Business in Asia
Business and Cultural Posts for doing business and living in Asia - Wag the Dragon Series. 15 posts
Pronounce it Right Joe Rogan - Huawei, Xiaomi, Muay Thai Andy 'Ngo' and 'Nguyen' 'NG' Names
Business in Asia
How should you REALLY pronounce 'Huawei' 华为 (華為)? Xiaomi 小米? - How about surnames starting in NG like 'Ng', 'Ngo' 吳 and 'Nguyen' 阮? - And what about Muay Thai (มวยไทย)? Some people
5 Things I H̶a̶t̶e̶ Strongly Dislike About Living in SE Asia
South by Southeast (SXSE)
In our last clip Wimintra and I looked at the 5 top things we love about living in Thailand and SE Asia in general.  In this clip, we look on the darker side
China is Too Big Too Ignore - China Digital Marketing 101
Business in Asia
Foreign hotel brands are failing when it comes to marketing to China.I have recently done some research into how hotels in SE Asia, Europe and the United states are managing their Chinese
You Don't Know Your Own Company's Name?
Business in Asia
"How is it possible that you don't even know your own hotel's name?" As part of the research for our 'Marketing To China' series, we examined thousands of comments left by
If you Don't Like it Here - Then Go Home! Is it Ever Okay to be Critical?
cross cultural
From China to Thailand - is it ever okay to be critical of your host country as a foreigner / expat? This past week, a Frenchman in Thailand was reprimanded for making a music
Danger in Getting Tattoos in Thai, Chinese, Arabic and other Foreign Scripts - Think Before you Ink
Business in Asia
Getting Tattoos in Thai, Chinese, Arabic and other Foreign Scripts is Dangerous - Think Before You Ink Getting a tattoo in Chinese characters, or using Thai, Khmer or even Arabic writing may seem
'Thai' ไทย Tattooed on Foreigner's Foot in Thailand - Who's to Blame, Tattooer or Tattooee?
The lady had the word ไทย 'Thai' tattooed inThai on her foot. “I wish someone would throw acid on her – that would show these uneducated people without couth to respect people” “I would like to splash acid in her face” “How would she feel if I put her country / name in the same place?”
Would you Date a Bar-Girl? - Survey Debrief
South by Southeast (SXSE)
Would you date a bar girl? What would you do if a potential business partner turned up to a business meeting with a bar girl? This past week a survey was conducted in
Hotels, Thais and Indians – No Room for Political Correctness
The Original Story Appears in Hotel Click here for full story. Several months ago, I was brought into a project in a high-end hotel in Bangkok that was a couple of
How Safe is it to Travel in Asia
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Yesterday a man held up traffic in downtown Bangkok holding a knife and releasing a bag of snakes.  Last week, my wife Wimintra arrived home from Sri Lanka just a day before the
Asian Names - Use them Correctly - Power of Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese and Other Names in Asia
Business in Asia
Names in Asia are more than just a label.  People may be called different things depending on who they're speaking to, or what the occasion is.  In this first episode of 'Getting names
5 Ways to not be a Dick in Asia - Wag the Dragon
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If your local staff in Asia were free to tell you - the foreign management ANYTHING without fear of any negative repercussions, what would they say?  Before you watch this clip, put your
Expat Managers - Why do you Conduct Training in English?
Business in Asia
Over the past four weeks I have been working with an international Technology company that has extensive operations here in Asia – in particular Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, China and India. With the Chinese market
Western Compliance NOT Culturally Compliant
Business in Asia
I received my briefing from a regional level representative of a large blue-chip US based company that was under order to ‘get to the bottom of things’ after 4 ‘HiPo’ alerts were raised
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