The journey began with a series of questions we found ourselves unable to answer: Why do so many people seem to know so little about China? What is it about China that continues to intrigue and capture our imaginations? And with all that’s been written and said about it, why is China still so misperceived and misunderstood? These sparks of curiosity were the genesis of the China Simplified project.
China Simplified is a collaboration to explore and demystify the country and its people for the rest of the world. By shifting our collective attention beyond the 1% hot-button issues in the mass media to the other 99% relevant conversations about language, history, business and more, we hope to raise Chinese cultural awareness and increase mutual understanding worldwide.
“It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease.
Hack away at the inessentials.”
− Bruce Lee 李小龙
Behind The Scenes
Stewart Lee Beck
Stew has conducted business in China since the early 1990s and finds its people and culture endlessly fascinating.
Zhumin is a producer with Grassroots Productions who enjoys sharing the many compelling tales of Chinese history and culture.
Kanzhen is an elder twin and veteran graphic designer with a talent for simplifying the complicated and complicating the simple.
Li Wei specializes in platform development and social media. She loves shoes and hates butterflies.
Jiayi is an acclaimed director with an affection for the diverse culinary flavors of his native Sichuan province.
Katie runs PITT Services, a translation and language training company, teaching hundreds of foreigners to speak Mandarin.
What China Insiders Are Saying
“China Simplified does an excellent job demystifying what can often feel like an impenetrable place.”
Dan WashburnChief Content Officer, Asia Society
“I love China Simplified. What I would have given for this no-nonsense, elegantly simple advice on China when I was there.”
Louise ArdaghGeneral Manager Business Development Retail at Bankwest
“China Simplified takes seemingly intimidating and incomprehensible pieces of Chinese culture and makes them easy and fun.”
Joe Tatelbaumformer Vice President Li & Fung, China resident since 1982
“China Simplified is by no means a dumbing-down of China, it is a delightfully insightful speeding up of a topic everyone should know something about.”
Andrew BallenCEO/Founder at AVD Digital Media
“China Simplified is funny, informative and provides insights on a diverse range of topics on the Chinese language, history, culture and much more!”
Ashley NgManager, Asia strategy, Brisbane Marketing
“China Simplified makes people feel like an Old China Hand in a flash!”
Rudi MessnerCEO, Cedar Essentials
Have a China question for us? Want to share something fun? Looking to collaborate?