On this page you can find a listing of my works covering a variety of aspects of Chinese culture. It starts with my Ph.D dissertation detailing my online corporate Chinese language learning program and my guidebook to living in China. Then you can move on to explore multiple works about Chinese philosophy and religion as well as a paper on my studies in Blue Marble University’s The China Program.
Alternatively, a modern look at Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can be seen through a field study done on the sourcing of an herbal extract from manufacturers and suppliers within China as well as a language study on the benefits of recitation on the learning of Mandarin Chinese.
My Online Corporate Chinese Training Program
(This is an excerpt from the introduction of my dissertation only, if interested in reading the entire paper, contact me.)
Executive Chinese Language
Training your Team to Ride the Dragon
This report presents the corporate online Chinese language training program:
EXECUTIVE CHINESE LANGUAGE
A program precisely designed for corporate executives seeking proficiency in Mandarin Chinese.
It pinpoints training objectives specific to corporate learners and guides them to those objectives in two years or less.
I have studied, lived, started a family, taught and worked in China for 20 years. The last three years have culminated in extracting the most pertinent, effective and efficient resources, methods and content for learning corporate Chinese online.
Far and above the rest, no other online Chinese training program focuses on corporate training as exclusively, skillfully and efficiently as
EXECUTIVE CHINESE LANGUAGE
It’s training time, and the focus is Chinese for corporate China—a daunting task. It’s not the 5,000 years of history, the vast culture or complicated writing system—no, most daunting is how to get you and your team’s language skills from zero to proficiency with efficiency.
Options abound online, yet now the abundance is the complication. Which program to choose? Which one is best for corporate executive learners? Out of this virtual sea of resources, which ones are the best fit?
First off, let’s be clear about the primary corporate Chinese training objective:
The acquisition of language skills and cultural awareness to effectively communicate and efficiently undertake work processes with cross-cultural counterparts.
Specifically, acquisition of these language skills:
Writing and reading for translation and messaging via phone text, social networking and email
Speaking and listening for in-person, video and conference call conversation…
…all of which need to be supplemented with other language skills (mainly pronunciation and vocabulary) and cultural awareness (the general and the corporate) …
…that’s the objective.
Traditionally, technical language skill and a bit of cultural awareness were deemed adequate for the success of cross-cultural correspondence. Within the social and cultural diversity of the corporate world, effective use of language and culture is diminished if not accompanied by other skills and qualities—soft skills, like communication, and qualities like professionalism.
Soft skills and professionalism are what I call humanistic skills, and they are integral to corporate language training.
My program EXECUTIVE CHINESE LANGUAGE: TRAINING YOUR TEAM TO RIDE THE DRAGON trains technical language skills and cultural understanding while seamlessly enhancing humanistic skills. This technical-humanistic approach comprehensively prepares corporate executives for the diversity of cross-cultural correspondence with China.
This comprehensive approach bears extra training results as well. Technical skill can get corporate learners certified in internationally recognized Chinese proficiency. Humanistic skill provides the professional foundation for effective cross-cultural collaboration with any country, not just China. For professional training needs, that’s less stones, more birds.
Extra time is not needed either. EXECUTIVE CHINESE LANGUAGE is specially designed to be effective and efficient for busy full-on corporate execs and teams. Through TRAINING YOUR TEAM TO RIDE THE DRAGON, learners can reach corporate Chinese proficiency in two years or less.
This is possible in my program for two reasons:
1. A combined use of effective online resources & tried, tested and efficient learning methods.
2. A combined use of humanistic coursework & experienced coaching, that motivate and guide learners to proceed smoothly through the online adult learning process…
…and all organized into a structured curriculum tailor-designed for corporate executives.
Like young learners, adults face new subjects and skills with inexperience, unfamiliarity and confusion. Yet, that is all done amidst the constant flux of responsibilities and events of a full adult life! This presents unique challenges to the adult learning process and success of professional language training…challenges that can waste precious time, energy and money.
Thus, this program includes experienced coaching. Through coaching switchbacks up the mountain of learning are quickly cleared away, learning curves shortened and trial and error setbacks eliminated—while learner motivation and focus are maintained.
Executive Chinese Language: Training your Team to Ride the Dragon is a multi-faceted online Chinese language training program.
It trains general and corporate language skill proficiency and cultural understanding.
It does this expeditiously with online resources, efficient learning methods and coaching.
