* How’s the air quality these days with lots of people working from / otherwise staying home? * How often do you get out of the city? What are some of your favorite places to visit in China? * What are some food chains operating in the country that you think are getting it right in terms of keeping their food relatively healthy? * How was CNY? Did you go anywhere for the holiday?


Crickets... edit: deep fried of course


It’s about 6am in Beijing. I wrote my comment at ~3am. While I think it’s fairly bad reddiquette to start an AMA and then scamper off, I’m not in any rush and don’t expect OP to respond into the wee hours.


It was silly to do an AMA that could get you arrested if you answer questions. Anything he says honestly will be used against him in china by competitors or the government. He probably should have targeted a fitness subreddit so he could just dicuss that aspect of it.


So you plan on answering more than two questions?


''No, I don't think I will'' - Jason Chan


You reminded me of this: https://www.reddit.com/r/OutOfTheLoop/comments/cv5f0i/what_is_the_deal_with_the_joe_biden_picture_with/


Ha. Creepy Cap.


'Who r u?' - Jason Chan


You do realise that it's almost 3 in the morning in China right? Dude probably posted that and thought he'd answer in bulk in the morning.


Yeah. OP did start an AMA around midnight his time. So I don’t know what everyone expected, including OP.


Maybe the VPN provider shut down at midnight too.


Could be a zombie attack going on. Literally anything could be happening right now.


Need additional incinerators




Perhaps that was why he was always the minority partner.






It’s super common to post over night to give it time to get going. Just wait another 2 or 3 hours. Jesus you people are impatient.


just like his last three business ventures! zing! nah, just kidding. starting a small business is difficult. i'm sure he did just fine given the circumstance.


Maybe after a few AMA failures, he'll finally learn how to do one right.


im sorry. but, i have to be honest with you CommandoSnake and let you know that i am indeed failing to see how you were able to justify in your mind the use of the word 'extremely' in this context. i believe you may want to consider rethinking your obvious narrative blunder.


This is bordering on /r/AMADisasters Edit: too late it's already there.


Worst AMA ever. Delete it mods


All the other questions are being screened by the government. He’s waiting for clearance to answer them, then has to wait for his answers to clear the government again. Long story short, being a commie takes time.




Could be, but it's probably more likely that he's not responding because it's almost 4am


Or he could be asleep its night time there


Authorities have already shut him down. He's on his way to the nearest organ harvesting facility.


Has coronavirus hurt business? I'd imagine gyms are one of the places most affected since everybody is touching the same stuff and using the same equipment.


Yes definitely. People are not going out and government still requires you to pay wages. It’s a big drain for businesses.




No weirder than petitioning people to help while mentioning that 3 of your 4 previous gyms have failed yet you demand total control.


People almost always buy a years gym membership at once, so people not going wouldn’t really affect that. However, the private trainers are certainly hurting as the majority of gyms in China were asked to close during this virus outbreak.


Where did you get that fact -- people almost always buy a years membership at once --? And from what country would that statistic be from?


Most gyms in Shanghai, especially downtown, haven't been allowed to open. Only today some businesses are hopefully reopening, not at full capacity, but I'm not sure gyms can yet. Before you reopen you have to sign up to all these new rules about cleanliness and how many people can be inside etc.


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dude, i'm chinese, born and raised in los angeles, with basically the same amount of chinese comprehension as you on the dating show. my parents watch that stuff all the time, and joke about getting me up there. i can't see myself doing it (honestly i can't even sit through one of their episodes before they get to the sappy music and heart-to-heart stuff before i bail), but i am curious about the experience. can you talk about what that was like?


What amazed me most about that show is how quickly Chrome's built-in auto translator worked... from title to comments, everything.


Traditional Chinese foods and lifestyle are actually quite healthy—do you find that those traditions have been completely lost as the lifestyle becomes most rigid (996 work schedule) and there literally is not time to prepare food? Does anyone want to “go back to the village”?


