Having lived and worked in different countries, I believe you can't truly understand a culture until you buy groceries there. It was this notion that served as the genesis for moving our entire Senior Leadership Team to China for a month.
There are two Chinas, one falling and one rising. At the Shanghai Zoo, both are on display. Pessimists will shake their heads at stultifying bureaucracy. Optimists are reassured by the unquantifiable, relentless energy of the people.
Even if you're not at home for the holidays, you can find peace in a home-away-from-home with something as simple as a text message or a phone call. If all else fails, click your heels three times and recite...
According to Marketplace's China correspondent, the country "Is home to the largest human migration the world has ever known, and its fate has become intertwined with the world's fate. The trick is to make sense of all this."