Friday, March 24, 2006

'expat expert' seminars in Antwerp

Another step in helping expats deal with global mobility was taken in Antwerp this week as celebrated 'expat expert' author Robin Pascoe delivered two presentations.

Some 30 parents attended the talk on 'A Moveable Marriage' on the morning of 21 March and 100 parents gathered for the 'Raising Global Nomads' seminar in the evening. Organiser and Australian expat Ruth Buckmaster was inspired to arrange the talks due to a lack of awareness she noticed among some expats of the "TCK's world of websites, literature and experts".

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Posted by Kwintessential at 6:45 PM
Categories: Expatriate

un to only use simplified chinese as of 2008

The United Nations will only use simplified Chinese characters after 2008, the Beijing Morning Post said today, citing linguists.

The UN is currently using both versions of Chinese characters -- simplified characters and the original complex form. But the UN has decided to rule out the complex form after 2008, said Chen Zhangtai, chief of the Chinese academy of practical linguistics.

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Posted by Kwintessential at 6:43 PM
Categories: Translation News

recruiters need to be culturally sensitised for effective cross-border recruitment

Cross-cultural management is one of the most important facets for a hiring manager in the rapidly evolving business today. Sensitising oneself with local cultures, business practices and their impact on personality traits is becoming increasingly important with cross-border hirings involving expatriates happening by the dozens today.

How can one effectively hire people whose attitude and behaviour differs markedly from our own? All hiring managers share a common goal in wanting to hire the best. However, cross-cultural misperceptions and poor judgment hinders the process. In the past, for Indian technology firms, most of such hirings involved people with an Anglo-Saxon background. English was the mother tongue and the cultural divide was not too hard to bridge. However, with business flowing and penetrating deeper into different geographies and companies hiring people from diverse countries and cultures, a deeper sense of cultural appreciation is not just appreciated, but has become imperative.

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asean countries to pool resources on managing cultural diversity

Culturally-diverse Association of East Asian Countries (ASEAN) countries are set to tap into each other's experiences in managing cultural and racial diversity with the aim of promoting regional identity and the Asean community.

Education will play a key role in the effort, with Asean education ministers agreeing on a number of initiatives to realise the vision of a cohesive and outward-looking Asean community.

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chirac storms out of eu meeting on language protest

President Jacques Chirac marched out of a gathering of EU leaders on Thursday to register protest at the use of the English language by a French industrialist.

The president made the symbolic gesture when the French expert switched to English which he referred to as "the language of business". His walk-out, along with two French ministers, came at an already tense meeting with EU leaders gathered to discuss Europe’s flagging economy.

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american islam post-9/11

The mayor of nearby Prospect Park is a 30-year-old high school business teacher with a young son. He was a volunteer firefighter at 18 and has been active in his community ever since. But when he sought the mayor's office last fall, voters received anonymous fliers calling him a 'betrayer' tied to the 9/11 terrorists.

Why? Because he is a Syrian-born Muslim named Mohamed Khairullah. "I was worried for my family," Khairullah says. "Any crazy person could have just driven by and done something. But we just had faith and went on doing what we had to do." The result: he got the job, open because the previous mayor had moved away, and now is running to keep it.

The 9/11 attacks have had a curious double-edged impact on the political emergence of American Muslims.

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Posted by Kwintessential at 6:35 PM
Categories: Cultural Diversity

word of the day: stolid

stolid \STOL-id\, adjective:
Having or revealing little emotion or sensibility; not easily excited.

Normally stolid, she occasionally joined in the frequent applause and smiled along with the laughter at the high-spirited session. -- Seth Mydans, "Indonesia Leader Imposes a Decree to Fight Removal," New York Times, July 23, 2001

The inherent irrationality of markets was first demonstrated in the 17th century, when the normally stolid Dutch population was seized by a tulip craze that caused the people to pay insane prices for a single bulb. -- Robert Reno, "Analysis: A market that rides on bubbles," Newsday, August 7, 2002

Posted by Kwintessential at 6:20 PM
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