Parts I & II

(Both of these were originally posted to Facebook, but reposting here for those who have requested and to make it easier to come back to rather than scrolling across a timeline.)

Part I Reflection: On Class and Inequities

Possibly an unpopular opinion, but I don’t think we can talk about these kinds of violence inflicted on our BIPOC communities without talking about socioeconomic divisions. The people killed in Atlanta last night were all working class, the killer was also working class.

Racial hate is very real, and I’m thankful that there’s a growing awareness for communities…


By now, many of us are familiar with the story: last week, video footage showed a 91 year old Asian man, walking on the street in Oakland, CA, pushed to the ground violently by a younger black man. Two other assaults on Asian Americans followed in Chinatown, linked to the same suspect. These attacks, but especially the video footage and subsequent reward offered for information leading to arrest, drew national attention to the rise in hate crimes on the AAPI community since the start of the pandemic.

This event can be hard to talk about, in part because many in…


Blue skies do exist in Beijing! (Shot from Galaxy Soho)

In this article, I analyze and evaluate some of the strategies as well as the do’s and don’ts of breaking into the China market. Much of this below is again based on my academic research and the time I have spent conducting research and working between the states and China since 2015. In this period of time I have played various roles and put on different hats—as researcher and social scientist, other times as management and strategy consultant to startup founders and CEOs from both the states and China, and more recently, working and consulting in the crossborder investment sector.


Every day I see 100 different Chinas.”- Greg, a Canadian serial entrepreneur who has lived and worked in China over 25 years

I have been working with, meeting, and interviewing CEOs and investors from both China and the US for awhile now as a part of my PhD research, and have had the opportunity to work in both contexts. Most recently was a marketing/HR director for a fintech startup in Beijing that has now transitioned into a crypto hedge fund (glad to report they are doing well after a rough patch last year!), …

Grace Tien

Princeton trained sociologist, Fellow @Princeton @Brandeis, studying & writing on tech entrepreneurship, culture, religion, politics & structural inequality.

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