Culture & Society

Baijiu: the Misunderstood Drink of China

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!

What Does “Leader” Mean in China?

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.

The Chinese Families of Flight MH370

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.

The Difficulties in Connecting With Influential Chinese

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? They are in China!

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.

China Expat Survival Tips: Joining a Chinese Company

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.