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The MBA Business Tour in East Asia

The MBA Tour is an independent and high quality information source regarding MBA admissions. Portland State University leads by Kelly Doherty, Director of Marketing and Recruiting, Graduate Business Programs will be setting up the Portland State University booth around the East Asia from August 30 to September 8, 2012 in the following locations:

  • Tokyo, Japan

Thursday August 30, 2012              16:00 – 22:00  at Hilton Tokyo

  • Taipei, Taiwan

Saturday September 1, 2012          10:00 – 16:30 at Grand Formosa Regent Taipei

  • Seoul, Korea

Tuesday September 4, 2012           16:00 – 22:30 at Millennium Seoul Hilton

  • Beijing, China

Thursday September 6, 2012         11:00 – 22:00 at Peninsula Hotel

  • Shanghai, China

Saturday September 8, 2012           11:00 – 17:30 at Pudong Shangri-La

The registration is free of charge. Kelly Doherty will be there to introducing the graduate programs: MBA, MSFA, and MIM that Portland State University offers. We are welcome the alumni to go visit our booth and helping us answering any question to our perspective students who are interested in enrolling at Portland State University.

Thunyarak “Goy” Katikavongkhachorn

Thunyarak Katikavongkhachorn or Goy is a full-time student in Master of International Management Program. She received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Portland State University. She was interested in studying MIM program because she would like to broaden her career in supply chain and logistics at the global level that focusing on Pacific Asia while studying Chinese as a third language. She currently specialize in supply chain and finance in the MIM program.

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Pollution Problems Persist in China–Air Quality in Beijing, Shanghai

The subject of pollution in China is definitely not a new one. Over the last week there have been reports from The New York Times, NBC News, All Roads Lead to China, and Shanghaiist about continued issues of air quality and pollution in Beijing and Shanghai. Continue reading

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Tips and Hints for the Upcoming Asia Trip

Dear MIMers,

The big Asia Trip is fast approaching. We leave Portland, Oregon for our 3-4 week Asia travels in less than three weeks. To help prepare for our upcoming trip, I have gathered some helpful tips and hints from MIM alumni and included some things that I have learned from traveling to Asia for 3-5 weeks at a time over last year.

What is unique about this trip is that we are traveling to 3 countries and 4 cities in three weeks, and for those of us who signed up for a fourth week of travel we will be traveling to 5 countries 7 cities in four weeks. We will be in each city only 4-6 days at the most and we will be spending much of our time on the road or in airports. It is a difficult trip to pack for since we will be gone for such a long duration of time in cold weather doing a variety of activities such as business visits, factory tours and sight seeing. For those of us who will be going to Cambodia and Thailand in the fourth week, we will be going from very cold weather to very warm weather, making it quite a packing challenge with the 44 lb (domestic) luggage weight restriction.

