If you ask a China watcher to name a Chinese company that mirrors its country’s meteoric economic growth, Alibaba would undoubtedly be on the very short list of the top contenders. In America Alibaba is known as China’s Amazon. In China it is a synonym for e-commerce platform, allowing millions of e-shops to operate in the largest internet marketplace on earth. Understanding Alibaba’s unlikely birth and bumpy journey to greatness will help us gain insight into a country in rapid transition.
Join us at 7 pm, Thursday, October 19 for “A Glimpse of Alibaba.” We will start the evening with a viewing of the documentary Crocodile in the Yangtze. This film was directed by Canadian Porter Erisman, a former VP of marketing for Alibaba. It is an intimate and candid story of Alibaba and its charismatic leader Jack Ma. Immediately, following the viewing of this film we will have an interview and Q & A session with Shen Yonggang and Yu Yifei, a husband-and-wife duo who own a successful business on Alibaba’s platform. We hope that the program will provide a unique opportunity for a close look at Alibaba and, through it, China.