Execs seek duty in China in hopes of boosting careers — Katherine Yung

From the Dallas Morning News via menafn.com (link):

Bobby Carter shows all the symptoms of China fever. Each week, he meets with a private tutor to learn Mandarin. On airplanes, he listens to language tapes. And in his spare time, he reads books about the Asian powerhouse and blogs written by expatriates living there. China “is really intriguing to me. I want to experience it,” said Carter, 44, UPS’ international sales and marketing manager for the Southwest region.

As China evolves into an increasingly important market for many U.S. companies, a growing number of Americans are eager to work there, despite potentially formidable obstacles of language and culture…Many companies award assignments in China to their rising stars…

According to a Cendant Mobility study conducted last year, people moving to China for business reasons are typically married men in their early 40s.

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