China A to Z

China A to Z : Everything You Need to Know to Understand Chinese Customs and Culture

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A practical and accessible guide to an ancient but rapidly changing culture--now revised and updated Perfect for business, pleasure, or armchair travelers, China A to Z explains the customs, culture, and etiquette essential for any trip or for anyone wanting to understand this complex country. In one hundred brief, reader-friendly essays alphabetized by subject, this fully revised and updated edition provides a crash course in the etiquette and politics of contemporary China as well as the nation's geography and venerable history. In it, readers will discover: - How the recently selected President and his advisors approach global relations
- Why China is considered the fastest growing market for fashion and luxury goods
- What you should bring when visiting a Chinese household
- What's hot in Chinese art
- How recent scandals impact Chinese society From architecture and body language to Confucianism and feng shui, China A to Z offers accessible and authoritative information about China.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 135 x 201 x 23mm | 249g
  • New York, NY, India
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 014218084X
  • 9780142180846
  • 833,808

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"A father-and-daughter team who between them have published many books on Asia (e.g., The Girl from Purple Mountain ) here provides 100 A-to-Z chapters offering extensive coverage of practical Chinese history, culture, and customs. Topics range from banquets, bargaining, and body language to the one-child policy, Three Gorges Dam, and Wen Jiabao (who became premier in 2002). The tone is light, but the information is well chosen for general readers and travelers."--Library Journal
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About May-Lee Chai

MAY-LEE CHAI is the author of six books, including Hapa Girl. She lives in San Francisco. WINBERG CHAI is the author and editor of more than twenty books on China, and the executive editor of Asian Affairs: An American Review. He lives in Wyoming.
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