Welcome to the David Victor Vector Blog

Welcome to the David Victor Vector blog. This is blog that covers religious observances around the world international affairs and global business. This blog describes religious holidays for most major religions as well as raising issues dealing with globalization, international business ethics, cross-cultural business communication and political events affecting business in an integrated world economy. I look forward your discussion and commentary on these articles and subjects. Enjoy!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Global Advances in Business Communication Journal's Inaugural Issue

I am delighted to announce the inaugural issue of the Global Advances in Business Communication (GABC) Journal. As Editor-in-Chief of the Journal, I wanted to announce it here on my blog. 

The GABC Journal is available for free on line at  


The GABC Journal is a peer-reviewed journal jointly published by the University of Antwerp, the Technological University of Malaysia and Eastern Michigan University.   I am the Editor-in-Chief. The Associate Editors are S. Paul Verluyten at the University of Antwerp and Hadina Habil of the Technological University of Malaysia.

The GABC Journal publishes original research on interdisciplinary business practices which shape and are shaped by the changing nature and level of global business communication.  To this end, the GABC Journal publishes articles that contribute to the knowledge, theory and practice of the global aspects of business communication in one or more of the following areas:
  •  International and cross-cultural business communication and negotiations
  • Global integrated marketing communication (IMC) and public relations
  • Global business ethics and communication (including international law, government-business relations)
  • Languages for business and managerial communication
  • E-Semantics*

*E-Semantics is a term coined for the GABC Journal referring to the cross-cultural, language-based international issues associated with search terms, string searches, social media expression, web design, web site user friendliness and electronic advertising keywords



This inaugural issue features five articles:

Ø      Jane Thompson Johansen (University of Southern Indiana) A Postmodern International Business Communication Model in Three-Dimensions  
Ø      Xiaofei Xu and Bertha Du-Babcock (City University of Hong Kong), "Impact of English-language Proficiency on Chinese Expatriates’ Adjustment to Overseas Assignments"  
Ø      Judith A. Ainsworth (University of Montreal), "Integrating Methods and Strategies from Language Teaching and Business Studies in Languages for Specific Business Purposes Courses"    
Ø      Ronald C. Cere (Eastern Michigan University) "Foreign Language Careers for International Business and the Professions  
Ø      Deborah Reed Scarfino, Kelli J. Schute, Christina Pryor and Tanna White Campbell (William Jewell College) "Effects of Culture and Education on Ethical Responses on Our Global Society"  


In addition to the five articles, this initial issue includes a special panel discussion interview that I conducted with 17 leading experts from around the world on the state of the field. The panel discussion contributors are:

·    Richard Babcock, University of San Francisco
·    Bertha Du-Babcock, City University of Hong Kong
·    Claire Babanoury, Wharton-Lauder at the University of Pennsylvania
·    Roger Conaway, ITESM San Luis Potosi, Mexico
·    Hadina Habil, UTM, Malaysia
·    Daphne Jameson, Cornell University
·    Naoki Kameda, Doshisha University, Kyoto
·    Orlando Kelm, University of Texas at Austin
·    Leena Louhiala-Salminen, Aalto University (formerly Helsinki School of Economics)
·    Banikanta Mishra, Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar, India
·    Priscilla Rogers, University of Michigan
·    Sheila Sasser, Eastern Michigan University
·    Ayseli Usluata, Yeditepe University, Istanbul
·    Joo-Seng Tan, Nanyang University, Singapore
·    Barry Thatcher, New Mexico State University (and Edito-in-Chief of the Journal of Rhetoric, Professional Communication, and Globalization http://www.rpcg.org/index.php?journal=rpcg )
·    Iris Varner, Illinois State University
·    S. Paul Verluyten, University of Antwerp
 This is an exciting collection of insights from some of the greatest minds interested in the subject.


The GABC Journal welcomes articles in all rigorous research methods including both qualitative, theoretical modeling and quantitative approaches.

The GABC Journal applies masked reviews in which an editor and at a minimum of two subject-related experts examine submitted manuscripts.


Now that the first issue is out, the GABC Journal is looking for its next issue of original articles (not under consideration elsewhere). This would be
·        Traditional scholarly studies of 15-35 double-spaced pages, excluding references, notes, and appendices.
·        Commentaries of 10-14 pages, excluding references, notes, and appendices.

Quantitative manuscripts must report estimates of reliability for all dependent measures, variance accounted for in tests of significance, and power estimates when tests fail to achieve significance. Content analysis employing quantitative measures should note intercoder reliability. Survey research should describe the sampling frame (relevant population), sampling method, sample unit, and response rate. Qualitative research must note standards used to insure the quality and verification of the presented interpretation.

