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.

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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.

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!

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.

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.