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Posted by Jerry Gelsomino | Topic: Research

Reflection

9 Sep
2012

It's been several weeks since I've launched this blog to get your opinions and point of view about news articles and situations involving a quest for status or improvement of current standing in society by Asians.

While the community I am sending the inquiries to is today quite compact, I plan to enlarge the field of commentators by inviting my new cadre of students at university to join. Before I do however, I'd appreciate any comments by you on the content, clarity or appropriateness of my questions? Are you having any technical difficulties with the blog website?

Your opinions are crucial to the success of my studies.

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Posted by Jerry Gelsomino | Topic: General

Invitation

1 Jul
2012

This was a rewarding year for me as a university instructor in Hong Kong. I enjoyed sharing what I have learned throughout my career as well as learning from my students and considering their point of view. Now as the summer months are here, I've launched a project to continue my education, and would like to ask for your assistance.

Ever since I arrived in Hong Kong, my cultural curiosity has been aroused by activities of the region. Particularly, I've been drawn to behavior that can be attributed to the deep cultural philosophy of 'Face.' More specifically, considering the new materialism that seems so pervasive in Hong Kong and China, I've launched a formal study of the subject which asks, "How does the desire to gain or improve status effect Asian consumer behavior?" and "How can retailers and brand merchandisers provide the best experience for these consumers?"

Thus far, while a substantial amount of data on the topic has been gathered, much of it is contradictory to each other. Therefore, I'd like to request the opportunity to ask for your opinion about behavior observed or reported by others. The activity will at first be limited to participating in a blog, with responses solicited when a new question is asked. Eventually, it may involve focus groups, one-on-one interviews, or interactive sessions.

I hope you view this opportunity as not only a positive contribution to research, but also a unique process of deeper understanding of your own culture.

Are you interested in participating? If so, email me and I’ll start by putting you on the contact list.

Regards,

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