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   The Magazine / April-May issue

Innovation in Emerging Markets
Innovation was labeled by many as the cure for the global economic crisis. It has also been said that those countries that embrace “innovation economics” and the emerging “global innovation model” will be those who prosper the most. These themes, while sounding “new”, are words that have been echoed over the decades in the context of their time.

Green comes in many colors
Earth Protex opened for business in early 2009. We are a wholly owned China division of an American ecological textiles company founded in 1994. Earth Protex designs, develops, manufactures, and markets fabrics for apparel, footwear, accessories (like hats, and bags), and home textiles.

Why Swish?
Change is as normal as breathing in Dalian. The city is in a constant state of self-improvement, which is perhaps why when a favorite restaurant closes or an inexpensive electronic store disappears, locals generally shrug their shoulders and move on. Very rarely does anyone ever admit to being surprised.

The Cheesy topic
Did you ever notice that Expats frequently talk about food? And it’s often about favorite foods or favorite restaurants here in China or the foods they miss from "home". And one of the most dearly missed items is cheese.

The Year of Tiger
All Chinese people value the opportunity of gathering together with family members during the Spring Festival—the most important festival of the whole year. According to the Chinese Zodiac, the Year of 2010 is the Year of a Golden Tiger, which begins on February 14, 2010 and ends on March 2, 2011.

Men of Steel - Winter Golf in Dalian
The Chinese have reached out to grab items of Western culture—mobile phones, pizza and coffee to name a few. But in their other hand the Chinese have not loosened the grip on their own unique culture, including a host of superstitions and taboos. Chinese are among THE most superstitious folks in the world, although many won’t readily admit it.