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China Questions: What is Guanxi and How Do I Get It?

China Questions: What is Guanxi and How Do I Get It?

China is a unique place to do business, offering very different rules and norms than you might be used to. One of the most confusing things for foreigners working in China is the concept of developing guanxi. But fear not. Here we explain exactly what guanxi is and how you get it, build it and keep it. 

What is Guanxi?

Guānxì (关系) is a very broad term in Chinese and difficult to directly translate into English. In most Chinese-English dictionaries, guanxi will be defined simply as “relationship”, but it means much more than th... Read More>>
The Dos and Don’ts of Dealing with Your Chinese Boss

The Dos and Don’ts of Dealing with Your Chinese Boss

The Chinese workplace is a whole different animal to that of the West, as is your Chinese boss. To help you figure it out, here are some tips on the Do’s and Don’ts of dealing with your Chinese superiors.   Publicly Criticize Advice may well be welcomed by your Chinese boss, but be sure to offer it at the right time and place. While you might find Chinese people very direct about some things, such as talking about your weight or your pimples, they are generally not very direct when it comes to criticism in the workplace. Present your concerns delicately and in private. The most important th... Read More>>
The Reality of Raising Kids in China.

The Reality of Raising Kids in China.

I always knew that parenthood would be a challenge, though I assumed that I’d be doing it in my home country instead of China. In many ways it's what I imagined parenting to be like but raising Chinese-Australians here does present some interesting challenges:   

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