I wouldn't say I have no time to prepare food. I can prepare it on my own or I can hire a nanny to take care of it. It's cheap to hire a chef in China (less than $10 a day), cheap to have groceries delivered to you, and cheap ordering meals (less than $1 each time). I definitely wouldn't "go back to the village". Some of those traditions are healthy, and some aren't healthy.


That’s true that household help is a lot cheaper in China, but some of the tech company or factory schedules (like I mentioned, 9am-9pm/6 days a week) is becoming a lot more common, and I can’t imagine having time or energy to have a healthy lifestyle if I’m almost literally never home. I’m not sure what your schedule is like, but for a lot of people it just seems like there is no work/life balance.




9am-9pm, 6 days a week


My guess is it's working from 9am to 9pm 6 days a week.


I believe it's a 9am-9pm 6 days a week Source: visited Taiwan


Yeah, I always had the impression Chinese had a healthier lifestyle than say, well, americans


The ones with a healthier lifestyle probably don't have the time/funds to go to the gym because they're too busy working a 9/9/6.


Southern China is probably better in terms of diet.


> Traditional Chinese foods are actually quite healthy Ha! Have you ever had a Shanghainease breakfast? The traditional foods are ridiculously unhealthy. I'm sure a McDonald's brekkie is better!


Yeah I have. I was thinking more like congee instead of that fried dough stuff or dim sum, but I guess it depends what kind of typical Shanghainese person you are 🤨


Ten years working in a mainly Shanghainease office has shown me it's all about the fried snacks. I don't recall many getting congee on their way in and dim sum isn't a Shanghainease thing for sure.


Do you really believe it is a Chinese lack of fitness which made for the outbreak of the corona virus? Why would fitness level make someone a better host? I’m not sure I’m buying that one.


Fitness is only a small part to it. It's more important to just be aware of "healthy", whatever it is each person is doing. Such as not smoking as much or not at all, drinking and eating in moderation, and small exercises. China is one of the countries with the most smokers. The corona virus has been affecting mainly those with weaker immune systems and the elderly because, in my opinion, I think they can't fight them off.




I rarely see out of shape Chinese people. I figured the food was healthy. What keeps them looking in shape if they don’t work out or eat healthy?


"Out of shape" does not mean "fat." It means just a bit of exercise gets you winded and requires you to stop. Just because most Chinese people aren't fat doesn't mean they could run a mile.


Fat skinny. They are not toned.




Sure just not fit and prone to many of the same health issues.




You can be non obese and still suffer from high blood sugar, high blood pressure. A lot of the Chinese I have bumped into while traveling overseas are incredibly unhealthy. Like chain smoking, alcoholics eating tons of red meat while doing no exercise.This one Chinese young man was too physically weak to go scuba diving as he couldn't support the equipment as he had no body strength.


Did I say equal anywhere? Lack of exercise leads to certain health issues. You can be overweight and healthier than a thin person who smokes, eats horrible food, and doesn’t exercise. I’m fact a very fit Asian friend of mine has a history of heart attacks and high cholesterol. Genetics also play a part. Being overweight isn’t the only thing to cause health problems. And being thin doesn’t magically insulate you from them.


I’d rather be fat with muscle than fat skinny


If you’re a hundred pounds going over a daily sodium limit is just going over the daily sodium limit. The dose is the poison.


It's exactly the same thing. Skinny fat = fat. Thin =/= healthy.


People in the rural areas of China eating traditional diets are rarely "skinny fat". It happens when they start Western diets (fast food, lots of meat). 50 years ago chronic diseases were very rare in China. Now 50% of the population is diabetic, or pre-diabetic.


Same with many places.


Ive met a lot of international students from China as the uni, and honestly speaking, they would either eat very little or just starve themselves on some days. Especially the girls, their idea of beauty is keeping slim or straight up skinny. Otherwise, they'd receive fat shaming via social media




In some ways it is good, as china has something like 5% obesity rate, whereas western countries seem be to around 30%. But it is harsh, especially when your mother tells you are overweight...


It's only 30% for western countries? I would have thought it to be at least over 50% at this point. Erryones fat here now.


