Trying to drink a woman under the table is one of MANY ways you can blow it when doing business with Asians. You can also get grey hair waiting for your menu to come at a banquet in a Chinese restaurant’s private room (because it never will). And do you really have to eat the ox tongue and tripe with roasted chili-garlic black beans? And why can’t you get a glass of cold water?
The Chinese command one of the world’s largest economies, yet routinely baffle foreigners (particularly Americans) who try to do business with them.
Richard Bradspies spent more than a decade as the Bank of China’s top American in the United States. He and NYU Professoir J.D. Fox have authored a book about understanding the Chinese (and other Asians) in a business and cultural context.