Made in China, via Bangkok

Rui 'Gegee' Guo owns the go-to sources for Chinese expats and tourists in Thailand. Muse got the lowdown on her peripatetic childhood and extraordinary rise up the media ladder

It's not often that you get to see austere ministers of various ministries, business bigwigs, Hong Kong superstar Ray Lui (better known in Thailand as Tingli), K-pop singers and hundreds of screaming groupies all in the same room. Yet all those differing personalities came together under the flashing glitz and glam of the Thailand Headlines Person of the Year Award ceremony last month at Bangkok Convention Centre, Centara Grand.

Considered the largest shindig in Bangkok that relates to China and the Chinese -- complete with red carpets, hundreds of tables, spectacles of performances and guests flying in from Chinese-speaking countries -- the grand affair was hosted for the fifth time to acknowledge Thai figures that are of interest to Chinese readers. Ranging from categories such as most popular, Thai-Chinese relations, daily news and business/economy to culture/entertainment, recipients are selected according to their ratings and hits on the Thailand Headlines website and its print sister @ManGu, the largest free-copy Chinese magazine in Thailand.

The iron peony who steered the event to success and who also owns the two media outlets is Rui Guo, 38, preferably called "Gegee" by her Thai peers. When it comes to reaching out to Chinese tourists and expats in Thailand, none quite has the influence that @ManGu and Thailand Headlines does, with over 400,000 hits per day on their links posted on Weibo and 50,000 copies of the magazine that circulate around hotels, tourist destinations and Thai consulate offices in China. As the managing director of her self-founded mother company Jiaranan Entertainment, many turn to Gegee's expertise that also extends to consultancy services for all things relating to China -- both Chinese investors trying to break into the Thai market and vice versa.

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