Chinese culture and society have long been one of my interests, and it’s been fascinating to observe how the country has developed over the past 20 plus years. I’ve also been working in the Chinese high-tech sector for several years,… Read More ›
Culture & Society
The Chinese Spring Festival is here again, and it’s time to celebrate. Watch this unboxing video to better understand the important symbols of the Chinese New Year and how you can use them in your own home!
WeChat is China’s #1 social media app, and a great place to give gifts and maintain relationships. In this article, you’ll learn the basics of gifting Red Envelopes on WeChat, and why it’s such an important tool for foreigners living and working in China.
Do you know about “Little Sisters” and “Older Brothers” in China? These two terms are a common part of everyday life and are often used by China’s younger generation to communicate and build relationships. Take a look at the following article t begin building relationships the Chinese way today!
The Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is the most important time of year in China. In this article, I review some of the most prevalent symbols and themes found in this festival and explain their meaning for Western audiences.
Many Westerners in China wince at the mention of Baijiu, the most consumed type of alcohol in the country. However, new arrivals to China shouldn’t be so quick to judge. Baijiu is both a useful business tool, and an important part of Chinese culture and history. So if you’re interested in doing business in China, check out these important Baijiu basics!
Understanding Chinese managers and executives is crucial if you want your business venture or new job in China to succeed. The Chinese term “Lingdao,” which roughly means leader, provides key insights into how the Chinese manage companies and interact with their employees.
News on MH370 has been dominating the Western news networks for more than a month, but with little in-depth coverage on the families of the missing Chinese passengers. In this article read about the cultural and social factors that affect their grief stricken public outbursts and what this tragedy means for them in the future.
Do you know how to network with the Chinese? There are now a number of events in China and abroad where Westerners can meet new Chinese friends and business contacts. However, if you do not understand how to create a personal connection with the Chinese, you may find your efforts coming up short.
It is common to encounter Western business people looking for introductions to Chinese executives or government officials, with the idea that creating these types of guanxi can be the instrumental in establishing a successful business venture. And while possessing strong guanxi is important in China, it is not as easy find as some people may think.
Are relationships predestined? The Chinese think so. The term “Yuan Fen (缘分)” refers to the the idea of fate bringing certain people together, and can be used to describe both business and romantic relationships. In this article learn the key issues behind the concept of Yuan Fen (缘分), and how the local Chinese view this important term.
The office culture of many companies in Mainland China can cause stress and worry for the unprepared Western expatriate. In order increase an expatriate’s chances of success and reduce the time required for cultural acclimation, it is a good idea to be aware of the basic elements at play within a Chinese office environment.
In China, giving gifts is an an important tool to build strong relationships. In this article learn the key elements relating to gift giving in China and how to avoid the sticky issue of bribery.
Face, or miàn zi, is a commonly heard term with regard to Chinese culture, but can be hard for Westerners and non-Asians to completely grasp and understand. In the following article key points of Face will be discussed along with examples of gaining face and losing face.
Chinese nationalism is on the rise and frequently affects Western businesses in China. In this article some of the key issues behind Chinese nationalism are presented and explained to assist Western businesses from making costly PR blunders.
Dining etiquette in China plays a large role in developing relationships and cementing new business deals. In this article, learn the key points any Westerner should know before sitting down to eat with a Chinese business person.