Founder of Cultura Barbershop in Shanghai, Paul JC shares with us his journey as an Entrepreneur, Chinese learner, and community member.
I’m at a barbershop here in Shanghai with Paul JC. He’s been in business for three years, knows a good amount of Chinese.
How do you use Chinese in your barbershop?
Kwadwo: How do you use it in day to day life?
Paul: Well, essentially what I want to do is I want to learn the terms, the barber terms, and allows me to communicate and express myself. Express what we do, our craft, with basic fundamentals of Chinese, right? So we’ll learn stuff like hair 头发, stuff like water 水, that kind of stuff. So basic things that allow Chinese to feel more comfortable in my shop, in a shop that looks more like Canada.
Paul has built a super welcoming, inclusive culture inside of his Shanghai barbershop.
What basic fundamentals of barbering terms, Chinese terms, right? We also help our Chinese barbers to express themselves by doing a little bit of translation, right? So I help them out with, like hair, short hair, blond.
Chinese feel at home. Expats feel at home. His barbers love their work.
What are you going to tell your good friend to do, Chinese-wise, to learn?
Paul: If I have friends visiting China, and they’re interested in learning Chinese, what I’ll do is, take some course, right? If you’re doing business, learn new business terms, right? But essentially, you know, maybe find a few girlfriends. I got to get a Chinese girlfriend, oh, it’s a lot quicker, you know.
Kwadwo: It works if you speak Chinese with your Chinese girlfriend.
Paul: I think it’s a lot more fun, you know what I mean, to learn it with somebody that you know.
Kwadwo: For sure. Because you’re making a language connection.
Paul: Yes. Connection with the language.
Kwadwo: Connection with the language. Thank you for this quick interview. And where can somebody get in touch with you?
Contact Cultura Barbershop
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This article was originally posted on Kwadwo’s Linkedin.
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