How Chinese View Columbus, Ohio

How Chinese View Columbus, Ohio

According to various sources there are roughly 20,000 Chinese residing in the Columbus region, up from about 16,000 four years ago. Residents have both seen and heard more Mandarin speakers walking the streets, shopping at area malls and eating in restaurants.  This simple observation creates an important, more complex question:  What do the Chinese think of Columbus? 

To better understand a key international population in Columbus and how they fit into the region’s efforts to market itself as a global gateway, my company Laonei Global surveyed a number of Mainland Chinese in the area. Results reveal how area organizations and businesses can better promote themselves, through messaging and programs, to attract Chinese interest and investment and in turn strengthen the local economy and Columbus’ overall global image.

Watching World Cup Can Improve Your Global Business Skills

Watching World Cup Can Improve Your Global Business Skills

It is clear these opinions stem from comparing America’s popular sports like American football, basketball and baseball to soccer.  True, many of our American heroes, both real and fictional, are derived from these homegrown sports, which shows what we value as a society.  It doesn’t matter whether or not you know what the difference between a striker and a fullback is but what others perceive as your response to soccer could say something about your mindset, personal character and global business skills.

The negative opinions on soccer above might reveal a bit of ethnocentrism and closed-mindedness, which is a major deal killer in global business.  Showing a bit of cultural appreciation and open-mindedness is a key factor in developing international relationships with your company staff, business partners and potential customers.