My Speech at Asia House in London

On December 5th, I spoke with Lord Wei at Asia House in London on the impact of China’s middle class to the West and the meaning of a new Chinese Dream. Sir John Boyd, chairman of Asia House, introduced Lord Wei and me at the event. Below is the speech I gave at the event.

Thank you, Sir John Boyd, for your kind introduction.

First, I’d like to thank Lord Wei and Asia House for hosting my book launch here. It’s such an honor for me. Thank you very much!

This is my second time in London. London is a special place for me because, as a native Chinese, my first exposure to the Western world was through Dickens’ novels and Shakespeare’s plays. I remember the first time I visited London in 1993, I made a point to visit the Dickens House and Shakespeare’s home.

Today, I come to London at a very different time. The West’s economy is faltering. The eurozone debt crisis is looming large. Yet, I believe the biggest story of our time is not Italy’s default, or occupying London. Although these events are very significant, there is another story that has far-reaching implications – the rise of China’s middle class.

Do you know that the Chinese middle class is already five times the size of the UK population? In fifteen years, the Chinese middle class will reach 800 million. It will change the dynamics of the world we live in, and have huge impact on everything – our life, our jobs, our economy, and the world.

Today, I’d like to talk about three things: First, I will tell you a little bit about myself – who I am, and why I wanted to write this book. Second, I will tell a story about people I interviewed in China to give you an idea what it is like to be middle class in China. Third, I will discuss briefly the main thesis of the book: “the Oneness of the World.” Continue reading

I Will Be Speaking in London with Lord Wei

Upon the invitation of Lord Wei, a member of the House of Lords in the UK, I will be speaking at Asia House in London on December 5th. I am very honored that Lord Wei will share the stage with me and have a conversation about the Chinese Dream. Please see the invitation below:

Lord Wei is the youngest member of the House of Lords and a former adviser with the UK Government on the Big Society project. Due to his extraordinary work as a community leader, he was appointed a life peer at age thirty-three by Prime Minister David Cameron.

Register at:  http://thechinesedream.eventbrite.com

I will also be attending the House of Lords to discuss with Lord Wei the future of the Chinese dream, and how overseas Chinese can help bridge China and the West to create a more balanced and sustainable world.

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The Biggest Story of Our Time: The Rise of China’s Middle Class

I will be speaking at San Jose State University on November 8th, 2011. The topic of my presentation is “The Biggest Story of Our Time: The Rise of China’s Middle Class.” I will give an overview of the demographics of the emerging Chinese middle class and discuss what the rise of China’s middle class mean for entrepreneurs.

The event is hosted by International Business Association, a student-run organization. Please see the event details below:

When: Nov. 8, 2011, 6:00 pm

Where: Science Building 164 (SCI 164), San José State University, San José, CA 95192

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Emerging and Surging: Doing Business in Emerging Markets Successfully

I will be speaking at Northern California Business Marketing Association on Sept. 28 in Santa Clara, California, on how to do business successfully in emerging markets.

Other people who are on the panel include Joanne Vliet, Silicon Valley Export Assistance of U.S. Department of Commerce, Milton Ribiero, Vice President of Cypress Semiconductor, Tatyana Kanzaveli, marketing manager of Deloitte & Touche, Chris D’Couto, Ph.D, President & CEO of Neah Power.   

Here is the description of the event:

Over the past decade, Emerging Markets have contributed more than 1/3 of the world’s GDP growth. This number is expected to rise to 49% by the year 2020, when BRICs will also account for 1/3 of the global economy.  Despite recent global recessionary downturns, Emerging Markets are already showing early signs of a strong return, affording savvy marketers great opportunities to enter tomorrow’s markets today. Based on the standard BRIC(S) model, we are pleased to offer a panel of experts who will share their thoughts and provide insights.

For the details of the event and registration, click here. Hope you can come!

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All the Jobs in China

I was quoted on The Daily, a new media for iPad, about Starbucks and PriceWaterHouseCoopers massive expansions in China: “All the jobs in China:  2 companies looking to hire from Asian giant’s huge middle class”:

Yesterday, accounting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers trumpeted plans to expand massively in Asia by hiring 15,000 people in China and Hong Kong over the next five years.

In fact, the firm said it will bring thousands of jobs to Chinese college graduates in the next few months, according to Dow Jones.

