Chris Dyer and his wife Joanne in the User-Experience and Design (UED) department at Alibaba in Hangzhou. Highly intelligent yet eccentric and quite talkative, Chris was instrumental in leading the UED team. From my experience, his personality resembled a cross between British politician Boris Johnson and Richard Hammond (Top Gear). He had this bouncing buffoonery and love of whiff-whaff (sometimes repeating/stating the obvious in a patronizing way), which all seemed to be part of a carefully calibrated performative act at Alibaba. Always wearing sunglasses, even on a dark and gloomy day. Photo Copyright Navjot Singh
Kyle Shannon Smith, the all-time nice American guy living the Chinese dream. Popular with staff, and highly intelligent, Kyle was the man to go for anything content related. I can say that he was very Chinese...perhaps more Chinese than most Chinese people. This was evident in his daily morning greetings in Chinese....even if you replied back in English, he would respond in Chinese! His reason for being in China was because he had a Chinese partner he had to take care of (he was also working at Alibaba.). Photo Copyright Navjot Singh
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