February 01, 2012

Chinaful News : NYT “To Understand China, Look Behind Its Laws”

{Patriotic red star sculptures in Wudaokou District, Beijing} Without a firm understanding of each society’s culture and history, discussions of fundamental rights tend to slide toward harsh and automatic conclusions on each side. But when we talk honestly about fundamental concepts like property, punishment of crime and ethnic diversity — in light of their cultural […]

January 29, 2012

Need a Crash Course in China? Find 10 minutes in your Schedule…

Doing business in China requires a respect for the culture you are entering.  Certainly, a foreigner is not expected to know every toast and greeting.  But a company from any country presented with a potential partner undoubtedly expects some market and cultural familiarity on the part of the presenter.  And that’s the role of Chinaful, to provide you with that familiarity should you have need for […]

January 25, 2012

Dry Your Glass! Drinking Tips for Chinese Banquets

Source: via Courtney on Pinterest   Ah, the minefields of the Chinese banquet.  Anyone who travels to China on business, to study, or to visit relatives will encounter it at some point.  (This post is particularly apropos as Chinese New Year was yesterday, when many toasts were undoubtedly made!)  New friends, new cuisine, new alcohol, and new etiquette.  It […]