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  • We have a saying here in China.

  • Seductive, mysterious, and these days,

  • very attractive to foreign businessmen.

  • Executives, bankers,

  • engineers, salesmen.

  • Hundreds of thousands of Americans

  • now live and work in Shanghai.

  • This is the story of one American named Sam.

  • A good man. Easy to get along with.

  • Never arrogant or cocky.

  • And because of this,

  • he was loved by everyone he met in Shanghai.

  • Or...Maybe not.

  • Sam just won

  • the most important court case of his life.

  • His bosses have called him into a meeting.

  • Sam chao is on his way to the top.

  • And after poaching the client

  • from a senior associate no less. Ballsy.

  • Thank you, sir. Thank you.

  • The reason why we asked you here, Sam?

  • We've got some exciting news for you.

  • Yay, Sam! You're the man!

  • We're sending you to China.

  • Groff technologies has just moved its headquarters

  • to Shanghai.

  • Word is they're onto something big.

  • A game changer.

  • If our top client goes to Shanghai,

  • that means we go, too.

  • We've been in touch with Donald cafferty from amcham,

  • the American chamber of commerce there.

  • He's found us an office and hired us a local staff.

  • Now all we need is someone to head it up.

  • You're the obvious choice.

  • You're single, you're a go-getter,

  • and you're even chinese.

  • Technically, yes. I'm chinese.

  • Isn't there something else you guys wanted to say to me?

  • We're aware of the rumors.

  • We're just not ready to name a partner just yet.

  • But we are ready to send you to China.

  • This is a huge opportunity, Sam.

  • Uh, it's an incredibly tempting offer.

  • But I just feel that I am more of an asset

  • here in New York.

  • I mean, I know the ins and outs. I know everything,

  • and my thirtieth birthday is coming up.

  • I've rented out Thomas Keller's restaurant,

  • I've got a d.J. Coming.

  • I got, I got a lot of stuff going on.

  • You know what we like around here, Sam?

  • A team player. Three months.

  • That's all we ask.

  • What do you say?

  • That's me.

  • Welcome to China.

  • Amanda Wilson. Relocation specialist.

  • It's my job to help you get adjusted.

  • Hi.

  • For a second, I thought I'd missed you.

  • I was running late, my ayi was sick, had to find a babysitter.

  • Everything ok?

  • Yeah, I was just expecting someone with

  • slightly...Darker hair.

  • Ok, here's your survival packs.

  • Some chinese yuan. Money. In other words.

  • A map of Shanghai, your business cards,

  • and your mobile phone. Your number is right on the back.

  • So before we go to your apartment,

  • I want to take you to meet Donald from amcham.

  • He's kind of the mayor of americatown.

  • Yeah. That's what we call our little expat community over here.

  • It's kind of like Chinatown in the U.S.,

  • but the other way around.

  • Ah...

  • Here you go.

  • You speak chinese?

  • Of course. Don't you?

  • Eh.

  • What's going on here?

  • A restaurant opening.

  • Oh, yeah? I love a good restaurant.

  • What kind of food do they have?

  • - Donald! - Amanda! Good morning.

  • Well, this must be Sam.

  • Donald cafferty, president of jfc China.

  • Sam chao. Nice to meet you.

  • I've never seen so much fanfare at a fast food place before.

  • Our eight thousandth store opening

  • called for a little celebration.

  • The chinese are crazy about fried chicken.

  • Here, have a coupon for a free spicy chicken sandwich.

  • Welcome to Shanghai.

  • What are you doing Thursday night?

  • Uh...

  • Great. Meet me for drinks out on the bund.

  • I'll introduce you to all the top business execs in town.

  • Microsoft, P&G, Ford.

  • I'm gonna drive a lot of business your way.

  • Ever been to China before?

  • I never been above 79th street before.

  • New York. Street.

  • Joke.

  • He's gonna be a homesick one, I can tell.

  • Lucky for you, I own an American bar in hongqiao.

  • You ever get lonely, come on by.

  • Ok. Sounds great.

  • Good man. Now if you'll excuse me,

  • I'm late for my photo shoot.

  • Modeling career finally taking off?

  • No. Amcham elections are coming up.

  • See you Thursday, Sam.

  • Yeah. Thursday.

  • So. Ready to see your new apartment?

  • As ready as I'll ever be.

  • Sorry?

  • Look. I had a nice life back in New York.

  • So whatever you found me

  • better not be too much of a letdown.

  • Ok. Here we are.

  • Two bed, two bath.

  • Hardwood floors, recycled glass windows,

  • high-def tv, solar panels on the roof.

  • And the entire building is brand new.

  • What do you think?

  • That's awesome.

  • I'll take it.

  • Ok. I'll get the papers ready.

  • You gotta be kidding me.

  • What the hell was that?

  • Construction. But they're supposed to be finished by now!

  • Are you telling me this building is still being built?

