Same Name, Different Game: 5 Ugly Facets of the Chinese Workplace

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It doesn't take sharp observational skills to notice that China is a very, very different place from whence you came. It doesn't matter where you're from – I happen to come from America, and so use this as a baseline for my own experience – China is completely different from it. This applies to almost all areas of life and many people are not exactly surprised. They come here expecting different food of course, a different language (or ten), different social practices. None of this comes as much of a shock. There is one area, however, in which many expats find themselves taken aback: the workplace. Every office has the same basic feel, right? The same code of ethics, the same unspoken definition of decency, right? Wrong. Read on for some little things that... Read More>>

Charity in China: The Low Down on Street Begging

If you live in a Chinese east coast metropolis, with all its Western brand paraphernalia, it's easy to forget that China is still a developing country. In a typical month you're likely to see more chauffeured Rolls Royces than hand tended rice paddies. It won't be too long however, before China does what it does best and upsets your established perceptions. Street beggars, often terribly disfigured by untreated medical conditions or industrial accidents, serve as stark evidence that not all Chinese are riding their country's wave of development. And if you're a Westerner, it is quite probable that soon into your stay in... Read More>>

The Fresh Market Experience

When Chinese people say they like their food fresh, they mean it.

Even in this era of rampant consumerism and an almost endless range of fast-food restaurants, I often see locals carrying live chickens and fish still thrashing and flopping in bags. The commitment to fresh food can make a trip to the markets a shocking experience for the unsuspecting westerner. ... Read More>>

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