Tag Archives: Culture Shock

Gift Giving

Chinese do not usually accept a gift, invitation or favor when it is first presented. Politely refusing two or three times is thought to reflect modesty and humility. Accepting something in haste makes a person look aggressive and greedy, as does opening it in front of the giver. Traditionally the monetary value of a gift indicated the importance of a …

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A Chinese Banquet

Joe came to China to finalize a contract he had been negotiating with a Chinese company. After signing the contract, he was invited to a banquet to celebrate the event. It was a very formal meal, with servers dividing food into portions, which were then placed in front of every guest. Joe loved Chinese food. He savoured the soup that …

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