  • Shanghai and construction go hand in hand.

  • Sometimes these new greener buildings

  • take just a little bit longer to get--

  • I have to get you out of here.

  • I have a backup apartment down the street.

  • It's not as nice as this one, but at least it's finished.

  • Is it a dump?

  • No. I mean, uh...

  • It's a tad smaller, and the amenities are less new.

  • But it's a really nice place in a great neighborhood.

  • It's a dump.

  • I'm staying here. Forget about it.

  • Sam, I cannot in good conscience

  • let you stay here with all that noise going on upstairs.

  • I completely agree. So here's what you do.

  • Just tell them the future partner

  • of a huge American law firm just moved in,

  • they need to shut it down for three months,

  • or else I'll Sue them.

  • Here's my card.

  • This may not work.

  • Amy...

  • Amanda.

  • Your job was to find me a nice, quiet place to live,

  • and you failed.

  • Now are you going to resolve this issue,

  • or do I need to replace you?

  • It's you.

  • This is Sam.

  • Hello, Mr. chao.

  • This is fang fang, your new assistant.

  • I hope you had a good flight.

  • Are you planning to attend the Marcus groff meeting today?

  • Today? No. I thought the meeting was tomorrow, on the 17th.

  • Fang fang: Yes, but today is the 17th.

  • That's impossible. I left New York on the 15th,

  • and I lost one day by crossing over the date line.

  • That makes today the 16th.

  • Fang fang: Actually, you lost two days

  • it became the 16th in the u.S. While you were in the air.

  • When you crossed the date line, it became the 17th,

  • and Mr. groff will be here in thirty minutes.

  • I'll be right there.

  • - Problem. - I heard.

  • You know what, you get to your office.

  • And I will go upstairs and see what I can do

  • about that construction issue.

  • Oh, man.

  • When did I do this?

  • Aah!! Who the hell are you?

  • I got nothing. I don't speak chinese.

  • Who are you?

  • Ayi. Ayi.

  • ¿Ayi? Amanda said that same word.

  • Are you my nanny?

  • Are you like a housekeeper?

  • I mean, you clean...

  • Housekeeper.

  • Sleep. What?

  • You live here. You live with me?

  • You live with me.

  • My housekeeper, and you don't speak english?

  • Habla español?

  • That was really offensive on many, many levels.

  • I'm sorry about that. But I have to go, ayi.

  • See you later.

  • Okay, this is, this is yincheng road.

  • So that's gotta be, ok, that's gotta be...

  • I have no idea.

  • Which means... oh, screw it.

  • Taxi!

  • Hi. Can you uh, take me to this address, please?

  • Just take me to the address.

  • Why are we arguing?

  • Okay. All right. I get it.

  • I'm from New York City.

  • So don't think that just because I'm from out of town,

  • that you can pad the fare by going the long way.

  • Or whatever it is you're trying to do.

  • Just take me here.

  • Thank you.

  • Mr. chao? We spoke on the phone. I'm fang fang, your assistant.

  • Wow. Fang fang. Thank you for calling.

  • Is he here?

  • Yes. In the conference room.

  • Marcus groff from groff technology in santonio.

  • San Antonio. Thank you.

  • Ok, let's see alamo, riverwalk,

  • what are you writing?

  • Talking points. Last time I met this guy,

  • he couldn't stop talking about his hometown.

  • He's like a hundred percent Texas, through and through.

  • Marcus.

  • - Hi. Sam chao. - Hey, how have you been?

  • Good to see you again.

  • Sorry I'm late, I just flew in from New York this morning.

  • I'm just kind of...

  • Can I get you some coffee or...

  • There's coffee in China, right, fang fang?

  • We have decaf, dark roast, french roast,

  • low fat milk, full fat milk, soy milk,

  • sugar, honey, and artificial sweetener.

  • Wow.

  • Some hot tea would be wonderful.

  • Looks like I kept you waiting.

  • Oh, don't sweat it.

  • I carry my brushes with me wherever I go

  • so I can practice my chinese calligraphy.

  • Ever since relocating to Shanghai,

  • I've just fallen in love with chinese culture.

  • I know what you mean.

  • I uh, really treasure my heritage.

  • There's leaves in my tea.

  • That's how we drink it.

  • Mmm. Delicious.

  • Oh, yeah, this is...

  • Fragrant.

  • So, Marcus, what I can help you with today?

  • What's the biggest complaint

  • people have about touch-screen phones?

  • You can't feel the keys, so you make way too many typos, right?

  • Not anymore.

  • Give this baby a try.

  • Wow. That is impressive. Look at that.

  • I can actually see you right through that.

  • That, that is incredible.

  • I can actually feel my fingers touching...

  • The screen. How did you do that?

  • Using a substrate that's attracted to the charge

  • of human skin.

  • The inventor's a genius, a chinese guy named yu baiyang.

  • Total recluse.