EconomistDiary.com Peoples Log 2 oct 2022
EconomistHongKong.com World Class Citizen Entrepreneurship. Wanted to chat to HK people on 40th year of research Asia. En route positive surprises; Air China's Kind Staff, Taiwan Transfer Efficiency second to none.
40 tears ago my luckiest break in my working life was to start 60 trips to Asia (from US and Euro) doing reserach for Unilever creating their first national brand in Indonesia.
When I was asked to design survey on potential of Maya Sutra then new brand of Unilever in Asia, I didnt know that it would start my good furtune chatting to Asian peoples particularly about their development in a region whose world trade maps had in Colonial Days been designed to compound London Capitalism by extracting from peoples of every Asian coastline. Elsewhere eg Econo,istAsia.net go into herstory of how warboats and the engines controlled almost every Asian's working lives and families' human development. We should note that regarding Indonesia, having one of 2 pre-eminent Royal Dutch companies as a client opened up pamdora box of historical zigs and Zags. Could you imagine that the perceived value of nutmeg was so great to the colonia dutch that they swapped owning new york for Britannia keeping out of designing how to control Indonesia. Timing was of cousre everything in how maps of human develelopment ahppened. IF Americans had not thrown Britain out in 1776's Independence, doubling and redoubling of Colonising Asia and shutting down world trade of those on Chian mainland for over 100 yeras would not have happened. Of course all this is well known to those who study wht happened when founder of Economist Jmaes Wislo was too successfl in debating commonwealth as a happier mapping system with queen victoria. She said to him go start Charter bank by and for the quarter of humans 1860 of India subcontinemt; he did only to die month 9 of his attemptred entrepreneurial revolution of diarrhea in Calcutta. More on all that at EconomistDiary and TeachforSdgs including all may da'ds surveys of Asia Rising since 1962. A great personal joy to him as his first job as a teenager was navigator allied bomber command stationed out of Burma
WHAT I WANT TO REPORT
At a people level citoze small entrepreneurship is alive and well on every street conrener of the metroplis of Hong Kong, and as far as I can see sets the benchmark for every other Chinese city where the people keep developing their children as if taht's life's main prpose and at that level government services support every day life like no other space. The Chinese Diapora mindset at least in the 40 years I have had the chnace to observe it is driven by materna conscience, kindness at local level no matter what. Back in 1982, Indonesia had been fascinating as Maya Sutra was about energising the hopes of the poorest muslim mothers even as what was becomingg the supercity of Jakarta depended on Chiense world trade drive
Anyway back to ocrober 2022. My first surprise routing from Dc via snafrancisco and taiwan to HK was the staff of air china were kinder thatn even Singapore airlines at its peak (see my 1995 case study retrospective on that co-produced with BBC - branding the market advantage). I had expected ttranist through Taiwan might had posed covid and other bureaucratic difficulties. Instead it was the smoothest transfer I havever experienced (and I have been through hundres0. Moreover there was an army of women mostly 50plus keeping every nook and cranny of the airport clean. So Tiaawan is acting as superhub for Air China, and when you land in the centre of hong kong city the hustle and busltle of smes working around every days trails to serve the people is specyacular. And so are the bck up egov services in hong kong for minimising the future of covid. What an endl;ess surprise Asia is ; and have any 1/000 of humans done more in progress win-win trading and family development than hong kong. Lets see what day 2 is to bring - so far the local launderette prefers butcoin, there is an aliba minimart which I rather suspect ios an Indian Hong Kong entrepreneurs knowpckoff as he liked the story of Ali baba - old and new. No bother to read this if stories of human spirit are not your cup of tean...
Thank you hong kong and tak you transporation peoples of Chian and Taiwab