Chapter 40: Negotiating For My Life in China | Speaking of China

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  1. Chantal
    Chantal March 17, 2010 at 2:39 am | | Reply

    Hi Jocelyn
    Just discovered your blog. I’m writing a memoir about life abroad as well. Sounds like you’ve had some crazy experiences in China. I’ve had to negotiate for my right to be self-employed in Switzerland despite the fact that I am in my 30s and COULD have a child at any time…

  2. globalgal
    globalgal March 17, 2010 at 5:27 am | | Reply

    “You don’t represent China. The way you do business — without respect to your workers — is not consistent with Chinese values. Your way is not the Chinese way.”

    Awesome! I wish I could have this tape recorded so I can play it for a few of the immoral and corrupt managers in a certain Chinese workplace that I might have first hand experience with.
    I’m enjoying your blog – came here from a link on expat+HAREM. I’m sort of an accidental China expat but I’m loving the experience (except for those days when I don’t – but I felt the same love/hate in the USA, too!)

  3. Friend
    Friend March 17, 2010 at 10:54 am | | Reply

    I’m tempted to know more about Mr. CEO, like is he a local guy or from another place, (city, province, country, perhaps returning from overseas). Or how old is he?

    Based on what you posted, I sensed a lack of 人情味 when dealing with this matter. Sounds a bit too straight for Asia in general. Saving face can not compensate for that.

  4. globalgal
    globalgal March 18, 2010 at 2:22 am | | Reply

    You are certainly right about the local Chinese having to suffer worse circumstances. I see that at the workplace I mentioned. In my situation, as foreigners, we can complain and negotiate for better conditions, but our local staff often put up with delayed wages, poor housing, etc. They have been put in a position where they won’t complain out of fear, because they need the work. It pains me so much to see the corrupt managers getting away with this.

  5. Zictor
    Zictor March 18, 2010 at 3:06 am | | Reply

    I’m pretty damn sure Mr. CEO isn’t the only one, and that isn’t a Chinese monopoly. Assholes come from all countries and all walks of life.

  6. Mish
    Mish February 27, 2012 at 2:33 am | | Reply

    I know this is a pretty old entry, but wow, what a dick. Thank god you have the best husband ever to talk him down for you!

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