Category: Chinese culture

The pitfalls of translation

Recently there was an article online (The 37 Most Awkward English Fails You Can Only Find In Asia) that showed funny signs in Asia (primarily China) with very amusing translations into English.  They are always a good laugh, but humor aside, we can learn something about the Chinese culture by analysing this translation. The picture…
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Business cards and social norm

In most Chinese cultural awareness seminars, trainers will explain that in China, there is a certain way in which business cards are given out.  That is handing them out with both hands and potentially 1/2 bowing.  Also, exchanging business cards is normally the first thing that happens (mostly) at any business meetings. This is all…
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