Cousin-Brothers, Ah Meng and Ah Chew: A Little Tale About the Chinese Diaspora

London - Chinese dancing girlsI am writing this in England, squatting at my cousin’s cozy apartment and I can’t help but think how lucky I am to have found him late in my life.  Virtually fatherless when born in Sungai Patani, Ah Meng (or Alan) is the son of my father’s youngest sister. We call her ku chai, meaning “aunty little” (she was shorter than I and that is short if you happen to be in Australia living amongst giants!). Continue reading “Cousin-Brothers, Ah Meng and Ah Chew: A Little Tale About the Chinese Diaspora”

Doing Business in the Chinese and Aussie way

“To Thy Own Self Be True” –

Tall PoppyIs there one way of doing business or many? In the 20 years that I have travelled and worked with different peoples and groups exploring issues to do with the enhancement of their business it does not matter where or whom I work with: Americans, Aboriginal people, Maoris, Aussies or Chinese, one universal law pops up inevitably: business is about managing people, not about making money. Money is the result from the effective management of people: self and others (customers, employees etc).

So simple. Continue reading “Doing Business in the Chinese and Aussie way”