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By I. Boncori

Specializes in the person studies of Western expatriates in China through merging educational wisdom and real-life testimonials given through interviewees. the writer also draws on her personal adventure of dwelling and dealing in China, to discover quite a number demanding situations and possibilities met by means of Western expatriates.

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Poor efficiency and weak performance of expatriates engaged in assignments in China can be related to a number of aspects: delayed productivity and start-up time, disruption of the relationship between the expatriate and host nationals, damage to the multinational company’s image, lost opportunities, and problematic repatriation resulting in high turnover rates. Bennet et al. (2000: 239) seem to point out the importance of understanding the details of the expatriate experience rather than its mere outcomes when claiming that ‘the causes of expatriate failure are more numerous than the indications of failure’.

2011: 366) recommend that ‘Australian and other western firms operating in PRC would be expected to give great attention to their EPM [Expatriate Performance Management] systems, due to the rapid change, uncertainty, information asymmetries, large cultural distance, and high cost of foreignness that are prevalent’. If approached at a macro level, or from a corporate viewpoint, the volatility of business trends, physical and cultural differences in business practices, changes in policies and technological advancements make it difficult to successfully analyse the everyday practice of doing business in China.

By the time I turned 18, and after two short study trips to Beijing in the late 1990s, the conditions in China were changing. I decided to challenge parental recommendations and embark on a BA (Hons) in oriental languages and cultures, majoring in Chinese language and philology. I loved the course, but realized very quickly that graduation day was going to be only the beginning rather than the end of my Chinese journey. I prepared to move to Shanghai after winning a scholarship in 2002 to conduct postgraduate studies (and to run away from a fairly miserable failed relationship that I could not seem to shake off): China was becoming a global economic power; people had started talking about it; there was news on the TV covering a mysterious country that suddenly people were slightly frightened of.

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