Yuan Opinions

Can you imagine 43 million pairs of socks a year, 5,000 an hour, some saying Dora the Explorer, being produced by one Chinese manufacturer? When you pay $2.99 for a pair of those socks at Wal-Mart, they probably cost that…

Dogs, Coach, and Cars

When you have extra income, what do you buy? In China, the more affluent consumer is buying dogs, Coach handbags, and cars. Banned in Beijing in 1983, only recently, the dog has returned as a new “best friend.” A stress…

China’s Market

Sort of like jumbo shrimp and a working vacation, we could say that an authoritarian market is an oxymoron.The chief economist of the World Bank, Justin Yifu Lin, would disagree. As described in a recent New Yorker Magazine profile, Dr.…

More Than Chicken Feet

Chicken feet are back in the news. But the story is about much more. A delicacy in China, chicken feet are a perfect U.S. export. Except for animal feed, there is little demand for them in the U.S. By contrast,…

The World’s Biggest Economies

The Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping said, “It doesn’t matter what color a cat is as long as it catches mice.” Explained in the Teaching Company’s “Why Economies Rise or Fall,” Deng cared about results more than economic ideology as he…

A Little Sunshine at General Motors

A question: How are a little Sunshine and the U.S. taxpayer similar? The answer: Both are helping General Motors grow. The Wuling Sunshine is the most popular car in China. Manufactured by General Motors with 2 Chinese partners, it is…

Son Preference

If there are 122 men for every 100 women, how do you find a wife? According to a Columbia University professor, in China, you save. Economists have been asking why Chinese households save so much–30% as compared to a current…

China’s Wages

Because I am still reading Peter Hessler’s Country Driving A Journey Through China, I related a recent NY Times article to his wonderful descriptions of an expanding transportation infrastructure, villagers migrating to cities, and more affluence. Saying that textile jobs were shifting…

China’s Drivers

Peter Hessler’s Country Driving A Journey Through China From Farm To Factory takes the reader to China’s roads, villages, and factories. Having just completed the first half of the book, I wanted to share random fascinating facts that relate to their transportation…

Fiscal Insight

Picture this political cartoon: In some unknown ocean, a Chinese submarine confronts a U.S. navy vessel with the Chinese submarine captain saying, “Turn around or we sell all your T-bills.” The caption says, “Chinese sub threatens U.S. Navy.” As expressed…