lostnchina

…because not all of us have our Peking ducks in a row

Of Banks & Sex – Banking in 21st Century China

Written in April 2006, before the happy advent of internet banking After two years of living in China, I’ve finally made my first wire transfer at a bank without help from … Continue reading

June 15, 2013 · 12 Comments

The Foreign Customer is Always (Never) Right

As a contributor to your esteemed country’s trade deficit with China, we Chinese suppliers are often given many unflattering labels – opportunistic, unethical, and misleading.  We are accused of seducing … Continue reading

March 16, 2012 · 11 Comments

China’s Customer DISservice

This post has been combined with an original post entitled, “Where do I shop?  Is the customer ever right?” dated 2005 ******************************** ul·cer      Noun     /ˈəlsər/ 1. An open sore on … Continue reading

September 15, 2011 · 2 Comments

Lost in Translation – Why I’m Not an Interpreter

My Mother often asks me why I don’t step up and help foreigners translate, as they stammer and gulp their way through the simplest things, like asking where the bathroom … Continue reading

September 2, 2011 · 34 Comments

The Tao of Haggling – From Someone Who Hates to Bargain

Sometimes I think i should not have been born Chinese: My ability-to-haggle-gene must have  been destroyed when I integrated into Western society… along with my propensity to carry large wads … Continue reading

February 1, 2007 · 3 Comments

Of Banks and Sex – Banking in 21st Century China

Written in April 2006, before the happy advent of internet banking After two years of living in China, I’ve finally made my first wire transfer at a bank without help from … Continue reading

April 2, 2006 · 4 Comments