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Posted on: October 11, 2017

A Glimpse of Alibaba

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.

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