Dr Anne here…preparing once again for cultural research and collegial meetings around the world. This time, from mid-December through the end of February, I’ll be in the Asia-Pacific region: Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Philippines.
My last travels, soon after the previous post here, took me to 5 continents between June and August: US, Cuba, Panama, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Morocco, and Spain, before returning to Hong Kong and going on to South Korea. In Brazil, where I stayed for a full month, I was honored to give presentations in both São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro; I met with BPW and other colleagues throughout my travels.
Since September, I’ve been in South Korea as a Visiting Professor at Jeju National University, where I’ve been teaching courses on topics of intercultural competency and building on my prior 5 years of cultural research here. During this term, I’ve also traveled not only back to Hong Kong, but also to UAE, Cairo, and Shanghai.
The BPW International Congress was held in Cairo this October, which I attended as a delegate and member of the International Board; I also facilitated a workshop on “Women, Peace & Security [UNSC-R1325],” a program I’ve developed for the BPW International taskforce on Peace & Intercultural Competency. Attending the Congress were more than 600 business and professional women from over 70 countries across the globe.
Most recently, I’ve concluded my position as founding president of BPW Hong Kong, presiding over last weekend’s Annual General Meeting and Gala Dinner. Having installed a new ExCo, I now continue to serve BPWHK not only as Immediate Past President but also as both International Relations Coordinator and Twinning taskforce chair.
As this term winds down at Jeju National University, where I’ll be returning in spring, I’m also finalising a couple of manuscripts for City University Publishing in Hong Kong — and, conducting preliminary research for the next set of travels. Two related projects, coming in 2018: I’ll be facilitating the development of an intercultural competency training for BPW International, and working on a new manuscript for a book on the same topic.
EWP is dedicated to the promotion of global understanding — intrapersonal, interpersonal, intercultural. Toward that aim, we are very actively engaged in field research with colleagues throughout the world!