Encountering the Chinese

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-05-16
  • Publisher: Quercus

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China is in the midst of unprecedented economic and cultural growth. In the last decade alone, China joined the World Trade Organization, hosted the 2008 Olympics and experienced a remarkable, record-high increase in its foreign currency reserves. As these changes unfold, frequency of contact between the Chinese and Westerners is dramatically increasing in the office, the classroom and the home.

Author Biography

Hu Wenzhong is a professor of English and intercultural communication at Beijing Foreign Studies University and honorary president of China Association for Intercultural Communication. Cornelius N. Grove is founder of Grovewell LLC, providing leadership development, executive coaching, team performance and strategic consulting services to individuals and businesses in international marketplace. Zhuang Enping is a cross-cultural trainer and a professor at Shanghai University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Forewordp. xiii
Preface to the Third Editionp. xvii
Introduction: A Brief Background to the Chinese Way of Lifep. xxi
Advice for Westerners Interacting with the Chinesep. 1
Chinese Titles and Forms of Addressp. 3
Chinese Naming Practicesp. 3
An Overview of Chinese Forms of Addressp. 4
Chinese Forms of Address Westerners Should Usep. 5
Other Forms of Address Used in the PRCp. 9
Greetings, Conversations, and Farewellsp. 13
Greetings among the Chinesep. 13
Conversational Openersp. 18
Conversational Restrictionsp. 19
Farewells among the Chinesep. 22
Notesp. 24
Chinese-Style Diningp. 25
The Significance of Diningp. 25
The Chinese Way of Diningp. 26
Appointments, Visiting, and Time Usep. 31
Time-Use Patterns in Official Chinese Contextsp. 31
Time-Use Patterns in Nonofficial Chinese Contextsp. 32
Receiving Social Visits from Chinese Friendsp. 35
A Word about Hosting Chinese Visitors in the United Statesp. 37
Notesp. 38
Chinese Modesty and Humilityp. 39
Chinese "Disparagement" of Themselves and Their Familiesp. 39
Other Behavioral Features of Chinese Humilityp. 41
The Origin and Nature of Chinese Humilityp. 44
Notesp. 46
Making Friends with the Chinesep. 47
Levels of Personal Relationships among the Chinesep. 47
Chinese-Style Relationships and Their Pitfalls for Westernersp. 49
Some Cautionary Advice about Romancep. 58
Notesp. 61
Education and Training among the Chinesep. 63
Teaching and Training the Chinese Todayp. 63
Student Life and Relationships in the PRCp. 68
The Special Role of Chinese Teachersp. 71
The Traditions of Western and Chinese Educationp. 73
Notesp. 75
Additional Readings on Educational Practices among the Chinesep. 75
Negotiating and Institutional Decision Makingp. 79
Decision Making in Chinese Institutionsp. 79
The Cultural Bases of Western and Chinese Decision Makingp. 82
Five Differences Between Chinese and Western Negotiating Practicesp. 86
A Note about Western Women Working in Chinap. 93
Notesp. 94
Additional Readings on Commercial Practices among the Chinesep. 95
The Concept of "Face" in Chinese-Western Interactionp. 99
A General Explanation of the Concept of Facep. 99
Contrasts between Chinese and Western Concepts of Facep. 103
Recognizing Common Face-Saving Behaviors of the Chinesep. 106
Protecting Your Own Face (and That of Others) When among the Chinesep. 109
Dealing with a Face-Loss Situation You Have Causedp. 110
Notesp. 111
Advice for Westerners Living and Working in the PRCp. 113
Living As a Foreign Guest in the People's Republicp. 113
Obtaining Personal Assistancep. 118
Changing Attitudes to Dress and Self-Decorationp. 120
Coping with Time-Use Differencesp. 121
A Few Suggestions about Queuingp. 123
Accepting, Refusing, and Giving Invitationsp. 124
Lending and Borrowingp. 125
Gift Giving among the Chinesep. 126
Being Entertained at a Mealp. 132
Hosting a Banquet or Other Mealp. 134
Problems of Foreign Teachers at Chinese Universitiesp. 138
Interacting with Administrators and Other Facultyp. 139
A Note about Audience Behavior Outside of Classroomp. 142
Interacting with Domestic Employeesp. 143
Social Aspects of Travelingp. 148
Making Use of the Internetp. 152
Preparing for Your Final Return to the Westp. 153
Keeping in Touch after Your Returnp. 155
The Intercultural Context of Encountering the Chinesep. 156
What Are Intercultural Services?p. 157
For Additional Readingp. 163
Notesp. 164
Glossary of Chinese Termsp. 165
Chinese Titles and Forms of Addressp. 171
Recommended Readingsp. 173
Indexp. 179
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