China: Connecting the world, keeping values and progressing into 2025 like no other region

China has been in the news for many reasons lately. Here is a quick run down with links to some sources and more in-depth articles. The traditional Chinese thinking and planning is done with 100’s of years in sight. The China 2025 lists Information Technology, Robotics and Green Energy & Green Vehicles as the top three industries as the key government focus. The picture below depicts the routes of the

Major industries in Japan

Agriculture in Japan plays a significant role and contributes approximately 1.4% of the national GDP. Japan has the highest level of crop output per unit area in the world and a total agricultural self-sufficiency ratio of approximately 50% on less than 14 million acres of cultivated land. Manufacturing industry in Japan is the most diversified with various advanced industries which are exceedingly successful. The manufacturing industry in the country accounts

South Korea’s Work Culture

Gwarosa – death by overworking South Korea’s work culture was notorious for its rigid hierarchy as there is the demand for obedience and loyalty. Many of the newer start-ups had promised a change to a more open, horizontal culture that allowed for a better work-life balance. However, there has been evidence that the old ways are prevalent in the startups as well. Marco Kwak, a former employee of a start-up,

Hanbok | South Korea’s National Dress

“Hanbok” is a collective term for traditional clothing and has remained more or less the same over the past 1,600 years. The slight changes over time include the material, preferred colors, and the length of the skirt or jacket. The hanbok was original designed for the ease of movement. The fundamental structure includes the jeogori (jacket), baji (pants), and the chima (skirt). There are different types of hanbok that can

E-Sports in Korea

E-sports has been around since the 1960s; however, the Korean government decided to build a national broadband network in the late 90s that eventually led to the rise of online games and LAN cafes. Players were able to have access to other players across the globe, which essentially increased everyones’ skills level as well. The Korean E-sports Association was created in 2000 as an arm of the Ministry of Culture,

Hepatitis A Outbreak!

Hepatitis A is a viral liver disease that is usually transmitted person-to-person through the fecal-oral route or from contaminated food or water. Symptoms include fatigue, low appetite, stomach pain, nausea, and jaundice. There has been a rapid increase in the number of incidents and nearly 3/4ths of the those affected have been in their 30s/40s. This was concerning since those in that age range were typically more resilient against the

Human rights violation for public servants?

Currently, the law on public servants bans public servants and teachers from political expression, joining political parties, and joining political campaigns. The argument made by The National Human Rights Commission of Korea is that it is a violation of human rights and have proposed a revision to the law. This was prompted when legal consequences were set against teachers who participated in a joint statement that criticized the government for

Apple is Falling Closer to the Tree in China

Apple Inc. is building its first data center in the Southwest Chinese province named Guizhou. The data center will contain a data center building, a transformer substation of 110 KV, and an auxiliary facility, which are expected to be fully functioning by the end of 2020. The data center is 67 hectares, or 7 million square feet and construction costs are expected to reach $1 billion! The data center is

China 996 Work-Life Balance

Typically, Chinese culture has supported a “work hard” lifestyle in which most Chinese people work from 9am-9pm, 6 days per week. Specifically in the tech industry, many programmers have tended to work substantially more than this each week. This grew up in the early 2000’s as the tech industry in China started to expand. Independent labor unions have until recently been banned in China. A recent movement focused on empowering

Corporate culture in Shanghai

As we travel to do business in Asian countries, it is important that we note the differences in business culture from country to country. Of course we know the famous example of the two-handed business card receipt, but some values that not as notable in the US business culture will prove important during our business interactions abroad. We have also discussed the importance of relationship. While we will not be