Stephen T. Asma is Senior Fellow of the Research Group in Mind, Science and Culture, and Professor of Philosophy at Columbia College Chicago. He specializes in neuro-philosophy, Emotion studies, Asia, Monsterology, Museum studies, and Imagination studies. Asma is the author of ten books, including On Monsters: an Unnatural History of Our Worst Fears (Oxford University Press), Buddha for Beginners (For Beginners), The Gods Drink Whiskey (HarperOne), The Evolution of Mind (Harvard University Press, forthcoming), Against Fairness (University of Chicago Press), and The Need for Religion (Oxford, forthcoming). He writes regularly for the New York Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Skeptic magazine. He has also written for the Sunday Times, the Chicago Tribune, Aeon magazine, Big Think, and many others. In 2014, he was a Fulbright Scholar, teaching philosophy in Beijing, China. In 2003, he was Visiting Professor at the Buddhist Institute in Phnom Penh, Kingdom of Cambodia, and in 2007 he lived and studied in Shanghai China. Asma also researched Asian philosophies in Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Mainland China, and Laos. Asma has been an invited lecturer at Harvard University, Brown University, the Field Museum, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Fudan University (Shanghai), Xi'an Jiaotong University, University of Macau, School of the Art Institute, and many more.       

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Deep Chinese Culture for Business and Travel

Stephen Asma

Dr. Asma guides participants into the deep water of Chinese culture in this keynote speech and discussion. Many business entrepreneurs and travelers learn the simple guidebook version of China, but have no grasp of the deep cultural roots of Chinese values and institutions. This keynote will prepare participants to engage better with locals—whether they’re CEOs, workers, friends, or street-food vendors.

In this lively and humorous presentation, Dr. Asma will introduce participants to the following:

*Religion and values
*Economics: centralization and free-markets
*Politics: the Dragon versus the Eagle
*Family: the importance of xiao
*Business: the importance guanxi, and mianzi.
*Getting out of the executive and tourist bubble: street savvy.
*Cultural minefields

what you get

  • Last up to one hour
  • Allow for up to 200 connections into the Cast (a connection is a login from a unique location)
  • Include the two-way video experience (including interactive HD streaming video and audio) and dedicated support