53 episodes

Millennials in China is a podcast hosted by two Millennial expats living in China, Chris and Hope. While Western developed nations appear to be stagnating in many ways, China has become a land of hustle and opportunity for young entrepreneurs wanting to try their luck. On this podcast we discuss all things related to living, working, and doing business in the Middle Kingdom.

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Millennials in China is a podcast hosted by two Millennial expats living in China, Chris and Hope. While Western developed nations appear to be stagnating in many ways, China has become a land of hustle and opportunity for young entrepreneurs wanting to try their luck. On this podcast we discuss all things related to living, working, and doing business in the Middle Kingdom.

    EP53: Tomb Sweeping Day Traditions in China

    EP53: Tomb Sweeping Day Traditions in China

    In this we do a deep dive on Qing Ming Jie, or “Tomb Sweeping Festival” as known in English, which has just passed at the start of April. We look into the origin and cultural significance of the festival and we discuss the manifold cultural practices involved with Qing Ming - Chinese people paying respect to ancestors by visiting their tombstones, bringing food and drink for the dead, as well as burning “spirit money” for the afterlife.
    Listen on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/millennials-in-china/id1503870294
    Listen on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0MwEJZnnZ2sNWje7wP0GaW?si=tWqgkgwoQCueTrEfeI3-6g
    Listen on Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cDovL21pbGxlbm5pYWxzaW5jaGluYS5jb20vcnNz
    Listen on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm6jqVbJ1SR_g9iTLFxyF1g
    Podcast Website: http://millennialsinchina.com
    Podcast Facebook: https://facebook.com/millennialsinchina
    Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/MillennialsCN
    Chris' Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChrisWood1821
    Hope's Twitter: https://twitter.com/hope_freiheit
    Hope’s Instagram: https://instagram.com/hope_freiheit

    • 27 min
    EP52: One Year of Millennials in China!

    EP52: One Year of Millennials in China!

    We have been podcasting for one entire year! We started this podcast in the aftermath of COVID lockdowns in China, and kept each other accountable and disciplined to release one episode per week for an entire year. Now, in this monumental Episode 52, we look back on some of the best moments that we selected from our episodes - hopefully you'll find them interesting or useful!

    • 43 min
    EP51: Helping European Businesses Enter China ft. Fabian Triebe

    EP51: Helping European Businesses Enter China ft. Fabian Triebe

    In this episode we interview Fabian Triebe, a business consultant at the Sino-European Technology and Innovation Center in Hangzhou and an organizer of Startup Grind China. Fabian shares his story of leaving a stable banking job in Germany to start his adventure in China, and what kind of exciting business initiatives he is undertaking with European technology startups for their China market entry.
    Show Notes:
    What drove Fabian to leave his professional career working at a major Swedish bank in Germany to move to China. How Fabian found his niche in Hangzhou’s entrepreneurship and startup scene. Fabian’s day-to-day job duties at the Sino-European Technology and Innovation Center, and what value he brings to his clients. What is Startup Grind China and how can people get involved. The biggest challenges and learning moments Fabian had from his time hustling in China. Two types of advice for new China entrants - one for young people just beginning their adventures, and one for seasoned overseas CEOs who might be looking at the Chinese market. Listen on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/millennials-in-china/id1503870294
    Listen on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0MwEJZnnZ2sNWje7wP0GaW?si=tWqgkgwoQCueTrEfeI3-6g
    Listen on Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cDovL21pbGxlbm5pYWxzaW5jaGluYS5jb20vcnNz
    Listen on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm6jqVbJ1SR_g9iTLFxyF1g
    Podcast Website: http://millennialsinchina.com
    Podcast Facebook: https://facebook.com/millennialsinchina
    Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/MillennialsCN
    Chris' Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChrisWood1821
    Hope's Twitter: https://twitter.com/hope_freiheit
    Hope’s Instagram: https://instagram.com/hope_freiheit
    Hope’s Blog: http://hopefreiheit.com
    Fabian Triebe on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/f-a-triebe/

