Saturday, April 19, 2008

Introducing eClips Asia: Bridging Cornell and Asia

Started by a group of Cornell students in 2007, eClips Asia provides video clips of interviews of entrepreneurs and corporate executives from Asia and is part of eClips Collection. The main purpose of eClips Asia is to enable people to share their expertise and knowledge in doing business in Asia. The eClips Asia team is composed of four student representatives: Chi Fan Johnson Cheng, Rui Zhang, Amanda Mingsze Chan, and Hong Shing Johnson Cheng.

Pictured above from the right: Professor Deborah Streeter, Manuel Lora, Chi Fan Johnson Cheng, Rui Zhang, Amanda MingSze Chan, Hong Shing Johnson Cheng, and Jamie Kalousdian. Photo taken by Jon Reis

eClips Asia’s pilot project was completed in December of 2007, when three interviews were conducted in Hong Kong. During the winter break, our team went to Hong Kong and interviewed two senior managing directors: John Lee and K.L. Wong at Merrill Lynch and entrepreneur Donna Ho from Physical.

In the spring semester of 2008, our team continued to obtain Asia-related content for the eClips collection. We conducted several interviews with distinguished leaders from a variety of industries including John Nesheim, an engineer and veteran of Silicon Valley and Canice Chan: an attorney with 20 years of experience in transactional matters in North American, European, Chinese, and other Asian companies.

In the coming summer of 2008, we are planning to conduct five to eight interviews in China, Singapore, and Malaysia . The eClips Asia team expects to visit top chief executive officers and business leaders and interview them on business practices in Asia, as well as seek their input on ethics and global leadership.

The eClips Asia project has provided us with wonderful opportunities for experiential learning while enabling us to gather advice on business practies and ethics in a diverse cultural context that can be disseminated through eClips website. We are very grateful to everyone from eClips who has helped and supported us!

By Rui Zhang

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