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  • Can global fast-food chains survive in Korea?

    SOUTH KOREA, 2017/10/15 World-famous fast-food franchises are struggling to remain afloat in the Korean market. In this year alone, two out of the three major world fast-food franchises in Korea were sold to new owners. On Aug. 31, it was announced that Yum! Brands, a fast-food chain company based in the U.S., sold off its full stake in Pizza Hut Korea to Orchard One, a Korean investment company. This was the second time a non-Korean franchise was bought out, next KFC Korea was taken over by KG Group, a Korean conglomerate, in the beginning of this year. McDonald's Korea will likely face a similar fate, too, it's predicted, as its U.S. parent company has been on the lookout for a suitable new owner since last year. The transaction is on hold, for presently, though.
  • Can global fast-food chains survive in Korea?

    SOUTH KOREA, 2017/10/15 World-famous fast-food franchises are struggling to remain afloat in the Korean market. In this year alone, two out of the three major world fast-food franchises in Korea were sold to new owners. On Aug. 31, it was announced that Yum! Brands, a fast-food chain company based in the U.S., sold off its full stake in Pizza Hut Korea to Orchard One, a Korean investment company. This was the second time a non-Korean franchise was bought out, next KFC Korea was taken over by KG Group, a Korean conglomerate, in the beginning of this year. McDonald's Korea will likely face a similar fate, too, it's predicted, as its U.S. parent company has been on the lookout for a suitable new owner since last year. The transaction is on hold, for presently, though.
  • Chinese Culture Enters ASEAN activities held in Laos to promote bilateral cultural exchanges

    CHINA, 2017/04/07 A series of activities within the framework of "Chinese Culture Enters ASEAN" was held Tuesday in Lao capital Vientiane, drawing the participation of over 200 people from cultural and educational sector of China and Laos. The event includes three parts, featuring book equitable, painting and calligraphy exhibition inclunding cultural lectures. Over 400 books highlighting Chinese culture, Chinese style and Chinese characters were chosen to display at the event, which was coorganized by Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs' World Knowledge Publishing Home, Chinese Culture Center in Laos, Foreign Affairs Office of the People's Government of China's Shandong Province and Shandong Provincial Department of Culture.
  • Long isolated, Africa’s Jewish ‘islands’ bridged by photographer’s lens

    JAPAN, 2016/07/25 The synagogues of emerging Jewish communities in Africa are often modest affairs at the end of bumpy dirt roads, communities which feel a historical or spiritual connection to Judaism, but are struggling to practice fully in their isolated conclaves. Judaism has always had a presence in North Africa, and later, in South Africa. But among this vast continent, dozens of new Jewish communities are beginning to reach out to the wider Jewish world. Some, like Ghana, believe they are historical descendants of Jewish traders in the Sahara. Others, in Uganda and Kenya, have felt a spiritual pull to Judaism. Photographer Jono David, 50, has attempted to capture intimate moments of small, emerging Jewish communities across Africa in 30 different nations and territories. An exhibition of some of those photos, The Children of Abraham and Sarah, is presently featured at Beit HaTfutsot, the Museum of the Jewish People, through December. It is part of an installation that as well includes Nina Pereg’s two videos, filmed at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, showing preparations to flip the holy site from a mosque to a synagogue and vice versa, during the two days each year at the same time as the whole complex is open to either Jews or Muslims.
  • Morocco and China are urged to strengthen their centuries-old cultural relations,

    CHINA, 2016/05/12 As two major civilizations, Morocco and China are urged to strengthen their centuries-old cultural relations, as a growing number of Moroccans are seeking to learn Mandarin and discover the great Chinese civilization, said Liu Hui, Chinese Director of Confucius Institute at Mohammed V University in Rabat. Today, all teaching staff at the Confucius Institute is Chinese, but it will any minute at this time be reinforced next delivering Mandarin diplomas to Moroccan students and enabling them to teach the language in Morocco, Hui added. The Chinese academic said that Moroccan students show a particular aptitude for learning foreign languages, noting that learning Mandarin is not easy given that this language is based on symbols, not letters.
  • Victoria's Premier Daniel Andrews and China's Vice Cultural Minister Ding We

    CHINA, 2015/09/30 Victoria struck an historic five-year cultural exchange transaction with China on Thursday, the initial Australian national to sign an agreement of any kind with the Asian economic powerhouse. Victoria's Premier Daniel Andrews and China's Vice Cultural Minister Ding Wei announced the mega-transaction, which will foster the sharing of arts programs between the regions. "This will be a great exchange in terms of fine art, music, dance theater, but it's as well a great opportunity for staff, and those who are employed within the dynamic and growing industries to be able to travel to and from China," Andrews said in comments published by Australian media on Thursday.
  • Confucius Institute widens Chinese culture study in Ghana

    CHINA, 2015/09/29 The Confucius institute has made great strides since its establishment at the University of Ghana, Legon, some two years ago, spreading Chinese language and culture to Ghanaians from all walks of life. Being the initial of its kind in Ghana, the Institute has been working hard to fulfill obligations set by its headquarter - mainly to teach Chinese language proficiency, train Chinese language instructors and provide language resources and conduct language and cultural exchange activities between China and other nations.
  • Cambodia's Ways of life

    CAMBODIA, 2011/01/17 Birth and death rituals
  • Cambodia's Art/Culture

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