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Thursday, March 15, 2007 - 19:30

CHINDIA: Where do the two cultures meet?

Mrs. H. Ronken Lynton

Embassy of New Zealand

H. Ronken Lynton has spent a total of more than twenty years in India, mostly as an author and a case writer and teacher in the area of organizational behaviour. When she and her husband first went to India fifty-two years ago, they steeped themselves in Indian culture as a way of understanding the people with whom they worked. She finds that Indian culture has much in common with the Chinese, historically and now also in their new trajectories. Though those earlier times are scarcely recognizable to the younger generation of either country today, the background values still undergird the present; names, family relationships and the position of women are just some of the common aspects. Using her rich cultural experiences, she will invite us to explore the values and customs the two cultures share as a means to also stimulate us to reflect on our own experience of them.

Mrs. Lynton was the third woman to be appointed to Harvard Business School Faculty, even before they admitted women students. In addition to working in India, she has also consulted in Indonesia, Botswana and Lesotho. Mrs. Lynton has published extensively - with numerous books, both fiction and non-fiction, about India, as well as academic writings on management. Her most recent novel, Mission to Kabul, about an Indian on a secret mission to Afghanistan, will be available for sale.