Encountering the Chinese A Cultural Guide to the People's Republic

ISBN-10: 1931930996

ISBN-13: 9781931930994

Edition: 3rd 2010

Authors: Hu Wenzhong, Wenzhong Hu, Cornelius N. Grove, Enping Zhuang, Zhuang Enping

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'Encountering the Chinese' provides fundamental information on basic Chinese values & cultural norms, identifying cross-cultural factors that often lead to failed business negotiations & misunderstandings. The advice & skills enable Westerners & the Chinese to establish more effective & rewarding relationships.
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List price: $24.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing
Publication date: 5/16/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Preface to the Third Edition
Introduction: A Brief Background to the Chinese Way of Life
Advice for Westerners Interacting with the Chinese
Chinese Titles and Forms of Address
Chinese Naming Practices
An Overview of Chinese Forms of Address
Chinese Forms of Address Westerners Should Use
Other Forms of Address Used in the PRC
Greetings, Conversations, and Farewells
Greetings among the Chinese
Conversational Openers
Conversational Restrictions
Farewells among the Chinese
Chinese-Style Dining
The Significance of Dining
The Chinese Way of Dining
Appointments, Visiting, and Time Use
Time-Use Patterns in Official Chinese Contexts
Time-Use Patterns in Nonofficial Chinese Contexts
Receiving Social Visits from Chinese Friends
A Word about Hosting Chinese Visitors in the United States
Chinese Modesty and Humility
Chinese "Disparagement" of Themselves and Their Families
Other Behavioral Features of Chinese Humility
The Origin and Nature of Chinese Humility
Making Friends with the Chinese
Levels of Personal Relationships among the Chinese
Chinese-Style Relationships and Their Pitfalls for Westerners
Some Cautionary Advice about Romance
Education and Training among the Chinese
Teaching and Training the Chinese Today
Student Life and Relationships in the PRC
The Special Role of Chinese Teachers
The Traditions of Western and Chinese Education
Additional Readings on Educational Practices among the Chinese
Negotiating and Institutional Decision Making
Decision Making in Chinese Institutions
The Cultural Bases of Western and Chinese Decision Making
Five Differences Between Chinese and Western Negotiating Practices
A Note about Western Women Working in China
Additional Readings on Commercial Practices among the Chinese
The Concept of "Face" in Chinese-Western Interaction
A General Explanation of the Concept of Face
Contrasts between Chinese and Western Concepts of Face
Recognizing Common Face-Saving Behaviors of the Chinese
Protecting Your Own Face (and That of Others) When among the Chinese
Dealing with a Face-Loss Situation You Have Caused
Advice for Westerners Living and Working in the PRC
Living As a Foreign Guest in the People's Republic
Obtaining Personal Assistance
Changing Attitudes to Dress and Self-Decoration
Coping with Time-Use Differences
A Few Suggestions about Queuing
Accepting, Refusing, and Giving Invitations
Lending and Borrowing
Gift Giving among the Chinese
Being Entertained at a Meal
Hosting a Banquet or Other Meal
Problems of Foreign Teachers at Chinese Universities
Interacting with Administrators and Other Faculty
A Note about Audience Behavior Outside of Classroom
Interacting with Domestic Employees
Social Aspects of Traveling
Making Use of the Internet
Preparing for Your Final Return to the West
Keeping in Touch after Your Return
The Intercultural Context of Encountering the Chinese
What Are Intercultural Services?
For Additional Reading
Glossary of Chinese Terms
Chinese Titles and Forms of Address
Recommended Readings
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