Wednesday, September 30, 2009

International Public Relations -Personal Interview

Personal Interview
For my personal interview for International Public Relations class, I decided to interview Jo (Yen-Chun) Chen. She is from Taiwan. She was very interested in my questions that i asked her and answered to the best of her knowledge. Although, I had to explain some of the questions to her, she did a great job I think. She also told me some things that i had no prepared a question for. These things were very interesting as well. The interview took about 45 minutes to conduct. The instructions for this assignment was to ask the questions listed on our sheet as well as think of some others to ask as well. The questions and responses will be listed below.
1.) How does the media operate?
Jo's response : "There is no restriction on Internet. However, we have restrictions on TV shows, radio and etc. We have specific time fore under age and adult shows. Shows that project adult content cannot be shown until after midnight. This is in place because people under 18 are not allowed to watch the shows."
2.) What is your view of global business?
Jo's response: " Global business is good for the world economy developing."
3.) What has surprised you most about the cultural differences between America and your home country?
Jo's reponse: " I was surprised about how southern Americans always smile at each other or say "Hi" to each other that they are totally strangers to. People are allowed to drink after 21 years of age."
( funny) .. She thought that it was funny that there was a drinking age ,because there is not one in Taiwan.
4.) Is Public Relations a major that you are familiar with in your country?
Jo's response : " Yes , totally !"
She told me that Public Relations wasn't a major but Relations was, but she was familiar with the major and what it was.
5.) How did you feel initially about being a part of a different culture-accepted, fearful, timid, overwhelmed, comfortable, etc?
Jo's response: " At first, a little nervous ad interested. I thought that the South was in slow mode ( meaning it was at a slower pace than my country)."
6.) What advice do you have for an American seeking employment in your country?
Jo's response: ""In Taiwan, Americans should learn Chinese, and be independent and hardworking!"
7.) Do you think the U.S. has an influence in Public Relations in your country?
Jo's response: "Not really. Politically, in economics, music and movies is where the U.S. has a tremendous about to do with my country."
8.) How long have you been here?
Jo's response : " Almost five years"
9.) What made you move to the U.S. ?
Jo's response: " I came here to study, and to pursue my Master's degree. "
10.) What is your major?
Jo's response : " I have my MBA degree already but im here to fulfill a masters in Accounting with an emphasis in SAP."
Here is a clip i found on YouTube .This film is inspired by actual events, FORMOSA BETRAYED is the story of FBI Agent Jake Kelly's (James Van Der Beek) investigation of the brutal murder of a Taiwanese-American professor on U.S. soil. With the help of his partner Tom Braxton (John Heard) and a sharp Chicago police detective (Leslie Hope), Agent Kelly discovers that the murderers have fled to Taiwan.
I wanted to share this clip because it shows Taiwan and U.S. actually in action. Hope you find it interesting and perhaps want to see the movie, because i cant wait to see this movie...

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