I took a few days off recently in Cambridge, UK, taking a punt on the River Cam and revisiting my old rooms near St. John’s College ‘Bridge of Sighs’ and walking on the Backs…sweet nostalgia. I also[...]..
How do you address people respectfully in Asia’s diverse cultures? And how do you greet them in the crucial moment before business cards are exchanged? How do you make a good first impression? These may seem like very obvious questions[...]..
In this first part of this 2-part series, we looked at When Is Gift Giving Bribery In China Business? In this part, we look at the kind of gifts that are appropriate to give in a Chinese setting. The Chinese[...]..
Many Western businessmen new to China are advised of the importance of gift giving to Chinese culture, business or otherwise. But why is this so important to Chinese people? And how is giving a gift different to corruption or bribery?[...]..
Never mind the Chinese and Japanese, what’s it like doing business with the South Koreans? In some way, the inhabitants of South Korea are a bit of a mystery for Westerners. For example, unlike other ‘Confucian’ societies in Asia, they[...]..
It is a commonly held belief in Western countries that gender equality has a poor record in Asian cultures. Women in Asia business are supposedly given far less respect and attention than in many Western countries. Confucianism dictates that women[...]..