Worship the Moon: Mid-Autumn Festival 101

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Today is Mid-Autumn Festival, a day of “intangible cultural heritage” in Mainland China.

The official harvest festival is celebrated all over eastern and southeastern parts of Asia. It falls on the the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese lunar calendar  during a full moon, which is in September or early October.

Apparently, the harvest festival originated in China during the Shang Dynasty, as early as 16th century B.C.E. It became popular during the Tang Dynasty in 600 C.E. Suffice it to say the activity has happened on the same date for thousands of years. Some of the characteristics of the festival include gathering together, giving thanks and praying for a bountiful future.

In our modern age, the Chinese take this time off as a national holiday to travel, be with family and attend public displays. The BBC published a great look at the festival at this link. Here’s our favorite photo.

Watching World Cup can improve your Global Business Skills

By Eric McGraw

 

More than three billion people around the world are expected to watch a World Cup match some time in the next month, truly making it the world’s biggest game. Yet for all this global madness there is a major – and vocal – group in the United States who condemn soccer, or (gasp) football, by offering the following examples:

  1. There’s not enough scoring and therefore not exciting.
  2. All the fake injuries and flopping on the ground ruins “the beautiful game.”
  3. The U.S. doesn’t dominate football on a global scale.

It is clear these opinions stem from comparing America’s popular sports like American football, basketball and baseball to soccer.  True, many of our American heroes, both real and fictional, are derived from these homegrown sports, which shows what we value as a society.  It doesn’t matter whether or not you know what the difference between a striker and a fullback is but what others perceive as your response to soccer could say something about your mindset, personal character and global business skills.

The negative opinions on soccer above might reveal a bit of ethnocentrism and closed-mindedness, which is a major deal killer in global business.  Showing a bit of cultural appreciation and open-mindedness is a key factor in developing international relationships with your company staff, business partners and potential customers.

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The mystery of “guanxi” or 关系 in Chinese business

Guanxi (/gwanˈCHē/ or 关系) is a Chinese term that can describe many things, but in society it mostly points to “networking” or “relationships.” Perhaps in American terms, it could be summed up — at least in business terms — with the old adage “It’s not what you know; it’s who you know.” Let’s there are a few more critical nuances that make guanxi different from American networking. Continue reading below.

If you want to practice your guanxi building skills, check out our young professionals networking gathering on the evening of Wednesday, April 23. Click here to register for free or check out the event page on Facebook.

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What to Expect for the 2014 Lunar New Year Gala

The phones have been ringing off the hook today. The excitement for our grand event is really building. We have more than 200 people scheduled to attend our grand extravaganza.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • The casino has plenty of free parking. You can find more information on parking at their web site. They also have valet parking if you’re feeling swanky. It costs a little extra though.
  • In fact, you probably will be feeling swanky because the dress code for the event is business and cocktail attire. Gentlemen, feel free to add some flair with a pocket square. Ladies, you already know what to do.
  • The gala is on the second floor, the ballroom floor. Once you make it to the floor, you can’t miss us. Make sure to visit the registration desk.
  • If you can’t make the event at 5:30 pm, you’ll want to at least get there before 6:15 pm. That’s when the grand opening to the ceremony will begin, followed by dinner, and you definitely don’t want to miss dinner.
  • We have two cash bars staffed by four bartenders.
  • Although we have a mobile point-of-sale for credit cards, I suggest bringing cash for the auction. We have a lot of quality items going for cheap.
  • Business networking is a major part of the event: We have manufacturers, small business, large corporations, government, lawyers, doctors and attorneys attending; just to name a few.

If you have more questions, give us a call at 513-852-4100. You can also email Evan Brooks, executive director, at ed@china-midwest.com or Angie Li, events marketing specialist, at ali@china-midwest.com. We’ll see you there!