Will China’s Consumer Driven Middle Class Become the Saving Grace for America’s Economic Woes?

Surprisingly, The Chinese Dream may just turn out to be the American Dream.

PALO ALTO, Calif. March 14, 2011 – Helen Wang, the author of The Chinese Dream: The Rise of the World’s Largest Middle Class and What It Means to You will speak to The INSEAD Alumni Association of Northern California on April 4, 2011 in Palo Alto about the challenges and opportunities of a rising Chinese middle class. Continue reading

Amazon Bestseller Campaign – $350+ Value Free Gifts and Italy Prize

Dear All,

I wish that 2011 fulfills many of your dreams! One of my dreams this year is to become a bestselling author, and I’d love to have your help!

I am running an Amazon Bestseller Campaign, offering over $350 value in free gifts for anyone who purchases the book on January 25.

The gifts include:

1)      Special report “Secrets of Succeeding in China.” 52 time-proven tips of doing business in China, covering product strategy, distribution, and cross-cultural communications ($199 value, yours free!)

2)       Whitepaper “Best Practices of Social Media Marketing.” Strategies that turn Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube into a revenue generating machine ($149 value, yours free!)

3)      First 10 people who order the book will also receive a free eBook of The Chinese Dream ($14.99 value, yours free!)

4)      An opportunity to win a three-day hotel stay in Rome, Italy ($1396 value, yours free!). [i]

To claim these free gifts, all you need to do is click on the link below and grab yourself a copy of The Chinese Dream ($12.21), and email the receipt from Amazon to amazon1@TheHelenWang.com.


The Chinese Dream is a great investment for anyone who wants to understand one of the most dynamic forces shaping our world today. Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor Joseph Nye, former dean of the Kennedy School and former Assistant Secretary of Defense, has recently endorsed the book:

“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.”

The Chinese Dream can also be a great gift for the Chinese New Year, birthday, graduation, etc. A portion of royalties of the book sales will be donated to Natural Resources Defense Council and Half the Sky Foundation.

This offer ends at midnight PST TONIGHT (12am Jan. 26)! So click the link below to purchase the book and email the receipt to amazon1@TheHelenWang.com to claim your free gifts before midnight.


Best regards,


P.S. Remember, to receive your $350+ in free gifts and an opportunity to go to Italy, you must email the receipt to amazon1@TheHelenWang.com by midnight PST TONIGHT (12am Jan. 26).

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Can America and China Trust Each Other?

Chinese-American Author Reveals How China Will Change America

San Francisco, CA— The Chinese president Hu Jintao’s state visit to the U. S. is a sign of strengthening ties between the two countries.  The relationship between the U.S. and China is one of the most important relations in the 21st century and is critical for the world’s stability and prosperity.  Although there are notable differences between the two countries, the leaders of both recognize that the U.S. and China have a lot to gain by working together.  One of the concrete results of the visit is the $45 billion agreement allowing U.S. exports into China, which will create 235,000 jobs in America.

Author Helen Wang says, “In the long run, there will still be issues in currency, human rights, and intellectual property, etc., and there will be ups and downs, but I don’t think the U.S.-China relations will turn into a cold-war kind of confrontation.  It will be a work-in-progress relationship.”

Invite her to answer:

  • Is China America’s worst enemy or best friend?
  • Will China’s growing middle class be a saving grace for America’s economic woes?
  • What are the secrets for U. S. companies to succeed in China?
  • Is it a myth that China is a global manufacturing power?
  • Why should every American student start learning Chinese?

CREDENTIALS: Helen Wang is an author, business consultant, and Forbes columnist.  As an expert on Chinese culture and business, she can offer insight on commonly accepted misconceptions about China.  Her book, The Chinese Dream: The Rise of the World’s Largest Middle Class and What It Means to You, examines the rising middle class in China and how it affects America’s economy (Available on Amazon and other channels).  She has been featured by Asia Times, the nationally syndicated Michael Ray Radio Talk Show, WVTL 1570 AM in New York, KBZZ Fox News 1270 AM in Nevada, KOA 850 AM news radio in Colorado, and many others.

AVAILABILITY: San Francisco, nationwide by arrangement, and via telephone

MEDIA CONTACT: Siva Ho, (503) 560-6549; siva.ho@gmail.com;

WEB: www.TheHelenWang.com

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News Release for The Chinese Dream in CBS, ABC, Boston Globe and Major Media

Press Release Headline:
Chinese-American author breaks ground on China’s middle class growth explosion

‘The Chinese Dream: The Rise of the World’s Largest Middle Class and What It Means to You’ (ISBN 1452898049) by Helen H. Wang brings a fresh paradigm on how we view U.S.-China relations.

PALO ALTO, Calif. / In her new book, ‘The Chinese Dream: The Rise of the World’s Largest Middle Class and What It Means to You’ (ISBN 1452898049), Helen Wang examines the impact of a growing Chinese middle class on the United States and the world. As a Chinese native and American citizen, Wang challenges readers to recognize that some of our fears about China are misplaced.

