How Asian Women Lead: Lessons for Global Corporations by Jane Horan (auth.)

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He left China with nothing. Ms. Lee says this inf luenced her determination to get ahead and make her parents proud of her. In Taiwan Ms. Lee joined a program for young leaders during university summer and winter programs. Her job was to receive delegates and foreign guests and put on seminars to help the Taiwanese government build diplomatic relations. One such delegation came from South Africa, which had maintained diplomatic relations with Taiwan since 1949, the year Mao Zedong rose to power in the People’s Republic of China and Chiang Kai Shek was forced retreat to Taiwan (Spence 1990; Fairbank 1992).

In the summer breaks, she travelled to Bangladesh, but by the third year she no longer wanted to make the trip. “I did not want to see my parents, and I started feeling guilty. ” She spoke to her parents infrequently. ” Moments of Realization This confrontational period eventually led to reconciliation for Ms. Ali—internally and with her parents. ” Guilt and tension led to growth. She explained, “If I hadn’t moved away and changed professional directions, I would not have learned this. The distance helped define myself and take responsibility for that definition.

Today she is a freelance consultant for a variety of US J. Horan, How Asian Women Lead © Jane Horan 2014 46 How Asian Women Lead consumer brands, helping them with market entry strategies and business transformation. Born in Taiwan, Ms. Lee has worked in high-powered strategic marketing roles for national and multinational corporations in South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Hong Kong, and China; she is f luent in English, Chinese, and Japanese. The values of education and ongoing learning, conforming to society, respecting integrity and family were instilled in her by teacher parents—a father who taught history and aspired to complete a PhD and a mother who taught home economics and exposed her daughter to the secrets of Taiwanese, Chinese, and Japanese cuisine.

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