reply to post by crackerjack
I'm a Chinese, and your post gets my attention for sure. It's interesting to read your views of China according to your near 6 years' experience.
I agree with you on the large part of it.
Generally speaking, Chinese are utilitarian, caring much for reputation and profits, not only in business-circles but also in scholar-circles,and
that's nowadays why there are so few achievements of Chinese researchers in the world;
Chinese society is very complex, but on the other hand, it's also simple, for you can handle almost everything with money and power and relationship,
except what can arouse popular indignation or threaten the sustainability of the communist regime.
However, there are still some overlooks I can point out.
Wines do play an important part in building social relationships in China, including business. Because we Chinese show trust, respect and friendship
through drinking. However all behaviors and words are just external form,
which can be sincere or hypocritical, and in Chinese culture, the internal part is the most important and hard to pretend for a long time. So it's
pity not having drunk with a sincere Chinese friend, and the language does build a wall between westerner and Chinese.
If you can make Chinese friends who are still learning and practicing Chinese traditional culture, having a faith like Confucianist, Buddhist,Taoists
etc.., you'll get more insights of the other part of Chinese people.
Looking forward for your other parts & Best wishes for you in China~