Dunkin’ Donuts jumps on Asia’s coffee craze
SEOUL — It is a Saturday night and one of the unlikeliest hot spots in the city is packed. More than 100 people are sprawled at tables, sipping, talking, munching. Young women are dressed as if at a nightclub. Some have been here for hours.
A concert? A dinner party? Nope. This, believe it or not, is Dunkin’ Donuts — one that is unlike almost any other in the world.
This scene, in a city long synonymous with tea houses, is a glimpse of a coffee gold rush, one in which the Canton-based coffee and doughnut company has patiently and methodically set out to transform the food and social culture in the Far East.
It is working well enough that South Korea is now home to more than 900 Dunkin’ Donuts, nearly as many as there are in the chain’s home state, making it the company’s largest international market. Starbucks is not far behind. Both companies consider South Korea a warm-up for an even bigger play: China. Continue reading
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What Park pledged to do as president, Korea Herald, Published : 2012-12-19 23:44
Peninsular trust-building process
At the core of Park’s policy toward North Korea is the Korean Peninsular Trust-Building Process, which is aimed at entrenching durable peace and laying the groundwork for reunification.
The process is based on a flexible and balanced approach. It shuns a dichotomist attitude of taking either appeasement or a hard-line stance, which she says has been unhelpful in bringing positive change in the communist state.
Under the process, Seoul is to resume dialogue with Pyongyang, increase humanitarian support and try to carry out agreements forged between the two Koreas and between the North and international community.
The strategy stems from her policy of “trustpolitik,” a term she introduced last year in her contribution to the U.S. bimonthly journal Foreign Affairs. Continue reading
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