    • 35 min
    EP50: Scaling Up a Startup Company with Pixelmatic

    EP50: Scaling Up a Startup Company with Pixelmatic

    On the eve of the alpha release of their video game, Infinite Fleet, Hope and Chris look back at the growth journey of Pixelmatic, the video game startup where they work. They review how the company went from a tiny studio of 10 people doing mostly outsourcing contracts to present day’s team of 40, distributed globally across 3 continents. They also look at the problems and challenges that came up as the team grew in size, and how they best dealt with them.
    Show Notes:
    Introduction and background of Pixelmatic and a brief history on the company’s business - from doing outsourcing contracts for bigger game titles to now designing its own massively multiplayer online (MMO) game. How Chris left his job managing multiple education centers to join Pixelmatic, and in turn getting a job in his dream industry - video games. The company’s small team and lean operations when Chris first joined - 10 people wearing different hats. Growing pains and challenges with personnel, finding new business, and project management. Growing from a team of 10 to a team of 40, and expanding to a remote-working international team. What it’s like working for a video game studio. Stepping up from being a service provider to creating the company’s own intellectual property - Infinite Fleet. The challenge and excitement of launching a multiplayer online game. Listen on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/millennials-in-china/id1503870294
    Listen on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0MwEJZnnZ2sNWje7wP0GaW?si=tWqgkgwoQCueTrEfeI3-6g
    Listen on Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cDovL21pbGxlbm5pYWxzaW5jaGluYS5jb20vcnNz
    Listen on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm6jqVbJ1SR_g9iTLFxyF1g
    Podcast Website: http://millennialsinchina.com
    Podcast Facebook: https://facebook.com/millennialsinchina
    Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/MillennialsCN
    Chris' Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChrisWood1821
    Hope's Twitter: https://twitter.com/hope_freiheit
    Hope’s Instagram: https://instagram.com/hope_freiheit
    Hope’s Blog: http://hopefreiheit.com
    Infinite Fleet game: https://infinitefleet.com

    • 35 min
    EP49: Expat Health Insurance in China ft. Sihao Kuo

    EP49: Expat Health Insurance in China ft. Sihao Kuo

    In this episode we talk about the highly practical topic of health insurance in China with Sihao Kuo, a health insurance consultant at Pacific Prime. Living abroad means being away from your home country’s comforts, taxes, and high standard healthcare system, so expats in China typically find their own means to secure health coverage. We dissect the ins and outs of health insurance coverage in China and why private health insurance is a popular choice among foreigners.
    Show Notes:
    Why should someone consider purchasing private health insurance coverage? What about the “standard” health insurance offered by your Chinese employer? Sihao explains what a health insurance consultant is and how he is different from a health insurer. Varying levels of coverage, and why the average health insurance is typically only limited to grave accidents. Standards of healthcare providers in China, and why most foreigners prefer private and international hospitals and clinics. What are deductibles? What is the difference between inpatient and outpatient? Typical price range of private health insurance plans. Sihao’s passion project in Shanghai, “Temporary Humans” - a community for obstacle course running (e.g. Spartan Race). Listen on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/millennials-in-china/id1503870294
    Listen on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0MwEJZnnZ2sNWje7wP0GaW?si=tWqgkgwoQCueTrEfeI3-6g
    Listen on Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cDovL21pbGxlbm5pYWxzaW5jaGluYS5jb20vcnNz
    Listen on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm6jqVbJ1SR_g9iTLFxyF1g
    Podcast Website: http://millennialsinchina.com
    Podcast Facebook: https://facebook.com/millennialsinchina
    Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/MillennialsCN
    Chris' Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChrisWood1821
    Hope's Twitter: https://twitter.com/hope_freiheit
    Hope’s Instagram: https://instagram.com/hope_freiheit
    Hope’s Blog: http://hopefreiheit.com
    Sihao Kuo on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sihaokuo/

    • 38 min
    EP48: Getting Out of Poverty and Growing Up Prior to China's Economic Boom

    EP48: Getting Out of Poverty and Growing Up Prior to China's Economic Boom

    Happy the Year of the Ox! In this episode we discuss the Spring Festival dinner table stories that came along - which led to us exploring the perspective of growing up in China prior to the country’s massive economic boom. Chris shares his wife and inlaws’ anecdotes on growing up in rural Sichuan and getting out of poverty, and how the life from that generation is almost unimaginable in today’s China.
    Show Notes:
    Chinese New Year dinner table chat - people love to talk about the past and how life was “when I was your age”. Stories from Chris’ wife and inlaws, growing up in complete poverty and grinding their way out of it. The age of the One Child Policy, and stories on how they managed to evade it. Sleeping on the side of train tracks and sleeping on hard floors. Working odd jobs and as migrant workers in East Coast cities, and finding the opportunity to create a life in the city. Hope’s memories of early childhood in a Chinese city - not starving but diet mostly consisted of poor nutrition. Throwback to the days of taking the “hard seat” green train and standing in the aisle for overnight journeys. China’s infrastructure improvement over the past two decades have been nothing short of a miracle. Listen on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/millennials-in-china/id1503870294
    Listen on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0MwEJZnnZ2sNWje7wP0GaW?si=tWqgkgwoQCueTrEfeI3-6g
    Listen on Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cDovL21pbGxlbm5pYWxzaW5jaGluYS5jb20vcnNz
    Listen on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm6jqVbJ1SR_g9iTLFxyF1g
    Podcast Website: http://millennialsinchina.com
    Podcast Facebook: https://facebook.com/millennialsinchina
    Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/MillennialsCN
    Chris' Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChrisWood1821
    Hope's Twitter: https://twitter.com/hope_freiheit
    Hope’s Instagram: https://instagram.com/hope_freiheit
    Hope’s Blog: http://hopefreiheit.com

    • 38 min

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