[ STE Relay Column : Narratives 051]
HUANG Wenxin「First-year WBS MBA student, Chinese, Veteran News Producer & Text Reporter」

HUANG Wenxin / 早稲田大学ビジネススクール 

[プロフィール]Born in China, I grew up in a small city and received high education and Shanghai. I learned English and Journalism before starting a career. After working in International office of University for three years, I restarted the journalism road by working as a News Producer for Swiss National Media RTS. I traveled around China, followed the ONE BELT ONE ROAD path, interviewed the hot sharing economy bellwether of which is in big trouble now. After joining AFP, I fully focused on Chinese stock market and Shanghai market. Working in media makes so excited that I grew up into habits of reading and analyzing news every single day. I came to Waseda and came to Japan because my husband works here and we are expecting a better life quality here. Luckily, Tokyo did
not let me down!。

During orientation last year, Maki Sensei’s speech caught my attention as he is one of a few faculties who stresses technology. Being differentiated from other Professors specializing in Finance, Strategy or accounting, Maki Sensei tracks the cutting-edge technology, entrepreneurship and corporate ethics dilemma. I do not have much background in finance experience but I have witnessed all the changes trigged by technologies in the world. Therefore, I chose Maki sensei’s Zemi to know more about technologies and startups in Japan. To describe Maki sensei’s zemi, there is no better word than KNES (Knowledge output, Novelty, Empirical research, Social sympathy)

Knowledge output
Maki sensei is a great teacher who is willing to teach whatever he knows and he is capable to comb through the complexity of problems and pinpoint the essence as a result. I still clearly remember that he easily drew a few charts illustrating the problem while we were still struggling to figure out the logics of the case. He is “strict” to us in an attempt to help us be better, in terms of public speaking, responsibility and employment. There is a Chinese proverb saying like “Talented students are trained by strict teacher”. Hence, I appreciate Sensei’s responsibility and professional teaching attitude.

In our zemi, we are very close to the new technologies of today. We talk about blockchain and technology conglomerates, We wen to Chinese Silicon Valley Shenzhen and We visited Google Japan, Rakuten and Tencent China. In addition, we read books and cases talking about Japan, Silicon Valley, Google and so on.

Empirical research
Maki Sensei stresses scientific research which involves quantitative research. I was intimidated by this in the very beginning, but I am better and better in analysing data after one year’s learning. And I start to appreciate the art of data analysis. I start to raise doubts and questions of research outcome. I used to have a stereotype that research paper is concluded from the past experience and it is not practical. I changed my idea after reading some paper about venture capital and knowledge spillover related papers. It shows guidance in our real life and provides solid evidence.

Social sympathy
Our zemi is not all bout technology, skills or finding a job in Japan but also discusses ethics dilemma facing corporates, women rights and other humanity issues. We talked about case like Cipla who breaks industry rules but saves more people and We discussed how Japanese women can clear their career hurdles after pregnancy. Personally speaking, these sympathy for the human kind is essential to be a responsible entrepreneur.

In the end, I would like to cite what Russell has said “Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and the unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind” to thank our zemi for satisfying my these three passions.