Confucius Says … There Are No Fortune Cookies in China

How Understanding Chinese Culture Is Key to Building Relationships

by Edward V. Yang With Kate Ou, With Dennis Smith



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 11/27/2013

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Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 208
ISBN : 9781491706862
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 206
ISBN : 9781491706855
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 206
ISBN : 9781491706794

About the Book

Even though instant communications and strides in transportation have made it easier for individuals to travel and communicate, the great divide across global cultures continues. Nowhere is this more evident than between the cultures of China in the East and the United States in the West.

With China’s elevation to global superpower status, it is vital for Americans to improve their understanding of the principles that are core to the way our friends and counterparts in China think and act. In Confucius Says … There Are No Fortune Cookies in China, authors Edward V. Yang, Kate Ou, and Dennis Smith discuss the customs, history, and business practices in China, with an eye toward enhancing relationships through a better understanding of the culture of the East through American eyes.

Yang, Ou, and Smith translate more than one hundred combined years of real-world living and working experience in China and across Asia into practical, everyday lessons intended for anyone wishing to build better business and personal relationships in China. This guide contains one hundred lessons, including common sayings, proverbs, idioms, quotes from ancient Chinese philosophers, and the authors’ own experiences.

Yang shares fundamental lessons derived from his personal experience—knowledge gained through his upbringing, through his traditional Chinese and US education, through his work experience in Asia and the United States, and, most importantly, through his mistakes.

About the Author

Edward V. Yang was born in China and brought up in Myanmar. He earned an MBA from Pepperdine University. He is chairman and president of iSoftStone Inc. and lives in Southern California.

Kate Ou is a software engineer currently with Microsoft. Born and educated in China, she received her MS at Kobe University, Japan. Ou lives in Seattle, Washington.

Dennis Smith was born and raised in Chicago and earned an MBA in 1975. He is a partner with a large Hong Kong–based private equity firm and divides his time between Hong Kong and Hilton Head, South Carolina, with his wife, children, and grandchildren.