Etiquette Guide to China: Know the Rules that Make the Difference!
Boye Lafayette De Mente
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This essential guide to Chinese etiquette will make embarrassing social blunders a thing of the past!
Whether you're traveling to China for business or pleasure, whether your stay will be long or short, your visit will be more pleasurable and effective if you understand your host culture and how to work within it.
This updated and expanded edition of the best-selling Chinese etiquette guide on the market addresses not just the puzzling protocols relating to name cards, bowing or shaking hands, bathrooms and public baths—but also what to do when entertaining Chinese dinner guests, attending a Chinese tea ceremony, taking the subway, and much more!
It also provides the latest etiquette in mobile phone manners, texting, social media and other forms of digital communication. The glossary at the back of the book has been revised to include the latest technology-related words and expressions used by China today. Two new chapters address the changing role of foreigners in the workplace and the contemporary business style and etiquette used by the younger generation of China who are now increasingly cosmopolitan—but still very Chinese!
Etiquette Guide to China includes everything you need to know to be a successful, courteous traveler:
- Hand gestures and body language
- How to address the Chinese
- Dining and restaurant manners
- Gift giving and celebration in China
- Entering into and understanding business relationships
- How to behave in professional situations
- Dealing with China's political culture
- The Chinese way of negotiating
worse kinds of behavior. More direct action could bring them to the attention of the authorities, in which case both sides in an argument or conflict could be considered guilty and punished. Apologies in China therefore carry greater weight than they do in Western cultures. In many common cases, a contrite apology is enough to set things right. Refusing to apologize when an apology is expected, however, can result in serious consequences. In cases involving the authorities this has traditionally
basic tones in Mandarin: first tone (high-level), second tone (rising), third tone (falling-rising), and fourth tone (falling). While most of the sounds in the language are easy for English speakers to emulate, getting the tones right can be a challenge because many words are spelled and look the same but have different meanings based on how they are pronounced. Getting the tones right requires a combination of keen hearing, imitation, and practice. This begins with knowing how the vowels and
practices espoused in The Art of War in their approach to business even more naturally than the Japanese had. By 1980 the Chinese associated these stratagems of war with achieving success in business, particularly when they were dealing with foreign companies that could easily be viewed as the enemy. Today virtually all Chinese businesspeople are skilled in the use of “war” strategies and tactics in their conduct of business because it is embedded in their culture to do so. This pragmatic
However, China’s government continues to control the spread of American-style pop culture into the country by prohibiting much of the vulgarity and overt sexuality that is presented as entertainment in the United States. In Chinese talent shows, for example, government guidelines allow no vulgar songs, no tears, no outlandish hairstyles or apparel–and no mocking or humiliating behavior by the judges. How long these restrictions will be enforced is a matter of conjecture, as modern-day Chinese
spoken of by writers who are not really familiar with the standard of etiquette that actually prevails there, or who are engaged in a kind of soft cover-up. Other sources insist that the Chinese have one of the world’s lowest standards of etiquette. The truth is more complicated than either of these opinions would lead you to believe. There are three facets of etiquette in modern-day China. Firstly, China has traditionally had a very high formal standard of personal etiquette among family,