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China 2011 UC Riverside EMBA Program, Cohort II Edison Michael Medina Class of 2012 I  took  a  different  approach  to  my  journal.    I  had  a  digital  voice  recorder  with  me   at  all  9mes  recording  what  I  saw  and  experienced  and  then  transposed  the   informa9on  to  paper. July 5th, 1:10 PM Hong Kong Time I  had  a  hard  'me  sleeping,  I  am  wide  awake  and  the  seats  are  completely   uncomfortable…  I  have  watched  2  movies.  I  am  missing  my  two  li>le  boys  back   at  home.      My  chubby  Mike  and  Gabriel’s  inquisi'veness  is  what  I  keep  missing.     Its  1  AM  China  Time,  I  have  been  in  the  air  for  7  hours  now,  so  they  are  probably   having  breakfast  back  at  home,  bugging  their  mom  to  make  them  pancakes.      They  are  in  my  thoughts.    

Wednesday, July 6th – Hong Kong 7:23 AM We  can  smell  fresh  paint;  we  would  not  see  or  smell  this  in  the  States.    It  smells  like  sharpie  marker,  very   strong.    My  guess  is  that  we  will  be  pre>y  high  by  the  'me  we  board  our  second  plane.    Scenery  outside   of  the  airport  windows  is  nice  green  hillsides,  very  much  like  Guatemala.    Very  lush;  looks  hot  and   humid.    It  is  so  hot  that  we  are  even  wondering  if  they  have  the  air  condi'oning  on  in  the  airport.

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Thursday, July 7th – Beijing 5:35 AM I’m  currently  siLng  in  the  hotel  lobby.    I  should  start  with  our  arrival.    We  arrived  at  the  airport  'red  and   jet-­‐lagged.    We  believed  there  was  going  to  be  a  shu>le  wai'ng  for  us  to  take  us  to  our  hotel  room.     There  was  no  shu>le  and  the  humidity  was  s'fling.    It  was  very  difficult  to  make  a   call  to  the  hotel,  but  we  finally  got  to  the  hotel.    Their  website  was  incorrect  about   having  a  shu>le  bus  from  the  airport  to  the  hotel,  they  told  us  it  had  not  been   updated  and  that  we  needed  to  take  a  taxi  cab.    We  found  an  illegal  taxi  cab  (did   not  operate  with  a  meter,  but  rather  charged  you  whatever  he  wanted),  who  knew   exactly  where  to  take  us.    We  showered  and  went  to  town.    We  wanted  to  just  walk   around  and  see  the  local  life.    It  is  very  interes'ng  to  see  the  locals  and  how  they  live.    It  appears  that   there  is  a  lot  to  do,  but  you  have  to  be  in  the  know  in  order  to  really  enjoy  what  Beijing  has  to  offer.    We   walked  by  a  school,  it  truly  is  amazing  how  much  these  people  take  care  of  their  kids.    Parents  are  older,   not  young  parents.    The  people  who  are  rela'vely  younger  like  my  age,  or  even  Tien’s  age,  don’t  have   children,  they  are  probably  just  working  or  enjoying  life.    Every  'me  I  saw  a  li>le  boy,  it  reminded  me  of   my  boys  back  at  home  and  consequently  makes  me  miss  them  even  more.    It  rained  last  night  at  3  AM,   the  rain  hit  our  window  hard  and  we  heard  and  saw  the  thunder.    The  food  here  is  interes'ng,  we  could   barely  order  anything  on  the  menu,  lots  of  liver,  hearts,  pig  tongue,  pig  feet,  etc,  etc,  things  we  are  not   accustomed  to.    We  had  some  delicious  chicken  wrapped  in  lemon  grass  herbs.    When  they  cut  the   chicken,  they  cut  straight  not  strategically  to  avoid  “bone  chips”,  so  you  have  to  be  careful.    The  people   are  somewhat  friendly,  they  never  say  “no”  to  anything.    There  are  lots  of  pre>y  ladies.    Very  interes'ng   place,  we  will  be  taking  a  tour  of  the  Great  Wall  and  I  plan  to  take  a  lot  of  pictures.     9:30 AM I  am  currently  in  the  subway  to  our  first  stop  of  the  day.    Subway  line  is  completely  packed,  it  is  very   nicely  air  condi'oned.    Point  of  no'ce,  they  have  adds  outside  the  windows,  they  adver'se  outside  the   moving  windows  with  'med  lights  to  make  out  words  and  shapes.    Rafaela  just  got  whipped  by  some   !hair  from  someone  next  to  her.    That  is  how  packed  like  sardines  we  are. 2


