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The Korean Wave: From PSY to BTS -The Impact of K-Pop on the South Korean Economy

Paulina Sajnach, University of Stirling – 22/01/2021 South Korean pop music, commonly referred to as ‘K-Pop’, has become a worldwide phenomenon which has boosted the South Korean economy immensely. The live stage performances, music videos and the music itself is crafted with meticulous care and detail.  Over the years, numerous South Korean musicians have gained…

Are the UK and India Finally Getting Serious About Each Other?

Walter Ladwig, RUSI – 8 January 2021 Ties between the UK and India have been less than overwhelming during the past decade, with both governments’ strategic priorities taking diverging paths. Recently, however, it appears the two states are making a renewed effort to deepen their relationship. This article by Walter Ludwig in RUSI indicates the…

Post-Brexit Britain has its sights on Asia—if it can get over Europe first

Annabelle Timsit, Quartz – 14 January 2021 Over the years, the centre of the global economic and political system has shifted in the East’s favour, with many European countries developing strategies for engaging with Asia. If we can first overcome the challenges of European-sized holes in trade and political opportunities, this shift in power systems…

HOW DOES ASIA VIEW THE US ELECTIONS? IS ‘DEMOCRACY AT WORK’ ATTRACTIVE?

Chairman and Founder of the Asia Scotland Institute, Roddy Gow OBE, has recently had the following article published in the Scotsman. As we have watched the drama play out on television and in the press that has been the US Presidential Election of 2020, how is this seen by others? Even in Scotland where we…

From Ant Group to Bitcoin: the questions for Asian business in 2021

Nikkei Asia – 1 January 2021 Yes, Covid-19 has dominated the news from this time last year since its first outbreak in Wuhan, China. However, for business leaders, entrepreneurs, negotiators and investors worldwide, it has been and will be business as normal in 2021. China’s ambitious economic plan, Japan’s groundbreaking technological advancements and the control…

Four of Asia’s top branch campuses

Study International With international education becoming increasingly popular among university students, UK and Australian universities are setting up more campuses internationally. The branch campuses make it convenient for Asian students to pursue a Western education within their home country or for Western students to move their studies abroad. In an era of hyper-globalisation, international education…

The Importance of Understanding Asia

Doug Cook OBE, Institute Director, Asia Scotland Institute – The Scotsman Commentators have long talked about the “Asian century” based on the belief that, demographic and economic trends would result in a shift in the centre of gravity of the global economy to Asia in the 21st century. The reality is that the Asian century…

Using ecosystems to reach higher: An interview with the co-CEO of Ping An

McKinsey Quarterly interview with the co-CEO of Ping An, Jessica Tan Expect digital to further blur industry lines, supercharge scalability, and loosen geographical restraints for professional services, says Jessica Tan. Ping An is the archetypal example of how today’s Asian powerhouses succeed by creating, participating in, and exploiting digital ecosystems. Founded in 1988 as an…