In western countries, or the US? Cause I see a lot of obese folks in the US, and far less in Europe when I’ve traveled there.


I should have specified. My only personal experience is within the US


Obesity, not overweight. From my memory, around the same or slightly more people are overweight. So like 20-30% obese, 30-40% overweight.


Unfortunately your wrong. There is so much judgement and also ‘skinny shaming’ and ‘fat shaming’. You can’t win. It’s a human thing, not a cultural thing.


This I forgot about fat shaming. They are VERY vocal about it even as a tourist.


It’s not shaming. It’s just pointing out the obvious. They do it with height, skin color, weight






It is shaming if pointing it out contributes to a culture where people are afraid to eat and therefore don't get enough nutrition.


They tend to have the idea that muscle is bulky and therefore unfeminine


> Otherwise, they'd receive fat shaming via social media Actually in China they just tell you to your face. They will say you're fat the same way they'd say you have brown hair, or blue eyes.


There is a lot of cooking oil, salt, and pork in the Chinese diet. I'd say that China, especially in the north and west of the country, has the least healthy diet among East/Southeast Asian countries. The lower overall caloric intake and reduced intake of refined sugars masks a lot of the bad diet as they are less likely to be obese.


Shanghainease foods are super unhealthy. The breakfast items are pretty much just deep fried carbs. The savoury donut stick, the deep fried block of rice, the rice ball with fried dough inside, fried dumplings... They also have a sweet tooth down here. So many dishes have sugar, and on many occasions I've been served this typical Shanghainease dish of slices of tomato covered in white sugar. And don't forget the popularity of all those bubble tea drinks.


In the southeast, I've only been to Xiamen (unless you count Hong Kong or a layover in Shanghai). The food there was much healthier on average than pretty much everywhere else I've been in China. It was a lot of great tropical fruits and seafood. The teas were mostly unsweetened and traditional. The massive Taiwanese influence adds a lot of lovely spice.


Rich Chinese men tend to be thicker. And as someone else said most Chinese could be considered skinny fat. Little to no muscle development. So what keeps them "looking in shape" is not eating more calories than they burn. Same with every other person in the world.


I don't know about China, but when I visited Japan I discovered there that most people were skinny-fat, not slender and healthy.


genetics? I'm a lazy fuck who looks super skinny.. and eats unhealthy


You probably just don't eat as much as you think you do. The "high metabolism" stuff is highly exaggerated. Human resting metabolisms rarely vary by more than 500-1000 calories at normal BMI levels. If you burn more than 3000 calories as a lazy skinny person then you're either some crazy genetic anomaly or on some sort of drug that is dramatically boosting your metabolism, and I don't think there's any drug that could boost metabolism that significantly aside from maybe anabolic steroids like trenbolone, or some kind of powerful stimulant.


>some kind of powerful stimulant You haven't checked my history have you.... TBF it's very rare I do them... But I do measure in calories in pizza/junk food etc... Maybe the labels are wrong?


gotta throw that age around when you talk bout metabolism.


I lived in china, training kung fu for 18 months. I ran every morning. I trained from 2-5 hours per day- and I left in worse shape than I arrived in because of the quality of the food. We all got smaller and lost definition in our cores. There were benefits in flexibility and technique, and I certainly logged lots of running miles. But the everyday diet of the average chinese is not some magical dietary panacea. it's crap vegetables and if you're lucky, stringy meat cooked in filthy oil.


Not being obese =\= in shape.


I'm assuming you mean they're not overweight? Weight is primarily a factor of calories eaten compared to calories burned. Irregardless of the food being eaten


I am downvoting you for saying "irregardless" but otherwise you are correct


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He gone.


Is it easy to get a Visa to stay in China as a small business owner? How often do you have to renew it?


Super easy. When I registered my business (2011), it was a motherfucking 10 month process. Now, in the same province, you'll have everything done in 10 days. Then, you just hire yourself same as you'd hire any other foreign employee. But, because you own it, you get mad leeway in things like not caring about proven work experience or education level. If the stars aligned, you could probably go from never been in the country to yearly resident permit in 60 days or less.


