About Anita

Anita Hummel

My Story

Every story starts at the beginning and my story is no exception.  I was born into a family where my great grandfather, grandfather and Uncle all lived and worked in China for many years during their lifetime. My grandfather was head of the Orientialia Division of the US Library of Congress for 40 years and my Uncle was the US Ambassador to China.   I have a mother who was born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden.   

Their stories have influenced my own as I have spent over 30 years traveling  living and working in Asia (China, Vietnam. Thailand and Hong Kong) and I have traveled to almost all parts of the region.  I have spent my career focus of manufacturing home decor and home furnishing products in the Asia region which has allowed me to go in to many handicraft villages and to meet and work with local craftsmen and women. 

My life of travel started long before my time now in Asia.  In High School I spent 6 months as a foreign exchange student in Sundsvall, Sweden. I learned so much from the many wonderful friends I met in Sweden. 

In college I spent one summer backpacking Europe and another summer I lived in Taiwan and taught English.  it was there during my Taiwan experience that I decided I needed to see China for myself.  So I saved up my money to spend another one of my summers backpacking China.  I think at that time I decided I was not finished with travel or Asia and I needed to see and experience more.  I realized that the world was such a  big and amazing place and there was so much more that could be seen and be experienced to be a true global citizen. 

Fun Facts About Anita Hummel

  • Graduated Brigham Young University in International Relations.
  • Has an MMLCBLA which is a lot of letters for a Master's in Law, Chinese Business Law (Open University of Hong Kong)
  • Co-author "Starting and Operating a Business in Thailand," Published by McGraw Hill (Singapore)
  • Guest speaker at various university and MBA programs including University of Las Vegas, BYU and SCUT (Guangzhou, China)
  • Can be seen most days riding her Honda scooter around Hanoi.
  • Founded Project Sprouts, a grassroots charity organization that helps impoverished schools and students in North Vietnam.
  • Lived in Sundsvall, Sweden during part of High School.
  • Spent one summer backpacking Europe and other backpacking China.
  • Taught English in Taiwan for a summer.
  • Does a morning fitness swim class but is still not a very good swimmer and has to wear fins to keep up with the other swimmers.
  • Has an MSc which is a Masters in Strategic Planning from Edinburgh Business School (Scotland)
  • Rode a camel and discovered it is not as comfortable as it looks in the movies.
  • Has studied Chinese, Vietnamese and Swedish. Knows enough in each language to get around and get in trouble.
  • An artist who loves to paint funky pictures of dogs, cats and women of culture.
  • Spends many Saturday mornings cycling with friends around the countryside of Vietnam.
  • Has cycled Ragbrai, which is the annual bicycle ride through the USA state of Iowa and discovered Iowa is not flat.
  • Cycled between the BYU's which is from BYU Provo, Utah to BYU Idaho and learned it was a crazy thing to do.
  • Loves any kind of good BBC murder mystery.
  • Is a Foodie who loves really good and interesting food.
  • Comes from a family of six girls.
  • Loves to sail, but is not a very good at it and hopes to become a better sailor one day.
  • Loves a life of travel and adventure