All manuscripts must be in English, following the format specified in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th edition). You may use either U.S. or British spelling, but use U.S. punctuation.  Authors must remove all personal and institutional identification from the body of the submission.

For further information and more detailed guidelines or to submit a manuscript, please go to the main site for the journal at http://commons.emich.edu/gabc/    
Please do submit.


Sunday, January 15, 2012

Year of the Dragon: Lunar New Year Celebrations Around the World

Poster for Year of the Dragon
Festivities, Toronto, Ontario
This is the fourth and final post on the Asian Lunar New Year which begins a week from tomorrow on Monday January 23. Today’s post first indicates where the Lunar New Year is an official state holiday. The post then goes on to share the wide range of events taking place outside of those countries.


The Asian Lunar New Year is a public holiday with varying lengths in several countries.

Many Chinese, Bhutanese and Mongolian communities unofficially are closed for the entire New Year’s week (including the preceding or following weekends in many cases). The dates of observance for Tet in Vietnam and Seol in Korea may extend well beyond the official dates as well, especially in rural areas. This somewhat parallels the slowing or shutting down of work and school for Christmas in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the Americas.


The Asian New Year in various countries is officially recognized by the state in 15 countries, as follows:

Bhutan: Officially off for Losar but the dates are not officially specified. As some festivities last up to 15 days, this means that the time when things are open or closed is somewhat unclear for about two weeks.

Brunei: The first Day of Lunar New Year is an official holiday. If that date lands on a Friday (the Islamic day off), the official observance is moved to the next day on Saturday. It is significant that the Chinese and Vietnamese in Brunei are only a minority, but the state still recognizes the first day of the Asian New Year as a sign of respect to an important minority population. 

Christmas Island

Christmas Island: Christmas Island is a territory of Australia, and not a full country. Still, since (unlike Australia), the territory recognizes the first two days of the Lunar New Year as an official holiday, it is listed here. If the holiday falls on a Sunday (the Christian day off), it is extended until the following Tuesday.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong: Though technically part of the PRC, Hong Kong has considerable autonomous control. The first three days of the Chinese New Year are official holidays. This is one day longer than on the Mainland.


Indonesia: The first day of the Lunar New Year is a holiday. It is significant that the Chinese and Vietnamese in Indonesia are only a minority, but the state still recognizes the first day of the Asian New Year as a sign of respect to an important minority population. 

Macau: Macau, like Hong Kong, is technically part of the PRC, but has considerable autonomous control. As with Hong Kong, the first three days of the Chinese New Year are official holidays. This is one day longer than on the Mainland.

Malaysia: The Chinese are Malaysia's largest minority and a major part of the overall society. As a sign of respect to that minority, Malaysia recognizes the first two days of Lunar New Year as official holidays.


Mongolia: Bituun (New Year's Eve) and first three days of Tsagaan Sar are official holidays.

North Korea

North Korea: The first day of Seol is an official holiday.

The Philippines

The Philippines: The first day of the Lunar New Year is a holiday, although the Chinese community is a minority within the country.

People's Republic of China: New Year’s Eve and the first two days of the New Year are holidays in the PRC. That said, the government usually officially makes the New Year a seven-day holiday. By doing so, the Chinese may have the days off but are then required to work during either the preceding or following weekend (or another weekend if agreed upon).  Businesses and schools, in turn, consider the two weekend days as being the weekdays that were missed. While this clarifies issues such as overtime pay or extra school days, this nonetheless makes predicting when something is actually shut down or open very difficult at this time of year. 

Note also that Hong Kong, Macau and Tibet all are part of the PRC but have different Lunar New Year official times off (as noted elsewhere in this list).
Taiwan: In Taiwan the Lunar New Year’s Eve and the first three days of the Chinese New Year are official days off. Additionally, the fifth day of the Chinese New Year is an official day off for the Dragon Boat Festival (or Duan Wu Festival). This effectively makes the fourth day of the New Year an unofficial day off.

Tibet: Although Tibet is part of the PRC, Losar is officially recognized as a holiday for the first seven days of the Lunar New Year. This is done as a recognition of the cultural traditions of the Tibetan ethnic minority.

Singapore: Singapore recognizes the first two days of the Lunar New Year as official days off. Approximately 74% of Singapore's population is Chinese in ethnicity.

South Korea

South Korea: The first three days of Seol are officially recognized as a state holiday.


Vietnam: The last two days of old year and first three days of Tet are officially recognized as state holidays.

