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Dec 27, 2020

Merry Christmas everyone! In this Christmas episode, we look back at all the major events that transpired in 2020 and how life in China has changed over the course of the year. Some takeaways include: China is becoming more closed, visa requirements and taxation are becoming more strict, everyday life is more or less the same otherwise. However, there are still plenty of opportunities to be had in China, and more importantly, life here is functioning as normal!

Show Notes:

  • Looking back on the past couple of years leading up to 2020, and how things have been changing for foreigners in China.
  • Visa requirements and job requirements have become much more strict - the “highschool dropout English teacher” days are well behind us, at least in the Tier 1 cities.
  • The fear and uncertainty surrounding Chinese New Year in 2020, when the coronavirus news first broke out.
  • Spending the entire month of February living in fear and almost never leaving the house.
  • How life in China gradually opened up again and was back to normal by summer.
  • The impact of COVID on business in China - tech, manufacturing and supply chain, etc.
  • The “PR campaigns” and finger pointing narratives during the COVID outbreak, between China and the West.
  • The bright side of 2020, and why China remains a land of opportunity and dynamism going into 2021.

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