During Fall term I started to follow blogs about Asian business, women in business and career advice. Reading blogs like the ones I’ve highlighted below kept me current on what was going on outside the classroom.
Chinaful gives the reader a first-hand observation at what it is like doing business in China, speaking Chinese, understanding the culture and enjoying the cuisine. The author, Courtney Gould Miller is an attorney based in Los Angeles, CA. who practices outbound civil litigation for Chinese clients. I first learned about Courtney’s blog from Levo League, an online community that provides career building resources for young women; Courtney had authored a post on learning Mandarin and I was instantly intrigued by her blog. She writes about her travels around China, Mandarin pronunciation, Chinese art and current events in China.
The Council for Foreign Affairs maintains this blog, authored by leading experts from the council with occasional guest blog entries. This blog keeps readers up to date on the top stories in Asia while also providing analysis from specialized professionals. Recently, the blog has been running a series called: “Is Japan in Decline?” I found many of the posts picked up where our Pacific Rim Economies class left off at the end of the term.
Products found in Japan can sometimes confuse and spark curiosity to outsiders, like ice cucumber or sweet bean flavored Pepsi. Trends in Japan keeps you up to date on all the new products, music, architecture and food items found throughout Japan. I enjoy visiting this blog because it always blows my mind in some small way, there are so many imaginative creations that aren’t found in the USA that I wish I could buy here in Oregon, like the LED balloon lamp, how cool is that!
Susan Forrester is a full-time student in the Masters in International Management program. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Portland State University. After living in Seoul, South Korea for two years she was interested in finding a career that linked Oregon and Asia together through trade. Susan enjoys the diverse background of the MIM student body that allows her to frequently practice her beginner level Chinese.