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It's all Chinese to me : an overview of culture & etiquette in China / Pierre Ostrowski & Gwen Penner ; updated & expanded by Matthew Christensen ; revised & new illustrations by Ryan Robbins.

By: Ostrowski, Pierre, 1964- [author.].
Contributor(s): Penner, Gwen, 1963- [author.] | Christensen, Matthew B [contributor.] | Robbins, Ryan [illustrator.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: North Clarendon, VT : Tuttle Publishing, [2018]Copyright date: �2018Edition: First edition.Description: 190 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780804849173 (paperback); 080484917X (paperback).Subject(s): Ethnology -- China | Business anthropology -- China | National characteristics, Chinese | Cross-cultural orientation -- China | Culture shock -- China | Etiquette -- China | Rites and ceremonies -- China | China -- Social life and customsDDC classification: 306.0951 Summary: It's All Chinese to Me is a comprehensive introduction to Chinese culture that allows readers, tourists, and business travelers to experience what ultimately makes China so unique--its people. Learn about the Chinese approach to life, proper etiquette for all types of situations, and how to interact effectively in China by having a better understanding of the Chinese viewpoint. Firsthand tips and illustrations offer an authentic view of China and how to navigate the country and the many cultural differences that foreigners encounter there. This new edition of It's All Chinese to Me is revised and expanded with 25 percent new content offering international visitors a set of essential insights to help demystify this highly complex and compelling culture.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

It's All Chinese to Me is a fun and authentic introduction to Chinese culture that allows readers, tourists, and business travelers to experience what ultimately makes China so unique--its people.

Learn about Chinese customs, proper etiquette for all types of situations, and how to interact effectively while traveling China. Firsthand tips and illustrations offer an authentic view of China and the many cultural differences that foreigners encounter there. This new edition of It's All Chinese to Me is revised and expanded with 25 percent new content, offering international visitors a set of essential insights to help demystify this highly complex and compelling culture.

Readers will learn about: Major influences and historical events that guide behavior in modern China Fundamental concepts crucial to interacting with Chinese people Social idiosyncrasies that may surprise most Westerners Dealing with culture shock in China Peculiarities of Chinese business culture

"Learn about the Chinese approach to life. Understand cultural differences. Communicate better by understanding the Chinese mind."--Cover.

Includes bibliographical references.

It's All Chinese to Me is a comprehensive introduction to Chinese culture that allows readers, tourists, and business travelers to experience what ultimately makes China so unique--its people. Learn about the Chinese approach to life, proper etiquette for all types of situations, and how to interact effectively in China by having a better understanding of the Chinese viewpoint. Firsthand tips and illustrations offer an authentic view of China and how to navigate the country and the many cultural differences that foreigners encounter there. This new edition of It's All Chinese to Me is revised and expanded with 25 percent new content offering international visitors a set of essential insights to help demystify this highly complex and compelling culture.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Acknowledgments (p. 4)
  • Introduction (p. 6)
  • 1 Chinese History (The Short Version) (p. 9)
  • Imperial China (p. 9)
  • The Four Great Inventions of Ancient China (p. 12)
  • End of the Empire (p. 14)
  • 2 Politics and Society (p. 17)
  • Booming China: A Highly Localized Phenomenon? (p. 17)
  • Emerging Problems (p. 19)
  • One Party Rule (p. 21)
  • 3 Major Influences in Chinese Thought: Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism (p. 24)
  • Taoism (p. 25)
  • Buddhism (p. 27)
  • Confucianism (p. 28)
  • The Confucian Hierarchy (p. 29)
  • The Importance of Scholarship (p. 31)
  • The Chinese Education System (p. 32)
  • University Life (p. 36)
  • Focus on the Family (p. 37)
  • Advantages (p. 37)
  • Disadvantages (p. 38)
  • 4 Rituals and Superstitions (p. 41)
  • 5 "Guanxi" and "Mianzi": Two Concepts Crucial to Understanding Chinese People (p. 50)
  • Guanxi: Who Do You Know? (p. 50)
  • Mianzi: Saving Face (p. 56)
  • The Top 12 Ways of Giving or Gaining Face (p. 58)
  • The Top 12 Ways of Losing Face or Making Someone Else Lose Face (p. 64)
  • 6 Culture Shock (p. 70)
  • The Honeymoon Phase (p. 71)
  • The Negotiation Phase (p. 72)
  • The Adjustment and Mastery Phase (p. 73)
  • Overcoming Culture Shock (p. 74)
  • 7 Differences in Attitudes & Perceptions (p. 78)
  • First Impressions (p. 85)
  • Issues of Personal Space (p. 88)
  • Some Common Interactions (p. 91)
  • Standards of Beauty: Male/Female Relationships (p. 94)
  • Attitudes on Race (p. 99)
  • 8 Out and About: Encountering the Other (p. 104)
  • Communication (p. 105)
  • Being a Celebrity (p. 111)
  • Visiting and Dining (p. 114)
  • Shopping (p. 117)
  • Health and Medicine (p. 123)
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine: TCM (p. 128)
  • 9 Transportation Issues (p. 134)
  • China's Thirst for Oil (p. 134)
  • Pollution (p. 135)
  • Safety (p. 136)
  • Public Transportation (p. 141)
  • 10 Do's and Don'ts (p. 143)
  • 11 Doing Business in China (p. 157)
  • Business Negotiations (p. 168)
  • Chinese Negotiation Tactics (p. 172)
  • Post-Negotiations (p. 178)
  • 12 China's Technology Craze (p. 181)
  • Beautiful China (p. 186)
  • Bibliography (p. 189)