Thursday July 7th – Beijing 10:05 AM We  are  in  the  temple  of  heaven.    We  are  seeing  lots  of  re'red  old   folks,  the  older  men  here  are  taun'ng  us  to  try  their  ac'vi'es  which   are  extraneous  in  nature.    One  is  an  abs  rolling  wheel  where  you  start   out  standing  up  bent  over  and  end  with  your  body  completely  flat.     There  is  dancing,  singing  and  regular  walkers.  They  come  to  this  park   to  workout.    There  is  music  wherever  you  go  and  lots  of  ac'vi'es  to   partake,  there  is  a  strong  sense  of  community,  this  is  where  the   re'red  folks  come  to  meet  with  their  friends  and  make  new  friends.     There  are  so  many  things  to  do,  stretching,  playing  hacky-­‐sack,  abs   rolling,  ping  pong,  and  Tai-­‐Chi.     10:45 AM We  are  walking  through  the  Tai-­‐Chi  sec'on.    I  am  amazed  at  the   amount  of  ac'vi'es.    Mandatory  re'rement  here  in  China  is  55  years   of  age  for  females,  60  for  males,  we  are  told  by  our  guide.    We  made   our  way  to  a  sec'on  of  the  park  where  there  are  people  playing  small   violins  with    2  bows.    Everyone  I  see  is  playing,  they   are  making  interes'ng  noises,  they  come  here  to   sing  and  relax.    Some,  I  am  told  are  very  tradi'onal   songs.    This  is  a  very  peaceful  place,  even  amongst   all  the  noise.    There  is  no  way  to  get  bored.    These   older  people  are  very  healthy,  no  sign  of  senility   or  other  diseases  that  affect  the  elderly.     1:15 PM We  just  got  done  ea'ng  food.    We  ate  at  this  restaurant,  they  bring   out  2  pots,  one  is  a  hot  water  pot,  and  the  other  is  a  hot  spicy  pot.     They  bring  out  raw  vegetables,  meats,  fish  and  you  cook  it  in  the   boiling  pots  for  however  long  you  deem  necessary.    In  my  case,  I   wanted  to  make  sure  it  was  very  well  cooked  before  consuming.     Ducks  blood,  which  I  vehemently  avoided  due  to  my  religious   convic'ons,  was  also  served  in  like  a  “bouillon”  s'le  cube  to  add  to   your  steaming  pot.    Bre>,  my  roommate  ate  it  (  that  Godless   heathen!).        You  dip  the  boiled  vegetables  and  meats  in  a  peanut   sauce  then  you  consume.    It  is  communal  so  however  sits  in  your  chair   aeer  you  leave,  gets  the  same  2  pots  to  boil  their  food.    Now,  this   would  not  be  too  bad,  but  they  use  their  chops'cks  directly  from  the   pot  to  their  mouth  and  vice  versa.    So,  their  saliva  and  possibly  other   bodily  fluids  are  being  boiled  and  shared.    For  the  most  part  it  is  not   that  bad,  once  you  get  past  that.    It  was  extremely  hot,  no  air   condi'oning,  humidity  was  horrible  and  we  are  siLng  over  2  boiling   pot  and  the  food  was  spicy—Not  a  very  good  combina'on.    On  a   separate  note,  Rafaela  has  become  our  celebrity  person;  Chinese   people  must  think  she’s  Opera  or  something.    Black  skin  must  be   something  they  don’t  see  every  day.    Everyone  wants  to  talk,  see  her,   take  pictures  of  her  and  with  her.    Black  is  beau'ful! !

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Thursday, July 7th – Beijing 2:35 PM We  are  at  the  gates  of  the  Forbidden  City…    It  is  a  weird  feeling  walking  into  this  palace  that  was   originally  meant  for  royalty  (the  son  of  heaven)  and  closed  off  to  the  world,  and  now  is  a  tourist   a>rac'on  for  everyone  to  enjoy—UNESCO  heritage  site.    People  from  all  walks  of  life  are  visi'ng.    It   does  not  look  well  taken  care  off  from  the  outside,  but  we  will  see  how  it  looks  like  from  the  inside.     Andre  bumped  into  a  monk,  which  was  an  interes'ng  interac'on.    In  the   US  they  both  would  have  had  a  confronta'onal  stare-­‐down,  here;  the   monk  was  very  apologe'c,  which  is  expected  from  a  monk,  but  so  was   Andre.

