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My name is 陈(Chén)立(Lì)文(Wén); My English Name is David Chen. I was originally born in a mountainous and poor rural village in 武(Wǔ)威(Wēi) of 甘(gān)肃(sù) province in western China.
My birth coincided with the starting of the Cultural Revolution. I still have the memories of the slogans such as “千(qiān)万(wàn)不(bú)要(yào)忘(wàng)记(jì)阶(jiē)级(jí)斗(dòu)争(zhēng)“- Never forget class struggle” hanging everywhere on the public walls; I also have memories of when there was not enough food and I was hungry; when my grandfather was beaten and tortured to death and grandmother was criticized, denounced and insulted at public meetings because she was categorized as the “landlord class”. Every time I had to write a student application file I was required to write down my family class, and when I did so I felt ashamed to write “landlord class”.
I clearly remember the end of the Cultural Revolution as well as 邓(Dèng)小(Xiǎo)平(Píng)’s initiating policy of reform and opening to the outside world. Throughout my primary school through college, I was able to witness the pros and cons of Chinese reform through the restoration of college entrance for example as a metaphor of China’s opening to the outside world.
After university in 西(Xī)安(An)， I worked for a provincial government office and a state-owned large company in 甘(Gān)肃(Sù) province for 8 years; I then moved to Shanghai where I witnessed the 15 fold increase housing, the booming infrastructure and architecture, and also the huge gap between the rich and the poor. In Shanghai I worked for joint venture firms, foreign firms and private enterprises and also had managed a Mandarin language school since 2004 when I also started to work as a corporate trainer thereabouts.
In the last 9 years I have been teaching business individuals and companies about Chinese business culture and cross-cultural business skills, and mostly my clients are the business managers and executives from Fortune 500 companies and international organizations.
Now I work as a Cross-cultural Trainer, soft-skills trainer, Theoy of Constraint Management Consultant .And also I really like to convey positive energy by publishing books