Communication between Chinese and Westerners can often result in misunderstandings. There’s been more than one businessperson who’s thought they’d heard one thing from their Chinese counterpart, when in actuality they’d been told another. Unless you have a good interpreter who … Continue reading The Lack of Unequivocal Answers in China – Soft No’s and Soft Yes’s
The Chinese character is the oldest continually used system of writing in the world, its early use dating back almost 5,000 years. Since that time it’s gone through a long period of transformation before it evolved into its present day … Continue reading The Evolution of Chinese Language and Characters
Humility is looked at differently in China than in many other parts of the world. In China it’s been a part of the culture for thousands of years. China is a collectivist society which stresses the inter-dependence of individuals within … Continue reading Humility in China
Cultural differences between Westerners and Chinese often cause a great deal of misunderstanding, both in business and in social situations. Take, for example, queuing, or standing in line. Westerners are used to orderly lines. That’s just the way it is, … Continue reading Queuing in China
China’s banks play a significant role in both the Chinese economy and in their economic policy. In fact, commercial banks are the dominant force in China’s financial system, even to the extent of determining pricing. The key characteristic of China’s … Continue reading China’s Banking System
Last week I was having lunch with a friend of mine in Shenzhen, China when I asked him when he thought he would start seeing private planes flying throughout China, now that the government had approved their use with certain … Continue reading Keeping Your Head Low in China
This morning, as I was sitting down to write a blog, I intended to give my thoughts on negotiating with the Chinese – always a fun subject. I didn’t have to look far for source material as all I had … Continue reading Dealing with China
The population explosion within China became most prevalent around 1949 when the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) came into power. The CCP was against birth control and also the use of contraceptives. Mao Zedong wanted the population of China to grow. … Continue reading Part II: Bridging the gender gap in China – too many single men!
It’s not uncommon in China to have women serve as CEOs, CFOs, or occupy any management position within a Chinese company. When we work with companies to help them adopt more sophisticated accounting and corporate governance procedures, for example, we … Continue reading Part I: Bridging the gender gap in China – Women come out of the shadows and prosper in present-day China
As you know I am currently working diligently to bring you my latest book! My current working title is “Doing the China Tango II – advanced studies” and as time allows I will continue to bring you more sneak peaks! … Continue reading Sneak Peak from my newest book in the works!