Did We Give Up Too Soon?

January 30, 2012 4 comments »
When I was a young child growing up in Taiwan, we used to have this icebox in the kitchen. To keep food cold, we would buy ice blocks every few days from the ice delivery man. Then one day, my parents bought our very first refrigerator. It was a GE. I still remember the sparkles in my parents’ eyes. We had popsicles every summer after that. Its humming sound softly reverberated throughout the house when we slept. By the time I left for graduate school in the U.S., 15 years later, that white electric “icebo....Read More

Are We Winning?

January 23, 2012 2 comments »
Every time I watched a movie called “Taking Chance”, I would cry.  It is a simple story about a Marine colonel escorting the body of a dead fellow marine to his hometown in Montana.  I was touched by the way ordinary Americans stopped and paid respect to his flag draped coffin along the way.  I was also touched by the way the colonel struggled with his own mixed emotions on this journey.  My heart ached for all those young lives lost in the war. Then I got angry at those who made it seemingly so eas....Read More

Are Our Beliefs Really That Sacred?

January 16, 2012 3 comments »
As a social scientist, I continue to fascinate myself with the intense energy around the defense of one’s belief.  So I thought I would poke at this social phenomenon a little bit. We were born into this world naked as a piece of blank canvass.  Circumstance and environment are like paint brushes that stroke us with different colors, shapes and impressions. We are constantly influenced by the teachings of our experience and socialization.  Very often, we swallowed whole these teachings since we were ch....Read More

Who is the true “Conservative”?

January 9, 2012 12 comments »
For years, I have been intrigued by the seemingly endless pursuit of “a true conservative” in the Republican Party during every election season.  I understand that there is a value polarity between “conservative” and “liberal”. However, I have never seen the almost frantic search of “a true liberal” in the Democrat Party. If you ask most of the Americans and if they are willing to be honest, they will tell you that they hold a middle of the road value and point of view.  So, why spend so m....Read More

The Meaning of Apology

August 10, 2010 6 comments »
Ever since the announcement of the massive recall of their cars, Toyota has apologized publiclyon TV and in newspaper again and again to its customers and in the marketplace.For Japanese and other Asian countries, an apology is the highest form of humility and takingresponsibility for their mistakes. In ancient times in Japan, the highest code of honor for theSamurai was to commit to a form of Seppuku, or Kara kin (suicide by cutting into onesstomach). I have not heard too many direct or indirect apologies fro....Read More

Globalization

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Ever since we opened our doors to trade, we have become increasingly interdependent with our trading partners. In recent times, this phenomenon is exacerbated by the supply chain economy we co-created around the world. So, the world is at our doorstep and the global village is no longer a concept. The physical distance among people is getting shorter everyday. However, are we really getting closer to each other? Our business strategy around the globe is often tied to our foreign policy. And our foreign policy....Read More

Regenerate Yourself in 2010

January 5, 2010 5 comments »
It has been a while since I’ve actively blogged. The last two years have been very challenging for many of us. Several times I thought of talking to you, but I was afraid that I did not have many inspirational things to say.Like many people, I got swept up in worrying about my business, especially when the phones did not ring as often as before. I worried about retirement. I worried about healthcare. And I was also keenly aware of the extravagant retail habits that I had formed and found them ....Read More