Archive for Category: "Business & Technology"

Shanghai’s Booming Business Scene

In the summer of 2010, Trevor Squier and Henry Hu traveled to Shanghai for an MBA program through Boston University. The two spent four months developing a mock business plan to bring customized T-shirts to China’s highly competitive market based on the popular design-to-order U.S. company Threadless.

Illuminating the People Behind the Lightbulbs

Illuminating the People Behind the Lightbulbs

When shopping at Home Depot, most Americans don’t give much thought to the origins of the lightbulbs they buy beyond the perhaps half-formed notion that somewhere a giant machine is churning them out at the push of a button. Come to China’s eastern countryside, however, and you’ll find a dramatically different reality within factories like the one at Tai Yang village west of Hangzhou, where workers assemble 300,000 lightbulbs a month—by hand.

Boosted Incomes, Risky Conditions In Rural Factory

Boosted Incomes, Risky Conditions In Rural Factory

For the past four years, Tong Ping Fang has worked diligently at Lin Wei Meng Tools, Ltd., a wrench factory in the rural village of Xiejiaqiao, spending up to 10 hours a day cutting steel posts into blocks. Her job is one of the first of many steps needed to create the 4 million Duralast wrenches to be distributed each year to various countries around the world, including the United States.

Gridlock Unaffected by Traffic Policies

Gridlock Unaffected by Traffic Policies

For the past three months, Zhou Yu, a middle-school English teacher in Beijing’s Tong Zhou district, has been trying to get her hands on a license plate for her first car. As recently as last year, all a prospective car owner had to do was to file a stack of paperwork at the Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport.

The Many Faces of Chinese Counterfeiting

The Many Faces of Chinese Counterfeiting

Call of Duty: Black Ops set a one-day sales record of $360 million in the United States, and today has sold more than 13.7 million copies there. But if you’re in Beijing, you can buy a bootlegged copy for just 9 RMB ($1.38).

Texan’s BBQ Takes On Beijing

Texan’s BBQ Takes On Beijing

Tim’s Texas Bar-B-Q owner Tim Hilbert continues to bring Lone Star-style food to Beijing despite roadblocks posed by the City Urban Administrative and Law Enforcement Bureau, or Chengguan. Hilbert called the restaurant and his patrons his “family.”

Natooke Making Fixed-Gear Bikes Cool

Natooke Making Fixed-Gear Bikes Cool

When Ines Brunn first opened up Natooke, her fixed-gear bike shop in Beijing in 2009, it took a while for the idea of fixed-gear bikes to catch on with Chinese cyclists. Fixed-gear bikes are so named because they have only one gear on the back wheel that’s directly connected to the pedals.