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Eating in China

Below is a January 20, 2016 editorial from The Standard, sent to me by Todd DeMatteo, a close friend and uber investment banker. Todd and I have traveled in China, conducting business and sampling various regional cuisines. When in season, our hosts almost always invite us to feast on hairy crabs, as they’re considered a […]

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Driving in China

I’ve traveled quite extensively in my life and I’ve driven in many countries throughout the world, including Asia, Korea to be exact, courtesy of an all-expense paid one year trip given to me by the Air Force. I can honestly say that driving in these locations had their local challenges, but probably wasn’t any more […]

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Cosmetic Surgery in China

Last week my wife and I were having dinner with two good friends of ours, Dr. Charles Pappas and his lovely wife Aprille. Charlie is a retired surgeon extraordinaire who was one of the best on the planet for cosmetic surgery. During dinner I started talking, as I often do, about China. At this point […]

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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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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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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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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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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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In China, Get Your License Plate First and Then Buy Your Car

Traffic congestion in China is getting out of control. As a result, municipal governments are beginning to enact varying methods to restrict the number of cars on the road by assigning an allocation system to the issuance of new license plates. The number of registered cars, buses, vans, and trucks on the road in China […]

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Divorce Chinese Style

When we think of divorce we almost always assume that both husband and wife don’t get along and therefore decide to call it quits. But that assumption may sometimes be wrong in China. Many couples, who are still very much in love with each other decide to call it quits for a totally different reason […]

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