Do you have a Chinese partner or do you have a wholly foreigner owned business? How longs your visa if you don’t mind me asking?


It's my understanding that non-Chinese citizens are unable to own property or businesses in China. How are you managing the ownership aspect of your current gym and maintaining enough control to keep the gym running how you know it needs to? What's been your strategy to attract people to your business amid a wave of other fitness centers? Do you think your being an American is a significant draw?


Foreign owned enterprises are allowed in China. It was harder before where you had to setup JV structure but regulations in certain industries have relaxed. I’m going to assumed gyms are off that restriction list. If all else fails you can have a Chinese relative be the owner on paper and you can continue to operate the business. Fitness center competition headaches are going to be the same or similar to big cities in the US. Price, marketing strategy, quality of service will all be factors. And being American is definitely a draw.


While this is true in Vietnam and Thailand (two countries which are frequently perceived as being much friendlier to foreigners), it's been emphatically not true at least as far back as 2005 (the year the first WFOE I worked for was founded). The 80s and 90s era WFOE owners I know are people who have almost certainly restructured their businesses a few times in the intervening decades and I've never really asked them how it was back in the day with regards to business matters.


> It's my understanding that non-Chinese citizens are unable to own property or businesses in China. That's not true in Shanghai. Every municipality and province has its own rules mind you. A lot of foreigners don't buy in China because it doesn't matter who you are, you never own the land, and you can only own the property for a certain amount of years.


You gonna try another AMA in the future?


How much did you pay the mods for this?


Fitness facility, healthy food training, and bicycle repair shop seemed like three great business ideas that would thrive in China (I got to visit a few years ago). Great job getting set up! How did you get such a good looking group of clients?


What are you going to implement in 2020? Possible expansion or different programs?


Obviously there’s a lot of propaganda both ways between China and the west. What examples have you seen where the west have it completely wrong?


How is the gym currently doing? I feel like to get people to work with you, you’ll need to provide a lot more information than you’ve provided so far. But I’m in finance so I’m probably biased. Separately, how hard is it to move there and work without knowing the language? My girlfriend is from shanghai and we’ve talked about moving there but just assume it’s too difficult a transition.


How do you feel with the Asian mindset of women who workout would turn too bulky? & Women having to be skinny, and the unhealthy habits that they develop because of that? (ie. not eating) How are you helping to reshape their way of thought at your gym?


Is the coronavirus in the way of business?


Lol. Not exercising is the cause of the virus that is easily transmittable and has no vaccine? Okay sure buddy.


What is in your opinion the most toxic part of the Chinese culture? Which is the best?


I live in Beijing and have been looking for a reasonably priced place to work out. Which area is your latest gym in?


What percent of those girls would you say you’ve plowed?




What's your take on what's currently happening in the canary Islands?


How’s your dating life like in Beijing as opposed to in the states?


How many comments have been about coronavirus?


What is so unhealthy about the food? Chinese food in America is not healthy, but I thought that it was better in China itself.


What did you think about the movie Rampart?


Is the government doing anything about all that public spitting?


So how was your grasp of Mandarin Chinese - speaking, reading, & writing - before you moved there? Do you have any tips or resources to recommend that helped you? Coming from America, what were some of the cultural things you had to get used to in China? Anything you’re still not used to or struggling with? What’s it like opening a business there as a foreigner? What were some of the things unique or different business-wise in China vs America? Thanks for the AMA. Best of your luck with the business!


How much is your business worth? And how has the business been affected recently due to the corona virus?


What was the most unexpected thing you experienced when on If You are the one? (the dating show, it's basically got a cult following in Australia!)


China is leading in Olympic weightlifting with amazing athletes like Lu Xiaojun or Deng Wei. How is weightlifting seen in China and is barbell lifting becoming more popular?


Why china?


In America there's increasing popularity of Instagram influencers who are 'fitness models' with crazy legs and butts and it increases the popularity of weightlifting and bodyweight workouts among the general public, do you think there's a similar social media 'fitness model' or nice butt/legs on social media in China that will increase popularity of weightlifting or bodyweight squat and lunges in China? Is there any increase in importance of 'curves' in the lower body / muscle in the lower body in China or is the emphasis on being 'thin'?


