Communicating across cultures, so nothing is lost in translation

“Exactly how many characters are in the Chinese language?” Ming Lee laughed and replied, “Over 50,000. But, only 3,500 characters are used in the everyday Chinese language. So, things can get lost in translation if one doesn’t listen.” This is one of the many fascinating cultural communication lessons I learned in a one-on-one conversation with…

K-pop, it’s electric!

Seoul is considered by many as the “beauty belt” of the Asia, and is a strong influencer in the areas of music, fashion, and beauty worldwide. The phenomenon of K-pop, which stands for Korean popular music, is an infectious, melodic, lively, up-tempo, American inspired, soulful, and catchy style of music that is emulated across the…

A shoe shopper’s delight within the heart of Seoul

From crystal-studded, jade sandals to red-hot high heels and every in between, shoes are an extension of a woman’s style. In a unique find, nestled in the heart Seoul, the Seongdong-gu is the handmade shoe capital of South Korea. This area is known to local Koreans as the place to buy customized, handcrafted, and stylish…

Globalization In Real Time

It’s everywhere, globalization that is. Reading about globalization is one thing, but visualizing globalization in real time is completely another. After spending a few perfect days traveling around Seoul, I’m seeing globalization in real time. From culture and tourism, to social innovations, environmental allegiance, transportation and then to communication technology, globalization is all around us…

One Less Nuclear Power Plant: Seoul City Hall

Electricity. It is the common thread that weaves the world together, and plays an essential role within humanity. Whether one is rich or poor, young or old, the daily consumption of electricity is taken for granted.  Since the discovery of electricity, people, now more than ever, are dependent on power. As rising environmental challenges occur…

Irish Economics by Jocelyn Weiss

As I discussed in my “In Awareness” country analysis paper, the economy of the Republic of Ireland has seen rapid growth over the last several years. This in turn has led to higher wages, a higher mandatory minimum wage (nearly $12/hour in American currency) and an increase in product and service prices overall. I have…