All posts filed under: China

“Want the Asian Market?” A detailed guide on how Singapore can play a key strategic role for ambitious Finnish companies.

Here is a detailed guide for overseas firms which want to expand into Asia. I write about how to use Singapore as part of the overall business strategy to accelerate and enhance this expansion. This is because Singapore can bridge the cultural and language barriers between, for example, Finland, and other extremely diverse Asian regions.

How Chinese philosophy helped me differentiate between “hype” and “legitimate business models”.

It’s been a crazy busy week and I’m so glad it’s weekend soon!! Today I want to reflect a little about Chinese philosophy + how to tell the difference between hyped up and legitimate business models. To have more background knowledge, here is my post on what “business” is to a Chinese person, and why Chinese philosophy states that human beings are actually rather predictable. So I am going to post about my interpretation of what  The Book of Changes (I-ching) informs us about the difference between a “hyped-up” VS a “legitimate” business model. This is part of an extremely simple but useful interpretation of a Chinese philosophy module in my business mentor Raymond Ng’s class. There are three important premises to business models, according to Chinese philosophy/ folks. The premises may be controversial, but is simply what I-Ching says. —- 1. I-Ching encourages decisions about “what is”, not “what should be”. This means that according to the I-Ching, a smart business person rationally makes decisions on “what is”, and not “what is promised” or …

The Chinese Guide to Reading Human Beings.

Hi guys! Today I am going to write about the practical guide to reading and predicting human behavior, backed by the ancient  I-Ching (易經), or alternatively known as “The Book of Change”. Context: Last month I attended Singaporean business leader Raymond Ng’s course on Chinese Philosophy and Business, and found this part of the course really useful. Who doesn’t want to be able to predict human behavior? I’d always been very curious about human behavior, to the point of being nose-y. For example, I’d not declare knowing certain languages sometimes, just to be able to eavesdrop on interesting conversations in that particular language. And I love going to smokers’ corners just to listen to gossips. Sometimes I’m also quite sneaky when I dig information, and that’s why I am quite a good social media manager–well, we research extensively online on personal profiles! So when Raymond told me that I-Ching can help me to read human beings better, I was sold. And as expected, this knowledge did help me greatly, so I hope you enjoy this …

What is “Business” to a Chinese person?

Hey guys! Today I’m going to write about what the term “business” might mean to a Chinese person. Yes, this is an ontology post! When I was in Singapore last month on a business trip, the business leader Raymond Ng gave me a scholarship to attend his popular course on Chinese Philosophy and Business, inspired by the book of I-Ching (易经), or alternatively known as “The Book of Change”. I thought this might interest my audience. I’d always been interested in all things East-Asian, or related to China, Korea and Japan. I’m rather proficient in all three languages, even though I’m weakest in Korean. I took Chinese literature for 6 years, and read the main classics, poems and popular literature. My ex-boyfriend was Japanese (I only had 2 boyfriends my entire life, lol!) and I spent a year in Japan at Waseda University. In 2013, my friend Fiona and I were sponsored by Korean Air to blog about Seoul. So you see, East Asian philosophy and culture has always been close to my heart, and I …