Ten things Hong Kong does better than anyone else

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Home of Bruce Lee, divine DIM SUM, LOFTY BUILDINGS, LOFTIER REAL ESTATE PRICES and —–in spite of all those buildings —–easy access to incredible stretches of great outdoors. 

It has been more than 15years since the British handed Hong Kong over to Chinese rule, but little has changed.  Hong Kong remains a COMPETITIVE & INDEPENDENT CITY, consistently ranked as one of the World’s Best Places to live.

(1) TONAL TALENTS : —– The language has a total of 6 to 9 tones, depending on where you are hearing it, compared to English’s zero tones.  No other Asian language comes close ( there are 4 tones in Mandarin, 5 in Thai and 6 in Vietnamese).  To add to the complexity —and fun— of the language, Cantonese is a dialect with new slang invented everyday and many words aren’t used in written communication.

(2) STAYING ALIVE :—–The city not only has…

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A book “Clusters and Economic Growth In Asia” provides insights into the development and transformation of various clusters and industrial sectors in East and Southeast Asia.

Economic Sociology and Political Economy

The volume edited by Sören Eriksson (Jönköping University, Sweden) deals with a number of important issues including the increasing relevance of cluster policies and the need to understand them in the context of the institutional and structural transition of newly industrializing East Asian economies. The autors also investigate the role of information and communication technology in economic growth, an emerging biomedical cluster in South Korea, an industrial agglomeration of Taiwanese electronics firms in China, and different sectorial and regional growth models in China. The book moves on to study the technology intensity of FDI in Vietnam and the implications for economic growth and emerging clusters, as well as the origin and characteristics of foreign technology transfer in a Chinese aircraft industry cluster. Other interesting cases from countries such as Indonesia, Japan, Singapore included.

To the book (Open access to the 1st chapter)

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Building a brand in Asia

Scott Whitaker

Building a brand is a daunting task, but if you are good at what you do you have probably build a reliable, well known brand in your country.

But that all goes out the window when you come to Asia.  Even if you are well know in your country you are a nobody in Asia.  And in a region that holds a very large portion of the worlds population you will have to put a lot of work in to build a recognizable brand that will stand the test of time.  So here are some very quick tips:

Be different, but not too different

People in Asia are early adopters.  They like new things and they are willing to pay more to get the latest thing before their neighbors.  But if you are too different you lose touch with the core values of people and in a homogeneous society that…

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China, Asia will rise, but not dominate the future

My Take

One of the more popular lines of thinking about the future is that Asia will dominate the world, this being a variant and accompaniment of the idea that China will dominate the world. Yet it’s become annoying for me to see this often repeated in the media, in books and by big business, since I’m a huge skeptic and strongly feel there’s a lot of hot air and wishful thinking behind those claims. It was good to see an article like this that says why Asia will not dominate this century. While it’s specifically about a debate at an Oxford alumni event in HK, the arguments made are sound and point to a very strong conclusion – Asia will rise, but it won’t dominate. Most arguments for why Asia or China will dominate center around numbers, as in quantity (size of national GDP, markets for products, growth etc), while not focusing…

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