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Hallyu: Riding the Korean Wave

Posted by AC Team - on Friday, 06 January 2012

Hallyu: Riding the Korean Wave
If you know Rain, BoA (shown left), and Sistar, then you already know K-Pop, Korea’s contemporary pop music and its artists. K-Pop music is one of the fastest growing music genres in the world, and along with Korea’s popular TV drama serials, films and comic books are a growing source of export revenue for Korea.   The growing global fan base of Korea's entertainment and cultural offerings, known as "Hallyu" or the "Korean Wave" feels more like a tidal wave in some...

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Tea Alchemy

Posted by AC Team on Sunday, 03 October 2004

An opportunity to create peace and to enjoy an inspiring afternoon of Tibetan music, dance and to share sacred tea is my idea of a great time. So when my friend Dan Smith asked me to help him organize a Tibetan Tea Alchemy event to benefit all sentient beings and to create universal peace, I jumped at the chance.

An opportunity to create peace and to enjoy an inspiring afternoon of Tibetan music, dance and to share sacred tea is my idea of a great time. So when my friend Dan Smith asked me to help him organize a Tibetan Tea Alchemy event to benefit all sentient beings and to create universal peace, I jumped at the chance.

His description of the event was very amazing. Pure mountain spring water will be frozen into ice sculptures of the five female Buddhist deities. In a sacred ceremony Bhakha Tulku Rinpoche, will invoke these Buddhas to attend the gathering. The ice sculptures will thereby, become the embodiment of the Buddhas. When the statues melt, the water will be boiled to make tea.

David Hoffman, founder of Silk Road Teas, and Zhena, of Gypsy Tea donated special teas referred to as liquid gold because of their rarity. The tea will first be blessed and filled with the best wishes of all the guests for the perfection of service and community before we partake of it.

Dakinis dressed in traditional Tibetan robes will serve the tea, while Bhakha Tulku Rinpoche will honor us with a performance on flute. An array of accomplished Tibetan musicians and dancers will present their authentic talents.

This event is to raise funds to benefit the Vairotsana Center in Santa Barbara, and for the construction of two stupas, one in our Santa Barbara community and one on retreat land in the Zuni Mountains near Grants, New Mexico. A stupa is an ancient form of sacred Tibetan Buddhist architecture representing the manifestation of the Enlightened Mind of the Buddha.

These stupas, to be built in the Dudul Chorten (subduing of...

Are Brands more powerful than Governments?

Posted by AC Team on Thursday, 12 August 2004

It was a noteworthy opening to any conference: a former supermodel/small business Bangladeshi entrepreneur, a former child laborer/Fortune 500 executive/author/consultant/philanthropist, the former Chairman & CEO of Unilever Spain & France/President of International Organization of Employers and the Director General of the Universal Forum of Cultures Barcelona 2004.

It was a noteworthy opening to any conference: a former supermodel/small business Bangladeshi entrepreneur, a former child laborer/Fortune 500 executive/author/consultant/philanthropist, the former Chairman & CEO of Unilever Spain & France/President of International Organization of Employers and the Director General of the Universal Forum of Cultures Barcelona 2004.

The conference? The Role of the Corporation in the 21st Century in the Barcelona Forums sparkling new 67,000 square metre convention center in front of over 800 global business and non-profit leaders and some of the worlds brightest MBA students. This unusual group gathered to share, discuss and create socially and environmentally sustainable business practices, July 19-22, 2004 in Barcelona Spain. It was an exciting and sometimes contentious four days of dialogue and intense discussions, ranging from optimism to bordering on despair, on the state of business and the world.

I was that child laborer who grew up to return as a business executive to my native Hong Kong to improve the working conditions and environmental standards that I experienced when I was young. What I presented was a human face on the impact of global business, and the pros and cons to development and economic growth. A jumble of wonder, nostalgia and gratitude rushed through me as I spoke to the packed room.

The Forum was another opportunity for me to make a constructive impact in the world. A way to raise social and environmental consciousness and collaboration between people, businesses and non-governmental organizations, what a long...

Dalai Lama & Cultivating the Heart of Leadership

Posted by AC Team on Tuesday, 18 May 2004

It was a different group than the usual college audience in the University of California at Irvine Barclay Theater on Friday April 16th. His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama and 115 global business and academic leaders gathered there to discuss and explore the development of an economy that works for everyone. I was honored to be among the business leaders invited to participate in this historic gathering.