Over the next 15 years, Wang estimates Chinas middle class to reach a population of 800 million, more than double todays number. While some people in the West may fear the fast growth within China poses a global threat, Wang presents readers with information and research in an effort to show how this rising middle class will provide enormous opportunities for Western companies and become a balancing force that could help with Americas economic struggles. The Chinese Dream offers a fascinating look at one of the most dynamic forces shaping our world today, says Gady Epstein, Beijing bureau chief, ‘Forbes.’ A truly valuable read for anyone who wants to do business in China.

The author also argues that the United States and China complement each other in culture, technology, and manufacturing, which, when adopting a spirit of mutual learning and collaboration, could help solve environmental problems facing both countries and achieve a major leap in clean energy that neither could make alone.

I believe that the worlds stability and prosperity will depend on how well China and the West understand each other, trust each other and learn from each other, Wang said.

Wang hopes readers will realize both the unexpected similarities and the complementary differences between the Chinese and Western middle classes. Wang aims to deliver readers to the world of the Chinese entrepreneurial middle class through in-depth interviews, personal stories, and an exclusive perspective into how a growing global mindset may pave the way to a saner and safer world.

Whether China will become a more liberal and democratic society, whether it will retain the creative talents of people who in past generations have chosen to emigratethese and other questions are answered in Helen Wangs fascinating book, says James Fallows, a national correspondent for ‘The Atlantic Magazine.’

‘The Chinese Dream’ is available for sale online at Amazon.com and other channels.

About the Author: Helen Wang is a ‘Forbes’ contributor and consultant on Chinas middle class. Originally from China, Wang has lived in the United States for more than 20 years. After finishing her masters degree at Stanford University, she worked in Silicon Valley, holding a variety of jobs, from consultant to Fortune 500 companies to entrepreneur at Internet start-ups. A sought-after speaker, Wang now divides her time between consulting for companies doing business in China and helping non-profit organizations make a difference.

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THE CHINESE DREAM Book Launch – A Huge Success

More than 150 people attended my book launch event in Palo Alto on December 10th.  The conference room at DLA Piper law firm was filled with people, enjoying Champaign and fine hors d’oeuvres while networking with each other.

As usual, there are always last minute details that need to be attended to before an event. I was running around to help set up the book signing table, greeting friends who showed up to support me, and answering questions from fans.

As usual, there are always things that don’t work as they are supposed to.  At the last minute, we discovered that the book trailer video, which was supposed to be projected on the background screen, did not work. Oh well.

At about 7 pm, Sara Rauchwerger, the president of Chamber of Commerce International Consortium for Entrepreneurs (CCICE), opened the meeting. Then, Gerald Brady, managing director of Silicon Valley Bank, introduced me and Forbes Beijing Bureau Chief Gady Epstein, who flew in from Beijing to attend the event.

The format of the evening was that Gady and I had a fireside chat about my book and China’s middle class. Continue reading

China May Become the World’s Second Largest Consumer Market

A recent study by the Economic Intelligence Unit indicates that Chinese consumers only make up 5% of the world’s $36.9 trillion consumption. However, we need to keep in mind that the Chinese consumers barely existed about a decade ago.

The trend in Chinese consumption is significantly moving upward. Retail spending has increased steadily at 15 percent and more in recent years. Chinese consumer confidence remained high even during the worldwide recession in 2008-2009. China has already become the world’s largest market for automobiles, television sets, and cell phones, and the world’s second largest market for luxury goods.

Walking on the streets of China’s bustling cities, one can easily witness prosperity and the consumer boom. Continue reading

China’s Smart Grid Boom

China has surpassed the United States to become the world’s largest energy user, according to Paris-based International Energy Agency. As a growing Chinese middle class demands cars and homes with modern appliances, it will continue to drive up China’s energy consumption.

Achieving greater energy efficiency has become a top priority of China’s leaders. According to China Daily, China’s state-owned State Grid Corp. plans to invest $586 million constructing smart grids that incorporate wind and solar energy, energy storage, energy transmission monitoring, intelligent substations, and smart meters.

There are plenty of opportunities for Western companies in China’s soaring clean tech industry. Continue reading

21 years after Tiananmen Square, will the Chinese middle class push for democracy?

Twenty-one years ago, thousands of Chinese students gathered at Tiananmen Square demanding more democracy. The world still remembers the stunning image of a lone student standing in front of armed tanks in an attempt to block the tanks from entering into the Square.

At the time, I had just arrived in the United States as a student and watched the entire demonstration on TV. Like other Chinese students in the U. S., I protested with them on the streets and wept with them when the crackeddown came.

Twenty-one years later, China has changed to a very different country. Today’s new middle class Chinese have little in common with the idealistic students. They are the beneficiaries of China’s economic reform. Most of them approve what the government has done. They are all busy trying to keep up with the swirling changes. Continue reading