Chinese Walls: 1 (Leading You Into Unexplored Territory) Paperback – 10 Jul 2014
So the saying goes: It does not pay to have a secret private life, honesty is a far better option, and particularly so in the world of high finance and politics as David Clive Price’s characters who work in financial powerhouses in Hong Kong find out.
Investopedia defines a Chinese wall as: “The ethical barrier between different divisions of a financial (or other) institution to avoid conflict of interest.” The last financial catastrophe revealed that, at least in some financial institutions, the concept is honoured in the breach rather than the observance, but it is generally accepted, it seems, that in many walks of business life, financial, legal, accounting, Chinese walls are in concept a good thing. But are they so in personal matters? In the life, for instance, of a gay man clawing his way up the ladder of a conservative financial institution who has to hide his sexual orientation and the existence of his partner from his firm, to deceive that firm, in effect, in order to serve it? This is the question that David Price faces full on in his new novel Chinese Walls, published by The Olive Press in 2010 and made available by Lulu online this year.
David Clive Price
David Clive Price has had a passion for Asia’s peoples and cultures ever since he went to Japan in the 1980s and wrote a book about his travels throughout the country. This passion developed further in Hong Kong, where he struggled to make ends meet as a writer in the 1990s, wrote economic reports about Asian countries, and travelled all over the region researching features for international magazines. Finding himself on his pin ends with his Chinese spouse in a walk-up one-room apartment above a nightclub in Hong Kong, he resolved to join the corporate world and became Chief Speechwriter for Asia for one of the world’s leading banks. It was 1995. Hong Kong was preparing to return to China. David spent the next few years writing speeches to be given all over Asia and the world. He also began publishing a series of books on South Korea, Hong Kong, China, India, and Buddhism in the daily life of Asia.
Freeing himself from corporate life, he set up his own consultancy advising Asian multinationals and Western companies with Asian operations on their strategic and intercultural communications for cross-border expansion. This experience, and the challenges he faced launching his own business, forms the basis of his books The Master Key to Asia and The Master Key to China on how to unlock the potential of of Asia’s high-growth markets through acquiring knowledge of their business cultures, etiquette and customs. Check out his blog posts at http://www.davidcliveprice.com and his daily posts on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.