Generational Similarities & Differences Across East Asian Cultures

By Adrian Chan - 07.09.2015

The current issue of The Economist, July 4-10th 2015 has an article describing some issues faced by China’s super-rich kids, “Lifestyles of the rich and infamous,”

For a more comprehensive and complete discussion & analysis of the Chinese and other East Asian generational cultures along with business implications, see the KMA 2014/2015 article, “Generational Similarities & Differences Across Cultures: East Asian Cultures.”

The SCOTUS Ruling– From Within the Asian Community

By Adrian Chan - 06.26.2015

Asian response to today’s historic SCOTUS LGBT decision follows the metaphor of Onion (older, traditional, stable, layered generation) & Ocean (younger, dynamic, change/advocacy-oriented, tech-oriented generation) whether born in one’s native country (like China) or born in the USA (like American Born Chinese).

The more Ocean-oriented gens tend to be receptive to LGBT lifestyles and welcome the equal rights & equal dignity values, while the more Onion-oriented gens tend to more opposed.

China’s long history shows receptivity & tolerance to LGBT values as far back as the Han Dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE), but this has changed during modern times.

The KMA website Resources section lists (among other valuable items) the film, The Wedding Banquet (1993) as a modern day example of the younger gen’s receptiveness to LGBT.


Implications of China’s Urbanization on Corporations

By Adrian Chan - 03.13.2014

February 25-26, 2014, Washington, D.C.
The Chief Diversity Officer & Thought Leadership
An in-depth conversation  about the global impacts of identity, labels and colorism on societies, communities and businesses.

Implications of Global Immigration and Migration Panel Discussion
Statement made by panel member, Dr. Adrian Chan (,VP & Head of Asian Pacific Operations for Kochman Mavrelis Associates on February 25, 2014 at the German Marshall Fund, Washington, D.C.:

Nobel laureate and economics professor Joseph Stiglitz recently said that the two most important trends or forces that will shape the world’s development in the 21st century are: 1) the technological developments in the USA, and 2) the urbanization in China.

It is easy see how dramatically and quickly USA technological innovations and their applications have transformed us personally, politically, and societally, here and throughout the world.  But the rural to urban transformation in China is slower to realize, a bit like watching grass grow.

Under Mao Zedong in 1949, China’s population was 90% rural and 10% urban.  Under the 1980 leadership of Deng Xiaoping, it was 80% rural and 20% urban.  But during the next thirty plus years China’s modernization program was such that by 2013 the urban population, for the first time in China’s history, surpassed its rural population, 51% to 49%.  Approximately 700 million Chinese now live in urban cities, while 650+ million still reside in the countryside (total population around 1.3+ billion people)  This is the largest migration in the history of humankind in such a short period of time (and still going on).  Given the same timeframe, India’s population went from 90% rural 10% urban to its current 70% rural, 30% urban (total population around 1 billion+ people). Read more »