 Year of the Dragon Celebrations Around the Globe

Poster for Year of the Dragon
Festivities in Utrecht, Holland
Of course, many of the most important parades and celebrations for Chinese New Year, as one would expect, taking place in China, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and Taiwan. Similarly, Losar celebrations take place in Bhutan and Tibet; Tet celebrations in Vietnam, Seol celebrations in Korea and so on.

The emphasis here, though, is to show how widespread observances for the Asian Lunar New Year have become throughout the world and to encourage you to consider attending one of these if you live nearby.

Asian Countries Without Lunar Year Tradition


Celebrants at Penampang, Saba
on the island of Borneo

The Philippines

Manila's Chinese New Year Parade begins in Binondo.
The oldest Chinatown in the world, Binondo was already well established
as a trade center when the Spanish arrived in 1521, and remains
an active center of Filipino Chinese commerce and culture to this day.


Nakon Sawon Chinese New Year Parade (left)
The Chinese community has been present in Thailand 
since the Ayutthaya Period (ca. 1350 CE) 


Chinese New Year festivities in Sydney
include fireworks over the harbor


Vancouver's Chinese New Year Parade
annually draws over 50,000 spectators
who watch its over 3000 participants
* Toronto, Ontario http://toronto.kijiji.ca/c-community-volunteers-2012-Dragon-Chinese-New-Year-Celebration-W0QQAdIdZ341590534

* Vancouver, British Columbia    http://www.cbavancouver.ca/parade.html


The Netherlands

Rotterdam's Chinese New Year Parade

United Kingdom

Birmingham's activities take place at Arcadian Centre

Chinese New Year Parade at Trafalgar Square, London

United States

The Lunar New Year Parade in Flushing, Queens
is the New York area's largest with
over 4000 people marching annually 
* Flushing, Queens, New York http://queens.about.com/od/flushing/p/Chinese-New-Year.htm (this is actually the largest New York City area  Lunar New Year Parade).

* Houston, Texas   http://lunarnewyearhouston.com/

* Los Angeles, California  http://www.lagoldendragonparade.com/   

* Phoenix, Arizona http://phoenixchineseweek.org/

San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade
is the largest one outside of Asia.
It is sponsored annually by Southwest Airlines.
* San Francisco, California  (the largest in the USA, with the parade this year on February 11)  http://www.chineseparade.com/   

* San Jose, California (Tet Parade) http://hoitetfairgrounds.org/history.php

* Sonoma County, California (Tet Parade) http://www.sonomavietnamese.org/

* Washington, D.C. http://chineseparadedc.com/  

Washington DC Chinese New Year Parade

Other Countries

The Paris Chinese New Year Parade is one of Europe's largest


There are undoubtedly many celebrations that I have overlooked here. Please do let me know events that you know about and share them on this blog if you would like to do so before the New Year begins. Also, I will try to include them next year.

Happy Year of the Dragon!


Year of the Dragon around the globe: http://garcya.us/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/preview-91-200x200.jpg

Utrecht Year of the Dragon poster http://crtv.nl/readarticle.php?article_id=970

Celebrants at Penampang, Saba on the island of Borneo: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/01/08/28-lions-awaken-for-chinese-new-year/

Binondo, Manila parade: http://epicstreet.blogspot.com/2011/02/manila-chinese-new-year-2011.html
Birmingham parade: http://www.cnybirmingham.org.uk/

Sydney Chinese New Year Fireworks: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ZbsLP5d7yh0/TU92FKZznNI/AAAAAAAAACM/Vsj5Q6XMYnk/s1600/CNY-Fireworks1.jpg

Rotterdam Parade: http://blog.habitatapartments.com/wp-content/upl/CNY-Rotterdam-2012.jpg

Vancouver Parade: http://vancouver.about.com/od/vancouverevents/p/chinesenewyear.htm

Flushing, Queens parade: http://queens.about.com/od/flushing/p/Chinese-New-Year.htm

Trafalgar Square London parade: http://www.toimg.net/managed/images/10173575/w482/h298/image.jpg

San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade: http://www.san-francisco-hotel-reservations.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/san-fran-chinese-new-year-parade.jpg

Washington DC Chinese New Year Parade http://0.tqn.com/d/dc/1/0/l/L/DSC01640.JPG

Paris New Year Parade http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=Paris+Chinese+New+YEar&view=detail&id=FD0CA5B427ABD9225895D6826DFDF0B1C82081C6&first=0&FORM=IDFRIR

Last image Happy New Year: http://www.michiganmartialarts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/HappyNewYear2012-Post.jpg