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  • 01 Jun 2010 5:08 PM | Programs WTCSD (Administrator)

    By Courtney Schlisserman

    May 26 (Bloomberg) -- Orders for durable goods rose in April for the fourth time in five months, pointing to strength in U.S. manufacturing at the start of the second quarter.

    The 2.9 percent increase in bookings for goods meant to last at least three years was the biggest in three months and followed little change in March, figures from the Commerce Department showed today in Washington. Orders excluding transportation unexpectedly fell coming off a revised March gain that was the biggest in almost five years.

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  • 27 May 2010 2:25 PM | Nancy Nicholson (Administrator)

    The WTC San Diego was very excited that the new WTC Lima (Peru) CEO, Victor Visval, visited our center to learn about our operations, strategic planning process, trade services, events, membership and internship programs. Victor spent two full days with every WTCSD team member, presented to the WTCSD board on his vision and mission for his new WTC, and also visited the Port of San Diego to learn about their operations.

    We were delighted by his visit which was suggested to him by the World Trade Centers Association headquarters. When he asked them which WTC was the best to visit for best practices in trade services in the USA, they said “The WTC San Diego, of course”! How cool is that?

    We wish Victor great success in his new endeavor and look forward to visiting the WTC Lima when it becomes the BEST WTC in Latin America!

    By Franziska Poppe

  • 26 May 2010 3:55 PM | Anonymous

    Participants enjoyed a full day at the World Expo held in Shanghai. 


    World Expo_WTCA_China 2010 (5)

    World Trade Center Association Pavilion hosts San Diego



    Making friend with World Expo attendees

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    China Pavilion car of the future that will create fuel by photosythesis

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  • 25 May 2010 8:16 AM | Anonymous


    Lingyin Temple


    Silk weaving workshop

    JR's blog

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  • 25 May 2010 8:08 AM | Anonymous


    On our way to Hangzhou


    West Lake Cruise in Hangzhou

    JR's blog

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  • 24 May 2010 5:06 PM | Anonymous

    Breakfast was at the hotel this morning, again, with an earlier start than the previous day. But that was fine because the hope was to beat rush hour traffic to get to the great wall quicker than normal.

    Today was Cesars Birthday! So Jodi and Mark came through in a big way, bringing the five amigos their favorite...CERVESA! (maybe Tequila...Its not clear to me which one they enjoy more. haha) Jodi was able to track down a cooler and fill it with ice to keep the beer cold for the bus ride out to the Great Wall. Great work! We have a great group of outgoing members who usually sit in the back of the bus where the party seems be none stop. Great mix of people who makes for some fun jokes, laughs and good times!

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  • 22 May 2010 4:35 PM | Anonymous

    Early start to today. We ate a great buffet style breakfast in the hotel. Then straight to the bus, no messing around and we were off to Tienanmen Square and the Forbidden City.

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  • 21 May 2010 6:22 AM | Anonymous

    Met at WTC 7pm, departed to LAX at 8pm slight trouble right from the get-go. Driver needed to back up in middle of traffic and then bottomed out on the first turn heading onto the 5 north.

    Arrived at LAX around 1030pm. Made it through security with no problems. Waited around airport till boarded flight. Flight had no in flight entertainment but was able to sleep for most of the way. Matt met a past political prisoner on the flight who had served 10 years for protest in China. Many other young travelers on the flight traveling for school, all from the south, most first time ever out of the south.

    Introducing China WTCSD China Correspondent, Whitney Skala Jr. (JR).  To read more....

    WTCSD China Discovery Tour 2010 (78) WTCSD China Discovery Tour 2010 (133)


    China Discovery Tour participants practice Tai Chi in the garden outside the Temple of Heaven.  To view video please click below.
    WTCSD China Discovery Tour 2010_Tai Chi.MOV
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  • 10 May 2010 4:35 PM | Nancy Nicholson (Administrator)

    A group of 15 Young European Leaders from Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Kosovo, and Turkey attended an informative meeting at WTCSD offices. The high-level professionals were selected by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and represented public and private sectors in politics, media and business. Traveling under the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) the current and aspiring foreign leaders were interested in hearing about WTC and IRO services and actively participated in a Q&A session to determine how the WTCSD and International Relations Office could help them to achieve their international goals.

    By Franziska Poppe


  • 06 May 2010 12:39 PM | Programs WTCSD (Administrator)
    Speaker Cathlyn Choi-Michelson, CEO of CNE Management Inc., genuinely represented the Korean culture with ‘hanin spirit,’ by catering an authentic Korean breakfast.  Her presentation addressed topics from the Korean economy to must know etiquettes and customs.  As the fourth largest trading partner of the US, South Korea is clearly a desired market for global business.   

    Some Tips to Success in Business Deals Include:

    • ·         Be Open-Minded and Innovative
    • ·         Gain Trust and Respect
    • ·         Be Generous and Spend
    • ·         Be Patient, Humble and Persistent
    • ·         Customer is King
    • ·         Be Ready to Compromise

     American business professionals must be open to respectfully compromising business practices to accommodate a very different culture.  When building relationships, Choi-Michelson highlighted the importance of addressing Koreans with a title and only using last names.  Business cards are handled with respect, given out with both hands and acknowledge with a bow.  Food and drinking are a major part of Korean culture, so going out for dinner and drinks after an appointment can often be expected.

    Choi-Michelson closed the presentation with some useful Korean phrases such as kamsa hamnida= Thank you and annoynghi kaseyo= Good bye.

     Comments from Attendees-
    Most useful:
    Most information about business customs were really realistic, useful.  Heo Hyejinm, Global Energy Network Institute
    Business Negotiation, profile of culture/govt. Tom Hansen, Hanson Marketing
    Manners/Customs. Bob Fraustein, Quantum Design, Inc.


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    Cross Cultural Business Communications Sponsor Quantum Design
    Asia Desk Sponsor

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    Blog prepared by Margaret Ferries

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