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Live Online Debate
Is the China career dead?
At this event, speakers Zak Dychtwald and Huiyi Lin will debate whether China expertise alone is enough to give you a career, or is it just one part of the skill set you need for professional success.
In the past, if you were smart enough to learn about China and have a decent grasp of the language you would easily become an invaluable asset to whatever company, government, or organization that needed to interact with the Middle Kingdom. However, as China has become a more dominant player in the international arena and as more and more people have started to have a firm grasp of both China and its relationship with the world, the value of someone with “China skills” may not be as prominent as it once was. Or maybe that is not true and in all actuality, it is more valuable than ever.
Join us at this event as two prominent China experts go head to head in a lively debate over the value of being a “China Person”. After each round of debate, the audience will be able to vote on their position and whoever has the most votes at the end will win the debate. The debate will be followed by a brief discussion by the speakers and then some time for Q&A from the audience.
Huiyi Lin is founder of Asymmetrics Research and an award-winning artist. She impacts commercial and public policy strategies from multi-method data-driven insights and cross-disciplinary collaborations. She has a 15-year career across China and Singapore in private and public sectors. From a background in economics and public policy in Singapore, she moved to China in 2008 to gain a first-hand experience of China’s socio-economic development. She has been based in Beijing since, and has led two global market research groups' China custom research businesses, before starting her own research and consultancy practice. In the art sphere, she co-created The Poverty Line global art/economic project in 2010 and went on to develop other visual art projects about human development tipping points under the Chow and Lin artistic practice. Chow and Lin won the 2020 Berlin Falling Walls award (Science in the Arts) for their interdisciplinary approach, and will launch their book in July 2021. Their work is collected by the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Photography, China Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, and Thessaloniki Museum of Photography. Huiyi has spoken at the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, New York Parsons School of Design and NUS Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.
Zak Dychtwald is the founder of market insights firm Young China Group and author of critically acclaimed Young China: How the Restless Generation Will Change Their Country and the World. He works to understand the attitudes, motivators, and external factors impacting China’s youth – specifically how evolving identity drives global impact. Zak grew up in Northern California a lover of sports, people, adventure, and reading, especially science fiction. His curiosity about the future drew him to study abroad in China. A feeling of disconnect between his experiences in Mainland China compared with what was covered in media and news drove him to leave behind the job hunt in New York City and move to 2nd tier cities in Mainland China with no job, contacts, or plans aside from dive deep and learn the language. Nearly a decade later, Zak’s work has been featured in in Harvard Business Review Magazine, The Atlantic, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, BBC World, NPR and others. He has been invited to speak at summits and conferences on six continents, including Aspen Ideas Festival and the Wall Street Journal CEO Summit.
Kaiser Kuo is co-founder of the Sinica Podcast, the most popular English-language podcast on current affairs in China, which he hosts with Jeremy Goldkorn. The show has run since April 2010, and has published nearly 400 episodes. Until April 2016, Kaiser served as director of international communications for Baidu, China’s leading search engine. In 2016, Kaiser returned to the U.S. after a 20-year stint in Beijing, where his career spanned the gamut from music to journalism to technology. Kaiser also spent a year in Beijing from 1988 to 1989, when he co-founded the seminal Chinese heavy metal band Tang Dynasty as lead guitarist. He then served as editor-in-chief at ChinaNow.com, one of China’s first bilingual online magazines. He was China bureau chief for technology and business magazine Red Herring and worked as Director of Digital Strategy for Ogilvy & Mather in Beijing. In May 2016, he was honored by the Asia Society with a leadership award for “revolutionizing the way people live, consume, socially interact, and civically engage.” He speaks frequently on topics related to politics, international relations, and technology in China. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with his wife, two children, Goldendoodle “Potsticker,” and ever-expanding drum kit.