Cultural Arbitrage and Bobblehead dolls – The Singapore Advantage

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  I have often spoken of Singapore as being in the confluence of cultures. We are possibly the single most bilingual nation in the world, we are also bi-cultural. Being a mere 3 generations out of China or India, we are still very much in touch with our cultural roots. We are raised in an MTV MickeyDs g generation but … Read More

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Chinese Social Media – Why it is evolving faster than you think.

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We already know that Social media has the ability to transform social structures by empowering individuals to cohesive action. The hive mind disseminates information at the speed of Tweet and the collective consciousness informs the actions of the drones who are a part of the collective. In this system, the collective consciousness, rather than being a single entity, represents the … Read More

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Why Chopsticks? A Western Worldview. A parable for our times.

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As a Singaporean, I have been brought up in the confluence of the East -West  divide. It has been a source of great interest to me.  I came across this post in a forum not too long ago, to me, it represents much of what I have written about with regards to  the East-West divide. ” I never understood the … Read More

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Weibo vs Twitter – Why Microblogging works better in China.

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Microblogging is all the rage in China. Due to the Great Firewall and the regulations about control, Twitter, Facebook,youtube and Google have been severely curtailed. However, nature abhors a vacuum, in China, that usually means someone will come in and copy. Which leads to interesting dynamics, as we shall see. The twitter equivalent in China is, of course ,Weibo. There … Read More

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Singapore as an Outlier

JoelEast vs West, New media, Social MediaLeave a Comment

  I just completed Malcom Gladwell’s book, Outliers. It is an insightful look into how success occurs and it started me thinking about Singapore. With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, we can identify the elements contributing to success. As mentioned before, Singapore has had the benefit of  many advantages.  Which still hold true today. I would put forward that 3 … Read More

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Self Perceptions In An East/West Social Media Context

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We are in an age of unparallelled self expression opportunities . Every contact point with the customer is about the I of the Internet or the ME of social media. However, there are distinct differences in the perception of self  of people who live in West as opposed to the East. Of course the caveat here is that I am … Read More

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The Singapore Social Media Marketing Experience

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I have been asked several times, why I chose to remain in Singapore. I was away for several years  have travelled extensively. Many of my friends have decided to leave to settle  elsewhere. When asked, my answer has always been that I believe Singapore is the future. Everywhere else that people seem to migrate to, whether Canada, the Uk or … Read More

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