Corner of Change and Trouble Street

A major Chinese corporation is seeking to make a major change to their corporate culture, recognizing that their international expansion requires them to shift away from the more traditional Chinese

Home Made: Christmas Cookies

A great thing about life as an expatriate is celebrating twice as many festivals and holidays. However, seeing so many red days on the calendar does seem to lessen the

My Way, Then The Highway

One of the more common complaints that I get from foreign managers in China is that their Chinese staff are resistant to change. They face that dreaded situation where they

Dynamic Palate Syndrome

Before I came to China, I didn’t care much for most Asian cuisines, and I especially disliked Chinese food. As an American, the bland or over-salted recreations made to suit

Being Willing to Ask

Like any expat in China longer than five minutes, cultural faux pas have occured in my stay. Small things, like cutting a pear and handing a piece to a friend;

Grown, but Not Out

Tending to mentally categorize times of year by the festivals that mark them, I will probably always immediately associate October with Halloween, even despite the fact that there’s a major

Given to Change

When I first came to China, the apparent lack of Chinese interest in supporting charitable work was quite shocking. When asked for donations, many Chinese would respond simply that, “It


When is the last time you tried something new? Not just a new style of chicken sandwich—something really new, to you? I mean a whole new experience you’ve only been

Balancing Cultural Perspectives

It was 2006, and I was attending one of those “Doing Business in China” conferences in Beijing. It was rather humorous at times, watching the variety of reactions—the newcomers wide-mouthed

Time Table

When I came to China, I was sick and tired of routines. I hated the unvarying daily grind of my previous life, sitting in traffic on an interstate twice a