Create New Realities In China Thru New Communication Patterns

The Chinese Honeymoon Period highlights 10 Chinese cultural concepts that are essential for more constructive collaboration with your Chinese counterparts. ADD YOUR VOICE perspectives from numerous Chinese language and cultural experts are featured to enhance your awareness for creating a more rewarding journey into China. Bookmark this page for new weekly Chinese cultural concepts.


关系 Guānxì: Weekly Chinese Cultural Concept from TCHP (1 of 10)

My Definition: Guanxi (关系) is the relationship between two people that represent their expectations from each other in terms of favoritism, referrals for connections, and the sharing of inside information.


利益 Lìyì: Weekly Chinese Cultural Concept from TCHP (2 of 10)

My Definition: Liyi (利益 lìyì) is the perceived personal benefit(s) of deepening Guanxi.


陰陽 Yīnyáng: Weekly Chinese Cultural Concept from TCHP (3 of 10)

My Definition: Chinese instinctually feel opposing forces (陰陽 yīnyáng) create gray areas (灰 huī) to operate that produce the least amount of chaos for the greatest personal benefit (利益 Lìyì), and it is this balance between extremes, the yin, and the yang, where the greatest harmony exists.


信任 xìnrèn: Weekly Chinese Cultural Concept from TCHP (4 of 10)

My Definition: Truth-Default is the tendency to believe strangers are mostly honest most of the time. Therefore, it is practical to “trust” them instead of being skeptical. Since Chinese people think of trust differently, they have been conditioned not to trust strangers, especially foreigners.


给面子 Gěimiànzi: Weekly Chinese Cultural Concept from TCHP (5 of 10)

My Definition: 给面子 Gěimiànzi is proactively giving someone OUTWARD demonstrations of flattery, praise, and respect for the purposes of deepening Guanxi.


铁饭碗 Tiěfànwǎn: Weekly Chinese Cultural Concept from TCHP (6 of 10)

My Definition: 铁饭碗 Tiěfànwǎn is a subconscious mentality of ordinary Chinese people that collective lifetime employment, which is sustainable based solely on maintaining Guanxi connections, is desirable.


委屈 Wěiqu: Weekly Chinese Cultural Concept from TCHP (7 of 10)

My Definition: 委屈 Wěiqu is repressed feelings of injustice, unfairness, and grievance that cannot be expressed to those who caused it—-It’s HOW THEY FEEL.


心态 Xīntài: Weekly Chinese Cultural Concept from TCHP (8 of 10)

My Definition: 心态 Xīntài is an attitude and corresponding worldview that’s derived from a person’s upbringing and environment in which they were raised—-IT IS IMMUTABLE.


想法 Xiǎngfǎ: Weekly Chinese Cultural Concept from TCHP (9 of 10)

My Definition: 想法 Xiǎngfǎ is a set of beliefs that are derived from a person’s attitude, emotions, and desire to preserve Face—-IT’S EQUIVALENT TO THEIR FAITH.


台阶下 Táijiēxià: Weekly Chinese Cultural Concept from TCHP (10 of 10)

My Definition: 台阶下 Táijiēxià are the delivered words and gestures that allow someone to preserve their Face after a mistake.


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Discover hidden breakthroughs in your psyche to elevate your cultural awareness and empathy so you can deepen Guanxi, foster mutual trust, and create more collaborative communication patterns

THE CHINESE HONEYMOON PERIOD is the result of 20+ years living and working in Greater China plus a lifetime struggling to reconcile between world worlds, my American upbringing, and my Chinese heritage. Once my attention shifted to how others feel within our relationship's cultural context, the circular conversations ended, and more constructive collaboration followed.

This is a book for everyone, from a college student studying international business to a seasoned China expat adapting to changes in Chinese attitudes and bargaining power. This book provides a blueprint to transform your reality of doing business in China and that of your partners.

In THE CHINESE HONEYMOON PERIOD you’ll learn and develop:

  • IMAGINATION: Enhance empathy across cultural differences and increases your capacity to give others a benefit-of-the-doubt.
  • CURIOSITY: Opposite of judgment and gateway to developing greater awareness.
  • CULTURAL AWARENESS: Understand why Chinese people behave the way they do and how best to interact with them.
  • EMPATHY: Know how and why Chinese people feel the way they do to unlock possibilities to connect on a deeper level.
  • SITUATIONAL AWARENESS: Know how certain words, actions, and behaviors will play out in the context of how China works.
  • SELF-AWARENESS: Understand how you are perceived by others to foster more mutual trust and develop real Guanxi.
  • PERSPECTIVE: Broaden your worldview to attract rather than unintentionally repelling others.
  • MINDSET: Capacity to think different and reduce barriers to greater cooperation. You cannot create a new reality (in China) with the same MINDSET that led to the current one.
  • ATTITUDE: The most important component for managing the perception of others.
  • APPROACH: Create new interaction and communication patterns to replace old, dysfunctional ones.
  • PERSONA: Attract positive attention and begin engagements on a more positive trajectory.
  • MODUS OPERANDI: Everything in China is easier when a winning attitude and approach becomes natural.
  • REAL GUANXI: Every in China runs on Guanxi and mastering its nuances will dramatically simplify most endeavors.
  • NEW COMMUNICATIONS PATTERNS: No more frustrating, circular conversations. Know what to expect and reinforce its outcome.
  • WINNING PARTNERSHIPS: Understand the PROS and CONS of deepening Guanxi and choose the most productive balance with your Chinese counterparts.

And a more rewarding journey in China!

Gene J. Hsu

was born and raised in the deep South of Atlanta, GA, with typical "American" dreams of being either a major league baseball player or rock star like Eddie Van Halen. He was also eternally stuck between the two worlds of his Chinese heritage and American roots, which heightened his self-awareness from an early age. Shortly after graduation from Georgia Tech, he embarked on his first international assignment to Toronto, Canada, and then as Country Manager in Taiwan shortly afterward. Gene then spent his next 25 years as a China expat, entrepreneur, instructor, trainer, coach, and business advisor, helping students and executives solve their dilemmas doing business in China. He is the author of Solving CHINA's Unknown Unknowns and the creator and host of the China Myth Podcast.

James Warner

Vistage China CEO

"Working in a diverse cultural environment like Shanghai, your creation of the Cross Culture Performance model and your group coaching sessions were extremely valuable to me and others that attended the session. Your experience working with leaders in China provided unique and practical insights into how to bridge cultural differences in real-world settings. Your coaching approach and the use of your framework helped people to get beyond the cultural stereotypes and understand how to show empathy and build relationships across cultures."

Jaap van Ingen

Global Supply Chain Director

"I would definitely recommend Gene as a person to work with, in any multi-cultural challenge, project or industry. His specific abilities to engage, his understanding of the global cultural playing field, his personal skill to establish trusting relationships as well as his drive the need for results, make him a unique asset in a rapidly changing global economy. I would look forward to working with Gene again."

Michael Eagleton

Meetup Workshop Attendee (China Expat)

"Insightful, I found this of real value. Thank you Gene, even after my 21 years of living and building businesses in China, I've learned something new. This was packed with so much useful mindset insights, am going to watch it over again. Being able to hear the experiences of others in the Q&A is a real plus."

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