September in Cincinnati: Finding New Partners in China

September turned out to be one of the busiest months for the Chinese Chamber this year. All in all, we had three Chinese delegations come to Cincinnati to build new partnerships and learn about economic development opportunities in our fair region. We had lots of photo opportunities as well. Check out some of the moments we shared with our new friends from China. You can also view our Facebook album at this link here.

Worship the Moon: Mid-Autumn Festival 101

panda mooncake midautumn festival

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.

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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