Born Wah Kong Chan（陈华江）in Guangzhou (Canton), China in 1949, James Chan grew up in Hong Kong and came to America in 1971. Dr. James Chan began his professional life as assistant professor of geography at Boston University in 1977. From 1978 through February 1980, he was associate professor of geography at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Cortland. The opening of China to trade with the West in 1979 presented James Chan with an opportunity that he promptly embraced. In 1981, he left academic teaching to take up a position as China Area Manager and, one year later, International Promotion Manager, of Academic Press, Inc., a subsidiary of the Fortune 500 publishing company, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (HBJ). In 1983, James Chan founded his independent consulting practice. He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1987. In 2000, he published his book, Spare Room Tycoon. He lives and works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
James Chan, Ph.D. President Asia Marketing and Management (AMM) 2014 Naudain Street Philadelphia, PA 19146-1317 USA
At the Zhujiajiao Temple west of Shanghai (about one hour by car), a Chinese classical "moon door" invites a visitor to go left or right. The Chinese character, "yuan," on the wall of the temple conveys pre-destination, serendipity, and chance in human relationships.
Chinese people will say that they have "yuan fen" 【缘份】(a connection by Providence) with you if they are truly delighted in your company. That will be the first step toward a good relationship.
James Chan, Ph.D., President Asia Marketing and Management (AMM) 2014 Naudain Street