List Headline Image
Updated by Wynthia Goh on Sep 01, 2013
Wynthia Goh Wynthia Goh
17 items   1 followers   0 votes   74 views

Asia Pacific

I am in an APJ role and passionate about the diversity and growth of the region. These are some links to content I have come across about the APJ region.

New generation of technology firms in India

SIGNS of middle age were obvious at a recent gathering of Nasscom, the club for India's giant IT industry, which now has sales of $100 billion and is dominated by outsourcing firms. The venue was a hotel in Mumbai, a five-star fortress of foyers and finger food. The guests of honour were politicians.

China online retail and its contribution to China's evolution to a consumption driven society

Almost overnight, China has become the world's second-largest e-tail market, with estimates as high as $210 billion for revenues in 2012 and a compound annual growth rate of 120 percent since 2003.

Academic study on how and how fast Sina censorship works

About C. Custer C. Custer is the founder and editor of He also is a documentary filmmaker, and a freelance writer, reporter, translator, and video producer on all things China. You can follow him on Twitter as @ChinaGeeks

China's Smaller Cities Are Home to Growing Middle Class

Last week Chen Demin, China's commerce minister, offered an upbeat outlook for China's overall 2013 economy, forecasting steady improvement in domestic consumption and investment, and predicting that foreign direct investment over the coming year would also remain stable.

The Alibaba phenomenon

ON ITS way to becoming the world's biggest economy, China is passing another landmark. Its e-commerce market is overtaking America's. And one giant firm dominates the market: Alibaba, by some measures already the world's largest e-commerce company. Last year two of Alibaba's portals together handled 1.1 trillion yuan ($170 billion) in sales, more than eBay and Amazon combined.

Rising Middle Class Fuels Hotel Boom In China

If there's one U.S. industry that's found a home in China, it's the lodging business. Building ramped up leading to the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2010 Shanghai World Expo, one-time incentives for growth in marquee destinations. Nowthe expansion is especially visible in so-called second- and third-tier cities most Americans have never heard of.

Understanding the diversity of Indonesia's consumers - McKinsey Quarterly - Marketing & Sales - Sectors & Regions

In This Article Some 90 million Indonesians will join the consumer class by 2030-more than in any emerging nation save China and India. For consumer companies, that will mean an additional $1 trillion in annual spending by the nation's optimistic and increasingly sophisticated consumers.

Inside India's 'No-Frills' Hospitals, Where Heart Surgery Costs Just $800

AFP What if hospitals were run like a mix of Wal-Mart and a low-cost airline? The result might be something like the chain of "no-frills" Narayana Hrudayalaya clinics in southern India. Using pre-fabricated buildings, stripping out air-conditioning and even training visitors to help with post-operative care, the group believes it can cut the cost of heart surgery to an astonishing 800 dollars.

Will We Ever See Another Four Great Inventions from China?

Examining Chinese innovation from the consumers' point-of-view. China's Four Great Inventions-papermaking, the compass, gunpowder, and printing-were innovations from bygone eras. When looking at China's history over the past 50 years, it's very difficult to find a single innovation that has made a significant impact on the world.

Southeast Asia's big media emerges from slumber, finds digital media revolution at its doorstep

While traditional media in the United States have been reeling from the digital media revolution, registering millions in losses, shutdowns, and layoffs, their counterparts in Southeast Asia have been insulated from its devastating effects. But maybe not for long. Well aware that the window to adapt is fast closing, the region's big media are finally [...]

The Grim Reality Behind the Philippines' Economic Growth

In a neighborhood of so-called "Asian tigers," the Philippines has quietly emerged as the region's newest economic darling. At 6.6 percent, the Filipino economy's current GDP growth rate is the second highest in Asia, behind only China's.

What a waste

IN THE past 35 years, hundreds of millions of Chinese have found productive, if often exhausting, work in the country's growing cities. This extraordinary mobilisation of labour is the biggest economic event of the past half-century. The world has seen nothing on such scale before. Will it see anything like it again?

Ecommerce stats: online shopping in the Middle East

The Middle East and North Africa edition of our Internet Statistics Compendium has seen some interesting updates over the past few months, with some fascinating insights into ecommerce across the region. This post gives a general overview of the online retail numbers and brands which are proving significant in the Middle East.

Big Leap for Digital Video Views in India - eMarketer

Regular viewers tune in more often As internet penetration rises in India, the digital video audience is growing fast. Between March 2011 and March 2013, unique visitors to video sites rose 69%, for a total of 54 million unique video viewers at the end of the observation period, according to comScore Video Metrix.

China's Spiking Smartphone Growth

Having overtaken the United States as the world's largest smartphone market, China is now fast extending its lead. To wit, the latest metrics from market research outfit IDC, which chart some remarkable year-over-year growth. In the first quarter of 2013, China's smartphone shipments topped out at 78 million units -- a 117 percent increase over the same period in 2012, according to IDC.

In China, an Unprecedented Demographic Problem Takes Shape

China will get old before most of its population is anywhere near middle-income status, let alone rich.

Smartphone maker Micromax is emerging as the Xiaomi of India-much to Samsung's dismay

India's currency may be floundering but its smartphone market is on fire-sales have nearly tripled in the last year, led by the local upstart Micromax, which is nipping at the heels of Samsung for market share dominance. Micromax now commands a 22% market share, up from 18.8% in the first quarter.