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Where does the Asian wind blow?
You have probably all heard the roar of the dragon, drifting to us on the East-winds. What does this roar tell us? How can we understand this roar, coming to us from half-way across the world?
This roar, is of course, the music of the rise of China.
Perhaps there are not many – but still a few! – who are not tired of reading the countless business articles about the rise of China, the development, the foreign trade in China. Shucks, its everywhere! Yes, in the last few decades its been the wailing cries of the business playground.
Many of us, however, feel like we just don’t know what is really going on. We hear the occasional sentence or two that we memorise by heart and repeat at an intellectual conversation, to at least make it look like we are cultured and well-informed – phew! But if you were asked to name 10 interesting things about China?! Or what does the dragon symbolise? How come women over 25 years old are sometimes considered the left-overs? Why is gifting a watch just like gifting a death sentence? There goes the imaginary phone call, woops gotta get that!
In fact, CBS has its own hub for Asian-things-related-lovers right in the heart of Frederiksberg. At the Asian Studies Programme (BSc in Business, with Asian Language & Culture) you can develop a deeper understanding of Asian markets and economies, and gain a multicultural advantage in the global business context. Now that sounded heavy!
Yet you do not have to worry about being a business know-it-all, because these tea-lovers do not wish to leave you out of the party. In fact, whether you are a business student or something completely different, you can still join in and be part of all the fun that “everybody who knows anything that happens outside the Western borders” seems to be having. And the fun is not even business related, because we know that after a looong Danish winter, you are just craving something new to try, and some place new to visit.
The ASP Students, a student organisation, was recently birthed just for people like YOU! Well, it was actually founded to give students at the ASP better networking access and opportunities to develop their studies and futures, but has evolved to include anybody and everybody who wishes to learn about Asia in a more relaxing atmosphere.
-Photos via ASP Students
We saw one of these events a Friday or two ago, on the 19 February – ASP Students very own Kick Off Event! All attendees were welcomed with a hail, free snacks, and free refreshments. After the short presentation and goals of the ASP Students, everybody was ushered to Nexus where you could ceremoniously clang a pint with a stranger, dignifying new-found friendships.
“One of the goals of ASP Students is to make CBS the gateway
for Asian companies into Europe and for CBS students into Asia.”
You’re probably wondering, WHEN CAN I PARTY TOO? ASP Students is sweating their brows off (yes, brows, because your forehead sweats) by working on making life a little more fun for you, and here is their biggest upcoming promise so far. On 3-4 May, a two-day event called Asia Days is back, where culture is shared between the West and East.
¤ Read more: http://asiadays.dk/
¤ Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1534892530135317/
But more on that will come. As for now, I’ll leave you with this simple quote in mind:
Thanks for reading guys, keep kicking!
P.s.: Still wondering about those questions I threw at you?
- The dragon: By legendary story, all Chinese people are descendants of the dragon. Pretty cool, huh?
- Leftover women: Sheng nü, which means ‘left-over women’ is a bit of a pun as sheng also means sacred. Its a bit of a pun because it is not a cause of social appreciation. This represents women with socially “weird/different” set of priorities, which would be career over marriage. Nevertheless, it is also described as a symbol or result of social values and socioeconomic changes that China is undergoing.
- Watch as a gift: Watches and clocks symbolise the running out of time, thus such a gift, particularly to a senior, is equivalent to wishing death upon the person! This is highly taboo.