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Author: Brendan Davis and Yingying Li

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Yingying Li & Brendan Davis use a hybrid East-West perspective to help foreigners become China smart and Chinese people go global.
64 Episodes
VIDA ZHANG FARGIS is an etiquette expert with a special focus on preparing children who will live global lives for their journeys, and on empowering their mothers to be a modern Chinese woman. Vida uses the home environment as a laboratory, updating traditional roles to best meet the future. LINKS: “How China Works”: LISTEN - APPLE: / ALL PLATFORMS: / WEB:  
OLIM ALIMOV is a consultant, entrepreneur, and a co-founder of SCOLAR. The SCOLAR Network is a platform aimed at bringing together young leaders from 18 Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) countries to strengthen connectivity, promote dialogue, and contribute to regional development. Olim sits down with Yingying Li to share some of his many excellent insights. LINKS:
MALCOLM CLARKE is a 2-time Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker. His new film BETTER ANGELS examines the world’s most consequential relationship - that of the US and China - in a powerful, moving, & candid way. This week Yingying Li talks with him about the film, lessons learned, & much more. A fantastic talk.
Dr. Gregory Lablanc is a Distinguished Teaching Fellow at UC Berkeley in the Haas School of Business, a lecturer in the School of Law specializing in Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Venture Capital, & Corporate Law, & Faculty Director of the Berkeley Fintech Institute. He has a special focus on China, and he shares some valuable thoughts regarding the road ahead with us on today’s show.  BLOG & LINKS: Dr. GREGORY LaBLANC online: LinkedIn: LISTEN - APPLE: / ALL PLATFORMS: / WEB:
Dr. Parag Khanna wears many hats: as a strategic advisor & consultant to global companies and governments; a TED Talker, speaker, & world traveler with both data- and experientially based insights into a host of pressing issues; and an author. His most recent book, The Future Is Asian, discusses not just the well-trod “Asian Century”  concept, but seeks to have a pan-Asian conversation to look at how the entire world is becoming Asian-ized. Dr. Khanna has been on a speaking & consulting tour through China specifically, and Yingying li caught up with him after one such event the other day for this interview. From there, he went on to speak with Liu Xin, host of CGTN’s “The Point”, who has recently become famous Stateside for her ongoing dialogue with Trish Regan from FOX News. His LinkedIn page reveals a widely varied background ranging from Georgetown University to the London School of Economics, with time spent as a senior fellow at think-tanks such as the New America Foundation to serving as a Managing Partner, Advisor, Founder, or CEO at companies from New York City to Singapore. Among his more personal interests are his roles helping smart startups that are focused on improving the health of and opportunities for kids, which I found especially notable. All in all, it was a great, valuable talk, and we look forward to doing another one in the future.  BLOG & LINKS:
Clark Rubino (鲁比诺) is Founder & CEO of Chongqing Bright Ideas Business, & Chapter Director of Startup Grind in Chongqing. He arrived in Chongqing from the United States in 2011 with the goal of opening his own wholly owned foreign enterprise (WOFE), and he has not only reached his goal, but made Chongqing - the hidden gem of China - his home. Clark shares a lot of great cultural intelligence in this episode, especially related to community building in Western China. Visit us at!
Mahdi Shariff is a "Forbes30under30” honoree and the founder of Guanxi.AI. Their mission is to help people harness the power of data for good, and they have an admirable track record of doing so. Please enjoy the talk, and visit to learn more.
As China continues to evolve & grow, the best entrepreneurial opportunities aren’t always where you might expect. Today we look outside of major cities like Beijing and Shanghai to discover hidden gems, discuss our upcoming travels and speaking engagements, and we finish by looking at the sectors where English-speaking Chinese youth can specifically can have the most impact in China, and the world. Visit for more!
This week we bring you a special REMIX edition of “HCW"! We’re sharing an enhanced version of one of our most popular shows, which was originally released Dec 28, 2018 as a video summary of our Season 1 highlights. Brendan also shares information about Yingying’s upcoming speaking event in Beijing on May 22 (in Chinese), and invites you to check out his newest podcast, “If I Knew You Better” this week to hear an amazing China-expat story with Hollywood actress Lee Chen. Please visit to find all the links, show notes, and more!
Dr. Frank-Jürgen Richter is a leading international thinker on economics & monetary policy. He is the Chairman of Horasis, which hosts four events a year providing political, business, and social leaders with a platform to find common ground. Formerly a Director of the World Economic Forum at Davos, Dr. Richter engaged with Brendan & Yingying for an extended conversation that ranges from the practical to the deeply philosophical. Visit for links & more.
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