“Mister” makes me feel so

by Nathan Hamm on 9/4/2003

“Mister” makes me feel so old
But I’m cranky enough to have it used on me, so I’ll let it slide, especially when I get a link!

Central Asian Goodness
at the Marmot’s Hole. I fully plan to read all that great stuff about
Korean investment in Central Asia, but I do have off the cuff comments.
My first significant contact with Korean electronics and machinery was
in Uzbekistan. I’d never really heard of LG before (they’re Korean,
right?), and I didn’t know that Daewoo made everything under the sun.
Korean stuff was considered quality, as opposed to shoddy goods, which
are uniformly referred to as “Chinese” no matter where they come from.
When we took a taxi from town to town, we went for a Daewoo (preferably
the Nexia sedan) because of their reliability and comfort. I must say
though, I never met any Koreans other than the ones from the Soviets
deported to Central Asia. They kept me from getting scurvy during the
winter with their delicious salads and were some of the nicest people
working at the bazaars.

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Nathan is the founder and Principal Analyst for Registan, which he launched in 2003. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan 2000-2001 and received his MA in Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington in 2007. Since 2007, he has worked full-time as an analyst, consulting with private and government clients on Central Asian affairs, specializing in how socio-cultural and political factors shape risks and opportunities and how organizations can adjust their strategic and operational plans to account for these variables. More information on Registan's services can be found here, and Nathan can be contacted via Twitter or email.

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