My objective was to share this post with you in two major languages (English and Chinese) for many reasons but the number reason is “This is China”. I am an English-speaking foreigner who has done business in Asia for 20 years and China for 18 years, I currently reside in Shanghai, China where I am living and breathing the culture, the people, the business, and I am learning the local language.
I wrote the English version and have made requests for translation in Chinese (simplified and traditional) to Chinese nationals who are business professionals and friends, I will add to this document as I receive. You can also submit your Chinese translation to the comment area or send it directly to me. If you do add to the comment area it would be appreciated if you could give a brief (one sentence) background on yourself (occupation and location) as an introduction.
To all readers as I expressed I wrote this document in English so if there are any variances please refer to the English but please remember “This is China” so everyone is allowed to acknowledge, adapt and change as they see fit.
In my journey to China I have chosen to specialize in fashion manufacturing and retail. I am here to provide solutions and results for businesses and people.
This is CHINA is about a growing nation with demands and needs like no other. Many attempt to come here to thrive but only a few actually survive. Why? Well one major reason is China is different, it is not the same as most other countries. Many come with their own ideas and philosophies that are proven in their country but again as I hear from my local Chinese friends and colleagues, “This is China”
What is meant by “This is China” is one major rule… Acknowledge, adapt and change, play by our rules and policies or leave. We (China) have an economy of 1.3 billion and growing, maturing and we have a different process of controlling and fueling the economy. We (China) have learnt from many great and successful economies and have acknowledged, adapted and changed what we want to suit our people and our nation, “This is China” we do business our way. Get used to it or leave. We don’t need you “This is China”. Please don’t honk your horn as we are not listening!!!
One thing that always blows me away is the ignorance of many that conduct business within China. They don’t pay attention to one major fact “This is China” and the way we (Chinese) think, communicate, and do business is different. You are our guest and you will need to acknowledge, adapt and change or leave.
Saving FACE, China and Chinese are very proud, to some pride can be seen as arrogance. For those this is ignorance. Saving face, this applies to everyone who is involved. It amazes me how many big multi nationals, countries, and small companies come to China and demand China to change. Those that do forget “This is China”, this is our country, our nation, our people, our policies, our laws, and our language. We (Chinese) ask you to respect the above and beyond and play by our rules in our country or don’t play.
Could you imagine a world if everyone “Saved Face” and respected the country or company they were in. Or are you one of those people or companies that demand that everyone change for your needs?
Again “This is China” please respect our country, companies, and people… We (Chinese) ask you to acknowledge, adapt and change when you are in our country if you would like to do business in China.
In many ways, Chinese people are the same, we as humans share brains, emotions, feelings and illnesses. We share the same seven deadly sins – wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy and gluttony. We share the five senses, sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch.
In business we (businesses) only exist, grow and prosper if there is a profit. But one thing that is majorly different is “this is China” we do things our way.
China is a county made up of 1.3 billion people with strong beliefs and attitudes. There are thirty-eight spoken dialects and three written. The country is the largest in the world by population and is the fourth largest in the world by mass. In the next five years it will be the number ONE economy in the world. The fact is China is growing and will be a dominant figure in the future of the world.
This is China… We welcome you to our land, our country and our people. But please respect our beliefs, attitudes and actions. This is China we do it differently. Acknowledge, adapt, change or leave.
In closing I am here (China) with my life partner we share the same philosophies, ideas and beliefs. We are here to acknowledge, adapt and change. Between us we speak four languages and have over 30 years work experience. We live, breath and adapt in China. We are available to provide you with guidance and advice as it pertains to life and business in China as you need but since this is China we are not cheap but we are excellent :) We look forward to seeing you in or outside China. But wherever it is please be considerate as “This is China”
Only the best from China to YOU