  • Two dark dress suits (dark is more appropriate than lighter suits) should be enough to get you through the three weeks of business visits. A student made it through three weeks with just one dress suit, however, if you spill something on one suit it is nice to have a back up while waiting for it to come back from the cleaners.
  • Be prepared for cold weather in China, S. Korea, and Japan. Current temps range from 12-48 degrees Fahrenheit. Note that those who will be in Cambodia and Thailand in the fourth week, temps have been ranging from high 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Make sure your dress shoes are super-comfortable because you will be wearing them nearly every day. If you have room, two pair of dress shoes might be a good idea so you can rotate and give your feet a break from the same pair every day. (Bring band-aids for blisters.)
  • Pack any over the counter and prescription medication you might need (medicine for a cold, upset stomach, headache, etc) as you might have some difficulty finding U.S. equivalents.
  • Bring all your favorite toiletries you cannot live without. For example, even in a metropolitan city like Shanghai it is difficult to hunt down something like contact lens rewetting drops (I was forced to buy a whole starter kit at a higher cost since it was the only thing available). Name brands that you might be familiar with may have different ingredients in it as a friend of mine found out when a name-brand face product she purchased in Beijing caused her to break out in a rash. In China men’s deodorant is usually available as roll-on only, not as a stick.
  • Carry a little packet of tissues, hand wipes, hand sanitizer, etc with you at all times. Toilet paper and paper towels (and sometimes soap) are often not available in bathrooms in China. Napkins are also sometimes not available in restaurants.
  • Bathrooms in many parts of Asia are very different from western bathrooms and toilets. Many places only offer in-floor potties (you must squat to use these). Note that it is a little tricky for women, especially when wearing pants and nylons.
  • Be prepared to hand wash your clothes and hang them to dry in your rooms. We are on the go a lot and it is difficult to make time to drop off/pick up the clothes at a laundry facility (laundry service may only be open during certain hours and since we will be on the go a lot so it may be difficult to make it during hours of operation). Self-laundry service (laundromats) may not be available and hotel laundry services are not inexpensive. Bring laundry detergent sheets for hand washing clothes in the hotel sink/tub (like Purex, available at any grocery store, which will pack well in a Ziploc and not spill on anything) or find something like soap flakes from REI that backpackers use.
  • 100% cotton clothing stretches after wear and laundry services do not use the high-powered dryers that we are accustomed to in the U.S., so do not expect your jeans and cotton clothes to shrink up and regain their shape. It is a good idea to bring clothes that have some sort of stretch to retain shape. Nylon-blend (or synthetic-blend) clothes are good because they are warm and dry very quickly.
  • Crystal body deodorant “Original Stick” is great at getting body odors off your clothes – just rub it over the body odor smell on your shirts and jackets (no residue will be left behind). You can probably pick this up at New Seasons or Whole Foods. If in a pinch…Oregon Ballet Theater’s wardrobe specialist uses vodka in a spray bottle to get out odors after each show until costumes can be dry-cleaned.
  • You may want to consider getting a good camera for all the picture-taking opportunities.
  • Electrical outlets and voltages are different than in the U.S. for each country we will be traveling to. Generally speaking, U.S. electrical plugs should fit in Japan’s and China’s outlets, but in Seoul the outlets only fit two cylindrical pins so you will definitely need an adaptor to plug in cell phones, laptops, etc, in Seoul. You can look at your plugs and it should tell you what the voltage range is for that piece of equipment (you will most likely be able to plug in laptops, cell phones, and camera battery chargers without a converter), but things like hairdryers and electric shavers will most likely not work or get damaged.
  • There are such thing as a “laptop lock.” Every laptop should have a little hole on one side where you can insert the lock. The other part of it will wrap around a piece of furniture. Although reports have been positive (no issues with laptops stolen from hotel rooms), this might be good for peace of mind. It will not stop anyone from stealing your laptop if they really want it, but it might slow them down…and they will look pretty strange hauling a chair or dresser drawer attached to a laptop through the hotel.
  • Be prepared for overstimulation—there is a lot going on in Asia and you will be surrounded by people at all times. Not only will most of us have roommates in tiny hotel rooms for 3-4 weeks, but we will also be spending most of our waking hours together in lectures, on the bus, at business trips, sight seeing, and meals. Note that personal space is not the same in many other countries as you might be used to in the U.S. That being said, if you look like you are foreign, be prepared to be touched and grabbed by vendors in China.
  • Pace yourselves. It is easy to get caught up in the excitement of “Asia,” seeing new and exciting things, and being with all your fun MIM friends. However, it is a 3-4 week trip and running yourself into the ground early on is only going to make you susceptible to exhaustion and possible illness.
  • Please do not make your classmates wait on you in the morning. Make the bus on time and do not make everyone late for the business meetings. **Anyone who is late must buy donuts for the whole crew.
  • Much of our time will be spent on a bus traveling to and from business visits and sightseeing. Be prepared by bringing snacks, reading material, iPods, whatever else you need to keep yourself occupied.
  • Although the weight restriction is 50 lbs total for 2 checked bags total flying from U.S. to Asia on Delta Airlines, note that domestic flights within Asia tend to have a weight restriction of 44 lbs (20kgs) total for 2 checked bags. You will get charged significant amounts of money for each kg that you are over in weight AND, you will have to leave your passport at the airline desk, leave the line, cross the airport to the payment counter, pay in cash and/or foreign currency, then return to the airline counter to show your receipt of payment (and wait in line again). It is a real hassle to deal with overweight fees and will hold up the group.
  • If you are a blogger or social networker, note that in China Facebook, Twitter, Google’s BlogSpot, and WordPress are among some of the sites that are blocked. However, you might be able to access some of these by your cell phone (cell phone service but not necessarily through wifi access). Gmail does work in China and so does Gchat/Gvideo chat to keep in touch with friends and family.
  • If you do not have a Skype account now, you might consider setting one up for yourself on your laptop/and or your cell phone if you plan to keep in touch with others back home. This will allow you to call and/or do video chat for free calling mobile phones and for approximately 1-2 cents/minute calling landlines.
  • For calling/texting within each country…to avoid high cell phone costs you may consider switching out the SIM card in your cell phone with a locally purchased one in each country. Note that your phone must be “unlocked”—it must not be programmed to work with only one cell phone company. (While in Vietnam for three weeks I purchased a cheap cell  phone and a SIM card for $25 USD each, which enabled me to keep in touch with my friends/coworkers whom I was traveling with.)
  • Most sights are relatively inexpensive (i.e. 2-20 yuan in China for entry fee, with the most expensive being approximately 50-65 yuan for the great wall with additional 25 yuan for extra options like the cable car and toboggan).
  • BRING YOUR PSU STUDENT ID – It is valid traveling around Asia at most places that offer a student discount.

