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AGC Global Training

Customized multicultural training programs to help American and Asian business people learn how to do business globally and teach a multicultural workforce how to work together. For more info see www.AGCSeminars.com

Jinsoo Terry
Edu-Tainment Programs

Customized educational entertainment programs led by Jinsoo Terry. For more information and to book her contact Jinsoo Terry

Creating Superheroes:
Music Rap Album

Creator, Jinsoo Terry.

Teenagers, young leaders and college age students. Enjoy positive rap and hip-hop music to give your day a positive boost. Price: $12.99

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Jinsoo Terry Music Samples

Jinsoo: Succeeding in America the Jinsoo Way

USA English version.
Author, Jinsoo Terry

This is Jinsoo Terry’s story coming to America. Read her personal story. Learn from her tips and ideas. She shows you how to make it in the USA. “If Jinsoo can do it, you can do it too.”

Price: $ 16.95

P.A.L.B.O.T and Mr. Kim
Come to America


First Issue. Creator, Jinsoo Terry

Young people, parents, grandparents and family friends will love to give this funny comic book to anyone who wants to see the funny experiences Mr. Kim has in America and how he learns American culture from PALBOT the robot. Also, the reader will learn Korean culture from Mr. Kim. A great guide to learn multicultural differences.

Available in English or Japanese

Price: $ 14.95

“Be Confident in the
World” Tee Shirt

Unique design by Jinsoo Terry. 100% cotton. Good to wear to get in a positive, happy mood. This exclusive design will bring cultural awareness to you and your community. Wear when you want to be creative and have fun.

Sizes: S M L

Colors: Hot Pink or Royal Blue

Price: $ 29.95

“Jinsoo Terry” Rapper’s Bandana

Do you want to have a positive mind and be creative? Wear this “Jinsoo Terry” rapper’s cultural awareness bandana, just like Jinsoo Terry.

One size fits all.

Colors: Hot Pink or Royal Blue/Orange

Price: $ 11.95

AGC SEMINARS “Business Culture in Hong Kong”

“Until international businessmen and women understand the underlying business culture in Hong Kong, success in the region will remain elusive”

Jinsoo Terry, CEO, AGC Seminars

It was a smart businessman who first said, “When in Rome, live as the Romans do.”

Hong Kong, with a present population of nearly 7 million people, is a region in need of goods and services from other countries. With English and Chinese Hong Kong’s two official languages, there is no lack of willing customers or potential business partners. But unless international businesses learn about the underlying business culture in Hong Kong, it’s imprudent to suppose that a businessperson can simply fly in, quickly establish a legitimate presence, and then proclaim, “Here I am! Let’s do business!”

Hong Kong business culture orbits around the ingrained nature of its people. We’ve all heard the terms “losing face” or “saving face.” Both come from the Asian belief that reputations, dignity and prestige all hang on one’s ability to conduct him- or herself in a way that reflects well on both parties during an interaction.

In Hong Kong, you give someone face by complimenting them, showing them respect, or doing anything else that increases their self-esteem. Giving face must always be done with sincerity, or else both parties lose face. Publicly humiliating or contradicting someone in front of others causes both parties to lose face.

Business culture in Hong Kong leans heavily on the Confucian concept of relationship. Its teachings stress the obligations that people have toward each other based on their relationships. Loyalty, honor, filial piety, duty, respect for age and seniority, and sincerity all play a major role in the way the Hong Kong business culture operates. Hierarchical relationships are of paramount importance. There are, subliminally, strict rules about how people must act within whichever hierarchy they are a part of.

Because of this, the act of meeting and greeting within the confines of the business culture in Hong Kong is brimming with potential pitfalls for the uninformed or non-observant businessperson. Although a handshake is commonly used when greeting westerners, it isn’t in any way a typical handshake. And the ways in which Hong Kong Chinese gaze at each other and at westerners offer messages we would only be able to guess at without proper training and insight. The very act of introducing yourself varies between large and small events, while addressing a Hong Kong native has a very specific protocol.

Gift giving is a special challenge within the business culture in Hong Kong. Certain colors of flowers must be avoided. Gifts may be refused before they are accepted. Giving gifts with sharp points (knives, scissors) have a meaning you probably won’t want to convey. Nor do you want to give clocks, handkerchiefs, or straw sandals, or wrap any gift in white, blue or black paper.

There is much more to know about gift-giving, dining, building relationships and communication, business meetings and negotiations, business card etiquette, and more, but you get the idea. Unless you’re conversant in all things Asian, trying to establish a flourishing business in Hong Kong will be frustrating.

If you want to know everything you need to know about the Hong Kong business culture, contact us today to schedule a seminar. We can quickly have you on your way to Hong Kong cultural literacy so you can reach out and establish business relationships that can last a lifetime.

For more information on hong kong business culture please call us: (415) 348-6256

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