Talking business in China: alumnus passes on his experience to students
David J. Murphy ’77, who has spent the last 25 years working in Taiwan, Shanghai, Manila, Hong Kong, and Beijing, returned to Trinity in April to share his knowledge with current students. He is currently the United States commercial counselor for Australia and New Zealand. In that position, he is a member of the Embassy Country Team of the U. S. Consulate General in Sydney, and is responsible for supervision and coordination of all U. S. government commercial activities in the two countries. The event was a combined effort of Lanna Hagge, director of Trinity’s Office of Career Services, and Xiangming Chen, dean and director of the Center for Urban and Global Studies.
In a question-and-answer session, Murphy encouraged the students to contact their legislators directly to voice concerns over the question of whether or not the United States should boycott the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics. In response to questions about the students’ efforts to learn Mandarin, he encouraged them to avoid the conventional notion that it is one of the most difficult languages and to see that it is indeed achievable, given proper diligence. He also encouraged the audience to bolster their search for jobs in China through internships and social networks.