When ‘Sea Turtles’ Return- The Unexpected Challenges Facing Chinese Nationals
Returning to China
Future of Work
First 15-20 minutes is for networking Light breakfast included Hosted by the Human Capital Committee Enormous economic growth in China has drawn people from all around the world, but one group coming to China from overseas uniquely calls China 'home." Returning Chinese nationals are often referred to as haigui (sea turtles) who repatriate after living abroad and often bring with them desirable skills, world experience and cultural adaptability back to the Motherland. Though desirable to employers and often positive themselves about the return, these sea turtles often face acute challenges of integration, professional success and emotional adjustment upon return to their homeland.
These issues can be exacerbated by the failure to anticipate them. Through presentation and discussion attendees will hear the perspective of expert panelists and will participate in adding to the body of knowledge of this topic. The panel will explore the complexities involved in this unique form of repatriation, related reverse culture shock and the impact of the transition on third culture kids. The discussion will include the perception of 'otherness' among haigui, the challenges they face in developing relevant guanxi networks and will discuss the latent changes in this unique population and in modern China. The panel will conclude with a range of ways to approach and better handle these challenges, thus giving the participants an insight into this increasingly relevant market of the future.
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