Friday, July 8th – Beijing 8:30 AM I  was  mistaken,  today  is  when  we  head  out  to  the  Great  Wall,  it  is   interes'ng  to  see  the  difference  between  the  City  (Beijing)  and  the   countryside.    There  is  lots  more  vegeta'on  and  the  people  are  different.      There  is  a  peasant-­‐  farmer  feel   to  them.    We  drove  by  the  high  rise  business  district;  it  looked  interes'ng  and  very  busy.    Traffic  is   fantas'c  once  you  leave  the  city.    It  takes  about  40  minutes  to  get  there  once  leaving  the  city.    Our  tour   guide  Jessi  is  very  knowledgeable  and  is  always  willing  to  answer  all  our  ques'ons.    Our  group  consists   of  Katrina,  Rafaela,  Gregg,  Bre>,  Andre  and  I.    

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Friday, July 8th – Beijing 11:00 AM I  AM  CURRENTLY  ON  THE  GREAT  WALL.    IT  HAS  BEEN   AN  AMAZING  TRIP  SO  FAR.    IT  HAS  TAKEN  US   HUNDREDS  OF  STEPS  JUST  TO  GET  TO  THE  WALL.    It  was   a  bit  of  a  heart  a>ack  just  to  make  it.    It  is  breath  taking   to  see  it  in  the  distance,  but  once  you  are  on  it  is  hard   to  describe  the  feeling.  It  is  very  impressive,  beau'ful   and  amazing.    Very  well  constructed,  it  has  not  only   stood  the  test  of  'me,  it  is  in  strict  compe''on  with   'me.    We  want  to  go  to  one  of   the  towers  to  see  it  from  the   top,  not  all  towers  are  opened   to  the  public.    There  are   different  people  from  different   na'onali'es  walking  around;  I   have  heard  Spanish,   Portuguese  and  French  being   spoken.    Depending  on  the   inclina'on,  there  may  be  stairs   to  aid  the  walker  from  one  end  to  the  other.    

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1:35 PM This  note  was  originally  made  in  Spanish  because  I  did   not  want  to  offend  our  tour  guide.    She  was  very  kind  in   buying  some  fruit  for  us  and  offering  it  to  us  since  it  is   our  last  day  with  her.    Our  lunch  was  great!    However,   there  were  fresh  vegetables,  which  we  did  not  touch.       Our  group  has  been  very  good  about  not  ea'ng   ANYTHING  from  the  streets;  including  fruit  and  also  not   drinking  the  water  unless  it  is  bo>led.    Well,  our  tour   guide  bought  fruit  and  washed  them  at  a  drinking   fountain  outside  of  a  restaurant  near  the  great  wall.     Two  big  no-­‐no’s  from  our  group.    We  did  not  want  to   eat  the  fruit,  but  did  not  want  to  be  rude.    I  ate  it  (with   a  mental  prayer  prior  to  bi'ng  into  it),  the  others   pretended  to  eat  them  or  would  split  the  fruit  and  eat   the  inside  (which  was  the  smartest  idea).    

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Saturday, July 9th – Beijing 7:05 AM We  are  wai'ng  at  the  airport  ready  to  take  our  flight  to  Shanghai.    Last  night  the  boys  (Gregg,  Andre,  Bre>   and  I)  decided  to  go  out  and  celebrate  our  last  night  in  Beijing.    We  had  a  few  beers  and  some  wine  at  this   li>le  restaurant  near  our  hotel.    The  evening  was  nice,  it  was  not  too  hot  or  muggy,  there  was  a  breeze   going,  it  was  a  very  enjoyable  evening.    It  was  an  Italian  restaurant,  we  did  not  order  food,  just  had  drinks.     We  decided  to  get  a  massage  at  what  looked  to  us  to  be  a  reputable  place;  I  believe  the  name  was  “the   Pleasure  Palace”.    We  paid  for  a  full  body  massage,  but  it  really  was  a  full  back  massage.    We  had  a  “lost  in   transla'on”  moment,  when  they  said  something  indecipherable  to  us  and  we  just  said  “ok”.  They  brought   out  some  cups  and  handheld  torches  and  heated  the  cups,  then  proceeded  to  suc'on  our  backs.    We  had   what  felt  like  8  cups  on  our  backs,  we  have  some  serious  bruising,  markings  and  pain.    The  massage  was   good,  but  it  was  at  the  point  of  the  cups  where  it  took  a  hard  lee  turn.    Katrina  will  be  boarding  her  plane   later  on;  she  will  not  be  with  us  in  our  flight,  so  the  group  stands  at  Rafaela,  Gregg,  Andre  and  I.    

