[Global Inside] Story of Brazil and Vietnam: Different Culture, Same Passion

2014.10.23 17:59



A Harmony of Diverse Races and Cultures, the Story of the Brazil Spandex Division


 

A Harmony of Diverse Races and Cultures, the Story of the Brazil Spandex Division



Q. Please introduce the Brazil Spandex Division.



Q. Please introduce the Brazil Spandex Division.



We began production since September 2011. Currently it’s being operated with the annual production capacity of 10,000 tons, and it’s slowly settling itself even though it’s still the last among the spandex divisions. The land area of Brazil is 85 times the size of Korea, which shows how huge it is. The nation is politically divided into cities, states and federal governments, whereas geographically it is divided largely into five regions such as the north, northeast, west central, southeast and south. Santa Catarina, where the Brazil Spandex Division is located, is in the south.

 


Q. They say Brazil has a wide variety of races in their wide area.



That’s right. There are diverse races living in Brazil, such as the white, black and mixed-blood. In terms of the population ratio, the white takes up 47.51%, mixed-blood 43.4% and the black 7.52%. The ratio of the white is almost the same as the mixed-blood and black combined.

 


Q. It’s a story that hasn’t been well known, so it would be really helpful in better understanding the Brazilian society. Is there any other story to tell Hyosung employees?


 



Actually, Brazil is unique in that the racial distribution varies evidently according to region. Most white people are concentrated in the lower southeast, while the mixed-blood and black people are concentrated in the upper southeast. We should look back into the past to figure out why there is such a racial gap among regions. 


There were many German, Polish and Italian immigrants on the lower side of the southeast, whereas on the upper side, black Africans migrated to the area where big cities were concentrated during the times of slavery, marrying and forming a family with white people. This is the reason why the black or the mixed-blood are focused on the upper side of the southeast, while the white people mostly live on the lower side.

 


Q. That means there are many white people in the region where the Brazil Spandex Division is located.



Yes, most employees in the plant are white. You can easily come across blond, white women with green or blue eyes. You cannot see this type of people commonly outside the southern area. They’re really popular in other regions regardless of gender.



Q. Are there any conflicts arising from such racial diversity?

 


Q. Are there any conflicts arising from such racial diversity?


 

I think such diversity is what made Brazil a country with a relatively low rate of racial discrimination. It’s great, the way such diverse races coexist and respect other cultures. All kinds of races such as Indians and Asians aside from the white, black and mixed-blood are living in the same society without serious social conflicts. Thanks to this culture, people in Brazil showed kindness and respect for visitors regardless of nationalities in this year’s World Cup as well, which made tourists highly appreciate the nation.



Lee Jang-won, Brazil Spandex Division, Strategy   Division Section Chief



Somewhat Alike But Somewhat Different, the Story of the Vietnam Division


 


 

Q. Please introduce the Vietnam Division.

 


Q. Please introduce the Vietnam Division.



It is located in Nhơn Trch Industrial Park 5 in Đng Nai. As a plant that manufactures the company’s key products such as fiber, spandex and steel, all the workers take pride in making global number one products.

 


Q. Are there any definite cultural differences between Vietnam and Korea?



Q. Are there any definite cultural differences between Vietnam and Korea?

 


Actually, Vietnam is grounded on Confucian ideas and thus similar to Korea in many ways. It also has the ability to accommodate itself to changes due to many wars it has faced. Another similarity is that there are many dishes cooked with garlic. The biggest cultural difference from Korea is the transportation culture. There are countless motorcycles on the streets. And it seems that Vietnamese people want to secure their personal time more than Koreans, and are more interested in family. They tend to be quite grateful if we remember their personal family events.

 


Q. Are there any difficulties from the differences in working hours or methods?


 

Vietnamese people must have their personal break after lunch. Other than that, there’s nothing much different. It’s true that they get work done slower than in Korea, but once the goals are set accurately and they are assigned with individual missions, they’re bound to produce good results.

 


Q. Do you usually eat Vietnamese food? Are there as many official get-togethers as there are in Korea?



We can eat all three meals in the cafeteria, where Korean women cook the food. We can choose from either Vietnamese or Korean food. Each department has get-togethers once a month, but most employees are female, so normally we just have dinner.

 


Q. How is Hyosung’s status and awareness in Vietnam?



Q. How is Hyosung’s status and awareness in Vietnam?



There are over 200 companies conducting production activities here, and the Vietnam Division is definitely in a unique position. We have high status and awareness within the community since we provide medical services as a volunteer activity every year for joint development. You'd have to be living under a rock not to know about Hyosung in Nhơn Trch (chuckle).

 


Q. I cannot help but wonder about the Vietnamese culture more and more as I listen to your story. Can you introduce any good place for Hyosung employees planning to visit Vietnam?



Q. I cannot help but wonder about the Vietnamese culture more and more as I listen to your story. Can you introduce any good place for Hyosung employees planning to visit Vietnam?



If you’re coming to Ho Chi Minh (south), I’d like to recommend the C Chi tunnels or Mekong Delta. Mekong Delta is a stream of water flowing through China, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos, and its stopover is Vietnam. If you’re coming to the central region, I’d recommend Da Nang with the beautiful sea and mountains. As for the north, you must definitely visit Hanoi breathing with history and tradition as well as Ha Long Bay where you can enjoy the wonder of Mother Nature.

 


Q. Lastly, please share anything you would like to say to Hyosung employees in Korea.



Q. Lastly, please share anything you would like to say to Hyosung employees in Korea.



I’m certain that Hyosung will grow into a global company if we work based on precise understanding of the meaning of our four core values, which are global excellence, innovation, accountability and integrity. Being ‘Global No.1’ is a goal we definitely want to achieve as a company. If superiors set the goals in an accurate direction and subordinates work with certainty to reduce errors, work can be done efficiently. Moreover, trust can be gained by selling the best products to fulfill the wants of the customers. Let’s all take pride in working for Hyosung, and achieve the goal of becoming Global No.1. Let’s go for it, Hyosung people!



Gang Jin-cheol, Vietnam Division, Strategy Division Section Chief





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