Asian remedies that will cure your hangover


Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup

Audrey Magazine (by Jianne Lasaten):

Sure, Asian glow is one thing to worry about, but what about those nights when things go a bit too far and you end up taking one (or five) more shots than intended? Hopefully you got home safe and sound (that’s what’s most important, after all).

But when you wake up the next day, you have to face an immediate problem. When the world is still spinning and you feel too nauseous to move, you know you’ve been hit with the dreaded hangover. For my friends and I, a comforting bowl of pho usually does the trick. But what helps everyone else?

Buzzfeed shared their list of interesting traditional hangover remedies from around the world. Below, we bring you the hangover cures, Asian style! We have to warn you though, you may have to be a brave one to try a few of these…

Philippines: Balut and Rice


Ah, yes. The signature “weird” delicacy of the Philippines is also a well-known hangover cure. According to the Travel Channel, balut, which is a developing duck embryo, contains cysteine– a substance that breaks down alcoholic toxins in the liver.


China: Congee


This rice porridge contains ginger, garlic and scallions. All three ingredients combined should help ease those headaches.


Japan: Umeboshi


Umeboshi is a pickled sour plum that is well-known for its health benefits. It contains natural bacteria, enzymes, organic acids and alkaline. These help eliminate excessive acidity in the body.


Mongolia: Picked Sheep Eye in Tomato Juice


Commonly known as the “Mongolian Mary,” this beverage is not for the faint of heart. Tomato juice contains simple sugars to boost your glucose levels back up as well as re-hydrate you after a night of drinking. The significance of the sheep eye? Well, that’s still a mystery.


South Korea: Haejangguk


South Korea definitely came prepared because Haejangguk literally translates into “soup to cure a hangover.” Although the recipe differs in every region, this spicy beef broth usually contains pork, spinach, cabbage, onions and congealed ox blood.


Indonesia: Kaya Toast

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This traditional Indonesian breakfast will satisfy all of your sweet and salty hangover cravings (ladies, this would probably be just as helpful for that time of month). Warm toasted bread slices are served with salted butter and Kaya Jam, a sweet mixture of coconut milk, sugar, eggs, and pandan.


Bangladesh: Coconut Water


We can’t argue with this one. Coconut water is known to have a significant amount of potassium and will keep you hydrated.


Thailand: Pad Kee Mao


Nicknamed “drunken noodles,” this spicy dish is said to be a favorite among Thai men after a night of drinking. It usually consists of wide rice noodles, ground beef (or other meat), basil and other spices, onions and bell peppers.


Doodle 4 Google 2014 Winner: Audrey Zhang

On Monday, June 9th, Google had a new doodle on their homepage. That doodle was part of an annual competition. Google held their 7th annual “Doogle 4 Google” competition where they asked kids in K-12 tell Google what they’d like to invent to help make the world a better place. 11-year old Audrey Zhang of New York won. There were over 100,000 submissions from all 50 states. The description of Zhang’s artwork was:

Doodle 4 Google 2014 Winner: Audrey Zhang “To make the world a better place, I invented a transformative water purifier. It takes in dirty and polluted water from rivers, lakes, and even oceans, then massively transforms the water into clean, safe and sanitary water, when humans and animals drink this water, they will live a healthier life.

Google wound up helping to animate her doodle as well, and inspired by her artwork, donating $20,000 in her name to charity: water toward providing clean water to schools in Bangladesh. Audrey also won a $30,000 college scholarship from Google, which also gave a $50,000 tech grant to her school, Island Trees Middle School in Levittown, New York. Congrats to Audrey and her school!


American Apparel “Made In Bangladesh” topless Ad draws negative reaction


AsAm News:

Response to the American Apparel ad featuring a topless merchandising employee with the words Made in Bangladesh across her chest has been largely negative.

The idea was to focus attention on the company’s fair labor practices.  The retailer says its pays its employees 50 times the wages of other companies which outsource their work to countries like Bangladesh.

But its hard to see that with the shirtless woman staring you in the face.

In a blog published in Brown Girl Magazine, Bengali activist Jordan Alum wrote:

So this ad for me is not titillating, not liberating, and most certainly not a commentary that makes me want to buy more goods. Instead it reminds me that my body and the bodies of my family members will always be seen as objects for consumption – whether by individual sex tourists, exploitative philanthropy groups, or corporations out for cheap labor. This image, like all those catered to white eyes, speaks volumes about how my peoples’ stories are constructed by the American media. My only hope is that they can direct people to challenge themselves to move past the borders of their limited knowledge, and instead look to other resources where these women are not mannequins, and they speak for themselves.

