An Intoduction to Chinese Business Etiquette. May 16, 2013. Zagreb Professor Yan L idong , Chinese director of Confucius Institute at University of Zagreb C ontact: [email protected] We are different but live in one world. Understanding cultural differences Avoiding misunderstandings
The importance of knowing the
Acceptableway of doing things
—what to say, how to dress,
how to react in various situations –
becomes more and more important
as your rank becomes higher.
How doesbusiness etiquette benefit you?
56,000characters/1600sounds=35 meanings per sound
These are the three philosophical traditions of Chinese culture
Li Yong returns to China after one year abroad in the States. He marries Wang Lin, his childhood sweetheart, who has never traveled abroad and speaks very little English. Li's best friend in the States, Brown, comes to visit Li in China for the first time and is introduced to the bride of his best friend.
"Gee, it's great to meet you", says Brown, "Li talked about you all the time back in Houston!" , and kisses Wang Lin heartily on both cheeks. Wang Lin is shocked.
Jin Yi is a new teacher in a middle school. One day, one of her Chinese colleagues
Yang Fan introduces her to their middle-aged foreign teacher Maggy.
Yang: Jin Yi, this is Maggy, our English teacher from America. Maggy, this is Jin Yi, our new colleague.
Jin and Maggy: How do you do?
Maggy: Your sweater is so smart.
Jin: Oh, it is only an old one, I bought it last year.
Maggy: You are so young and smart, I am sure you are a good teacher.
Jin: No, no. I am just a newcomer, I should learn from you old teachers.
Maggy looks surprised and thinks, "I am really so old?“
Common Chinese greetings:
Take care about the following:
Rules for a succesful introduction:
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Do as the Chinese do…
wish you a successful career!