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China Cultural Customs and Traditions in Modern Communist China-Overview It is vital to take the customs and traditions of the Chinese people into careful consideration when western people are doing business with the Chinese on their home grounds. Making a social gaff in a business situation could be quite disastrous. Chinese mentality is toward collectivism as opposed to Individualism. Consider that the entire country has only one time zone. The collective concept can be clearly seen by this fact. The people that will be doing business with you will not see you as an individual, but rather as a representative of the larger corporation you work for. (kwintessential) There are many nuances to keep in mind when dealing with the Chinese. Several of these are as follows, but are no means an exhaustive list, like: Wear dark, conservative colors (grays and blacks) as colors have specific meanings that could ruin a partnership before it even gets started. Let only the highest ranking team member do the talking and introductions. Don’t become overly familiar with the host companies during a meeting. It is considered impolite to have eye to eye contact. Do not lose your temper, or have an angry outburst, it will cost you any possibility of doing business.
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Do not disagree verbally, by action, or expression. You and the person speaking will both lose face. This list just high lights some of the pitfalls an unwary business person could fall victim to. (kwintessential) Gender Roles Most social values are derived from Confucianism and Taoism . The subject of which school was the most influential is always debated as many concepts such as Neo-Confucianism , Buddhism and many others have come about. Reincarnation and other rebirth concept is a reminder of the connection between real-life and the after-life. In Chinese business culture, the concept of guanxi , indicating the primacy of relations over rules, has been well documented. (Wikipedia) Guanxi describes the basic dynamic in personalized networks of influence, and is a central idea in Chinese society. In Western media, the pinyin romanization of this Chinese word is becoming more widely used instead of the two common translations—"connections" and "relationships"—as neither of
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This note was uploaded on 09/09/2010 for the course ENG 227 taught by Professor Ryan during the Spring '10 term at DeVry Columbus North.

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