A friend of mine just turned me on to a British documentary that aired on Channel 4 back in May – Brits Get Rich In China.
For anyone contemplating exploring business opportunities in China, it should not be missed. An excellent primer, it shows exactly the amount of fortitude, patience and sheer luck you need to be successful here.
The film centers around three businessmen all looking to make their fortunes in the Middle Kingdom. The retired Territorial Army officer hocking his energy saving invention; the mild mannered cushion manufacturer praying just as hard for the concrete to dry at his factory as much as he is for scoring some big orders; and Vance.
With every word out of his mouth a four-letter one, Vance makes the film. He’s rough, tough and not afraid of anything – with the exception of a foot and a half of donkey penis. Meeting Vance on the street you’d be much more likely to assume he was some thug and not a major seller of kitchens and bathrooms.
If you’re not able to track down a copy at your local DVD shop, you can watch it in seven segments on YouTube.