According to the principles of yin and yang, life is governed by the coexistence of two opposites that complete each other in order to create harmony. In many ways, this concept can help us understand the advantages and drawbacks of American customs and values as perceived by Asians. Dr. Eun Kim's The Yin and Yang of American Culture: A Paradox takes an Eastern view of America and discusses various facets of its culture by exploring the yang (virtue) and yin (vice) of these various traits.
Drawing upon decades of history, general wisdom, proverbs, personal experiences, anecdotes and quotes from Asians and Americans, Kim presents a highly personal and readable book that candidly addresses American traits when compared to Asian customs and values. Intended for both American and Asian audiences, The Yin and Yang of American Culture will dispel any misconceptions with its grounded analysis of American culture and help to build mutual understanding among Asians and Americans alike.
Dr. Eun Y. Kim is president of CEO International, a global leadership consulting firm. As one of the first female professionals hired by a Korean conglomerate (Hyundai), Dr. Kim has worked in U.S., Asia and Europe as a management consultant and executive coach and has taught around the globe from the Far East to the Middle East.
With expertise in global leadership, diversity/inclusion, executive presence and cross-cultural communication, Dr. Kim has designed and conducted global talent development programs for Fortune 500 multinationals and inspired more than 50,000 leaders in six continents. A sampling of her clients includes Aramco, Chevron, Citigroup, Cisco, Dell, Freescale, Fulbright & Jaworski, GSD&M, LG, Oracle, Samsung, UT-Executive Education and Wi-Fi Alliance.
As a popular keynoter who has spoken to as many as 6,500 people a day, Dr. Kim has appeared in numerous international media and conferences, including C-SPAN TV, SHRM National, Global and EMA Conferences, and the Texas Conference for Women. She is an author of nine books and guides on business and cross-cultural communication, including Seven UPs_: A Guide to the Good Life for Boomers and Gen-Xers, Managing Self for Success and Significance, Global Intelligence: Seven Pillars for New Global Leaders, The Yin and Yang of American Culture: A Paradox, New Hispanics: The New Image for New Leaders and a Korean best seller, Image-making. Kim serves on the Texas A&M University International Board.www.drkimglobal.com and www.sevenups.com
"In her book The Yin and Yang of American Culture: A Paradox, Dr. Eun Young Kim has presented a crisp, composite picture of American cultural traits and values. For people who think it is not possible to make cultural generalizations about Americans, this book will be an eye-opener. Dr. Kim has demonstrated the value of stepping outside of one's own culture in order to view it from the perspective of another cultural group. By seeing themselves as many Asians see them, Americans can begin to understand both the positive and more problematic aspects of their image globally. Rich with examples, personal stories and cross-cultural insight, this book is a significant contribution to the cross-cultural field at a time when global cross-cultural understanding is no longer a luxury. For those Americans who wish to follow the adage, "know thyself," this straightforward book can be a guide."
-Deena Levine & Associates
"Since September 11, we've read a lot of articles that analyze "Why They Hate Us." But, even though there's no denying many people around the world do hate America, a "love-hate" attitude actually is more prevalent, argues Eun Y. Kim. There are plenty of practical reasons to read this book. Americans do business around the world and welcome millions of visitors and immigrants each year. But it's also just plain fun to see ourselves through the eyes of others."
-Mike Revzin, Journal Constitution