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Bali Bungkus: Overcoming E-Commerce Barriers – Beginner 101 Hacks to Learn Chinese Characters

June 30, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm UTC+8

The Chinese e-commerce market is expected to reach USD 1.1 trillion by 2020, and presents big opportunities for retailers, brands, mobile content providers, and online business owners. Many e-commerce business owners and retailers worldwide also rely on Chinese manufacturers and suppliers to source products elsewhere. Nevertheless, oftentimes language barriers can arise and break down business productivity. Paradoxically, the language system associated with the largest customer base and the largest number of native speakers is also perceived as the most cryptic.

This session is a linguistically-focused experimental workshop, covering a few beginner hacks at picking up the meaning of seemingly cryptic Chinese characters, with examples set primarily around e-commerce words. The goal is to eliminate a common physiological barrier around learning Chinese.

This talk is a spin-off from a previous Bali Bungkus hosted by Alastair Sanderson, on sourcing products and e-commerce. During Alastair’s talk, the language barrier with Chinese suppliers was discussed, and an example was even given about business owners being shown fake factories because they could not read Chinese. Hopefully, this spin-off talk will help lower the psychological barrier with learning elementary Chinese and serve as a starting point towards avoiding language-related pitfalls.

About the speaker
Jim is currently in Bali on a sabbatical to incubate experimental projects, write books, develop new skills, and network with creatives/entrepreneurs. Previously, he worked in commercial sales strategy and marketing in Brazil and U.S., briefly in strategic management consulting in China, and in technology consulting in U.S. Outside of professional and entrepreneurial pursuits, Jim is passionate about history and previously helped moderate an online historical forum. Linguistics history is one of his emerging interests.


June 30, 2016
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Hubud: Ubud coworking community space
+62 361978073


Hubud: Ubud coworking community space
Jalan Monkey Forest #88
Ubud, 80571 Indonesia

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