Newsletter: We Needed a Hero, So That’s What They Became

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This week: Providence Foundation Bursaries in Hong Kong, 2017, The Heroes of Hato: How Hong Kong Firemen Braved Bloods to Rescue Villagers, Causeway Bay – for Roving Professionals in Search of Life in the Fast Lane and Chinese Man Sentenced to Prison for Selling VPN Software

Welcome to GFA Pulse #138

Business News From Around Asia

Educating those who want to be educated
Providence Foundation Bursaries in Hong Kong, 2017

According to Nelson Mandela, education is one of the most powerful weapons which you can use to change the world. While it’s true, we are all aware that not all of us can afford to send ourselves to school. Some of us don’t even want to continue to study after graduating high school. What about those who are determined to continue their studies but don’t have the money?

Good thing is that Providence Foundation Bursaries is here for those determined students to go after their dreams. They have an acceptable guidelines that you need to meet in order to be qualified. So, go ahead and never miss any chance you have to pursue your goals.

Let’s not forget a single hero
The Heroes of Hato: How Hong Kong Firemen Braved Bloods to Rescue Villagers

It has been 2 weeks since we experienced the typhoon Hato. Damages in south China have reached a total of CN¥12.5 billion (US$1.87 billion). A total of 26 people have been killed, 10 of whom were from Macau. Many of our fellowmen are doing their best to save their self, loved ones as well as property.

Let us not forget as well those fearless Firemen who didn’t hesitate to save lives of many even if it means risking their own lives. These courageous men didn’t mind the strong wind and raging flood as they went through their mission. Modern day heroes, indeed!

Causeway Bay – for Roving Professionals in Search of Life in the Fast Lane
Known as the one of the busiest neighborhoods on Hong Kong Island, Causeway Bay is also considered as one of the most vibrant and is one of Hong Kong’s major shopping districts. No wonder why many working professionals would prefer to live in here despite the fact that it is densely populated. There are different serviced apartments that you can choose from depending on what would suit your needs.

Chinese Man Sentenced to Prison for Selling VPN Software
China has been very persistent in controlling on how their citizens use the internet. While others are doing their best to oblige with the country’s law, others are finding ways to use a bypass technologies such as VPN.

To show that China is not kidding with their campaign with regards to internet censorship, Deng Jiewei, 26 of Dongguan, Guangdong province was arrested for selling VPN software through his own website.
Via Andre Martin

From the Global From Asia Media Desk

This week’s podcast

Everyone wants to sell to China. And one of the top product categories people want to sell is imported foreign foods. This guest has been on my list for quite some time and I am excited to have him on the show – Glenn Ball, the General Manager of Nogogo Online groceries. It is one of the first and largest online stores in China for foreign goods, based right here in Shenzhen.
Importing and Distributing Food Items for the Chinese Market with Glenn Ball from Nogogo

This week’s blog post

Buying property, at least in your 30’s or early 40’s, is expected. Even taken for granted. You need a place to live, and you want to get on the property ladder sooner rather than later. But what If you’re priced out of the market, with no other place to go?
Priced Out of the HK Property Market: Why Entrepreneurs Should Buy in ASEAN
(guest post from Fredrik, thanks!)

Want to talk about e-commerce with other exporters and traders? We know there is a budding community of e-commerce business owners in Shanghai, China and we are excited to organize a fun meetup that will be happening on September 20, 2017 at 7:00 PM in Naked Hub, 3F, #1277 W. Beijing Road, Jing’an District.

Shanghai E-commerce Meetup

For many of you who would love to get to China market yet don’t have a clear picture on mind to help you make wise decisions: simple questions like how much are your competitors are selling , which media channels that will works most effectively for your ad spend etc? Or if you are sourcing from China and would like to select that best suppliers that works for your budget, your requirements and can get it done before deadline hits? Claire is here to help!

Market Research

Are you a people person? A deal maker? A “hustler” that can make dollar out of fifteen cents? Asia needs people like you!

GFA Job Posts

It is getting real! In this video blog, we are behind the scenes with Mariko, Wendy, and I as we prepare for the first episode of E-commerce Gladiator. I could feel the pressure building up as the video blog continued on – then it got so real once the lighting was set-up and all the cameras in the studio.

Preparing for the TV Show

I am pleased to introduce our first member to be featured, Andy Church. Angelica was privileged enough to interview Andy despite his busy schedule and asked him a couple questions about his business.

Member Series Spotlight: Andy Church of Insight Quality

Sent September 7, 2017

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American internet entrepreneur in China, Asia, and Hong Kong. Helping companies do business globally from Asia

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