Knowing Where You Stand: Reading The Impression Others Have Of You In China

by Joe

When it comes to business relationships, everyone likes to know where they stand. However, the cultural distance between China and the West means that many Westerners are left in the dark when it comes to reading their potential business counterparts. Fortunately, knowledge of traditional Chinese business etiquette can shed some light on a potential business partner’s current attitude. Even half a world away, actions speak louder than words.

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I Want That: Wealth, Status And Popular Technology In China

by Joe

China is a land of rich history and longstanding tradition, but not everything in China is immune to rapid change. The meteoric rise of China’s new wealthy has made luxury products, new technologies and markers of status coveted commodities for many in China’s larger cities. While China has resisted the West in many ways, Western attitudes towards wealth and luxury seem to be seeping in as the nouveau riche continue to expand in China’s urban centers.

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Restoring Glory: China’s Return To International Prominence

by Joe

Every nation culture or people enjoy seeing their collective accomplishments bring them prestige before their peers. China is no exception to the rule as for thousands of years it has been a seat of power in Asia. While the past 200 years or so have seen the rise of Western nations as international power brokers, China is rapidly developing with the aspiration of once again regaining the most prominent seat on the world stage. When looking to do business in China, foreigners should be keenly aware that a belief in cultural supremacy on the part of the Chinese is often present, the China dream lives, even as the Chinese offer many tokens of goodwill.

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Johhng Gwah: China As The Middle Kingdom

by Joe

Wood_The Middle KingdomBoth metaphorically and literally, China is the middle of the world.  The Chinese dynasty has existed for over six thousand years.  By comparison, America has just over a 200-year history. Not surprisingly, the Chinese view themselves as being the Middle Kingdom (Johhng Gwah), the center of the world geographically and culturally.

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