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5 Keys to Understanding China
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Author: Ryu Jaeyun
Publisher: Seoul Selection
Pub. Date: July 2016
Pages: 268
Cover: Softcover
Dimensions (in inches): 6 x 8.8 x 0.7
ISBN: 9781624120749
Language: English
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Economic institutes and organizations around the world predict that China will become the world’s largest economy around 2020. China is no longer a country that we can afford to ignore.


The time is coming when we will have to learn not only about doing business in China, but also about China’s market, history, culture, and people.


But unfortunately, China is not very accessible to foreigners. Because of their unique communication style, Chinese people rarely show their true colors.


Particularly for Westerners, who come from societies that emphasize efficiency and transparency, China, a culture and society that prioritizes human relationships and saving face, can feel like a riddle wrapped in an enigma.


There are already plenty of books about China written by Americans andE uropeans, someone may point out: Why do we need  yet another book, and one written by a Korean at that?


When the differences between two groups trying to communicate with each other are too great, misunderstandings are likely to arise, with potentially negative consequences.


In such cases, it’s important to have a mediator who can help the two sides relate to and understand each other.


I believe Koreans are best equipped to fulfi ll this mediator role—to help build trust between China and the United States, as well as between China and other Western countries.

– Excerpt from the preface

 

 

<Contents>

 

Foreword 12

Preface 14

 

-CHAPTER ONE-

THE CHINESE PARADOX

There’s No China in China

 

TWO FACES: DRAGON AND PHOENIX

Dragon and phoenix: symbols of Chinese pragmatism 23

Handy strategies for facing the dragon and phoenix 27

 

CONFUCIAN ON THE OUTSIDE, TAOIST ON THE INSIDE

A philosophical reading of the Chinese mentality 31

The Way vanishes the moment it is expressed in words 34

 

PUBLIC IS PRIVATE, PRIVATE IS PUBLIC

Feelings come before reason, and reason comes before law 37

Sharing a drink is a chance to spend time together 39

 

SPOKEN AND UNSPOKEN: THE CONTRADICTORY RULES THAT RULE CHINA

Nuclear submarine: the power of unspoken rules 45

Unspoken rules take precedence over spoken rules 46

 

CHINESE TACT: WHY BAD NEWS IS NOT SHARED

The green hat taboo 51

Spiteful selfishness or well-intended tact? 53

Working on your cultural literacy 56

 

DEALING WITH CHINESE TACT

How Chinese tact can result in misleading reports 59

 

DOUBLE-CHECK AND REVIEW TO GAIN INSIGHT

Get a complete blow-by-blow 64

 

FREE TO BELIEVE, BUT NOT TO SHARE THOSE BELIEFS

Religion: strictly regulated by the state 69

The Three-Self Church: a unique Chinese institution 71

China’s two-pronged approach toward religion 74

 

-CHAPTER TWO-

THE CHINESE “US”

Winning the Hearts of the Chinese

 

WINNERS PLAY BY THE CHINESE RULES

The winners come and go, but the rules remain the same 79

It takes a long time to get to know the Chinese 81

 

CLIMBING MOUNT TAI AND CROSSING THE YELLOW RIVER

Guanxi: the difference between “us” and “them” 84

A society of people you know and people you don’t 87

 

FRIENDS: THE ONLY SOCIAL UNIT

The Chinese will do anything for a good friend 91

Friends come before laws and principles 94

It’s in your interest to help friends save face 96

 

UNEQUAL EXCHANGE: THE KEY TO FRIENDSHIP

Make sure your friends get their money’s worth 100

How to become part of “us” 102

 

THE FOUR WAYS TO BECOME “US”

The princelings: eighty years of loyalty 106

Complete trust: the best way to win hearts 109

 

TIPS FOR MAKING CHINESE FRIENDS

The better you know someone, the more you should watch your words 113

Make a network that is both broad and deep 114

 

-CHAPTER THREE-

THE CHINESE WALLET

Understanding Guanxi Brings China into View

 

GUANXI: WHAT EVERYONE TALKS ABOUT AND NO ONE UNDERSTANDS

Guanxi: the main guideline for every decision 121

Three confusing characteristics of guanxi 123

 

GUANXI IS A CURRENCY

Don’t try to mooch off others’ guanxi 128

There’s a toll at each turn 129

Gauging guanxi: learning the true power of your connections 131

 

GUANXI MULTIPLIES POWER

The wisdom of having a motley crew 135

Don’t get too hung up on rank 137

 

GIVE YOUR FRIENDS A REASON TO HELP YOU

Guanxi is the door, but rationale is the key 141

An unwritten rule about guanxi that’s easy to miss 143

 

DO YOU ONLY TURN TO THE BUDDHA WHEN YOU’RE IN TROUBLE?

Learning to recognize true friendship 148

THE BLURRY BOUNDARY BETWEEN A GIFT AND A BRIBE

 

Gifts are a form of courtesy 153

Give gifts when you meet, become friends, and say goodbye 155

Useful tips about gift giving 158

 

WHO’S IN CHARGE OF CHINA?

Do the Chinese elite speak English? 162

A brief history of Chinese people studying overseas 164

 

-CHAPTER FOUR-

THE CHINESE PERSPECTIVE

Effective Strategies for Localizing, Negotiating,and Managing in China

 

HOW TO BEFRIEND A HIPPOPOTAMUS

In like a lion, out like a lamb 173

If you’re going to play, play to win 174

A Confucian gentleman will wait ten years to take revenge 177

 

LOCALIZATION: LOST SOMEWHERE BETWEEN CHINA AND THE WORLD

The limits of localization 182

Paying attention to Chinese pride 185

 

IF YOU ONLY SEE WHAT YOU WANT TO SEE, YOU WON’T SEE CHINA

Who are the real China experts? 191

Building a cart behind closed doors 195

 

INFORMATION ASYMMETRY CONCEALS CONFLICTING VALUES

Foreigners are fooled by their own ignorance and don’t even try to learn 199

Loyalty means something else to the Chinese 202

 

PAY ATTENTION NOT TO WHAT IS SAID BUT WHAT IS LEFT UNSAID

Big talk from a local government official 205

Reading in context 207

 

EACH TIME YOU’RE TRICKED IS A LESSON LEARNED

Getting fooled is an asset, too 210

The Chinese prefer a laid-back negotiation style 211

 

BUKEQI! WE’RE FRIENDS, SO MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME

What bukeqi says about Chinese culture: in the end, friendship is

about sincerity  215

 

IT TAKES DEDICATION TO REACH THE FINISH LINE

Foreigners who don’t study 220

On a journey of a hundred leagues, ninety leagues is

just the halfway point       223

 

HARSH ADVICE FOR FOREIGN BUSINESSES

An eye for recognizing a good horse 227

 

-CHAPTER FIVE-

CHINESE TIME

The People Who Live in the Past, Present, and Future

 

CHINESE PATIENCE CAN MOVE MOUNTAINS

Chinese time is long 235

 

THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THE FUTURE

Tomorrow will be a better day 240

 

DON’T MAKE GLASS CEILINGS

Don’t kick away the ladder 244

 

WHY THE CHINESE NEVER SAY THEY’RE SORRY

It’s easier to make someone resign than apologize 247

A historical explanation of the Chinese aversion to apologizing 249

 

ONE FINAL TIP FOR SUCCEEDING IN CHINA

Don’t assume that you know everything 252

Become a “long-term observer” 255

 

Conclusion 261

 
 

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