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American Apparel “Made In Bangladesh” topless Ad draws negative reaction


A Japanese clothing store’s misadventure in Bangladesh: The importance of marketing research

RocketNews 24:

Clothing stores which quickly and cheaply offer fashions based on the latest trends such as H&M and Zara have been enjoying a high level of popularity, especially in the last decade. Shops following this model known as “fast fashion” can also be found in Japan with its largest by far being Uniqlo.

Recently we ran an article speculating why Japanese companies are slow to take risks, but that’s not always the case. In the highly competitive and globalized world of fast fashion sometimes you have to make big moves. That’s just what Uniqlo did, and they moved right into Bangladesh, which has been deemed a “least developed country” by the UN.

 Welcome to Bangladesh
While Bangladesh is considered a least developed country, it is also seen as a fast growing economy and was chosen as one of the “Next Eleven” countries to become a major economy this century by Goldman Sachs. Add to this the massive Bangladeshi population (8th largest in the world) and you have a potentially lucrative market.

So while their competitors are busy wooing the padded wallets of developed nations, Uniqlo ventured into the uncharted consumer base of this small but crowded South Asian country.

 Setting up shop

Uniqlo partnered up with Nobel Peace Prize recipient Garmeen Bank and sent a team of Japanese representatives to work closely with the Bangladeshi management and employees to ensure the Uniqlo experience was maintained in this distant branch. Six months of market research was conducted to select the right merchandise to offer the locals. The shop’s line of outfits drew a very positive response from respondents who liked what they saw.

Everything was looking good. Uniqlo founder, president and richest man in Japan, Tadashi Yanai, must have been optimistic with the envisioned slogan of “From Dhaka to New York” pronouncing the vast reach of his clothing retailer.

As the first Uniqlo shop was set to open its doors in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, 200 people lined up in front of the store. Everything was looking good for a successful penetration of the market, and a second store was already in the works.

However, according to Kigyo Insider not too long after, sales fell into a slump. No one was buying anything and the company was starting to worry. The market research that had taken over half a year revealed that Bangladeshi women liked the look of Uniqlo’s goods, so why weren’t they buying.

The answer, they learned, could have been assumed from a simple Google Image search of “Bangladeshi women.”

As you can probably gather from the images, women in Bangladesh pretty much only wear saris, a traditional Indian garment sorely lacking from Uniqlo’s repertoire. While they appreciated the look of the clothes, it just wasn’t something the women were actually going to wear. Follow-up research from the company revealed that sure enough, only 10 percent of women surveyed wore casual western style clothes – a substantial decrease from their initially assumed customer-base.

 Damage Control
With new revelation at hand, Uniqlo President Yanai sternly ordered that Uniqlo start producing some saris as soon as possible. Meanwhile the Bangladeshi branches would sell saris and other regional clothing that were produced by other shops. Once the proper designs were made and production was underway, then Uniqlo could offer their own line of outfits more suited to the tastes of those around.

From the internet, criticism arose over the incident saying it was “pretty sloppy marketing by Uniqlo” and it was like “selling hair tonic to a Buddhist monk.” That last comment in particular describes the situation best. Much like the old salesman compliment of “could sell an icebox to an igloo” this could either be a complete flop or the greatest achievement of the company.

 One Win Nine Losses
Although, Mr. Yanai is probably not happy with the current state of affairs, he’s never been one to cry over spilt milk. He’s been vocal about past mistakes chalking them up to learning experiences as can be read in his book One Win Nine Losses.

This expansion is far from over with two more stores scheduled to open in Dhaka . Even if this endeavor goes belly-up, it probably won’t be too much skin off Uniqlo’s back end. As a developing country, labor in Bangladesh is cheap and the country already has a massive amount of clothing production facilities in place. Considering these factors, there probably isn’t as much money on the line compared to other launches.

Uniqlo probably has a lot to gain and comparatively little to lose in this risk. If they succeed we may someday say great salespeople “could sell a Mickey Mouse Milkman shirt to a Bangladeshi.”

 Uniqlo is getting some heavy support from Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of Grameen Bank, Muhammad Yunus for their support in charitable works in Bangladesh.

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A Japanese clothing store’s misadventure in Bangladesh: The importance of marketing research