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The Origin of New Year’s Day

The Origin of New Year’s Day

New Year’s Day hasn’t always been observed on January 1st. In fact, the early Roman calendar designated March 1st as the start of the new year. Instead of twelve months, the Roman calendar had just ten months, beginning in March. Therefore,...
In China, Get Your License Plate First and Then Buy Your Car

In China, Get Your License Plate First a...

         Traffic congestion in China is getting out of control. As a result, municipal governments are beginning to enact varying methods to restrict the number of cars on the road by assigning an allocation system to the issuance of new...
Chinese Individualism goes Foreign

Chinese Individualism goes Foreign

Individualism in China is increasingly being expressed by the foreign consumer brands they possess. Chinese youth, in particular, use foreign goods to denote who they are without verbal expression. Mobile phones, western clothing, and designer goods...
Body Language and Gestures Differ Between China and the West

Body Language and Gestures Differ Betwee...

Chinese and Westerners are sometimes on two different wavelengths with regards to body language and gestures. What means one thing to a Westerner may likely mean something totally different in China. In addition, both cultures have gestures and use...
The Lack of Unequivocal Answers in China – Soft No’s and Soft Yes’s

The Lack of Unequivocal Answers in China...

Communication between Chinese and Westerners can often result in misunderstandings. There’s been more than one businessperson who’s thought they’d heard one thing from their Chinese counterpart, when in actuality they’d been told another....
The Evolution of Chinese Language and Characters

The Evolution of Chinese Language and Ch...

The Chinese character is the oldest continually used system of writing in the world, its early use dating back almost 5,000 years. Since that time it’s gone through a long period of transformation before it evolved into its present day form. For...
Humility in China

Humility in China

Humility is looked at differently in China than in many other parts of the world. In China it’s been a part of the culture for thousands of years. China is a collectivist society which stresses the inter-dependence of individuals within that...
What is the Chinese Spring Festival?

What is the Chinese Spring Festival?

The Chinese Spring Festival is the most important Chinese holiday. This celebratory event is equivalent to both Christmas and New Year’s wrapped together and is recognized by a quarter of the world’s population. The Spring Festival originally...