One of the biggest obstacles in any mixed interracial relationship is the cultural differences. Especially Chinese culture. Sometimes perfectly normal behavior for one person can be extremely offensive to another.
Even though I've been in China for a while, there is always more to learn.
So here's a collection of some of the key cultural differences that anyone who is dating a Chinese person should be aware of. And I've included as many "nuts and bolts" practical tricks, steps and actions to take to help you:
When you enter a
country, find out its taboos.
- Ancient Chinese Proverb
So let's get to it.Nine things you simply must know about Modern Chinese Culture
How to use chopsticks: One way that some Chinese people can predict where you will find true love is by watching you eat with chopsticks. How you hold the chopsticks makes a difference! More about Chinese chopsticks »
Chinese Numbers: If you can at least count in Chinese - it will help you in many ways if you visit China. Click here to learn hand gestures for counting in Chinese - and yes, some of them are quite different from the ones you know.And are you aware that many numbers have hidden meanings? Click here to see which Chinese number combinations have special meanings.
What the difference between Chinese lucky numbers and Chinese UN-lucky numbers?
What is Chinese digitalk and how can you use it to communicate with your Chinese friends?
Chinese Names: Are Chinese names backwards? Which name do I call my Chinese girlfriend? If there are any Chinese words which will always be music to her ears, it's her name. Make sure you get it right.
And while we're on the subject, what's your Chinese name? Is it a cool Chinese name or do your Chinese friends break into hysterics at the silly sound of it?