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Kennesaw State offers Symposium on ASIA-USA Partnership Opportunities (SAUPO)

By Suzanne Sen
June 2013
Kennesaw State offers Symposium on ASIA-USA Partnership Opportunities (SAUPO)

Kennesaw State University Coles College of Business multilanguage welcome banner. (Photo: a1photostudio.com)



Kennesaw State University’s Asian Studies Program held its 2013 Symposium on ASIA-USA Partnership Opportunities (SAUPO) at the St. Regis Hotel in Atlanta on April 19, 2013. The largest Asia business conference in the Southern USA, SAUPO provides a platform of dialogue for business leaders, scholars, diplomats, policymakers, and nonprofit practitioners. SAUPO 2013 highlit partnership opportunities between the USA and China, India, Japan, and Korea.




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After a welcome by SAUPO chair Dr. May H. Gao, Asian Studies Coordinator, Associate Professor of Communication at KSU, and introduction of vice-chairs, including Rifka Mayani, Associate Director, Enterprise Systems and Services, KSU, came opening remarks from Consul General of India in Atlanta Ajit Kumar, among others. Panels then discussed global health and the global workforce.

Dr. Ganapathy Krishnan, a neurologist and President of Apollo Telemedicine Network Foundation (India), declared that with 80% of India’s doctors serving only 20% of its population, the only way to transform the delivery of healthcare is with communication technology: more important than building hospitals is information dissemination. His project uses multipoint video conferencing, and with the help of KSU, 100 topics will be available in local languages for education of villagers. It is hoped that they will retain the knowledge and that training can spread to first aid responders for permanent work.

Donald Nay, U.S. Department of Commerce, described South India as one of the watershed geographic events in the history of world economy. Premji of Wipro and Murthy of Infosys are heroes to Indian business, showing what could happen when the Indian government gets out of the way, not only taking advantage of business opportunities but helping solve problems such as income and health.

Honorable Farooq Kathwari, Chairman/CEO of Ethan Allen Global and Commissioner of the White House AAPI Initiatives, has been involved in human rights and international conflict resolution. As 70% of Ethan Allen products are made in America, so he hopes that other American enterprises will stay in America for production.



Left: From a panel on Opportunities in Environment and Infrastructure. (Photo: Suzanne Sen)



One of the problem areas in building hotels for tourism in India. (Photo: Suzanne Sen)


In one fascinating panel on Global Collaboration in Environment and Infrastructure, Randy Knott, Senior Vice President of AMEC, described opportunities: agricultural machinery, logistics and transportation, water resources. Kyle Milliken, PMP, Enercon Services, Inc., spoke of China just now cleaning up from the 1940-50s. Reforestation projects in the last 15-20 years are starting to reverse results of 5k years of cutting trees. With massive growth in GDP and urban disposable income, the Chinese love shopping and electrical consumption, so nuclear power is increasing. Nitin Shah, Chairman and CEO, Embassy National Bank, noted that with 300 million in India’s middle class, tourism has great potential. India needs hotels, but there are many hurdles: land cost is high, there are few highways, a hotel needs 64 licenses to open, the judicial system can take 15-20 years to give a result, etc.! Nicholas Albergo, President & CEO of HSA Engineers & Scientists, recommended that engineering students not forget to take a writing course, to help bring their technical knowledge to fruition.

As we hear of buildings collapsing from not meeting standards, so there are also standards for global commerce: Dr. Gary K. Bertsch noted that it is cheaper to work with UGA and Trade Secure than not to know international policies and regulations and need a lawyer. FedEx and ITT have had huge fines, whereas GE invests in robust Internal Compliance Programs (ICP) and has a reputation for being globally responsible.



Lessons from ancient China for modern business ethics. (Photo: Suzanne Sen)

A very different panel on Asian Ethics, Business, and Education was moderated by Prof. Tom Pynn, Interdisciplinary Studies Department, KSU. Focusing on understanding, cultural sensitivity, and trust, Prof. Pynn quoted Confucius: “Exemplary persons understand what is appropriate; petty persons understand what is of personal advantage.” Education in the arts was considered here, since it can help people stay away from the less noble. And health should also be a topic for ethics: as GDP increases, it was noted, so does cancer.


A study from Santiniketan on effects of mobile technology. (Photo: Suzanne Sen)

In the last panel on Technology & Innovation, Dr. Mausumi Bhattacharyya of Tagore’s Visva-Bharati University in Santiniketan described the impact of mobile commerce in the 50 surrounding villages.


