China A to Z: Everything You Need to Know to Understand by May-Lee Chai, Winberg Chai

By May-Lee Chai, Winberg Chai

A pragmatic and available advisor to an historical yet speedily altering culture—now revised and updated
 
Perfect for company, excitement, or armchair tourists, China A to Z explains the customs, tradition, and etiquette crucial for any journey or for somebody desirous to comprehend this complicated kingdom. in a single hundred short, reader-friendly essays alphabetized via topic, this  absolutely revised and up to date version offers a crash direction within the etiquette and politics of latest China in addition to the nation’s geography and venerable historical past. In it, readers will discover:
 
·        How the lately chosen President and his advisors procedure worldwide relations
·        Why China is taken into account the quickest starting to be marketplace for model and comfort goods
·        What you need to carry while vacationing a chinese language household
·        What’s sizzling in chinese language art
·        How fresh scandals influence chinese language society
 
From structure and physique language to Confucianism and feng shui, China A to Z offers obtainable and authoritative information regarding China.

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She has served as a Chinese-to-English translator for PEN American Center and published a book-length translation of the 1934 autobiography of the twentieth-century Chinese writer Ba Jin. A frequent contributor to the Jakarta Post Weekender Magazine, she is the recipient of an NEA grant in prose. A. in East Asian studies from Yale University and teaches in the MFA program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She has lived and worked in China, where she has been visiting frequently ever since her first trip in 1985.

A banquet is not a good time to lecture your hosts about what you consider appropriate to eat. For example, you may find shark fin soup personally offensive. But until you know your hosts extremely well and you can all talk about personal matters with ease, denouncing the Chinese practice of eating shark fin soup midbanquet is not going to help anyone. It’s too late to save the shark, it will embarrass your hosts, and your behavior will most likely be read as immature as opposed to rational and convincing.

And the Chinese are working hard to understand what Americans consider normal and friendly. For example, when then President Hu and President Bush met at the G-8 summit in 2006, Hu greeted Bush with open arms to embrace him in a hearty hug. This is not typical Chinese behavior, as no Chinese leaders are ever seen hugging each other in greeting, but an obvious sign that Hu had been studying American body language. In this regard, the Chinese tend to be more forgiving of American movements that might have caused stares a mere decade ago.

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