Anyway, what I remember about her was that she first worked as a nurse in Australia. I believe that down under, this was a five year degree. Then, she went back to school and became fluent in Japanese. I believe she earned two more degrees in Japanese. Other than being a professor at GMU, she also ran a consulting firm, helping others do business in Japan.
I learned a great deal from her about Japanese culture. It is amazing how they industrialized, and reverse engineered British, German and French technology. This was how Japan became a super power in Asia - reverse engineering. They would buy something, take it apart, learn how it worked, rebuild it, making it better.
That is F"-ing brilliant! If only other cultures had the work ethic to do something like that. Middle East and African cultures do not produce a damn thing. If only they could do what the Japanese did and understand that human power is their best resource. Unfortunately, the two things that mix together every day (culture and religion), the two things that stop thinking and progress, are what keeps people poor and ignorant.
Anyway, that is the end of my diatribe. If you are interested in learning Japanese, here is a nice list of characters from the Japanese alphabet. I must admit that I do not know a damn thing in Japanese. I am listening to Chinese on my I-pod right now. So - enjoy the images and any clicks on the ads would help me out a lot. Thanks!
Links to Learn Japanese