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0. Welcome & Opening Remarks by Dr. May Gao, SAUPO Chair, Asian Studies Coordinator, Associate Professor of Communication and Asian Studies, KSU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wI9RoyLmPU
1. continuing with Dr. Ken Harmon, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Professor of Accounting, KSU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mM7PTE7V4OQ
2. continuing with Dr. Robin Dorff, Dean, College of Humanities & Social Sciences, KSU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oye30cvy1iM
3. Opening Panel: The Landscape of Global Health: Opportunities and Challenges with Mr. Reynold Jennings, President and CEO, WellStar Health System http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yYtz00V0BE
4. continuing with Ms. Alison Kelly, Chief, CDC Center for Global Health Workforce Management Office; Formerly Deputy Country Director, CDC China Office http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ye-VMEXN_kk
5. continuing with  Ms. Robin Davis, Executive Director, Global Health Action http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcZCZ7_sKIo
6. continuing with Dr. Ganapathy Krishnan, President, Apollo Telemedicine Network Foundation (India) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbEwE_pRPgA
7. continuing with Mr. Bipin Nilange for Mr. Amit Shukla, Head of Health Practice in the U.S., Wipro http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bD67acFgph4
8. continuing with Q&A for Healthcare http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRowCIfCxcc
9. Panel on Managing a Global Workforce: Perspectives Across Multiple Sectors with Mr. Charles A. Pinkham III, Vice President, Development, Portman Holdings http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTfmi5E5zAs
10. continuing with Ms. LaTanya Harris, Head of HR, Carrier USA BG, Huawei Technologies USA, Inc http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQi_f4JnJ94
11. continuing with Mr. William (Bill) Philbrick, CARE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkwLtMd-P0w
12. continuing with Ms. Lucy Lu, Immigration lawyer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDFWQTMSJTI
13. continuing with Ms. Lucie Neely, Division Vice President-HR, ADP http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hys9gC4_FWo
14. Managing a Global Workforce: Perspectives Across Multiple Sectors Panel Q & A http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Gh3bH7YxXo
15. Keynote Speech by Honorable Donald Nay, U.S. Department of Commerce http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WI5iqNmjHec
16. Keynote Speech by Honorable Farooq Kathwari, Chairman and CEO, Ethan Allen Global; Commissioner of the White House AAPI Initiatives  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_ZJCFdAXN4


[no video for the following presentations:
Panel IA (Carnegie): Bilateral Banking and Finance Opportunities
Mr. Henry Yu, Managing Director, Fifth Third Bank
Ms. Jenni Adams, International Relationship Manager, HSBC Bank
Mr. Kok-Chi Tsim, Managing Director, International Banking, J.P. Morgan
Mr. Satya Natesan, Banking and Financial Services, Wipro
Moderator: Dr. Wesley Johnston, CBIM Roundtable Professor of Marketing, Georgia State University
This panel is sponsored by Wipro.
Panel IB (Vanderbilt): Global Collaboration in Environment and Infrastructure
Opportunities for American companies Regarding Infrastructure of Asian Countries, Mr. Randy Knott, Senior Vice President, AMEC
Environmental Issues in China and the Rise of Nuclear Power, Mr. Kyle Milliken, PMP, Enercon Services, Inc.
Our Experience of Engineering in Asia, Mr. Nicholas Albergo, President & CEO of HSA Engineers & Scientists
The Inside Story: A Look at FDI in India's Hotel Industry, Mr. Nitin Shah, Chairman and CEO, Embassy National Bank
Moderator: Dr. Govind Hariharan, Executive Director of the ICA Institute, Professor of Economics, Kennesaw State University