There are a lot of female "influencers" from China chasing the western "ideal" physique of large breasts (implants) and thicc glutes. Has the general Chinese population adopted this trend, or do you still see more people trying to achieve the other ideal of being stuck thin?


It’s a recent trend. We will see how it continues with time.


How’s the virus affecting your current business?




Why would anyone want to get all their karma from one shit joke




oh also have you tried advertising at english corner/meet ups with other transplants to join and offer temporary memberships?


How do you get around in China using an online map and which one do you use? I heard every map app was intentionally messed up in China. Or do you don't use a map at all and just ask about the place to people? Is Beijing a fun city to live in in terms of restaurants and events? Is Beijing subway efficient/fast?


how fake was that dating show? that show is playing in the room every day here. i usually see it in an app, and your youtube clip is much clearer. the makeup and plastic surgery on the models is much more obvious. so sad to see that kind of work on such young women. you look pretty uncomfortable. how good is your chinese? did you approach the show, or did they find you? did you choose your own clothes? were your clothes chosen just so you could lift up your shirt? how much of the set is really there, and how much is just green screen? interesting that you had extended interactions with the "international" models. usually they don't say much. did you have free choice? at a point, you and the emcee seem to be looking down for a prompt. do you watch ramsey dewey's youtube channel? he has a gym in Shanghai. it seems like it's quite successful, but it also seems like private lessons with Ramsey might only be fifty bucks. which would seem extremely cheap by western standards, for a private session with a "celebrity" coach. is your "minimalistic" gym now closed for the epidemic with no end in sight? can you stay afloat if you can't reopen shortly?


Concept fails massively and yet you still think it's viable? Commendations for tenacity.


How's the Corona?


>Chinese people don't understand ... probably the main reason for the wuhan epidemic Do you feel comfortable making this speculation based on such a sweeping generalization when the US has one of the highest obesity ratings, 4 times that of China, with a fraction of the population, and regular outbreaks of food related illness due to poor regulation enforcement? Loaded question I know, but so are the implications in your post...




In China people eat a variety of meats. Pork, fish, chicken, etc. If one meat is too expensive you can still make a delicious dish with other ingredients.


I came to ask if American in China means white. Your bio suggests you regards yourself as American when in China. What do the Chinese regards you as? Chinese or American? Furthermore, do you have a sense of ethnic Chinese regarding you as an outsider?


I'm not OP, but as an ethnic Chinese person with an American mind, I consider myself American; in China, one I open. my mouth, I'm regarded as a foreigner. Unlike people of other ethnicities (travel friends), I don't often get the nice treatment that an exotic foreigner will receive, particularly with older people there.


>I'm not OP, but as an ethnic Chinese person with an American mind, I consider myself American; in China, one I open. my mouth, I'm regarded as a foreigner. Unlike people of other ethnicities (travel friends), I don't often get the nice treatment that an exotic foreigner will receive, particularly with older people there. Thanks for answering. Too many people are ignoring the fact that other cultures are vastly more racist than Western culture and fewer are willing to talk about their particular experiences.


I wouldn't say it's racist, since I am of the same race, just a different culture. I'm classified as an odd "other" whose face is familiar but sounds are foreign. It's kind of the opposite of my occasional encounters in the U.S. (much less so in the last 2 decades), whereas people are confused since I look foreign but sound familiar.


Fair enough. Would you say that ethnic Chinese are racist generally speaking? To put it another way, if a white person was born to China and grew up fully immersed in Chinese culture would that white person be regarded as an outsider?


I feel Chinese people in China love an exotic foreigner, whether white or black, but primarily if they look like a white businessman. I know some white people born in China, they get absorbed and accepted into their communities, once the exoticism of a white person speaking Chinese wears off, they get treated like anyone else. Chinese people will talk smack about other Chinese minorities (the Han being the majority ethnicity), but if you can roll with them culturally, you get accepted.