If you have any suggestions, tips, and hints to share for the upcoming trip, please do not hesitate to leave a comment on this post!

We will all get to see the Forbidden City as well as many other famous sites in China. (I included this photo here because it is much nicer to look at then the one following it...)

Just a heads up so this is will not come as a shock to those of you who have not traveled in Asia...Women, be prepared to use these kinds of toilets out and about in China (in Japan and S.Korea you will often have an option of a western toilet).

These are detergent sheets that won't leak in your suitcase and work well for the travel we are doing on this trip. One sheet cut in half is good for hand washing clothes in a sink.

Sample of laundry fees in China (in yuan)

A good place to get your pasta fix in Beijing! 😉


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Master of International Management 2010 Asia Tour: Business & Asia

We are off to Asia for Master of International management recruitment 2010- We’ll be touring with the rest of graduate business programs.  Tokyo, shanghai, Beijing, Seoul, Taipei, Bangkok, Singapore – from Sept 1-17 be sure to check out our blog and follow our tweet. More to come!

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Asia Trip Photo Contest

So, we’ve been back in Portland for nearly a month now, and have been super busy with classes.  We’ve also been rifling through tons of pictures… tons.  I heard one student was on pace to take over 3,000 pictures!  We decided to hold a little photo contest, and need your help to decide on the People’s Choice.  Head over to our facebook page.  If you’re not a fan become one!

Then, visit our photo page for the Asis Trip and vote for your favorite picture by “liking” it.  Ater one week, on Saturday, April 24 at 12 midnight, the photo with the most “likes” will be declared the People’s Choice!

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Photos from the Far East

Well, we’re all back from the trip, and we’re officially into the Spring term.  We’ve been told by the heads of the program, as well as members of the past cohort that this will be our most challenging term of the program – with 19 credits, including classes like International Corporate Finance, Contemporary Pacific Rim and World Affairs, Global Human Resources and International Law and Ethics it’s easy to understand why.  But, that’s not to say that this term has to be all work and no play, at least for now.

As a part of the Asia Trip, the program decided to bundle in a little contest – a photo contest to be exact.  Now, the program heads are in charge of choosing the big prize winners, but we (anyone that’s a fan of our Facebook page, actually) get to decide a “People’s Choice” winner.  Within a week or so, we will have pictures up on our Facebook page that were submitted by students that just went on the Asia Trip, then, all you have to do is give them a quick look-see, and vote on your favorites by “liking” it.  You can like as many as you want.  We then choose the photo that has the most likes.  Pretty simple.  The winner gets a gift certificate to the Portland State University Bookstore, because, well, texts are still pretty expensive…

Now, I know that we had said that we would be making daily updates while on the Asia Trip, but clearly, that did not happen… Between jam-packed days, and spotty internet access (mostly in China), these updates unfortunately fell through the cracks.  Not to worry though – we’ve got a lot to talk about from the trip, and as Austin said in his last post, we’ll be sure to post more lessons, memories and insights related to the trip in the weeks to come.  If there’s anything that you are interested in about our recent Asia Trip, or anything else, please leave us a comment here, or on our Facebook page!


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Living it up in Beijing

We landed in Beijing in the afternoon and it was great weather.  I hear it is usually smoggy, but for us, blue skies and bright sun.  The sun isn’t really doing its job however since it is pretty cold here, -1 Celsius.  After a short bus ride we made it to the hotel and immediately to the Li Ning store to pick up a pair made famous from our case study.  After that a large group headed for a traditional foot massage, which after a week of traveling is probably the best thing you can do when you first get to Beijing.  From the it was hot pot which was fantastic.  Overall it was an eventful and impressive day, and I can’t wait to see what the rest of China has in store for me.


北京 – 让我们尽情欢乐吧!

我们于当地时间3月9日下午抵达北京。北京的天气非常地好。听人说北京时常是烟雾迷蒙,但是我们看到的却是蓝天和煦日。虽然阳光很好,气温却很低 – 零下1摄氏度。我们很快搭乘短程巴士到达下榻的酒店。 一放下行李,我们就迫不及待地到“李宁”专卖店挑选运动鞋。 由于这次亚洲之行之前我们对“李宁”进行了案例分析,所以大家都很熟悉这个品牌。接下来我们一大帮人结伴去了一家传统的中式按摩院享受足底按摩。经过一周的旅行,我们到达北京后最想做的事情莫过于足疗了。随后我们去吃了火锅。火锅的味道棒极了!


– 翻译:蔡敏

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