …

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Expat Profile: Claire


Name: Claire Isabella Hackett Age: 22 Job: Student Hi Claire! Can you tell us a bit about your background and what made you decide to move to Qingdao? I’m from a mixed background – Vietnamese/English/Dutch and I was born and raised in Hong Kong. I went to German Swiss International School and went to university at McGill in Montreal (A …

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A few small tips about working in China


GUANXI!!  Guanxi, guanxi, guanxi, guanxi. This is incredibly important. The official definition for guanxi is “the system of social networks and influential relationships that facilitate business and other dealings”. For someone not from China, the concept of guanxi can seem very strange, but in China it is ingrained in people’s everyday lives. It is not only about building socially advantageous …

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