07.02.2010 - 07.02.2010
Because 2009 was the year of the cow someone in my company decided to give away four "cow" awards. Everyone in the company (1700+ people) were given a ballot with 5 candidates for each award. Each of the four awards was a different color. The green cow was for the best first year employee, red cow for most popular, yellow cow for the best 15+ years employee, and black cow for the most innovative.
The voting took place over 4 days with the results at the end of each day posted in the lobby. I won the red cow award by about 200 votes! I kept telling people that it is my only chance to be famous. I'd never win a popularity contest at an American company! As the only foreigner here I stick out like a sore thumb, but I'm also very friendly and practice my Chinese with people I don't know. I hope I won because I am likable and not just recognizable! I'm sure it was a little of both. Now I have a big crystaline trophy that says "red cow" prize on it in Chinese.