- By Isaac Stone FishIsaac Stone Fish is FP's Asia editor. A Mandarin speaker, he lived in China for seven years before moving to Washington, D.C. His articles have also appeared in the New York Times, the Economist, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times, and he has appeared as a commentator on MSNBC, the BBC, NPR, Al Jazeera, and PRI, among others.
The 1000 or so Jews who live in Beijing often get asked about how much money they make, why they are so smart, and how Jews such as Bill Gates and Warren Buffet (incidentally, both gentiles) have made so much money. For this episode of Bloggingheads, I spoke with Dror Poleg, an Israeli businessman and 8-year veteran of Beijing (and friend of mine), about Chinese people studying the Talmud to discover its business secrets, Asia’s strange brand of philo-semtisim, and the story behind Jews’ yuletide culinary choices.
The full video can be found here. Enjoy!