Helen Wang

free book with registration

FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2011

Hosted at
Cisco Systems, Inc.
San Jose, CA

8:15am to 12:30pm

 TLG Members: $0
 $99 - 1st 10 seats
$150 - regular

Includes: breakfast and session materials, plus
Helen's book

to this event

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One World One Dream

The American Dream

I Have a Dream...

The Chinese Dream 

Helen Wang

The Chinese Dream:
The Rise of the World's Largest
Middle Class

with Helen Wang (view bio)
Forbes columnist, consultant, expert on China’s middle class, and Author of The Chinese Dream

In 1989, Helen Wang came to the United States to pursue graduate studies. Like thousands of Chinese students, she says she was coming to America not merely for a chance at academic advancement. It was a way to seek a better future in this “land of opportunity” and “country of freedom.” Today, these phrases sound more like clichés to her. But for those who had not known the meanings of words like “opportunity” or “freedom,” America was a place for the impossible, and a romantic version of what the world was not.

The Chinese DreamAfter finishing her masters at Stanford University, she joined a think tank where she consulted for Fortune 500 companies including Apple Computer, Oracle, and Bank of America. Then she became an entrepreneur in Silicon Valley start-ups, riding the high and low tides of the Internet boom.

In 2004, she returned to Stanford University as an industrial fellow to work on projects that use technology to help underserved communities. After working in start-ups in Silicon Valley for ten years, she wanted to do something she cared dearly about and use her skills for the greater good. She was interested in addressing social problems and finding innovative solutions that could help transform the system and allow society to take new leaps.

The project she developed, e-Mobilizer, was to help microentrepreneurs, mostly women, to access the Internet marketplace using their mobile phones. She worked with energetic students, professors, and technologists to develop a prototype. During this period, she traveled back and forth to China extensively to do field work.

Each time she went back to China, she saw amazing changes. Its cities were bigger, and its skylines were more impressive; more things were happening there than in any other part of the world. At the same time, she found an increasing fear of China’s spectacular growth in the West. She thought that while some fears might be legitimate,  most were unrealistic or due to misunderstanding or mistrust. She understood that there was a big gap in understanding between China and the West.

As a Chinese native and an American citizen, she felt compelled to bridge the gap. Helen believes that the world’s stability and prosperity will depend on how well China and the West understand each other, trust each other, and learn from each other.

In writing The Chinese Dream, she interviewed over one hundred people in China and spoke to leading economists and China experts. Because she grew up in China, she has an insider’s view of the cultural and social background of current events there. She has also lived in the United States for twenty years. So she also understands the perspectives of American readers and can easily identify some misconceptions people in the West have about China.

Helen's experience of straddling two cultures allows her to transcend some of her limitations and become richer and fuller as a bridge between two worlds. Today, she is not only proud of loving her countries (by birth or by adoption), she is also proud of loving the whole of humankind.

"Whether we are Chinese or American, in essence, we are all one human race, like the leaves of one tree and the waves of one sea. It is in my struggle to seek oneness within myself that I came to see that 'the earth is but one country and mankind its citizens.'”

Schedule for the session:
7:45-8:15 am: Check-in and breakfast
8:15 am-12:30 pm: Thought Leader Session
12:45 pm: Lunch (optional, $17)

including large circle and small group intervals: TLG design

All TLGs include a Continental Breakfast, session materials, session audio, write-ups, resources.

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