“You have to find your passion” said Mr Matt Huang, when queried on what would be a key ingredient for young Singaporeans looking to thrive in a vast and rapidly evolving business climate of China during his dialogue session with 20 Business China Youth Chapter (BCYC) members on 22 September.
Mr Matt Huang, co-author of Young China Hand, is a Stanford-educated investment professional who has gained and written about his first-hand experience of navigating the ambiguity and intricacies of China’s investment landscape in the mid-2000s. During his time working for a Western private equity fund in Beijing, Matt also witnessed a deep cultural clash between his then-employers and Chinese partners. Young China Hand, published in 2016, received wide press coverage and has given many aspiring young Singaporeans, including BCYC members, much food for thought.
At the dialogue session, Matt recounted the personalities in his book and shared his broad views on the current business trends of China, and they might impact Singapore and Singaporeans. He also gave advice to BCYC members aspiring to be the next “Young China Hands” by encouraging them to remain versatile, stay true to themselves and most importantly, use their hearts as a compass to find their feet in China.
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