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Walmart Failed in Korea Because of a Lack of Walking Around

On SEBASTIAN MARSHALL

Y'know, you can read all the case studies you want. It's hard to fully understand international business without going to different countries and walking around.

So, let's talk business and walking around. I was in Seoul, South Korea for a month last summer.

I came to like Korean culture a lot. Koreans are some of the strongest, proudest people I've come across. They manage to combine a strong warrior culture with the utmost civility, order, cleanliness, and quality of life.

It's pretty incredible, actually. Many societies with a strong militant, warrior feeling about them descend into kind of a barbaric police state sort of vibe, constant terror in the air.

Korea? Nope. The men are proud, masculine, patriot, somewhat militant, but in a good way. There's a mix of strong, expansive, traditional values, along with a large minority undercurrent of modernity. It's really good - it's the best of all possible worlds. There's problems - the blatant racism and xenophobia kind of sucks, but I don't mind it so much. Nowhere's perfect.

2014 Winter Olympics: World of Greatness

On Sara Alina

The 2014 Winter Olympics held in Sochi, Russia has just concluded. This is the first time that Russia hosted the Winter Olympics Games. As expected, the whole world tuned in to watch athletes from all different countries compete to get the gold. Dreams were realized as athletes won and hearts broke when they do not. But this was not the end. It is only the beginning to train harder and be a better athlete come next Winter Olympics which will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2018. All in all, it was a success as no threats were made and no untoward incidents happened. Athletes simply were there to participate, have fun and enjoy the camaraderie. It was truly exciting and thrilling to be a part of the Winter Olympics.

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