Question: Has anyone discovered an active network for expats in China’s public relations industry?
I wanted to join a local community or association for PR professionals in China, but my searches came up empty. There are a few organizations, such as the Shanghai Public Relations Association (SPRA) and China International Public Relations Association (CIPRA). However, neither one of them promotes an English-speaking community. I also contacted the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) in Beijing, but no one ever wrote me back. My efforts to contact the International Public Relations Association (IPRA), which claims to have a China chapter, were also neglected. I’m in need of some comradery!
The Shanghai PR Association is slowly releasing English content through the Global Alliance website, but the info doesn't seem so concrete. They boast a "biennial awards program has been held five times since 2001" and a "biennial International Public Relations Forum has been held six times since 2001". At least they list contact information from the Global Alliance Chair at Ketchum and an info line in Italy.
Here's a link to the update.