HIV/AIDS: Fearing the Unknown in China

January 13, 2013

Despite the HIV/AIDS prevention programs and introduction of policies to curb discrimination, the Chinese government is not doing enough to educate the general public about HIV and AIDS. With this ignorance, comes a multitude of obstacles for HIV and AIDS patients and advocates to overcome.

By law, medical facilities in China are not allowed to deny a person with HIV or AIDS the right to medical attention. However, strict penalties are not enforced when this happens.

                  

Several HIV/AIDS patients with cancer have recently come forward with stories about being denied surgery. One man’s journey to receive surgery on his liver described how he was rejected from two hospitals before altering his medical documents at a third hospital in order to receive treatment.

This patient’s story recently broke in China, sparking intense debate on Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter. Over 6,100 retweet and 4,800 comments were posted, with many calling the man a murderer, malicious, selfish, and despicable for jeopardizing the health of everyone in the hospital.

             

In response to the story, China’s Ministry of Health issued an emergency announcement banning hospitals from refusing HIV/AIDS patients. Supportive messages were issued by the Chinese government and CCTV, the national television station.

Although public words of support and sympathy were few and far between, some messages understood why he did it and asked people if they would have done the same in his shoes.

It is only with further education and advocacy that issues like these will no longer plague HIV and AIDS patients in China. Join us today to help fight the injustice that continues.


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SmartJob.com Shares: It’s Not What You Know But Who You Know… Online

July 6, 2012

As a rule to success, effective networking is a key people skill you must learn as you climb the corporate ladder. While nothing beats the real life experience of meeting new people and getting to know them, there are now many online sites that simplify this for you. As Hong Kong’s leading online job portal, SmartJob.com has some great social media networking advice for you to follow.

LinkedIn is considered the Holy Grail of professional networking online. It is no longer just nice to have a LinkedIn profile; not having a complete profile can put you at risk of being ignored by potential recruiters and employers. Many of your colleagues past and present have a profile on the platform, and connecting to them opens up their connections to you. Build your LinkedIn empire tactfully and professionally with the help of SmartJob.com.
Although Facebook is quite the “social” website, joining the right Facebook groups with members from your industry or profession will be well worth the effort. Most of these “honeypots” are invite-only groups, so work on those relationships and get clued in. A great way to start is by joining social media events in your area and to get to know digital influencers. SmartJob.com also lists great professional smartevents to further help your networking.


Twitter and Sina Weibo make networking easy. Since messages are public, you can join any ongoing conversations and meet like-minded people. Following hashtags is the easiest way to get started. You can also follow SmartJob.com to meet other local professionals like you!
The key to success network online is to bring your relationship offline and nurture it in real life. Having a digital life certainly makes connecting with like-minded professional easier, but nothing beats a firm handshake and a smile.

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The imbalance between Hong Kong the shopping hub and Hong Kong the e-commerce snob

July 25, 2011

Don’t look now but it seems like Hong Kong, the supposedly recognized hub of tourism and shopping in this part of Asia, continues to downplay the power of e-commerce. According to EcommercePlus data, the top three Chinese provinces that have fully embraced e-commerce based on total online purchase orders are Guangdong, Zhejiang and Jiangsu. Meanwhile, the top three cities that are fond of online shopping are Guangzhou, Beijing and Shanghai. What’s wrong with this picture? No Hong Kong in sight, that’s what!

Guangzhou and Guangdong may be close neighbors of Hong Kong but the latter, the widely recognized mecca of retail and wholesale trade and shopping, is apparently an e-commerce snob. In fact, based on the data gathered by EcommercePlus, Hong Kong is nowhere even in the top 10!

Now the questions are: why do Hong Kong people resist e-commerce? What is it about e-commerce exactly that they frown upon?

And for the businesses (both online and offline) that want to garner more Hong Kong online orders, the challenge now is: what should you as a business entity do, acquire and implement in order to attract the attention of the Hong Kong customers?

The most possible steps to take would be to have cleaner, more transparent and more efficient portals where orders and customer relations can be established, developed and maintained. These portals must not only be pleasing to the eye and must not only offer good products or services…these must also know how to address customer concerns in the most effective manner. By the way, these portals need not be websites. They can be Facebook pages, Twitter pages, Sina Weibo profiles and the like. Of course, the employees who will process the orders must have topnotch customer service skills. And it will help a lot if a digital agency is on hand to assist. Perhaps only then can Hong Kong finally see a rise in the level of interest for online shopping.

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