Travels from Beijing
Who says soccer in Beijing means Rowan Simons, the Briton who has taught the Chinese how to love football, against all odds. In his compelling book “Bamboo Goalposts” he describes lively the Long March of soccer in China, and the dilemma’s it brings about. Soccer came about as a game for the masses, but sport, and certainly Olympic sport, has fast become a sport for the elite.
But that has not stopped Rowan Simons from maintaining his positive attitude and he continued to combine teaching Beijing kids the combination of soccer and English language.
Next to his soccer and sport passion Mr. Simons is also leading an authoritative media research and consulting group in Beijing, CMM Intelligence. Mr. Simons leads the way into one of China’s most profitable, but als one of the best protected industries, by government control and domestic interest groups. Mr. Simons has a long experience both as producer and presenter of TV shows in China.
Coming from a solid British debating tradition, Mr. Simons Outspoken and in a relaxed and amusing style he presents his often controversial views, using personal anecdotes from his book ‘Bamboo Goalposts’, his media knowledge as publisher of the China Media Yearbook / China Media Monitor and long experience as a producer/presenter of TV shows in China.
Mr. Simons speaks both in English and Mandarin
A french edition of his book appeared in 2012: “Des Bambous dans la Surface de Reparation”.