Some years back, when I was a contributing editor of World Executive’s Digest, I wrote a piece on the cross-cultural minefields of Asia.
Soon after that, I was asked to do a regular column on the same subject for Caliber magazine.
Each issue would focus on the potential pitfalls of an Asian country. Betty L Khoo, then editor of Caliber, was approached by some publisher to explore the idea of selling that column for development into a series of books. Due to one reason or another, that idea did not take off.
Not long later, a series of books on culture shock – one on each country – started hitting the bookstores.
And just the other night, I noticed there’s now a TV series on the subject.
Is this a case of being at the wrong place at the wrong time?