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Author Collinsworth, Eden.

Title I stand corrected : how teaching Western manners in China became its own unforgettable lesson / Eden Collinsworth.

Publication Info. New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, [2014]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    395.071 COL    Available
Edition First edition.
Description xii, 248 pages ; 25 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (page 251).
Contents Wherein I prove it is sometimes possible to get away with folly -- Introductions and greetings -- The all-important display of deference -- The dichotomy of personal and public -- The art-- and perils-- of conversing -- The cost of doing business -- Children and their many consequences -- Where the Chinese dream lives -- Getting from one place to the other -- The politics of censorship -- The body of the workplace -- Raising sons -- How the rest ends -- Wherein I suggest it is always nice to know how to say good-bye.
Summary "A fascinating fusion of memoir, manners, and cultural history from a successful businesswoman well-versed in the unique challenges of working in contemporary China. During the course of her long and successful business career, no country has fascinated Eden Collinsworth more than China. After numerous business experiences that might best be called "unusual" by Western standards, she had a crucial insight: despite the growing status of China as a world economy and the unprecedented range of Chinese investments overseas, businessmen in mainland China--well-educated and speaking English--were fundamentally uncomfortable in the company of their Western counterparts. This realization spawned a Western etiquette guide for Chinese businessmen, which went on to be a huge best seller in China and formed the basis for new curriculum supported by the Chinese Ministry of Education. In I Stand Corrected, Collinsworth tells the story of the year she spent writing that book, creating a counterpart that both explains Chinese practices and reveals much about our own Western culture. She explores topics including the non-negotiable issue of personal hygiene; the rules of the handshake; making sense of foreigners; and that which is considered universally rude. She also scrutinizes some of the Western etiquette that has guided her own business career, one which has unfolded in predominately male company. At the same time, I Stand Corrected is a retrospective journey, a wry but self-effacing reflection on the peripatetic career she led while single-handedly raising her son. Like all parents, she didn't always have answers, and here she details the many, often ludicrous, attempts to strike a balance that was right for both of them"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Collinsworth, Eden.
Business etiquette -- Study and teaching -- China.
Businesspeople -- Western countries -- Social life and customs.
Etiquette -- Western countries.
Etiquette -- China.
Western countries -- Social life and customs.
China -- Social life and customs.
ISBN 9780385538695 (hardcover)
0385538693 (hardcover)
9780385538701 (ebook)

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