Horrifying honorifics

Thai and Japanese are just two languages that have countless ways of saying the same thing depending on who you are, who the other person is, their age, provence, job title or social standing. While those two are especially cumbersome, similar systems exist in Vietnamese, Korean, Malay/Indonesian, and to a lesser extent in Chinese. TheseContinue reading “Horrifying honorifics”

Why Europe loves China

Liberals, Americans in general, people informed about the dismal human rights situation in China, historians – many groups and thinkers keep being amazed at how generously Europe treats China. Merkel and her ilk are called “lefties”, French politicians accused for selling out to the “fellow communists” in Beijing, and Italian politicians of ruining centuries ofContinue reading “Why Europe loves China”

The Loneliness of the Virus

One of the biggest problems created by the pandemic and lockdowns is hardly ever discussed at this stage. We know about the economic impact: finding a job has become near impossible, going for a job interview even legally prohibited in some countries. The long-term medical effects of the disease are as yet unknown and evenContinue reading “The Loneliness of the Virus”

China continues to suck at PR

The new year started out as a victory for the PR, except it was a total disaster. Three separate incidents occurred to show how bad the communists in Beijing still are at public relations. Number one, a tweet surfaced by the Chinese embassy to the United States equating the genocide of the Uighurs and forcedContinue reading “China continues to suck at PR”

Hong Kong 2021

The year started on a shocking note. Distracted by Corona and US Senate elections, the world stood idly by as China continued her assault on democracy in Hong Kong. The current political crackdown is not only limited to the winners of the 2020 Pro-Democracy Primary Elections, nor to the Resistance Camp formed after the Primaries.Continue reading “Hong Kong 2021”

Universal Basic Income Now or Never

The real cost of the pandemic may change the world Like many others in 2020, I lost my job due to the economic upheaval caused by a global pandemic unleashed by an irresponsible hegemonic superpower which as early as 2013 experimented with bat viruses in its biochemical warfare labels. I was a witness to someContinue reading “Universal Basic Income Now or Never”

Versatility in Creme

The French brought the millefeuille dough to Eastern Europe and from there is took on a life of its own. It became the basis of countless variations in every European country, usually with a vanilla creme or pudding filling. It is known by many names, most of which have stemmed from the German cremeschnitte, andContinue reading “Versatility in Creme”

Why Human Translators Have a Future

Around fifteen years ago I sold my last batch of share in my translation company. I sincerely believed that machine translation was around the corner and my company had limited earnings potential. While I was right on some ways I was wrong in others. The standard documents, business correspondence, and software manuals dried up forContinue reading “Why Human Translators Have a Future”

How To Name The World

I am writing a blog about global food marketing http://www.instagram.com/worldfoodunique and find myself troubled how to refer to regions of the world. Almost any terminology is biased, racist, egocentric and just plain wrong. We speak of a first world but Europe was hardly the first. What’s first then? The economy? Research? Technology? Hardly. We talkContinue reading “How To Name The World”

How a world-class airline missed the bus

Amidst the Coronavirus crisis, when huge airlines like Lufthansa are struggling and others are already close to bankruptcy. Airline and airport rankings are reshuffling. The local competition for Eva Air are weak; Cathay Pacific whose survival is also in question is struggling. At least with Hong Kong’s identity destroyed by the Chinese Communists, it hasContinue reading “How a world-class airline missed the bus”

Tacos everywhere

Seldom has a food item conquered the world like #tacos. Most food makes it around the world due to the efforts of marketers, emigrants, multinationals, specific products, and more than often it is altered gravely. The meatballs in Azerbaijan are different from Swedish ones which taste differently than American meatballs or Chinese lion heads. SushiContinue reading “Tacos everywhere”

Changing Habits

Our eating habits are all different. From country to country, region to region, city to city, but also person to person and from decade to decade it seems. Much of the advice and recipes given on the internet are unsuitable for a large portion of readers. Many ingredients are only available in certain places. YoungContinue reading “Changing Habits”

Purple Carrots

I am writing a book about food marketing. effects of colonialism on Asian languages and one on marketing in the food industry which allows me to do a lot of research not just into products but also recipes, traditions and the history of food.

You can find the results for now on Instagram. http://www.Instagram.com/worldfoodunique.

How experience trumps brand

The illusion of brand value in hospitality In the old days, when travelling to foreign lands, with languages one did not speak and food one could not eat, transportation systems one could not navigate and people one could not trust, it was generally safer to stay at a hotel chain property. A name one knewContinue reading “How experience trumps brand”

Silent Earthquakes in Hospitality

This is a guest blog written by Richard Adam, Chief Executive OPTIMIST, NED Board Member, Strategist, Developer, High-End Experience Incubator and Digital Advocate. You can connect with him on LinkedIn here. Since I can remember, there exist these “The future of …..” type of thing conferences, publications and panel discussions. What is the future ofContinue reading “Silent Earthquakes in Hospitality”

Social Media is Killing Us

No this is not an attention-grabbing headline. This is the result of what I have observed over the past 24 months. Social media is killing our social abilities, our social interaction, our human existence itself. Last week I dined at a fairly normal restaurant in the heart of Hong Kong, a city fighting at theContinue reading “Social Media is Killing Us”