Sunday, July 10th – Shanghai 11:25 AM I  am  siLng  in  the  lobby  of  the  Langham  Yang-­‐Tze  hotel,  day  two  of  our  stay  in  Shanghai.    Naviga'ng  the   airports  is  very  frustra'ng  when  you  do  not  understand  the  language  or  can  communicate  effec'vely  with   the  people.    We  waited  in  three  different  lines  before  finding  the  right  line  to  stand  in.    The  flight  to   Shanghai  was  short,  an  hour  and  20  minutes  at  most.    Pudong  airport  is  really  far  away  from  Shanghai,  it  is   at  least  an  hour  and  a  half  drive!    We  showered  and  went  out  and  had  lunch.    We  had  really  good   beef  with  sweet  sauce,  the  menu  was  extensive!    It  was  about  40  pages  long;  it  had   different  sec'ons  for  the  different  food  (Beef,  chicken,  fish,  etc.).    We  stuck  to   what  we  knew.    We  ordered  s'r  fry  and  everything  was  delicious.    Everybody   smokes  in  the  restaurant,  there  are  no  non-­‐smoking  sec'ons,  or  at  least  that  we   could  see.    Aeer  15  minutes  you  feel  like  your  suffoca'ng.    We  were  followed  into   the  restaurant  by  two  haggles  trying  to  sell  us  knock-­‐offs,  a  male  in  front  of  us,  and  a   lady  behind  us.    They  followed  us  all  the  way  to  the  restaurant  and  waited  outside  for   us.    We  escaped  his  watchful  eye  while  he  was  reading  his  newspaper  outside  the   restaurant.    We  went  to  a  back  alley  store  on  our  way  back  to  the  hotel.    I  was  very   cau'ous;  I  did  not  know  what  we  were  geLng  ourselves  into.    We  bought  watches;  I   paid  430  RMB’s  for  a  woman’s  Rolex  watch.    The  watches  looked  very  good  and  they  were  in  working   order.      Our  tour  guide  in  Shanghai  will  take  us  to  other  loca'ons,  so  I  didn’t  want  to  buy  too  much. Later  on  that  evening  we  decided  to  go  to  an  outside  bar  and  have  drinks,  we  were  haggled  by  people   trying  to  sell  us  all  types  of  useless  things.  We  quickly  learned  the  local  dialect  for  “No  thank  you,  I  don’t   want  it”—Shi-­‐Shi,  Boo-­‐Yaow!      There  was  a  li>le  boy  who  had  deformed  legs  and  was  shirtless  and  dirty   and  kept  bugging  us  for  money.    It  was  so  sad  to  see  him;  he  must  have  been  6  or  7.    He  was  touching   some  of  my  classmates  in  very  inappropriate  ways  and  basically  solici'ng  himself  to  our  group.    It  was   heart  breaking  because  as  a  parent  I  saw  my  li>le  boy  in  this  child’s  eyes.    You  watch  sexploita'on  in  the   news  all  the  'me,  but  when  it  is  this”  in-­‐your-­‐face”  it  really  is  impacqul.    He  was  being  monitored  by  an   adult,  most  likely  pocke'ng  his  money.    Andre,  who  has  traveled  to  India  told  us  that  it  is  more  than  likely   that  that  li>le  boy  was  not  born  with  broken,  deformed  legs,  rather  it  was  done  to  him  inten'onally  to   gain  sympathy  and  make  more  money.    Needless  to  say,  I  cried  privately  in  my  room.     We  also  met  with  Alumni  at  the  hotel,  it  was  interes'ng  interac'ng  with  these  Chinese  na'onals  who   have  studied  or  will  study  at  UC  Riverside.    The  hotel  is  amazing,  very  elegant  and  beau'ful,  we  are  very   comfortable.   !

