Monthly Archives: September 2013

The Chinese View of Dentistry

 Recently, I was traveling with goods friends of mine, John and Cindy Cancelliere. John is a dentist extraordinaire and he was on his way to Spain for discussions on cutting-edge developments in dental implants. Despite my gentle ribbing that holding the class in Spain was because the dental techniques he’d learn there had actually been […]

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China’s Fondness for Gambling

Most of the information for writing both of my books, The Wild Wild East and Doing the China Tango, came from interacting with the Chinese people for over a decade. During that time I’ve had a chance to observe and socialize with them at the grass roots level. One thing that surprised me when I […]

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Ethnic Groups in China

There are 56 ethnic groups in China. Everyone in China has to register as belonging to one of these ethnic groups. The Han is the largest of these ethnic groups and comprises 92% of China’s populace. The name Han comes from the Han Dynasty (206 BC to 220 AD). This was a period when China […]

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China’s Mid-Autumn Festival

In Chapter 6 of my book, The Wild Wild East, I mentioned the Mid-Autumn Festival, but didn’t have an opportunity to explain what it was as the chapter had a different focus. Let me do that now. Most people don’t know about China’s Mid-Autumn Festival, but it’s the second grandest festival next to the Chinese […]

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Tipping in China

Tipping is an accepted fact of life in most of the world. It’s how we show satisfaction, or dissatisfaction in some cases, with the service we’ve received. To a large extent, this is not true in China. China is basically a no-tipping nation. Chinese don’t tip and, for the most part, don’t expect to be […]

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Catching a Domestic Flight in China

Catching a domestic flight in China is usually an eye-opening experience for most foreigners. It starts when you get to the airport, as most domestic airlines won’t let you check in until two hours ahead of time. They also don’t give you your seat assignments, unless you’re in a tour group or in first class, […]

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The Influence of the English Language in China

English is increasingly becoming a language of the young in China and its influence is transitioning beyond basic communication. English is also influencing Chinese culture, and even the way the young think and act. Today, according to Diane Sawyer on ABC World News, there are more people studying English in China than there are people […]

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Catching a Taxi in China

Taxis are everywhere in China. They’re inexpensive and easy to catch. However, as a foreigner, directing them to where you want to go can sometimes be challenging. In Doing the China Tango I mentioned that I frequently traveled within a city by taxi, but I never went into the problems a foreigner can encounter by […]

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Tomb-sweeping Day in China

Chinese holidays are both creative and imaginative. Over ten years ago our General Manager in China, Zhang Jingjie, or Maria to those who have worked with her over the years, told her new boss (that would be me) that she and my staff were taking the day off for a national holiday. Asking her what […]

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Having a Beer in China

People don’t normally think of China as a nation of beer drinkers. I think of Britain, the United States, and possibly a number of other countries as being beer aficionados, but not China. Most people place China in the category of a nation of tea drinkers. In Doing the China Tango I mentioned that the […]

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