Focus Asia-Pacific

Asia's business, history, technologies and trends.

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Focus Asia-Pacific

Covering Asia's business, technology and trends so you can travel and do business with ease.


Sunday May 15, 2022

US President Joe Biden hosted the US-ASEAN special summit last Thursday and Friday, May 12-13 in Washington, D.C. Here are my key take aways and analysis from the two-day conference.  

Sunday May 08, 2022

Since becoming a digital nomad in 2015, CJ explains why Saigon is the best city in Southeast Asia. He discusses the pros and cons of living in Vietnam's largest city and gives his advice for those just starting their journey.

Sunday Mar 20, 2022

Thai Binh and nearby Nam Dinh are two provincinces and towns near the Red River valley, the birthplace of Vietnamese culture nearly 2,500 years ago.  I took the two hour car ride from Hanoi and stayed over night to conduct a factory too. The following is a summary of trip and impressions of this city and region.    

Saturday Feb 12, 2022

If you come to Saigon, Nguyen Hue Walking Street is not to be missed. This modern-day pedestrian street comes alive in the evening where you people-watch crowds of people. However, the current street you see today wasn't always like this and has an interesting history behind it.  

Saturday Feb 05, 2022

Chuc mung nam moi! Happy Year of the Tiger! ' Vietnam has announced major reopening plans including international flights after Tet holiday with more restrictions lifted by March 31st.

Friday Feb 04, 2022

Does the 21st century belong to Asia? Since January 2022, the Regional Cooperation Economic Partnership (RCEP) is a China-lead, 15-member mega trade deal transforming global trade, Asia, and the world. Learn more about this comprehensive trade pact and what it means for the US and China geopolitically.  

Friday Jan 21, 2022

After living and working in Asia for over a decade, Andrew Hupert has relocated to Oaxaca, Mexico where he shares with us the pros and cons of living in Mexico vs. Southeast Asia. We discuss his temporary resident visa, quality of life, cost of living, and overall comparison between Mexico and Southeast Asia. Listen to his Globalsm 2.0 podcast at  

Monday Jan 17, 2022

Parag Khanna is one of the most exciting speakers on globalization and geopolitics. In his highly acclaimed book, The Future is Asian: Conflict, Commerce, and Culture in the 21st Century, he argues that Asia's rise has a lot more to do than just China alone.

Wednesday Dec 22, 2021

I sit down with Guillaume Rondan of Move to Asia and discuss Vietnam's most challenging year-to-date. We rewind to the beginning of the spring when the delta variant started to take hold, talk about the visa fiasco foreigners had to deal with, and explain the devasting wake from closing down the economy and country for nearly four months.  Finally, Guillaume and I give our 2022 predictions on Vietnam opening up to the rest of the world and what the economy may look like.   Guillaume Rondan ( Vinh Ho (    

Tuesday Dec 21, 2021

Parag Khanna is one of the world's foremost speakers on geopolics and globalization. Parag is adept at explaining globalization, the rise of Asia, mapping the future, and defining migration and the future of work. In this episode, I introduce you to Parag and tell you a bit about his background.  Be sure to learn more about him by visiting:

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