Our blog exists to share our experiences with urban planning in Haiti, our research regarding China's growing presence in the Western Hemisphere and our thoughts on environmental challenges affecting developing countries. We also offer insights on entrepreneurship, life/work balance, and professional development from time to time.
This post is the third and final post in a series entitled, “Perceptions.” Previous posts have explored themes of skepticism and mistrust, on the part of Jamaican people, surrounding some of Jamaica’s recent business engagements with China. This post explores whether similar perceptions are held throughout the Caribbean at large as China expands its sphere of influence in the region. continue reading »
Now, anyone who knows me knows that I am not one for pop culture and I certainly am not one to keep up with the latest fashion trends, movies starts or gossip. But the rise of Lupita Nyong’o, stemming from her role in the acclaimed “12 Years a Slave” (which I have not seen), is one I could ignore – especially with the incessant updates on my Facebook wall and twitter feed. I just had to take a short break from my pre-trip preparations to watch her Oscar acceptance speech and for sure, now I get it. As a result, I now have an increased level of vigor in time to head back to Haiti this week. continue reading »
Hello all! My name is Brian and I am the proud, first-ever male research assistant for Pinchina Consulting. I am an undergraduate senior, political science major at CUNY Baruch College, from Westchester, New York.
You may ask yourself, “Why would a political science major be interested in working for an urban planning firm?”
To answer that question, continue reading »
When Silence Prevails, Perception Rules: China, the Government of Jamaica and the Court of Public Opinion
This post is the second installment of a series entitled, “Perceptions.” The series explores China’s historic and more recent relationship with Jamaica, particularly how that relationship forms part of China’s shifting position as a global economic power.
China’s latest interactions with Jamaica has largely been brought into focus as a result of the expressed interest of the Chinese government to finance an offshore Logistics Hub (at a value of $1B) bringing to life new buzzwords, #hashtags and forgotten pieces of Jamaican real estate relating to the twin cays off the south eastern coast of Jamaica known as Goat Islands.
The proposed Logistics Hub – a centre for, multi-national transportation, distribution and packaging of goods – is being championed by the Jamaican government in hopes of continue reading »