When we think of divorce we almost always assume that both husband and wife don’t get along and therefore decide to call it quits. But that assumption may sometimes be wrong in China. Many couples, who are still very much … Continue reading Divorce Chinese Style
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
The Chinese Spring Festival is the most important Chinese holiday. This celebratory event is equivalent to both Christmas and New Year’s wrapped together and is recognized by a quarter of the world’s population. The Spring Festival originally marked the end … Continue reading What is the Chinese Spring Festival?
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
Grey income was first coined by the Chinese government in 1978 and refers to that portion of a person’s income that is unreported and realized from sources outside of salaries and bonuses. In other words, it’s income that the government … Continue reading Grey Income in China
The Chinese are normally very easy to communicate with. Speak to them on almost any subject and they’ll freely exchange information with you, especially over a drink. However, we’ve learned over the years that two subjects, politics and religion, are … Continue reading Does religion exist in modern-day China?
Everything in China is said to mean something, and colors are no exception. I didn’t initially ascribe any importance to a color. Colors were a non-event in my business world. However, over the years I’ve discovered that colors can mean … Continue reading Why you can’t be color blind in 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!