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Monday, July 11th – Shanghai 8:45 AM We  are  currently  in  the  G7002  fast  speed  train  to   Nanjing.    The  speed  tops  off  at  305  KPH;  we  had  our   consumer  report  yesterday.    I  was  in  the   group  with  the  two  doctors  in  our   class.    We  were  sent  to  a  very  nice   hospital  in  Shanghai.    It  was  more   than  what  I  expected—very   organized,  clean,  sanitary,  and  high   tech.    It  was  a  government  hospital,   so  I  was  really  surprised.    Private   hospitals  are  not  as  nice,  which  is  the  opposite  in  the   States.    You  must  have  insurance  in  China;  the   government  will  not  provide  you  with  any  healthcare.    If   you  are  poor  and  uninsured  you  will  not  be  able  to   receive  treatment.    We  were  fortunate  to  run  into  an   English  speaking  engineer  who  was  a  recent  father  of  a   li>le  girl,  he  was  there  to  make  a  payment  for  the   charges  associated  with  his  child’s  birth.    His  wife  had  a   C-­‐sec'on  birth.    As  it  turns  out,  most  births  in  China  are   C-­‐sec'ons,  where  the  doctors  'e  the  tubes  to  stay  on   top  of  the  one  child  per  family  policy.      There  is  a  VIP   floor  for  the  more  affluent  and  for  party  members.     I’m  feeling  a  li>le  sick,  sore  throat,  sniffles.    As  we  sit  in   the  train,  the  nuclear  plants  are  very  no'ceable  and  all   the  people  living  around  it  make  you  wonder  how  safe   and  healthy  they  are.

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11:45 AM We  just  got  finished  touring  HoHai  University  in   Nanjing.    Very  nice  campus,  they  are  not  behind  in  their   technology.    The  classrooms  siLng  is  oval  round  shape,   giving  almost  all  the  students  equal  distance  from  the   professor.    We  were  warmly  welcomed  when  we   arrived,  and  while  our  faculty  met  with  HoHai’s  faculty   our  group  met  with  the  MBA  students  there.    We  had  a   difficult  'me  communica'ng,  but  it  was  very  clear  that   our  programs  were  similar  in  structure,  but  their   instruc'on  is  all  theory  based  and  very  li>le  to  no   experience  is  shared  by  the  professors  to  the  students,   because  the  professors  do  not  have  the  experience.     They  envied  our  instructors,  who  themselves  have  years   in  the  “real  world”  and  share  their  wealth  of  knowledge   in  how  things  “really”  work  with  us.    They  invited  us  to   have  lunch  near  a  Confucius  temple. 7


Monday July 11th – Nanjing 4:23 PM We  are  on  our  way  back  to  Shanghai.    We  are  leaving  Nanjing  on  the  fast  speed  train.    Lunch  with  the   HoHai  students  was  fantas'c.    We  had  six  different  soups,  and  countless  dishes.    There  was  a  turtle   plate,  fish,  meat,  shrimp,  vegetables,  rice,  and  a  hard-­‐boiled  egg  with  a  baby  chick  inside  of  it.    This  was   taboo  for  our  group.    Bre>,  my  roommate  was  the  only  one  in  our  group  that  tried  it  (my  guess  is  that  he   was  trying  to  impress  one  of  the  HoHai  students  siLng  next  to  him),  I  was  told  the  Dean  also  tried  it.     There  were  also  dumplings.    This  was  feast  that  was  not  typical,   only  in  special  occasions.        It  rained  on  us;  the  Dean  of  the   business  school  of  HoHai  University  bought  us  all  umbrellas.    We   took  a  li>le  bus  to  tour  old  Nanjing.    Jane,  an  American  student   from  Virginia  tagged  along  with  us,  which  was  fantas'c  because   she  was  able  to  translate  for  us.    She  is  half  Chinese  and  half   German,  so  she  was  a  lot  of  help.    There  is  a  rich  history  to   Nanjing,  from  being  the  na'on’s  capital  under  a  dynasty  all  the   way  to  its  horrific  plight  during  World  War  II,  commonly  known  as   the  “rape  of  Nanjing”.     Jane  was  really  helpful,  she  told  how  you  really  don’t  see  the  government,  but  their  presence  is  there.     The  walls  of  Nanjing  are  amazing,  a  miniature  Great  Wall,  with  halls  and  courtyards.    Our  tour  guide  at   the  Nanjing  wall  was  not  useful  at  all,  her  English  was  horrible!    I  spoke  with  Jane  at  length  regarding  the   nose  picking,  and  spiLng  and  she  told  me  of  that  it  was  very  common  because  Confucius  teaching   promoted  benevolence  and  considera'on  for  others.    During  the  communist  take-­‐over,  the  party   wanted  to  get  away  from  anything  in  China  that  was  “old”  and  thus  propagated  things  that  were   considered  rude  or  distasteful  to  be  the  norm.    This  includes  urina'ng  outside,  spiLng,  hacking  up  of   mucus,  nose  picking  and  flatulence  in  public.    This  was  really  interes'ng  to  me.   !

