Views from the early days in Beijing
China doesn't ship all of the kitchen gadgets they make to America.
Asia doesn't always accommodate tall Americans.
It's December - the Forbidden City is NOT heated - why am I here?
Benjamin “BJ” Moyars is the owner of Moyars Consulting, LLC, an international firm that consults with U.S. business & government agencies to develop China trade & also specializes in Cultural Commentary & Training for law enforcement, plus retail, health, hospitality & language associations.
BJ earned a degree in Asian Studies from Purdue University in 2011 after taking 4 years off to study and travel around China. While based in Beijing, he chose to live in a Chinese neighborhood and network with locals, rather than attaching himself to the ex-pat community. He earned a certificate from Tsinghua University at Beijing for a Mandarin Chinese language course and also earned a chef’s certificate from Beijing JinSong Vocational Culinary School.
At Beijing Jing-Song, he was the first American to be accepted as a student and attended two years as a language immersion tool, which helped lead to his fluency in Mandarin. While learning the language and how to prepare classic Chinese dishes, he also learned that TV cooking shows don’t lie: chefs really can be mean people.
Through constant contact with Chinese friends, teachers, and people on the streets, BJ earned access to the Chinese way of life and now shares that knowledge to facilitate cultural understanding.
He is currently based in Indiana and travels wherever the job takes him.
Top 10 Under 40 Young Professionals!
BJ was recently recognized by the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, Indiana as one of the “Top 10 Under 40 Young Professionals” for his community involvement that primarily focuses on cultural diversity and growing communities through the arts.
Celebrating with Sheila Klinker, a member of the Indiana House of Representatives!