17. Panel 1C on Challenges for Investment in Asia, with Challenges of Doing Business in Asia, Mr. Scott Ellyson, President & CEO, East West Manufacturing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2efXavNkPg
18. continuing with Hurdles in Vietnam for Your Business: The Cases of tvsdesign, Mr. Roger Neuenschwander, President, tvsdesign http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxWfOSNydfc
19. continuing with Culture Determines Business Models: Analyzing Home Depot's Failure in China for International Retailers from a Communication Perspective, Dr. May Gao, Associate Professor of Communication and Asian Studies, Kennesaw State University http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZNEr7Wh6fc
20. continuing with East Meets West: Rethinking Marketing Education in the Era of Globalization, Dr. Leila Borders, Associate Professor of Marketing and Professional Sales, Kennesaw State University; Dr. Guichun Zong, Professor of Education, Kennesaw State University; Dr. Wesley Johnston, Director of CBIM Roundtable and Professor of Marketing, Georgia State University  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FESSc6I5Ls8
21. Panel 11A Global Entertainment Industry with Movie Making as a Business Model of Investment, Mr. John Ceallach, Hollywood Writer/Producer/Actor, CEO/COO, RETRIBUTION PICTURES http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVFvxrgt99s

[no video for the following presentations:
Panel IIB (Carnegie): The Trans-Pacific Partnership
The Trans-Pacific Partnership and Washington's "Asia Pivot": Prospects and Challenges for Deepening Regional Economic Integration, Cooperation, and Competition, Dr. Tony Frye, Piedmont College, and Dr. Francis Schortgen, University of Mount Union
Employing Best Practices in Trade Compliance for Asia-USA Business, Dr. Gary Bertsch, University of Georgia at Athens, Mr. Ken Parris and Mr. Kendall Connell, TradeSecure, LLC.
How USTDA Can Be a Resource for U.S. Companies Wishing to Do Business with Asia, Lida Fitts, Country Manager/ East Asia, U.S. Trade and Development Agency
"LOL Korea" – Portal Service for Foreigners Traveling to South Korea, Sangwook Ham, Jae Euk Yoo, (Faculty Advisors: Dr. Yanghee Kim & Dr. Kristine Hwang), Korean Student Association, Kennesaw State University
Moderator: Mr. Donald Nay, U.S. Department of Commerce
Panel IIC (Vanderbilt): Asian Ethics, Business and Education
The Dark Side of Business with Chinese Characteristics, Dr. Andrew Wedeman, Georgia State University
Chinese Ethical Resources for Countering the Dark Side of Business Practices, Prof. Tom Pynn, Kennesaw State University
Hinduism and Business Ethics, Dr. Amy Donahue, Department of History and Philosophy, Kennesaw State University
Integrating Indian Arts in North American Middle School Education, Dr. Sandra Bird, Kennesaw State University
Moderator: Prof. Tom Pynn, Interdisciplinary Studies Department, Kennesaw State University
Panel IID (Rockefeller): From FDI to ODI: China and the World
Organizational Cross-Cultural Adaptation Through Social Network: A Multiple-Case Study of Chinese Firms Operating in the United States, Ms. Betty Feng, Georgia State University
The Perception of "Made in China" Products in Nigeria: Country of Origin Effect, Ms. Olubukola Oshadare, Kennesaw State University
Problems and Solutions: On China's Current Labor Market, Mr. Qi, Li, Eastern Tennessee State University
The End or Beginning of an Era in China: The 18th Party Congress, Dr. Weixing Chen, Eastern Tennessee State University

22. Panel on Trends of Global Technology and Innovation with Mr. Sandeep Dadlani, Vice President, Infosys Americas  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KB47QnE-O3M
23. continuing with Mr. David Kirk, President and CEO, Murata Inc.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XofY0ZuaVQA
24. continuing with Mr. Bin Chung, Vice President of Technology, MAXXIS International http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7dYPJg3I9s
25. continuing with Dr. Mausumi Bhattacharyya, Associate Professor, Centre for Journalism & Mass Communication, Visva-Bharati University http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30KQ_rqd-2k
26. continuing with Q&A for this panel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnOk9cn6ezY
27. Engaging Customers in Today’s Globally Connected World
Mr. Brad Taylor, Vice President for Customer Marketing, The Coca-Cola Company  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gogu0nZAtnc (includes Coke prank app at minutes 12:56-15:30)

Other Media Reports
Georgia Asian Times: SAUPO Draws Large Participation at 2nd Conference
Global Atlanta: Southeast Largest Asia Business Conference
Examiner.com: East Meets West at SAUPO
Atlanta Business Chronicle: Home Depot’s failure in China - Ignoring women
Korea Daily: Mr. Farooq Kathwari from the White House Initiative on AAPIs speaks at SAUPO
Georgia Asian Times: KSU to Host 2nd Symposium on US-Asia Partnership
Global Atlanta Interviewed SAUPO Speaker Dr. Ganapathy from India

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