Today, most Americans take for granted that China will be the next global superpower. But despite the nation's growing influence, the average Chinese person is still a mystery - or, at best, a baffling set of seeming contradictions - to Westerners who expect the rising Chinese consumer to resemble themselves. Here, Tom Doctoroff, the guiding force of advertising giant J. Walter Thompson's (JWT) China operations, marshals his 20 years of experience navigating this fascinating intersection of commerce and culture to explain the mysteries of China. He explores the many cultural, political, and economic forces shaping the twenty-first-century Chinese and their implications for businesspeople, marketers, and entrepreneurs - or anyone else who wants to know what makes the Chinese tick. Dismantling common misconceptions, Doctoroff provides the context Westerners need to understand the distinctive worldview that drives Chinese businesses and consumers, including: why family and social stability take precedence over individual self-expression and the consequences for education, innovation, and growth; their fundamentally different understanding of morality, and why Chinese tolerate human rights abuses, rampant piracy, and endemic government corruption; and the long and storied past that still drives decision making at corporate, local, and national levels.
Change is coming fast and furious in China, challenging not only how the Western world sees the Chinese but how they see themselves. From the new generation's embrace of Christmas to the middle-class fixation with luxury brands; from the exploding senior demographic to what the Internet means for the government's hold on power, Doctoroff pulls back the curtain to reveal a complex and nuanced picture of a facinating people whose lives are becoming ever more entwined with our own.
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This book has a few contradictions.Praises how China will always be a force, and then he goes on to list several major issues that could hold back China without ever really acknowledging them.Read Full Review of What Chinese Want
Nevertheless, Cheap China is an excellent read for anyone interested in the economic prospects of an emerging superpower.Read Full Review of What Chinese Want
In What Chinese Want, Doctoroff presents an invaluable primer on the culture and buying patterns of the Chinese.Read Full Review of What Chinese Want
While there are occasional sweeping statements that may be more poetic than pragmatic, it is clear that he has a deep grasp of the subject.Read Full Review of What Chinese Want
Doctoroff may be right about all this, but if so, it may be his intuition that correctly guides him and not his deep knowledge of Chinese consumerism.Read Full Review of What Chinese Want
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