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Tuesday, July 12th – Shanghai/Suzhou 9:25 AM On  the  bus  to  the  American  Chamber  of  Commerce  and  aeer  that  we  are  going   to  Stryker  Medical  Manufacturing  Company.    Last  night  Bre>  and  I  went  out  to  get  medica'on  for  our  cold.  We  had  a  good   western  dinner  back  at  the  hotel  with  the  group  and  we  had  a  special  speaker,   Brian  Sun.      I  had  a  very  pleasant  conversa'on  with  this  gentleman.    He   reinforced  what  Jane,  our  tour  guide,  had  told  me  about  why  people  are  the  way   they  are  in  China. 9:00 PM The  American  Chamber  of  Commerce  was  a  great  visit.    We  were  given  a  lot  of   informa'on  about  the  proper  ways  of  having  an  American  business  or  a  foreigner   doing  business  in  China,  what  to  look  out  for,  and  to  definitely  come  with  a  plan   and  an  exit  plan  if  you  are  going  to  do  business  China.     It  is  difficult,  complicated  and  one  should  be  ready  to   lose  money,  but  the  payoff  can  be  very  big. In  the  aeernoon  we  traveled  to  Suzhou,  we  went  to   visit  Stryker  a  medical  manufacturing  firm.    It  was  a   very  interes'ng  visit.    We  met  with  the  Vice   President  of  the  facility,  who  happened  to  be   Colombian  (like  myself).    I  made  good  contact  with   him.    He  gave  us  a  lot  of  informa'on  about  his   company,  very  op'mis'c  about  opera'ng  in  China,  but  very  careful  about   introducing  IP  in  China.    Tito  Or'z  is  his  name,  a  very  charming  and  interes'ng   man.     The  machinery  in  the  factory  was  beyond  my  understanding,  but  I  am  glad  my   roommate,  who  is  an  engineer,  was  able  to  explain  the  func'ons  of  the   machines.    We  took  a  canal  boat  ride  in  what  was  described  to  us  as  the  Venice   of  China—which  the  descrip'on  was  a  bit  of  a  stretch.    I  myself  have  never  been   to  Venice,  but  do  not  imagine  it  to  be  the  way  it  was  in  Suzhou.    The  water  was   not  just  dirty,  it  was  filthy!    People  wash  their  clothes,  cooking  utensils,  bathe   themselves  and  their  pets  and  I  have  no  doubt  that  they  cook  with  the  same   water.    We  were  cau'ous  not  to  get  splashed  on  by  any  waves.    Because  the   homes  along  the  canal  are  subsidized  by  the  government,  the  houses  are  not  well   kept,  people  do  not  invest  anything  for  the  upkeep  of  their  home,  and  therefore,   it  is  not  a  very  pleasant  canal  ride.     The  restaurant  we  ate  at  in  Suzhou  was  probably  the  worst  out  of  our  whole  trip   thus  far.    The  server  picked  his  nose,  spit  on  the  floor  and  popped  a  zit  in  the   mirror  covering  the  walls  of  the  restaurant.    Then  brought  out  our  food  (without   washing  his  hands),  some  of  my  classmates  were  not  happy  at  the  fact  that  I   pointed  that  out.    I  suppose  ignorance  is  bliss.     We  met  with  the  tailor  that  evening,  took  our  measurements  for  the  suits.    I’m   looking  forward  to  wearing  it  on  our  last  night  in  Shanghai. !

