Ever wonder how to bridge the gap between East and West? Turning Bricks into Jade: Critical Incidents for Mutual Understanding Among Chinese and Americans builds just such a bridge between China and America. Misunderstandings between these cultures are complicated because there are so many aspects to consider, but Turning Bricks into Jade clarifies these issues by exploring Chinese and American interactions through 41 cultural incidents. Each incident relates a miscommunication or complicated situation and is followed by a discussion of possible solutions, based on the authors' experiences and grounded in current research. Turning Bricks into Jade also covers key theoretical concepts in Chinese-American interactions, such as individualism versus collectivism, hierarchies, gender relations in the workplace, deference to authority, work incentives and concepts of ownership. Turning Bricks into Jade can be used in almost any setting: business training, the classroom, pre-departure orientation or at home. With these tools, you'll be well on your way to understanding Chinese culture and improving your own East and West relations!
Contents Acknowledgments Introduction 1 Concepts for Analyzing Cross-Cultural Conflicts between Chinese and Americans 2 At Home 3 Traveling 4 The Workplace: Understanding Relationships with Colleagues 5 The Workplace: Motivations 6 The Workplace: Negotiations 7 Academia: Understanding Relationships with Authority 8 Academia: Disconfirmed Expectations Appendix References About the Authors Index of Incidents According to Themes and Concepts
Turning Bricks Into Jade is the result of a highly collaborative effort on the part of the authors. Mary Wang, Richard Brislin, Wei-zhong Wang, David Williams and Julie Haiyan Chao represent a wide range of diverse socialization and experiences in both Chinese and American cultures.
"Turning Bricks into Jade is impressive for its rigorous research and writing. Throughout, the authors seem to anticipate most counter-arguments and provide rejoinders. Various audiences will find this book beneficial. It is written in a language and style that are easy to understand and appealing to both practitioners and academicians. Most importantly, the longer incidents provide a chance for us to peel back the various layers of culture and find out that there are deeper meanings and issues embedded in each case. The result is an interesting and useful book, which can help create a better perspective on cross-cultural dialogue." -Leeva C. Chung, International Journal of Intercultural Relations 25 (2001) "This book is a must for those who intend to spend some time in mainland China or engage in intense interaction with the Chinese people. The critical incidents are carefully selected to cover areas known to be the breeding ground of cross-cultural misunderstanding and miscommunication. The insight gained from going through these critical incidents will be essential in building a positive, effective relationship with the Chinese people." -Kwok Leung, Professor of Management, City University of Hong Kong "This is a very profound and intelligent book for anyone who works or plans to work with Chinese people. Congratulations for this practical tool, for trainers as well as for trainees." -Bettina Proksch, GinkoConsult, Berlin