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Foreigner? Who is the foreigner?

 

A good friend of mine who knowsChinavery well, told me two little stories, which I want to share with you. Maybe as a Chinese you know about this and maybe as a Westerner you’ll revitalize your stereotype thinking about Chinese:

  • He once worked together with Chinese in a French      company inParis.      He once was sitting together with Chinese colleagues when two French      colleagues entered the room. Just in that moment the Chinese said to each      other: “Well, there are two foreigners coming.”
  • My friend went to ………….
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Be aware of …………

“A country which does not guard or protect foreigners (or strangers), will fall or die soon”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 – 1832)

One of the most important, famous German poet and writer  brings it to the point!!!!!!

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To drink a toast to somebody

Last week I talked to a manager who had been busy in China for quite a long time. He told me a very personal experience which as he underlined had a deeper meaning for him which he had not yet puzzled out.

Each time when there was a business dinner everybody tried to drink a toast to  him and his German colleagues. He felt this to be an important gesture towards the foreign guests. As there were only some Germans and many Chinese often it was not easy for each Chinese and for each table to have enough time to drink a toast. Perhaps you can imagine this kind of social stress in the restaurant where he had been.

Well, judged from a German point of view, one could say, that ……………..

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