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Wednesday, July 13th – Shanghai 11:30 AM We  went  to  Asian  Pacific  Proper'es.    This  company  focuses  on  helping  expatriates  find  a  suitable  home,   comparable  to  western  standards  and  providing  the  ameni'es  required  for  success  in  China  (like  a  driver,  for   example).    Their  main  focus  is  not  the  worker,  but  the  family,  making  sure  that  the  wife  and  kids  are  taken  care   of.    They  have  a  lot  of  informa'on  on  schools,  and  other  ac'vi'es  for  those  accompanying  the  traveling   execu've.    They  have  Chinese  emersion  schools,  English  only,  or  a  mixture  of  the  two. 10:30 PM Our  first  stop  of  the  hunt  was  at  the  Confucius  temple  in  Shanghai,  we  met  with  our  tour   guide  Anita  who  was  our  tour  guide.    She  was  really  nice  and  gave  us  a  lot  of  informa'on   regarding  the  Confucius  temple.    My  partner  and  I  actually  took  the  'me  to  learn  as  much   as  possible  from  the  experience.    We  learned  that  Anita  herself  is  a  student  of  Confucius,   which  explains  why  she  was  so  pleasant  to  be  around.    We  gathered  all  the  informa'on   required  for  our  assignment  and  took  some  'me  to  find  peace  in  the  courtyard  of  the  temple  which  had  a  big   pond  with  Koi  fish.    Our  second  stop  was  the  Communist  Museum,  which  was  a  tribute  to  Mao  and  the  others   involved  in  the  revolu'on.    Even  aeer  so  many  people  died  and  suffered  under  the  hands  of  Mao,  the  people  s'll   idolize  him  and  have  not  forgo>en  about  him.  In  most  countries,  aeer  the  tyrant  dies  the  people  take  out  their   frustra'ons  on  monuments,  statues  and  anything  bearing  the  name  or  likeness  of  the  dead  dictator.  Our  third  and  last  stop  was  the  Old  Shanghai  Tea  House,  which  was  fantas'c!    The  tea  was  really  good  and  the   way  the  tea  was  served  was  extremely  charming.    My  partner  and  I  took  that  'me  to  relax,  reflect  on  our  stay  in   China  and  share  some  personal  ma>ers  with  each  other.    Needless  to  say,  I  am  glad  the  Tea  House  was  the  last   stop  for  us  prior  to  mee'ng  the  group  for  Dinner  at  a  local  restaurant.     Dinner  was  great,  another  feast.    We  took  the  bus  from  the  restaurant  to  the  Acroba'c  show  which  was   amazing!    I  was  impressed  by  the  acrobats,  who  seemed  to  be  very  young.    I  was  later  told  that  they  are   recruited  from  daycare  centers  and  schools  and  they  start  their  training  early  in  life.    At  one  point  we  were  at  the   edge  of  our  seats  because  the  two  acrobats  were  performing  a  “roman'c”  scene  on  long  cloth  without  any   safety  ropes  or  nets.    

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Thursday, July 14th – Shanghai 9:23 PM Today  we  took  a  trip  to  Lehman  Brown,  an  accoun'ng  firm.    This  visit  was  meant   for  Rafaela  (the  CPA  of  our  cohort)  and  maybe  Dr.  Savich,  who  has  made  it  his   life’s  work.    The  Chinese  do  not  focus  on  exact  numbers  and  they  keep  several   books  (internal,  the  book  that  they  share  with  the  public  and  possibly  a  book  they   share  with  the  government).    The  numbers  do  not   necessarily  need  to  add  up,  but  the  numbers   must  show  where  the  company  is  heading.    The   speaker  was  very  well  informed  and  apparently   had  given  the  talk  to  cohort  I  when  they  came   for  their  visit.    In  the  last  year  he  had  been   promoted.    Aeer  Lehman  Brown,  we  went  down  to  Ace  Interna'onal  and  met   with  a  manager  there  who  gave  a  very  good  PowerPoint  presenta'on.    He  joked   about  having  an  Ace  center  in  Libya,  but  was  not  sure  if  it  was  s'll  standing.    

