Review: I Stand Corrected: How Teaching Western Manners in China Became Its Own Unforgettable Lesson, by Eden Collinsworth

The author has had a varied business career that includes dealings with China over the past few decades. In her latest venture she was in China with her young adult son when his idea for an afterschool etiquette program evolved into teaching Western business etiquette in China and writing a book on that subject for a Chinese publisher. Choosing what advice she found necessary to highlight illuminates the wholly different worldview that the Chinese have from Westerners. Some of the topics she covered were personal hygiene, rules of the handshake, making sense of foreigners and behavior that is considered universally rude. She also tells interesting stories from her own life as a wife, mother and businesswoman. As the world’s fastest growing major economy and one of the United States’ main export partners, we all need to be informed about China, its economy and people.

RATING: * * * A good read

Reviewed by: kh

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