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Building Asia’s Silicon Valley in Ho Chi Minh City

A recent Channel News Asia piece explains how Vietnam’s start-up scene is successful thanks to its young, educated and savvy people with Ho Chi Minh City being the epicentre of the start-up scene where most of the country’s 3,000 start-ups more »

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Belt and read: How China is exporting education and influence to Malaysia and other Asean countries

The South China Morning Post has a lengthy article about how Xiamen University Malaysia, a China-backed university that opened last year, is the model for President Xi Jinping’s vision of exporting education in order to marry Beijing’s trade ambitions with more »

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Asia has some of the most expensive cities for expats

Mercer’s annual Cost of Living Survey finds African, Asian, and European cities dominating the list of most expensive locations for expats working abroad: Five of the top 10 cities in this year’s ranking are in Asia with Hong Kong (2) more »

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Why it’s much harder for expat bankers to land a Hong Kong job

Bloomberg has reported that more and more, even experienced expat bankers are struggling to find and keep jobs in Hong Kong if they don’t speak Mandarin. The same goes for those without a mastery of China’s business culture or connections more »

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China’s booming ‘rent a foreigner’ industry

The South China Morning Post has profiled China’s “rent a foreigner” industry as it’s not uncommon for Chinese companies to hire foreigners, especially white Westerners, to represent them in public relations-type roles. Many Chinese equate Caucasian faces with business success more »

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Study: Chinese companies are more ‘Western’ in picking CEOs than Japanese

The Asian Nikkei Review has noted a recent PwC study of CEO succession among the world’s 2,500 largest publicly traded companies and has found that China and Japan pick new CEOs with very different profiles. Approximately 14.9% or 372 companies more »

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Survey: Employee (dis)engagement in Asia

The Asian Nikkei Review has noted a recent survey by Gallup conducted globally from 2014 through 2016 which found that workers in East Asia are much less engaged in their jobs than their counterparts in the rest of the world. more »

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Indian CEOs show Silicon Valley can be a “brain deposit” for future repatriation

The Asian Nikkei Review has noted one thing both Microsoft and Google have in common – they are both headed by Indian CEOs in their 40s: Satya Nadella, the 49-year-old chief executive officer of Microsoft, is from Hyderabad in Southern more »

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Survey: Expat women increasingly unhappy about the Hong Kong lifestyle

The South China Morning Post has reported that in a female expat satisfaction survey by expatriate networking website InterNations, Hong Kong has become significantly less popular (falling from 12th to 29th place in the rankings) with expat women in the more »

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The end of the golden era for expats in China?

According to the South China Morning Post, some expats say that rising living costs, a move towards hiring locals and new visa rules in particular are making life on the mainland harder for foreigners. For example: There has been an more »

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