Encountering the Chinese: A Modern Country, an Ancient Culture

Hu Wenzhong (Author) Cornelius N. Grove (Author)
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"A classic must-read for everyone coming to work or live in China." - Shelley Warner and Tony Voutas, cross-cultural trainers and founders of Asia Pacific Access Ltd, China

China is in the midst of unprecedented economic and cultural growth. In the last decade alone, China joined the World Trade Organization, hosted the 2008 Olympics and experienced a remarkable, record-high increase in its foreign currency reserves. As these changes unfold, frequency of contact between the Chinese and Westerners is dramatically increasing in the office, the classroom and the home.

With thought-provoking glimpses into history and tradition, Encountering the Chinese provides fundamental information on Chinese cultural norms and values, giving clear context for contemporary social standards. Readers will learn the etiquette necessary to build successful personal and professional relationships with the Chinese both inside and outside the People's Republic of China.

This revised edition of Encountering the Chinese also explains how Chinese values are changing rapidly-and why it is more important than ever to keep up. For instance, compliments, once declined out of modesty, are now widely accepted in coastal cities; and some terms of address that were proper to use only a decade ago have grown offensive. Encountering the Chinese provides invaluable insight into the diverse and changing Chinese culture.

Product Details

Nicholas Brealey Publishing
Publish Date
May 16, 2010
6.0 X 0.7 X 8.9 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Hu Wenzhong, Ph.D., of the Beijing Foreign Studies University, is also president of the China Association for Intercultural Communication and Fellow of the International Academy for Intercultural Research.

Cornelius Grove, Ph.D., is the founder of Grovewell LLC, providing leadership development, executive coaching, team performance, and strategic consulting services to individuals and businesses in the international marketplace. He has authored numerous books and articles, including co-authoring Randomia Balloon Factory, the cultural diversity training game. Visit his website at www.Grovewell.com.Enping Zhuang is a professor of Intercultural Business and Managerial Communication from MBA center of Shanghai University with over 30 years of teaching experience and 20 years of intercultural consulting and training experiences for international organizations, local governments and businesses. He has expertise in diagnosing cultural issues and making cultural synergy for global mergers and acquisitions.


Information provided from both Western and Chinese perspectives by authors fully familiar with the complexities of intercultural relations.--Kevin McKiernan, journalist and filmmaker, covered the Iraq war for ABC News
A classic must-read for everyone coming to work or live in China. Other books have explained the HOW of cultural differences between China and the West, but no-one else has helped us understand WHY so vividly.--Dr. Christopher M. Davidson, author of the bestselling Dubai: The Vulnerability of Success