Boyé Lafayette De Mente has been involved with Japan, China, Korea and Mexico since the late 1940s as a member of a U.S. intelligence agency, student, journalist, editor and author working out of Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, Singapore and Mexico City. He is a graduate of Jochi University in Tokyo, and The American Institute for Foreign Trade (in 1953), now Thunderbird School of Global Management, in Glendale, Arizona, USA.
De Mente wrote the first ever books on the Japanese way of doing business (Japanese Etiquette and Ethics in Business in 1959 and How to Do Business in Japan in 1962), and was the first to introduce the now commonly used Japanese terms wa, nemawashi, kaizen, tatemae-honne, shibui, sabi and wabi to the outside business world!
His 70-plus other books run the gamut from language learning to the night-time "pink" trades in Japan, the sensual nature of Oriental cultures, male-female relations, and understanding and coping with the Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Mexican mindset in business and social situations. He has also written extensively about his home state of Arizona and the failures of American culture.
De Mente's printed and ebook titles [all available from Amazon.com] include:
- CHINA: Understanding & Dealing with the Chinese Way of Doing Business
- JAPAN: Understanding & Dealing with the New Japanese Way of Doing Business
- AMERICA'S FAMOUS HOPI INDIANS: Their Spiritual Way of Life and Incredible Prophecies!
- SPEAK JAPANESE TODAY: A Little Language Goes a Long Way! (a home-course in Japanese)
- ARIZONA'S LORDS OF THE LAND: The History, Traditional Customs and Wisdom of the Navajos
- VISITOR'S GUIDE TO ARIZONA'S INDIAN RESERVATIONS
- THE GRAND CANYON ANSWER BOOK: Everything You Might Want to Know and Then Some!
- AMAZING ARIZONA: Fascinating Facts, Legends and Tall Tales
- WHY MEXICANS THINK & BEHAVE THEY WAY THEY DO!
- THE MEXICAN MIND: Understanding & Appreciating Mexican Culture
- ASIAN FACE READING
- SAMURAI PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES That Will Help Preteens & Teens in School, Sports, Social Activities & Choosing Careers
- WHICH SIDE OF YOUR BRAIN AM I TALKING TO?: The Advantages of Using Both Sides of Your Brain
- THE PLAGUE OF MALE DOMINANCE: The Cause & Cure [The Failure of God-Based Religions]
- WHY ORIENTAL GIRLS ATTRACT WESTERN MEN!: The Erotic Side of the Orient
- HOW TO MEASURE THE SEXUALITY OF MEN AND WOMEN BY THEIR FACIAL FEATURES
- MISTRESS-KEEPING IN JAPAN: The Pitfalls and the Pleasures
- THE SENSUAL SIDE OF THE ORIENT
- WHY THE JAPANESE ARE A SUPERIOR PEOPLE!
- JAPAN A New Way of Getting the Most Out of a Japan Experience!
Recommended Japan Website Links
- Japan-Zone.com [highly literate cultural and travel guide by Mark McBennett]
- Japan-Guide.com [things Japanese]
- Japanorama.com [comprehensive gateway to things Japanese by David Govett]
- Japanreference.com [portal to websites on Japan]
- Japanvisitor.com [portal for travel information on Japan]
- NewsonJapan.com [daily news on Japan]
- EyesonJapan.com [a David Appleyard site featuring provocative articles by noted writers, plus links to other major Appleyard websites]
- ELTnews.com [copious info for English teachers in Japan]