What a difference a year makes! Here at AsianTalks we’re taking a break to pause and reflect on the whirlwind of interviews and podcasts we’ve hosted to highlight an emerging community of Asia-based expats and professionals who love living in the region and always have great advice for how to launch a career in cities like Shanghai, Tokyo or Seoul. So, just this once, we’re turning to AsianTalks interviewer Liz Shim for her insights into what we’ve done, and where we’re going. Read on!
AsianTalks: So Liz for the first time how does it feel to be on the opposite side of the microphone?
It’s quite an honor! As you know we’ve been quietly but steadily building a website dedicated to expatriate professionals who are just so astonishing. Everyone I’ve spoken to is such a model of grace, candor, and insider expertise. Thriving in Asia is not an easy task, so I was thrilled to discover so many who have met the challenges and even surpassed them.
AsianTalks: How and in what ways do you think Asian Talks has grown and progressed?
I think the column has certainly evolved. We’ve gone from asking very basic, 101-type questions to handling more advanced, industry-specific questions that can really help readers figure out, ‘Well, is that something I would like to do, if given the opportunity.’ I’m discovering there’s many ways to find a career or a calling in Asia. Nothing’s written in stone, and our interviewees prove there is no wrong or right way to go about it.
AsianTalks: Where do you see Asian Talks going in the future or in the next year?
This is a long shot, but I would really like to see a community emerge from the AsianTalks column. As diverse and geographically scattered as Asia-based professionals are – we do all have something intrinsically in common. We all live with a sense of adventure, acceptance of differences, and love the congenial culture who have accepted us. We all know we are lucky to build a business in Beijing, or witness changes in Burma. It’s such a dynamic region, I think it’s only logical we feel a sense of solidarity as we witness these changes, together.
AsianTalks: What do you like best about interviewing? What would you say is your favorite part of interviewing people?
I love comparing notes with our interviewees. Many of their experiences living and working in Asia do resonate with some of my past lives!
AsianTalks: What do you think is you favorite interview thus far?
Now that’s like asking a mother who is her favorite child. Everyone’s been great, I’ll leave it at that!
AsianTalks: What about Asian Talks are you most proud of?
I’m proud that I’ve been able to build this blog as a team, with Pricilla Niode and Don Shin of 1-Stop Translation. They are really great to work with, and of course, they run a fantastic company that specializes in Asian language translation.
AsianTalks: Alright at this time let’s open up the floor and ask the following. What is one thing that you would like to say to all of your readers?
I hope our readers have found the insights from the interviews useful, fun, and refer to it as they embark on their individual Asia adventure or career. Don’t forget you can always tell us what you’d like to see, or if you want to be featured as well, drop us a line. And thanks so much for keeping up with us! Look for more great stuff in the months ahead.
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