Going East or West?

A Handbook for American and Chinese Business Travelers by Terri Morgan and Yuzeng Liu Forward We have chosen not to make substantive changes to our book or rewrite sections to include changes during the 15 years since our original print…

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Social and Cultural Issues

Social and Cultural Issues This section touches on some of the social and cultural issues that business travelers should understand or at least recognize. It is not intended to be a comprehensive social history or critique of either culture; rather,…

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Society and Culture

Society and Culture The values held by a culture affect the way people from that culture behave, the way they relate to others, and the way they think of themselves. Americans value independence, self-reliance, and competition. American culture is competitive.…

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Changes Since 1990

Changes Since 1990 Both the US and China have seen any number of social and economic changes during the ten years between 1990 and 2000. But the changes taking place in China are far more radical and far more fundamental…

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Currency, Exchange, and Value

Currency, Exchange, and Value Chinese currency is called Ren Min Bi (RMB, People's Exchange notes). US currency is the US dollar. Since 1996, RMB has traded consistently at about CY8.3:1$US. RMB is not traded on any of the international exchanges.…

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Language Issues

Language Issues This section outlines some of the issues and problems that stem from language differences. Problems that may result from the cultural differences discussed in the previous section are compounded by the fact that no matter what, in the…

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Working with an Interpreter

Working with an Interpreter If you want your message to be clear and everyone to understand what is being said, it is imperative to consider regional languages and usage. It is critical when engaging an interpreter. If a group of…

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Language Comparison

Language Comparison As noted above, language issues play a major role when American people are conducting business with Chinese people. Whether an American company is sending people to China or a Chinese company is sending people to the US, language…

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Tips for Helping Your Interpreter

Tips for Helping Your Interpreter How can you help your interpreter? Be considerate. Understand the task that you are asking the interpreter to perform and the challenges that must be overcome. It may not be possible to follow all the…

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Situations and Scenarios

These sections outline activities in several situations that business travelers will normally face. It touches on everything from meeting your hosts for dinner to getting in and out of the airport to protecting your health. In each section, we give…

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