What’s the difference between saving face in the Asian style and our more Western idea of simply being polite? I was thinking about this recently when I was at an event, which I co-sponsored, at London’s Asia House. It was[...]..
I was recently back in Seoul after publishing Phoenix Rising: A Journey Through South Korea and like all authors after publishing a book, I wanted to find out if what I had discovered and written about almost a year ago[...]..
There is no doubt that China is currently undergoing social and economic changes that will have a profound effect on both China and the world. Information sharing is one of the most far-reaching of these changes. Some sources estimate that[...]..
As the Hong Kong protests for ‘true democracy’ (as opposed to the ‘nonimatory democracy’ the community has been offered) drag on towards an uneasy end, what can businesses learn from this experience of folly and stubbornness in one of the[...]..
Never mind the Chinese and Japanese, what’s it like doing business with the South Koreans? In some way, the inhabitants of South Korea are a bit of a mystery for Westerners. For example, unlike other ‘Confucian’ societies in Asia, they[...]..
Want to know more about East Asia and how the economies and cultures of the region interact? Check out Phoenix Rising: A Journey Through South Korea, a new book in my 'Unexplored Territory' travel trilogy that takes the reader from[...]..
My new novel Chinese Walls is a story of love and corruption set in the Hong Kong and London business world. Part mystery and part detective story, the novel reflects the themes of intercultural relationships and the need for transparency[...]..
Although Myanmar is a resource-rich country, the economy is one of the least developed in the world. With the lifting of sanctions by the West following Aung San Sui Kyi’s release, more investment and development opportunities are opening up. But[...]..
The best way to approach the export of goods to China and to set up a profitable business there is to do your homework. This may sound obvious but it’s amazing how many foreign companies don’t take this essential first[...]..
Singapore has made great strides since independence from Britain in 1965, both as an economy and as a nation. In terms of purchasing power parity, Singapore has the third highest per capita income in the world. There are slightly over[...]..