American Expats: Take China Seriously, Educate U.S. Workers


Stacy Kwinn and Gregory Perez and Kris Konopka and Justin Denney — two American expat couples who are friends — got together the other day for dim sum and swapped stories about the software business in .

These are among the thousands of Americans living and working here. Their experiences have given them insights into what U.S. policymakers should do about this economic juggernaut.

Their advice: Teach more American kids the Chinese and higher-level math and science. Keep innovating. Take seriously China’s ambition to invent, not just manufacture. Help China improve consumer and conserve energy. Understand how cultural differences translate in the marketplace.

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