“The last 30 years have witnessed the reemergence of China as a world power, bringing to an end the previous era in which the world’s economy and politics were solely dominated by the United States and other Western powers. Not only do many Western companies manufacture their products in China, but an increasing number are selling to Chinese businesses and consumers. The Chinese government has also become much more active on the world stage, with a permanent seat on the UN Security Council, more powerful state-owned enterprises expanding overseas, and an increasing focus on regions such as Africa, the Middle East and the South China Sea.”
“However, only a small number of citizens from Western countries are able to truly comprehend Chinese culture, and even fewer can speak the Chinese language fluently. Western countries continue to act as if they are still the sole superpowers and sources of authority in the world, relying on the Chinese to study Western languages and cultures with no quid pro quo. It is my sincere belief that for the West to prosper and succeed in this new era of international business, we must live in it as equals, and be willing to learn the language and cultures of our friends from other countries, especially China. However, it is inescapable that Chinese culture is incredibly complex, and the Chinese language is said to be one of the hardest languages to learn in the entire world.”
“My goal in creating the “China Culture Corner” is to provide a convenient location for Westerners to learn about the many aspects of Chinese culture and how it relates to life and business in China. By focusing on the basics, I hope to help readers quickly and easily develop a core understanding of how the Chinese speak, live and do business. Today, many Westerners and business people are increasingly interacting with Chinese business people, partners, students, clients and customers. I am confident that through the China Culture Corner, Westerners will have a much easier time navigating the Chinese society and business environment.”
– Sean Upton-McLaughlin
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