Author Profile: Blakeley Guerriere

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Blakeley is a third-year student at UT and is majoring in broadcast journalism with a minor in business. She is originally from Colleyville, Texas. Last summer she interned at the local CBS affiliate in Austin, KEYE. Her interests include live music (especially classic rock), being involved in her sorority-Delta Gamma, traveling locally and internationally and watching college sports avidly.
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After: The China I return to will be completely different

[15 Jul 2009 | No Comment | ]

You can hardly go a day without reading a publication or watching a news program that mentions China. The country is rapidly becoming part of the global economy and, because of this, American media coverage not infrequently suggests that China could be a major threat to the power of the United States.
I was excited to travel to China and see for myself just how Westernized and wealthy the country is becoming. It would be inaccurate to paint a picture of China in its entirety from only visiting the touristy Bund …

Fortune follows a fountain with history’s help

Fortune follows a fountain with history’s help

[24 Jun 2009 | 7 Comments | ]

Xi’an is undergoing vast modernization to make itself more inviting to tourists and locals and is simultaneously attempting to keep all of its history important. This subject is controversial to some Chinese who worry about the city losing sight of its historical importance.

Before: A few thoughts before our departure

[23 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]

I have always had a yearning to travel to foreign and exotic places out of my comfort zone. Although I am young, I have not had the opportunity to travel to nearly as many destinations as I want to. Traveling to China will be a once in a lifetime experience. Reporting in China will open my eyes to many unforeseen challenges international journalists face. Being sensitive to a foreign country’s culture and values system is extremely important, as is reporting unbiased news. Seeing the world through one of the …

Business in Beijing: Woman entrepreneur blazes a trail in textiles

[14 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]

When Meng Yanmei quit her job of 18 years, friends and family begged her not to throw away her career as a general manager for the subsidiary of a government-owned apparel manufacturer, ChinaTex.

Yet Meng wanted something more. “I think it’s better to live,” she said, “so I decided to live.”

She realized that despite her success, she would never be able to attain a top executive position at ChinaTex because of the glass ceiling created by gender discrimination in China’s new free-for-all economy. So in 2005, she started NewTex, a company dedicated to manufacturing licensed apparel for American brands.

“In China, successful women business leaders are increasingly self-made,” said CCTV anchor Jacqueline Chen in a March 2006 interview with Beijing This Month magazine. “They want to make it big with their own creations, rather than being tied to a huge establishment.”

Shopping Beijing: One street separates the real from the fake

[5 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]

There’s usually a fine line between the real and the fake when it comes to purchasing designer goods, but in the Sanlitun neighborhood of Beijing it’s a narrow road – quite literally. Sanlitun Village, one of Beijing’s trendiest shopping malls, boasts glistening new Versace, Lacoste and Esprit stores and, in so doing, embodies the image of the up-market Beijing, as advertised in American TV promos for the 2008 Summer Olympics, that many foreigners now hold dear.

Yet roughly 50 feet away, across that narrow street, sits the squat, four-story Yashow Market. . . .