Starbucks, meanwhile, announced its own blistering expansion, vowing to more than triple the number of its mermaid- themed coffee shops in China by 2015. It’s aiming to get up to 1,500 locations in four years.

And here is where I was quoted:

Still, that doesn’t mean everything is gravy in China. According to Helen Wang, consultant and author of “The Chinese Dream,” even with companies bringing new jobs, China’s middle ranks are as worried about the future as we are.

“They have extreme anxiety because they don’t know how long this window of opportunity will be open,” she told The Daily. “They worry when the optimism will be gone, and if they don’t make enough money, the government won’t take care of them like before. So they grab what they can grab.”

Read the full article “All the Jobs in China” here.

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Grace Magazine Nicknamed Me “The Spirit of the East and West”

During my trip to China in June, a lifestyle and fashion magazine Grace in Chengdu did a feature story on me. The article came out in the August issue. See below:

The magazine’s main patrons are modern and trendy Chinese women. I am honored to be in a fashion magazine, but I am even more honored to be named as “The Spirit of the East and West.”

In Chinese, the word Jing Ling means “spirit,” but can also mean “wizard,” or “genius.” Last night, I was at KTSF Channel 26, a San Francisco Chinese TV station, filming a segment of “Talk Tonight” show. The host asked me if this title sounded “too cute.” I said no. That’s what I want to be.

I hope we can all be the “spirit” or the bridge that connects the East and West.

Until next time, live your dreams fully, everyday!


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I will be speaking at Saratoga Library on September 7

I will be speaking at Authors’ Series in Saratoga Library on Wednesday, September 7, 2011.

This event is organized by the Friends of Saratoga Libraries, a non-profit organization founded in 1972. Here is a link to the Authors’ Series.

The event will start at 10 am and be held at Community Room in Saratoga Library. Please join me if you can.

Here is more information about The Chinese Dream:

In The Chinese Dream, a groundbreaking book about the rising middle class in China, Forbes columnist, consultant, and China expert Helen Wang challenges us to recognize that some of our fears about China are grossly misplaced. As a result of China’s new capitalist paradigm, a burgeoning middle class-calculated to reach 800 million within the next fifteen years-is jumping aboard the consumerism train and riding it for all it’s worth-a reality that may provide the answer to America’s economic woes. And with China’s increasing urbanization and top-down governmental approach, it now faces increasing energy, environmental, and health problems-problems that the U.S. can help solve. Through timely interviews, personal stories, and a historical perspective, China-born Wang takes us into the world of the Chinese entrepreneurial middle class to show how a growing global mindset and the realization of unity in diversity may ultimately provide the way to creating a saner, safer world for all.

  • Deconstructs the myths about China as a superpower and global manufacturing power
  • Takes us into the world of the driven middle class and shows how the not-so-private sector operates
  • Provides a historical perspective on China and examines the possibility of democracy in China’s future
  • Shows how a mindset that embraces the idea of unity in diversity could help solve China and America’s growing energy, health, and environmental problems

Also, please watch the book trailer on the left. I look forward to seeing you on Sept. 7!

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I Am on Weibo!

Since my book THE CHINESE DREAM is translated into Chinese and available to Chinese readers, I opened a Sina Weibo (Chinese Twitter + blog) account to interact with my Chinese fans.

Here is my weibo address: http://weibo.com/TheHelenWang. If you are also on Weibo, please connect with me. I look forward to interacting with you!

Until next time, live your dreams fully, everyday!

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Helen Wang Speaks at Pasadera Country Club

I will be speaking at beautiful Pasadera Country Club on August 25 about my book The Chinese Dream.

Located within the Monterey Peninsula’s famed “Golf Capital of the World,” Pasadera Country Club is a 575-acre private gated residential community is secluded in a sun belt, only minutes from Pebble Beach and Carmel and accessible along the main corridor that links the coast to adjacent inland communities.

Free buffet dinner will be provided. Please join me if you can.

Agenda:

5:00pm Registration
5:30pm Buffet Dinner
6:00pm Book Talk and Q&A
6:45pm Book Signing

“In a mere two decades China has developed the world’s largest middle class. Helen Wang tells that story – and her own – in this wonderfully informative and readable book.”

Joseph Nye, Distinguished Service Professor, Harvard University, the author of The Future of Power

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