The Challenge of Localizing

An ongoing challenge for many international companies is localization of senior management. Expatriates are far more expensive than locals. The problem is that many local Chinese lack the international experience

In the Lime Light

If you’ve worked for a Chinese company before, you probably know a thing or two about being put on the spot. Perhaps part of your job title, for visa purposes,

Banquet Drinking for Dummies

You’re at a Chinese business dinner—seven of them, and one of you. They all want to drink a toast with you, meaning that you’re drinking seven glasses to their one.

Stealing is Sharing

I’m a perfectionist, a personality trait insisting things fit neatly on black and white labels. I want to understand them clearly, know my boundaries, and master them with graceful ease.

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