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History On Screen

I do find history interesting – the history fantasy to me always means something or depict something true about the past and therefore, meaningful for the future. I suppose the question here is how do people find a quiet time in their fast-paced modern life to read history? And how do they reflect the reading on their modern life?

It was the World Book Day last Thursday and I was ashamed to be reminded that it was a long time ago since I last read a ‘proper’ book. I blame the reason being I cannot fit it (aka history or history fiction) into my frantic working life. Instead, I would replace my ‘reading’ with Google reader subscribed to endless blogs and websites, historical drama DVDs followed by research on wikipedia. It’s probably very wrong, and yet I find it frustrating to change it to fit in my current lifestyle.

When I took my father-in-law to China, he borrowed a huge Chinese history book from the local library here in London. He would stay in the hotel and read his Chinese history until we woke him up in the noisy city centre in Beijing, surrounded by gigantic plasma TV screens and pop music in the middle of the new shopping mall. I suppose he is trying to understand the alien place through history and trying to hear the voice behind the noise.

You have to be able to understand the past to predict the future. Surely that would be the kind of insight that history can bring. But still, I find it hard to discipline myself to read a book without being distracted by new posts on my Google reader, Facebook and Twitter. Maybe, maybe it’s simply a generational difference. I am still reading – trying to read the world on screen, just not on paper.


Intercultural Training

As an inter-cultural training consultant, Alicia works with a number of relocations companies such as Brookfield Global Relocation, Berlitz and Dean Foster Associates for clients from GlaxoSmithKline, Vodafone and BNP Paribas.

Alicia works closely with senior managers and help them to undertand the cultural implications and how to communicate effectively with their local team.

Areas of expertise

  • Relocation Training
  • Chinese Contemporary Culture & the Arts
  • Language & Communications
  • International Negotiation
  • International Staff Management