Cultural Differences

5 Reasons a Translation Career May Not Be For You

Do you enjoy studying the Chinese language? Are you thinking about becoming a translator? In fact, translation can be frustrating for the unprepared. Therefore, take a look at this list to learn about some of the key challenges you will face while working as a translator in China.


Don’t Let Assumptions Define Your China Experience!

In this short article, I share a common experience of foreigners learning the Chinese language: sometimes no one can understand our Chinese. It is in interesting phenomenon that speaks to the assumptions we all make in our daily lives. Basically, our assumptions may blind us to the world, and make us deaf to the words others are speaking.

5 Tips for Fun and Flexibility in China

Adapting to life in China can be frustrating, but it doesn’t have to be that way. With an open mind and a basic understanding and acceptance of Chinese culture, many problems can become much less difficult. In this article, I share five useful tips for enjoying life more in China, based on my own experiences.


The Pull of the Cantonese Language

In this interview, my friend Jeremy Ryder details his wonderful journey learning the Cantonese language and exploring the many facets of southern Chinese culture. This is a great read for anyone interested in traveling to Hong Kong or Guangdong, China.


Book Review: Notes from a Beijing Coffeeshop

Do you want to learn about the Chinese people? Well, then pick up Notes from A Beijing Coffeeshop by Jonathan Geldart. The book offers up 23 unique Chinese stories in bite-sized pieces, that help the non-Chinese reader to quickly and easily start learning about who the Chinese people truly are. A must read for those planning on moving to or traveling in China!


It Began with a Band Trip: Snapshots of China’s Past and Present

My own China journey began in 2001, when my high-school band traveled to China for a musical exchange. In this article I chat with my parents, who accompanied the band as chaperons, to get their take on China then vs. now, and their overall impressions of the country and people.


Finding Work in China as a Western Graduate

In China, young non-Chinese talent can have a harder time finding good jobs, especially as China’s talent market evolves and local professionals gain more experience. In this interview, I talked with Adam Horton, a recent graduate from the U.K., about his experiences looking for and finding a job in Shenzhen, China.


How “Chinese” Should You Act in China?

When living or working in China, adapting to the local culture and language is a must. But how much is enough? In this article I talk about the pros and cons of two separate groups: the international expats that live apart from Chinese society, and those non-Chinese that make the effort to adapt.


SeekPanda: Revolutionizing the Chinese Interpretation Market

Need a Chinese interpreter? SeekPanda, based in Beijing China, is looking to change the face of China’s interpretation market and help Western companies bridge the language and cultural divide. Take a look at this interview to find out why a skill interpreter is so important!


Share Your China Story with the World!

Have you lived or worked in China for a length of time? Do you want to help other Westerners learn about China, its culture, and its people? Contact the China Culture Corner today to share you story with the world, and remove the veil of mystery from China!