Decoding China: A Handbook for Traveling, Studying, and Working in Today's China

Decoding China: A Handbook for Traveling, Studying, and Working in Today's China

by Matthew B. Christensen


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ISBN-13: 9780804842679
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Publication date: 04/02/2013
Edition description: Original
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 814,385
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Dr. Matthew B. Christensen holds degrees in Chinese, international relations, and Chinese linguistics. In addition to directing the Chinese Flagship Center, which is a partnership among the federal government, education, and business that works to help graduates attain superior-level Chinese language and cultural skills, he is also Professor of Chinese in the Department of Asian & Near Eastern Languages at Brigham Young University. He blogs about his adventures exploring the wide-flung corners of China at

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Decoding China: A Handbook for Traveling, Studying, and Working in Today's China 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Pokarface More than 1 year ago
Cliff notes: - It Will establish the core cultural knowledge you need to know before moving on to more specific contexts (for example: doing business in China, modern life in China, dating in China, etc.) - Written as a practical guide with real life examples from the author or his acquaintances (some are formal, some are funny, and some are both!). - A little bit of everything for everyone, from ordering from a Chinese menu to dating in China. - Covers common scams that some people WILL attempt on you. - Lots of useful tips and links for learning mandarin (some of them free!), booking trips, shopping in China, finding apartments, etc. - Includes useful phrases and words in pinyin and Chinese characters. - Pictures covering the culture as well as the, how-to, including: how to order train tickets from ticket vending machines, how to use the train station's digital board, how to use long distance phone cards (since the instructions are only written in Chinese), how to read your train's ticket information, etc. Having studied Mandarin for 10 months while practicing my language skills around the city, it eventually became apparent that I was doing well but that I kept expecting things would get easier the more Mandarin I could speak. I was wrong! The more I could speak, the more I would get in awkward situations.  Mainly because I kept being a foreigner who could speak Mandarin, instead of a local that knew his way around town. For those who simply think about traveling to those who plan in studying abroad or even working in China, the topics covered in the book will build your core knowledge of values that are practiced in modern China, and while it is true that as a foreigner you may not be expected to understand them, showing an interest and being able to fit in, will take you a long way towards connecting with China, its people, and lifestyle (and you'll realize soon why you should care about these things).