Yet it’s benefits liberally spill over…
into soft skill development,
into acquiring Chinese language proficiency certification,
into cross-cultural professionalism enhanced for China, and any country in the world…
Executive Chinese Language does more, effectively and efficiently.
If you are interested in reading the full dissertation and program contact me.
A Guide to Living in China
Dao. Virtue. Water—essences of China’s culture. Dao, the root and platform; Virtue, the human expression of Dao; Water, the natural flow of Dao and virtue throughout human life. Extracted from the author’s 16 years of living immersed in China, these notes from the “dragon’s back” are a memoir, introduction and guide to living in modern Chinese culture. Interwoven within is an introduction and guide to using Chinese philosophical principles for meeting the challenges of traveling to or living within the social, economic, environmental and political situations of modern China.
Part guidebook—you’ll be taken through the crowded masses and metropolises; stopped in your digital-tracks at the Great Firewall of China; aided in choosing a location to inhabit as well as in creating a network of cohorts; offered crystalized experience into learning Mandarin Chinese; introduced to indigenous cuisine and ancient medicinal arts as well as to many other parts of this limitless culture that enrich living on the dragon’s back.
Part philosophy—you’ll learn from the Daoists and Confucians how to spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and even dietarily, enhance the experience of China. Using this ancient wisdom that has stood the test of time, a holistic high-quality life can then be created, without years of trial and error that many who live abroad inevitably go through.
From the homebody to the world-traveler, from the corporate professional to the freelance artist, this guidebook clarifies a fundamental Chinese philosophical platform and methodology that can allow you to thrive in China, as well as wherever life may take you.
Click on the image above to read.
Expediting the Mastering of Chinese
A Study of Recitation for the Acquisition of Mandarin Chinese
Excerpts from the study:
It is of no coincidence that for thousands of years in East Asia’s religious and philosophical systems they have promoted and used recitation for the benefit of their learners and practitioners...
...For language learning in particular, and for beginners specifically, by at least learning a text’s pronunciation and then reciting it, an early leg up on improving language level can be attained quite early as pronunciation and fluency quickly approach authenticity. For more advanced learners who may be focusing more on a subject of study rather than solely on language, recitation of a related text is very valuable for refining language skills and grasping content meaning...
...Additionally, it is due to so much learning happening simply due to environment and being involved in that environment that recitation stands out again. The beneficial environment for learning it creates is internal as well as external.
...for an ever-growing list of reasons, and despite the brevity and incomplete nature of this study, I am gradually seeing recitation is an integral part of the process of language acquisition and content retention. Its power lies in its ease and simplicity which enhances its efficiency and helps it to expedite the mastering of language.
The China Program
Read here my Master’s Presentation about my studies with Blue Marble University’s The China Program BA/MS Chinese language degree program…
…and see my Chinese translation of the Master’s Presentation here.
In my first work, a paper entitled Confucianism: A Revival of Virtuous Virtuosity in Ancient and Modern China, the origins of Confucianism with an exploration of its history, principles and influence on ancient and modern China, can be found.
Through this paper, the reader can attain another level of understanding of Confucianism’s often overlooked mystical profundity. Simultaneously, more awareness will be developed around the technical craft and art of a devout Confucian, who consequently returns virtue back to its rightful place within virtuosity.
Find the paper for download and reading here:
My second piece is a media-loaded exploration of Daoism, titled:
Daoism’s Impact on the Philosophy, History and Imagination of China.
Alongside Confucianism, Daoism is the other philosophical system of thought and practice indigenous to China.
Via pictures and videos the reader can sample Daoism’s basic philosophical principles, important mystical figures, both mythical and real, and see how it has and is still impacting Chinese culture.
Find the paper for reading directly below:
In my third piece, Chinese Buddhism: Virtue-Practices and the Root of Magnificence, Buddhism, as it is studied, practiced and propagated in China, is explored.
Drawing from the originator of Buddhism 2,500 years ago, an influential modern Chinese Buddhist monk and the characteristically Chinese Buddhist sect–Hua Yan Buddhism, this paper is an exploration of the foundational principles and practices that lead to the flourishing magnificent fruits of Chinese Buddhist accomplishment.
Click here to download and read the paper:
Sourcing Herbal Extracts
This piece of work took a unique twist when the exploration of Traditional Chinese Medicine became an exercise and search for a domestic Chinese herbal extract manufacturer. The result of which was my fourth paper, a field study titled: Sourcing Herbal Extracts in China.
Find the paper here to read immediately:
This paper has also been published on the Sourcing Herbal Extracts in China website.