Friday July 15th – Shanghai 9:00 PM Today  we  went  to  Beyondsoe,  an  IT  firm  doing  business  with  Microsoe.    Wendy,   the  manager  who  gave  us  the  presenta'on  (siLng  with  her  entourage)  was  very   op'mis'c,  almost  gi>y,  about  IP  protec'on  in  China.    She  stated  that  there  was   no  problem  with  protec'ng  IP  and  even  encouraged  us  to  think  about  bringing  IP   to  China.    They  were  very  cordial  with  us,  having  gies  for  everyone  (very  nice   porcelain  pens).  They  showed  us  their  recrea'on  room  for  their  staff.    They  had   pool  tables,  video  games,  foosball,  and  plenty  of  space  to  relax.    Aeer  our  visit   with  Beyondsoe,  Our  professors  pointed  out  that  one  member  of  Wendy’s   entourage  was  not  saying  much  and  taking  plenty  of  notes,  ac'ng  like  a  party   member  of  the  firm,  which  would  explain  Wendy’s  gi>yness  when  it  came  to   talking  about  IP  protec'on.    All  the  cases  we  have  read  and  all  the  places  we  have   visited  have  told  us  otherwise.    Knowing  the  truth  about  the  safety  about  IP  in   China,  it  must  make  Microsoe  very  worried  to  hand  over  the  codes  and  all   proprietary  informa'on  to  Beyondsoe,  knowing  that  their  informa'on  could   easily  be  stolen  and  used  elsewhere  for  the  benefit  of  someone  else.     Our  final  visit  was  to  Brian  Cave,  LLP,  a  law  firm  doing  business  in  China.    Most  of   the  informa'on  for  our  presenta'on  on  Human  Resources  in  China  came  from  the   Brian  Cave  presenta'on.    They  were  very  good  to  tell  us  how  hard  it  is  to  fire   someone  in  China.    I  work  for  the  County  of  San  Bernardino  and  it  is  very  difficult   to  get  rid  of  someone,  but  China  is  maybe  three  'mes  harder.    Contracts  are   encouraged,  but  ul'mately  there  is  the  chance  of  geLng  “lost  in  transla'on”   when  dealing  with  a  mixed  staff.    Doing  business  in  China  is  extremely  difficult  and   complicated  just  to  get  off  the  floor,  then  you  have  to  deal  with  trying  to  hire  the   right  talent  and  leLng  go  of  the  wrong  talent,  if  possible.     !

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Saturday, July 16th – Shanghai 1:00 PM We  had  our  last  consumer  report  today.    Our  group  (E'enne,  Gregg  and  I)  was  sent  to  the  back  alley   market.    We  saw  all  types  of  food,  cooked,  raw  and  in  most  cases,  s'll  alive!    Chickens  are  fresh—s'll   alive  un'l  you  buy  them.    They  pluck  the  chicken  or  duck  for  you  so  that  you  can  cook  it  for  dinner  that   evening.    There  was  a  man  selling  the  biggest  cucumber  I  have  ever   seen  in  my  life!     Frogs,  fish,  snakes,  birds,  pigs—just  about  anything  you  can  think  of   they  sold  there!    We  did  not  buy  anything,  but  were  amazed  at  what   we  were  seeing  and  experiencing.    The  alleyway  was  crowded  with   people,  shoppers  and  shopkeepers.    Motorcycles  and  bikes  made  their   way  into  this  crowded  alleyway.    Definitely,  the  Chinese  pallet  is  one   that  requires  lots  of  different  tastes  and  textures. 11:00 PM We  had  dinner  at  the  Kathleen’s  5,  a  very  charming  and  elegant   restaurant  overlooking  Shanghai.    When  darkness  fell  upon  us  the  lights  were  definitely  a  site  to  see.     Dinner  was  very  tasty  and  the  wine  was  superb.      That  evening  we  found  out  that  my  classmate  Imil   Desphy  had  been  approved  for  a  trademark  on  his  paints.    We  cheered  for  him  and  congratulated  him.     The  evening  was  very  pleasant  and  relaxed  and  I  was  wearing  my  tailored  suit  that  fit  perfectly.    It  was  a   good  way  to  say  goodbye  to  Shanghai  and  for  some  of  us,  China  altogether.    This  was  an  amazing  trip,   one  that  I  am  blessed  to  have  partaken  in  with  such  talented  classmates  and  experienced  faculty.    Thank   you  UCR,  Dr.  Gregg,  Dr.  Savich,  Dr.  Stewart,  Beijing,  Shanghai,  Suzhou,  Nanjing  and  the  en're  staff  at  the   Langham.    This  will  be  a  trip  I  will  never  forget! !

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China Journal 2011