Chinese Art 101: a brief history on jade

To begin discussing Chinese art, we have to go back to the beginning of the Chinese dynasties. Starting with the Han dynasty (206 BCE – 220 BC) when jade was discovered through the Silk Road. In this first Chinese art article, I’ll give you a crash course on jade, its mystery and significance in Chinese…

STAR Interview: How to make your interview memorable

Often, a job STAR Interview can be quite tense with all the pressures to excel and the uncertainties of whether or not you shall land the role you are being interviewed for. Indeed, thorough preparation is vital, but that alone will not guarantee that you are selected at the end of the process. It is…

Chinese Rice Rice Baby!

The popularity of Chinese rice in China If you re addicted to rice then China is the place to go. Chinese rice is the most abundant food in the country. Rice, you’ll probably find, will be on every menu you come across. Nevertheless, there will be a million and one other foods that will entice…

The G20 Summit

Brexit, carpets and much ado about nothing! Sounds like the G20 Summit this year was a cracker. The preparation Even before the G20 Summit began, there was media interest, focused on the Chinese government and their decision to seemingly remove half of Hangzhou s population. The government in an attempt to lure away most of…

Culture shock – My first time in China

Culture shock is overall a sense of strangeness and disorientation. Culture shock is experienced by people visiting a culture where things are being done very differently from their background. They can t make sense of the cultural meanings and practices of what s happening all around them. Culture shock is the impact you may feel…

How to thrive under the pressure of a panel interview

If you thought a one-on-one interview was scary, then wait until you face a panel one. Many people tend to be nervous, sweaty and even freak out into joblessness. If you are reading this, then it is likely that you’ve finally received an interview invitation. Probably you don’t know if it would be a one-on-one…

Tips when traveling to China – the do’s and dont’s

Traveling to China can be fantastic! It can also be a costly struggle where you fumble from one mishap to another. Insulting locals while getting sunburnt because you have been looking for your phone for ten hours should be avoided. It can put you off traveling ever again, especially in China where the culture, infrastructure,…

Chinese history: interesting facts about the Ming Dynasty

The beginning of the Ming Dynasty The Ming dynasty began in 1368 after the soon to be Emperor Hongwu led a rebel group to defeat the Mongol-led Yuan dynasty. Hongwu, the son of a peasant, began his time as emperor by securing Nanjing as the Chinese capital and slowly fighting against the Mongols while implementing…

How to prepare for an interview

The corporate world has become more competitive than the Olympics. Everyone is looking for a quality workforce, people who can do more than just follow instructions given. Employers are looking for much more than just credentials, if anything, nearly everyone in the corporate world today has papers to distinguish them in their academic performance. Many…

Illegal interview question: what you shouldn’t ask

Introduction Interviewers are supposed to pursue their employer’s best interest. Consequently, during interviews they may be tempted to gather all the relevant information from an interviewee in an attempt to establish if they are the best fit. However, you are bound by law to ask only legit questions. It is technically illegal for you to…

Mid Autumn Festival

China is a country of tradition. The Mid-Autumn Festival has been a yearly event in China since the Shang Dynasty (16th – 10th century BC) and is held on the 15th day of the eighth month of the Chinese lunar calendar, the closest full moon to the autumnal equinox. In China, the day is commemorated…

Chinese gift giving in business

Chinese Gift Giving in Business In Western culture, we only give gifts in the office if it’s someone’s birthday or Christmas. And even then those are given outside of the office because it’d be considered rude. Some may even believe there was some ass kissing involved depending on the recipient. Gift giving in China is…