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Volume 55, Number 15   November 26, 2007         

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A model for success
Professor of Anthropology Bernard Wong provided an economic analysis of San Francisco's Chinatown in an interview with a major Korean magazine, Chosun Monthly, published in September. The article featured the South Korean city of Incheon, which is struggling to integrate its Chinatown into the city's economy. Professor Wong pointed to the historical, ecological, demographic, economical, political and legal factors that have shaped San Francisco's Chinatown and its ethnic and tourist economies.

Living photos
Professor of Journalism Ken Kobre was interviewed in the Nov. 8 Investor’s Business Daily about world-renowned photojournalist W. Eugene Smith, whom Kobre has interviewed. Kobre commented on Smith's photo "Tomoko Uemura in Her Bath" which depicts a child severely deformed by mercury-infested Minamata Bay. "Instead of showing just one damaged child, through this picture you understand why the child was damaged." Kobre recalls meeting Smith shortly before he died at age 59: "He wore black shoes, black socks, black pants and a black T-shirt. His hair was snow white," Kobre said. "He looked like one of his own high-contrast black and white photos."

Marrying the enemy
In a Nov. 12 Washington Post article on the sales implications from large-scale business mergers, Assistant Professor of Management Mitchell Marks offered his insights about competing companies who tie the knot. Noting that most corporate marriages involve rivals, Marks said, “Close to 75 percent of mergers fail to achieve their financial or strategic objective.”

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