Philippine Nightmare: Typhoon Haiyan

 

Haiyan has devastated parts of the Philippines beyond recognition. Where are we? What is happening on the ground? What kind of recovery period are we looking at?

“Asia in Review” host David Day engages in an important and fascinating conversation about this terrible disaster with special guests Vice Consul Joy Santos of the Philippine Consulate, Ray Shirkhodai, the Executive Director of the Pacific Disaster Center on Maui,  along with Dr Heather Bell, also of the Pacific Disaster Center.

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Secrets for Negotiating Life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why is it that a couple in the throes of divorce struggle just as hard to “create the deal” as the American businessman typically does in putting together a sustainable deal with his foreign counterpart?

In this show, we take a step back from the world of international business deal-making and diplomacy and take a hard look at some of the tips and techniques used in those areas that can help in everyday life.

Are there cross-overs that really work? Do we plan out our lives or, more accurately, do we negotiate them? What can we learn from international diplomacy and high stakes deal making that will make us more successful in the many negotiations we all engage in every day?

“Asia in Review” host David Day engages in an important and fascinating conversation with special guest Prof. Jeswald Salacuse from the Fletcher School of International Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University about Salacuse’s new book “Negotiating Life – Secrets for Everyday Diplomacy and Deal Making“. Dr. Salacuse is the former Dean of the Fletcher School, a prolific writer on the topic of negotiations, and a member of the faculty and the executive committee of the Harvard Program on Negotiation. He is also a visiting professor of law at Harvard Law School.

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The Art of Appreciative Inquiry

In the international field, we thought it would be important to bring to you a discussion about a new, cutting-edge management philosophy that is in the formative stages of global management trainings coming up in the Asia Pacific Region. 

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Did you ever notice that typically when we evaluate an idea, a business, or an individual that the standard practice is to look for defects, areas needing improvement, etc.? What if that common approach is less effective than we believe? Should an organization, for instance, focus on its weaknesses an attempt to improve in those areas or concentrate on its strengths?

In this program, “Asia in Review” host David Day engages in an important and fascinating conversation with special guest Mr. Amin Leiman a California/Hawaii-based international management consultant, lecturer and trainer in this new field of The Art of Appreciative Inquiry and its transformative philosophy, tools, and techniques for organizational and individual re-invention.

 

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Taking the Outer-Island Business International

Jenny Takemoto Asia Pacific Hawaii Maui,Hawaii

Jenny Takemoto
Asia Pacific Hawaii
Maui,Hawaii

The outer-island business faces some unique challenges in any drive to expand its markets outside of the U.S. Where does it go for assistance or guidance?  How does it keep up with the educational opportunities frequently available only in Honolulu? What about the additional shipping challenges that it has to wrestle with?

Broadcast throughout the Hawaiian islands and streamed globally, Ms. Jenny Takemoto, a Maui-based international export consultant with Asia Pacific Hawaii engages in an educational, tip-filled conversation with David Day. An unusual part of this discussion is the wholly different mindset required of the outer-island business and the pro-active, forward-looking strategy that is ultimately required for success.

 

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The China-U.S. News Media Imbalance

“The first social responsibility and professional ethic of media staff should be understanding their role clearly and being a good mouthpiece.

Journalists who think of themselves as professionals, instead of as propaganda workers, are making a fundamental mistake about identity.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         –Hu Zhanfan, President of CCTV

     All news media in the People’s Republic of China is state-controlled, with the larger ones (Xinhua, People’s Daily, CCTV) reporting directly to the Communist Party’s Central Propaganda Department (CPD). The watchdog group, “Reporters without Borders,” ranked China 174 out of 179 countries in its 2012 worldwide index of press freedom.  Journalists face harassment and prison terms for violating government censorship rules. Chinese media disseminators usually employ their own monitors to ensure political acceptability of their content.  

Hong Jiang Deputy Director New Tang Dynasty Television (NTDTV) Assoc Prof, UH Manoa

Hong Jiang
Deputy Director (Hawaii)
New Tang Dynasty Television (NTDTV)
Assoc Prof, UH Manoa

    The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has roughly 700 credentialed news media representatives United States. The number of U.S. reporters in China is generally less than 20.  The Chinese reporters are, for the most part, government agents who are allowed free rein in the U.S. to fulfill their mission. Their U.S. counterparts in China work for independent news organizations and are routinely harassed, including having their visas denied or delayed, sources beaten and arrested, travel restricted, and their physical safety threatened. 

