American job applicant on China TV show - 非你莫属 - Only You

There's a good article over on Sinosplice that I wanted to share.  John Pasden writes about a recent appearance of an American on the Chinese reality TV show 非你莫属 - Only You. Read the full post here - contains Chinese, English & some analysis / commentary.  Sinosplice: 

Thoughts on an American Job Applicant on Chinese TV

 

And watch the video embed of 非你莫属 - Only You below (from Youku)
What do you think?  Would you have gone on the show?

 

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Comment by Michael Chee on August 13, 2011 at 2:54pm
I just joined SMC.com and just want to voice my opinion. I read the transcript, watched the video, and even read the blog post. Although his mandarin was very good, he still lacked the basic requirements to back him up. I.e. A college degree. He skipped out of school in the US which is a huge upper hand for many foreigners and decided to go straight to China to study. He has motivation, but in the Q&A he said he wanted to do marketing work for a company that would appeal to foreigners. Although marketing is a very easy subject, you must at least have SOME sort of business knowledge that can back up your marketing skills. Just being able to speak both languages isn't going to land you a job.. even on a television show that is supposed to land you a job, You have to be prepared. Million's of chinese students study day and night, go through private tutoring, graduate secondary school and college with high grades. They deserve it more than Nathan does. I think the bosses thought just because of his skin color, he automatically deserved a job. One more thing that I thought was a killer for Nathan. He did not show good face. No bowing, no respectable speech, or even at the end when he decided to not take the offers, you still have to act like you care.. don't just quickly knock it off. It's a dog eat dog world in China. You have to be the best and act like the best to impress others.
Comment by Gillian Law on August 8, 2011 at 10:45pm

I read John's blog post the other day and was talking about it to my partner, as part of a conversation about China telling the US to sort out its monetary system.

I'd be really interested to hear from other westerners in China - do you sense a shift in attitude, less of a tendency to cut you slack?

I think westerners have got used to a world where pretty much everywhere we go we are treated more positively than not. It'll be interesting to see how that changes over time.

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