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James Chan

  • Ph.D., 1977, cultural geography; China/Asia
  • Special consultant on China/Hong Kong class
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • 1PublicationsNumber of items in James's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 2Followers


James Chan, Ph.D., is President of Asia Marketing and Management (AMM), a Philadelphia-based consultancy specialized in coaching U.S. companies and mentoring their executives and technical professionals on exporting American-made products and services to China and Asia. Since he founded his practice in 1983, James Chan has consulted with more than 100 U.S. manufacturers, technology firms, and service organizations. His clients include Westinghouse Electric Company, Kingsbury, Kodak, 3 Com, Nationwide Insurance, American Management Association, Vulcan Spring Mfg. Co., Lucent Technologies, ASTM and many professional and trade associations. Dr. Chan teaches an MBA course titled “Global Exporting: Asia Focus” at Villanova School of Business. He lectures on China for the Executive Masters in Technology Management (EMTM) program at Penn Engineering and the Department of Biomedical Engineering of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Mid-Atlantic District Export Council of the U.S. Department of Commerce. An experienced, animated public speaker in three languages—English, Mandarin Chinese, and the Cantonese dialect—James Chan is the author of the 60-minute DVD “Secrets of Business Success in China” by Malvern Press. He is the author of Spare Room Tycoon, a book on the real-life stories of 40 men and women including James Chan who have turned their personal visions and passions into successful businesses. Read chapters of the book online at Born Wah-kong Chan in Guangzhou (Canton), China in 1949, James grew up in Hong Kong and received his B.A. from the University of Hong Kong in 1970. He came to America in 1971 and received his M.A. from the University of Chicago and his Ph.D. in 1977 from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in geography. Before he founded his consultancy in 1983, James Chan was China Manager and International Promotion Manager at Academic Press, a subsidiary of HBJ, a Fortune 500 publishing company in New York. A naturalized U.S. citizen since 1987, James Chan lives and works in Philadelphia. Go to to see his detailed profile. E-mail him at:

Recent publications

  • "From Myth To Mediator: James Chan's Bicultural Roots Help Businesses Connect with China"

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Professional experience

Special consultant on China/Hong Kong class

University of Pennsylvania

April 2008 - Present



University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

June 1977 - Present


University of Chicago

September 1971 - August 1973(2 years)

B.A. Honors

University of Hong Kong

September 1967 - July 1970(3 years)

Followers (2)

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