It was a different group than the usual college audience in the University of California at Irvine Barclay Theater on Friday April 16th. His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama and 115 global business and academic leaders gathered there to discuss and explore the development of an economy that works for everyone. I was honored to be among the business leaders invited to participate in this historic gathering.

This remarkable meeting was created through a partnership between the University of California Irvine and Spirit in Business Vice Chancellor Manuel N. Gomez of UC Irvine welcomed the participants and panelists including: W. Brian Arthur, External Professor, Santa Fe Institute and former Dean and Professor of Economics and Population Studies at Stanford University; Bill George, former Chairman and CEO, Medtronic Corporation and Senior Lecturer at the Harvard Business School; John Graham, UC Irvine Professor in the Graduate School of Management; and Barbara J. Krumsiek, President and CEO of Calvert Group, Ltd.

Participants came from the medical, media, technology, environment, philanthropic and finance communities. The participants wove their personal and professional experience into a thoughtful tapestry connecting leadership, socially responsibly investing, global trade creating peace, and the power of technology to impact our notion of economy.

It was an inspiring and energizing day; we explored the many possibilities of making significant positive change in the way business is done. Issues raised ranged from what can I do today to...

'J Camp' Provides Intensive Journalism Training For High School Students of Color in Washington D.C.

Posted by Lia Chang on Friday, 19 March 2004

'J Camp' Provides Intensive Journalism Training For High School Students of Color in Washington D.C. this summer.

Have you ever considered a career in journalism? If you are a high school freshman, sophomore or junior, you have until April 1 to apply for J Camp -- a free six-day intensive journalism training program to be held July 30-August 4, 2004 at George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

The program is organized by the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) , the nation's largest professional organization for Asian Pacific American journalists.

At J Camp , students learn writing, broadcasting and photography from experienced professional journalists with some of the country's top media outlets. Applicants for J Camp must be high school freshmen, sophomores or juniors available to travel to and stay in Washington, D.C. for the six-day program. There is no fee to apply and students selected will have all costs covered, including airfare, housing and meals. AAJA will select a maximum of 40 participants.

Past J Camp speakers include CBS News correspondent Joie Chen, Pulitzer Prize-winning Detroit News reporter Angelo B. Henderson, CNN anchor Aaron Brown, People magazine senior editor Cynthia Sanz, Pulitzer Prize-winning Sacramento Bee photographer Manny Crisostomo, Dateline NBC correspondent Hoda Kotb, and CBS Early Show co-host Rene Syler.

"Since 2001, J Camp has taught the finer points of journalism to 125 of the country's best and brightest students of color while also highlighting the importance of newsroom diversity," said Mae Cheng, AAJA national president.

"It was one of the best groups of high school journalists I've ever seen," said Sacramento Bee executive editor Rick Rodriguez, a speaker at J Camp 2001 in San Francisco and in 2003 in San Diego.

"It was inspiring," said author and magazine writer Ralph Wiley, who spoke at J Camp 2002 , held at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth,...

Anti-Americanism and Anti-Globalization - a time of danger and opportunity

Posted by AC Team on Friday, 27 February 2004

Anti-American opinion and misperceptions have escalated in every region of the world and this has threatened the business of multinational corporations. Further, there is a widespread lack of awareness, appreciation and sensitivity to other cultures in the domestic US market. It is a time of immense challenge as the escalation of this trend can tear the world asunder. As the Chinese say, it is a time of danger and opportunity.

Anti-American opinion and misperceptions have escalated in every region of the world and this has threatened the business of multinational corporations. Further, there is a widespread lack of awareness, appreciation and sensitivity to other cultures in the domestic US market. It is a time of immense challenge as the escalation of this trend can tear the world asunder. As the Chinese say, it is a time of danger and opportunity.

As the Co-Chair of the N American Marketing & Promotions of the Universal Forum of Cultures Barcelona 2004 yours truly was at Yale Universitys School of Management when a private sector task force, Business for Diplomatic Action, directed by communications, marketing, political science, and global development and media professionals formed to address this looming challenge. This task force was formed by Keith Reinhard, Chairman of DDB Worldwide, the second largest advertising agency in the world, to steer a collective of multinationals in the development, sharing and warehousing of ideas, insights, and guidance on communication and perception issues that US business are uniquely positioned to address.

On February 23, 2004 Business for Diplomatic Action announced their mission to the world with a panel discussion at Yales school of Management in New Haven, CT. It was an impressive group leading the discussion: the heads of two of the largest global advertising agency networks, Keith Reinhard, Chairman of DDB Worldwide and Tim Love, Vice Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi; the Dean of the Yale...