Kerry Gershaneck fmr US Govt Public Affairs Official fmr U.S. Marine Officer Senior Associate at Pacific Forum CSIS Adj. Prof. Hawaii Pacific University in Strategic Communications

Kerry Gershaneck
fmr US Govt Public Affairs Official
fmr U.S. Marine Officer
Senior Assoc, Pacific Forum CSIS
Adj. Prof. Hawaii Pacific University in Communications
Strategic Communications Expert

      In this program, “Asia in Review” host David Day engages in a fascinating conversation on this sensitive topic with special guest Ms. Hong Jiang, the Deputy Regional Director (for Hawaii) from the independent US-based TV network, New Tang Dynasty Television (NTDTV) and an Associate Professor at University of Hawaii at Manoa; Also joining Ms. Jiang is Mr. Kerry Gershaneck, a former senior US government Public Affairs official who teaches Strategic Communication at Hawaii Pacific University.

     The show focuses on the implications of this news media coverage imbalance and how it plays into the larger “information war” between the US and the PRC that former Secretary of State Clinton alluded to in testimony before Congress.  Ms. Jiang and Mr. Gershaneck address the question of whether this imbalance now gives the PRC a significant advantage in its “Soft Power” and other “influence operations” directed at the U.S. and what the U.S. can begin to do to level the Information playing field with the PRC.

 

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CyberSecurity: Protecting the Essential Business

Amin Leiman U.S. nuclear powerplant cybersecurity consultant

Amin Leiman
U.S. nuclear powerplant cybersecurity consultant

In this fascinating and educational program, Mr. Amin Leiman, a cybersecurity consultant for nuclear power plants in the U.S. and formerly, the Director of IT Audit at Hawaiian Electric Industries, lays out the vulnerabilities of “essential” (e.g. banks, power plants, air traffic control, etc.)  businesses in the United States to cyber hacking. 

The show conversation moves from an examination of the vulnerabilities and risks to a discussion with David Day on how it is that the essential business conducts itself to protect against cyber attacks and espionage. The discussion includes interesting disclosures and tips how knowledgeable and even low-level employees are “socially hacked.”

The program concludes with an overview of the safety/preventative measures and how the most dangerous of our business enterprises, nuclear power plants, are actually protected.

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Business: Going International–The Critical “How To”

There are all kinds of challenges that a small or medium-sized business faces when contemplating a move into a new market overseas: problems with payment, shipping, customs & duties, cultural barriers, distribution and marketing nightmares, taxes, local management/partner problems, customer service, language barriers, corruption possibilities, different methods/style of doing business, and on and on.  For many entrepreneurs and small businesses, these challenges can be so daunting that the business is frozen and stagnates within its smaller domestic market.

Richard Swanson Director, Pacific South Region U.S. Commercial Service

Richard Swanson
Director, Pacific South Region
U.S. Commercial Service

It does not have to be this way. The trick is to understand the tools available for free or very little cost to the entrepreneur and small/medium sized business through the U.S. Commercial Service.  An enterprise entering new business mileu needs both business market intel as well as front-line, “on the dirt” experience in the new, target market,  both in initially putting the deal together and later in assisting on the back end should problems or misunderstandings develop.

Hosted by Asia in Review’s David Day, here is a candid and educational conversation with Richard Swanson, the Director for the Pacific South Region of the U.S. Commercial Service, which includes not only Hawaii and the Pacific Islands (Guam, American Samoa, Saipan, etc), but also the Southwestern states of California, Nevada, and Arizona.

During the course of this discussion, Mr. Swanson walks the business owner through the “how to” steps of using the U.S. Commercial Service to get underway successfully in new markets overseas. He discusses how to prepare for and then set up the “face-to-face” approach with USCS pre-vetted potential partners/dealers/distributors. In addition, Mr. Swanson talks about the “trade show” approach, and how to effectively tackle both the international and domestic trade shows with the assistance of the USCS.

Finally, Mr. Swanson and David Day talk about an example of a successful Hawaii company, Oils of Aloha, that partnered with the USCS several years ago and has been breaking into new market after new market ever since.

This show was broadcast on radio and television throughout the Hawaiian & Pacific Islands and then streamed globally.

 

 

 

 

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Hawaii’s Education of International Lawyers

 

  Education has always been an important business sector for Hawaii and the William S. Richardson Law School, in its 40 years of existence,  has developed quite a reputation in the field for educating U.S. lawyers in the Pacific. The Richardson law school has also moved to develop a strong Master of Laws program that now attracts experienced foreign lawyers to study in Hawaii.

This program is an engaging  conversation that probes some of the the challenges that these foreign lawyers face with the U.S. legal education system, including the “socratic” method of teaching.  The conversation also looks at the important contributions these international lawyers make to both the global viewpoint and “internationalized” education of future U.S. lawyers.

 

 

 

David Day engages in an interesting conversation with special guests Spencer Kimura, Director of the LLM progam at the University of Hawaii’s William S. Richardson Law School, along with foreign lawyers now studying at Richardson: Mr. Akesh Abhilash (Singapore), Ms. Nicole Brauchli-Jageneau (Belgium/Switzerland), and Ms. Carolina Monserrat Bezy (Chile).

 

Richardson law school crowd

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