Biography of James W.K. Chan, Ph.D.

James Chan is President of Asia Marketing and Management (AMM), a Philadelphia-based consultancy that has enabled more than 100 American firms to expand in Asia.

He has worked with many industrial manufacturers, technology firms, and trade associations including Westinghouse Electric Company, Kingsbury, Kodak, 3 Com, Nationwide Insurance, Monitor Aerospace, Glenayre, Vulcan Spring Mfg. Co., Lucent Technologies, American Management Association (AMA), Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF), Robotic Industries Association (RIA), ISI of Thomson Reuters, and ASTM. He is a frequent keynote speaker on international marketing strategy and Asian business practices.

In 1996, the American Management Association (AMA) commissioned Dr. Chan to create its first three-day course for Fortune 1000 companies, “Business Skills for the China Market.” Dr. Chan teaches a special course on China for the Global Biomedical Service program of the University of Pennsylvania. He also teaches a new course, “Global Exporting: Asia Focus” at the Villanova School of Business. He is a member of the Mid-Atlantic District Export Council of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

James Chan founded his practice in 1983 after he had served as the China Area Manager and International Promotion Manager of Academic Press, a subsidiary of HBJ, a Fortune 500 company in New York.

An experienced, animated public speaker in three languages—English, Mandarin Chinese, and Cantonese—James Chan is the author of the 60-minute DVD “Secrets of Business Success in China” published by Malvern Press.

Born Wah-Kong Chan ( 陈华江) in Guangzhou (Canton), China in 1949, James grew up in Hong Kong and received his B.A. from the University of Hong Kong in 1970. He came to America in 1971 and received his M.A. from the University of Chicago and his Ph.D. in 1977 from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in geography. A naturalized U.S. citizen since 1987, James Chan lives and works in Philadelphia.

Karen E. Klein of Bloomberg BusinessWeek interviewed him in 2011 in an article titled “How to Sell to China Now.” Mike Cote of The Union Leader interviewed him in 2012 in a news piece titled “Made in USA sounds good to China.” To view his detailed profile, go to