I am an American located in Beijing China, and the install of the Flash player keeps trying to install the Chinese version. I am American and the Chinese version is sulks to me. How can I make the install install the English version?
There is no localized version of Flash Player; once installed, it will be the same on every system.
However, the installer may present you with localized panels, depending on your operating system's code page. See if the offline installers give you English install panels:
P.S. I often encounter the same problem, living in Japan. Unfortunately sometimes there is nothing you can do about it; some software + web pages insist that if you are in Japan, you must read Japanese...