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I Stand Corrected

How Teaching Western Manners in China Became Its Own Unforgettable Lesson

By Eden Collinsworth

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Format: Paperback, 304 pages
Published In: United States, 01 November 2015
As an American businesswoman in China, Eden Collinsworth came to realize that her Chinese counterparts were fundamentally uncomfortable in the company of Westerners. She collaborated with a major Chinese publisher to produce a Western etiquette guide. The book became a bestseller and prompted China's Ministry of Education to suggest that she create a curriculum for the school system. In I Stand Corrected, Collinsworth now draws on her experiences to help American readers navigate Chinese business culture. She shows us how to present a business card, how to wield one's guanxi (or social connections), and how to pace oneself when drinking 120-proof baijiu at a work function. She warns us not to be surprised at spitting on the street, and explains how, to the Chinese, being called fat can actually be considered a compliment. She also gives us a larger view of personal and professional ambition among the citizens of China. By turns informative, hilarious, and thought-provoking, I Stand Corrected is essential reading for those looking to understand the mores of this rapidly changing--and increasingly important--nation.

About the Author

EDEN COLLINSWORTH is a former media executive and business consultant. She launched the Los Angeles-based monthly lifestyle magazine, Buzz, after which she became VP & director of cross media business development at Hearst Corporation. In 2011 she launched Collinsworth & Associates, a Beijing-based consulting company, which specializes in intercultural communication. Her Chinese language book The Tao of Improving Your Likeability- A Personal Guide to Effective Business Etiquette in Today's Global World has become a major best seller in mainland China.

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A heck of a story. . . . Entertaining, informative and insightful. " The New York Times" A must-read. " Bloomberg Radio" If Eden Collinsworth weren t so good a writer, she d do well with her own reality TV show. She has a fearless, go-anywhere, do-almost-anything attitude that combined with her intelligence and keen observational powers makes for exceptional storytelling. "MinneapolisStar Tribune" Hilarious and insightful.. . . A compulsive page-turner. . . .An insider s view into the rising power of the East. Amanda Foreman, author of" Georgiana" and "A World on Fire" "I Stand Corrected"has many interesting, even important, things to say about commerce and manners in China, but the book s real pleasure is Eden Collinsworth s company. Her mind is lucid and original, and she s very funny. Alec Wilkinson, author of"The Ice Balloon" There are very few like Eden Collinsworth who have actually known China, who have seen its transformation firsthand. With her wonderful book"I Stand Corrected," she uses her knowledge and experience to build a bridge for readers to cross the river between cultures. Xinran, author of"China Witness," "Sky Burial," and"The Good Women of China" Eden Collinsworth s adventures on her way to writing a best-selling manual of Western deportment for the Chinese are enchanting. . . . "I Stand Corrected"is an original, fearless, and funny book that you read for its laughs as well as its lessons. Joan Juliet Buck Enlightening, enthralling, and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny. Her revealing and profoundly interesting insight into Chinese culture must be the first of its kind. Blythe Danner Wonderful. . . . A rare, true gift. . . . A traveler of the world, often with her multilingual son, Collinsworthwaxes intelligently and humorously about other cultures. "Booklist" (starred review) Collinsworth s observations bring the Chinese and their rituals and history to life ... Entertaining, informative adventures of a woman determined to understand the people of China. "Kirkus Reviews" An entertaining take on life as a foreigner in China. "Publishers Weekly"" "It's a heck of a story ... entertaining, informative and insightful." "The New York Times" "If Eden Collinsworth weren t so good a writer, she d do well with her own reality TV show. She has a fearless, go-anywhere, do-almost-anything attitude that combined with her intelligence and keen observational powers makes for exceptional storytelling." Minneapolis "Star Tribune" "Collinsworth is subtly generous with some details and tantalizingly private with others, but it s all wonderful. She also analyzes what s going on in China now, financially and socially, how it came about, and what might be the consequences. A traveler of the world, often with her multilingual son, Collinsworthwaxes intelligently and humorously about other cultures ... A rare, true gift." "Booklist," starred review "Collinsworth's observations bring the Chinese and their rituals and history to life ... Entertaining, informative adventures of a woman determined to understand the people of China." "Kirkus Reviews" "An entertaining take on life as a foreigner in China." "Publishers Weekly"""I Stand Corrected"is both hilarious and insightful.Collinsworth s adventures in China make for a compulsive page-turner, full of eye-popping anecdotes. This is a must read for anyone seeking an insider s view into the rising power of the East." Amanda Foreman, author of "A World on Fire: Britain s Crucial Role in the American Civil War" and "Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire" ""I Stand Corrected" has many interesting, even important, things to say about commerce and manners in China, but the book's real pleasure is Eden Collinsworth's company. Her mind is lucid and original, and she's very funny." Alec Wilkinson, author of "The Ice Balloon""Eden Collinsworth s "I Stand Corrected" is trulyan original: enlightening, enthralling, and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny. Her revealing and profoundly interesting insight into Chinese culture must be the first of its kind. With great beauty, subtlety, and grace she touches on the deeply personal amid all her heady, whirlwind adventures, shedding light on universal truths common to any mother, any traveler. I envy Collinsworth s life of exploration, her fearlessness, and couldn t be more pleased to have her carry me along for the ride." Blythe Danner "When China a sleeping dragon woke somethirty years ago, most Westerners listened to its sounds from afar. There are very few like Eden Collinsworth who have actually known China, who have seen its transformation firsthand. With her wonderful book "I Stand Corrected," she uses her knowledge and experience to build a bridge for readers to cross the river between cultures." Xinran, author of "China Witness," "Sky Burial," and" The Good Women of China" "Eden Collinsworth's adventures on her way to writing a best-selling manual of Western deportment for the Chinese are enchanting. Memoir, travel book, social history, it's also about single motherhood, love, career building, and looking for happiness. "I Stand Corrected" is an original, fearless, and funny book that you read for its laughs as well as its lessons." Joan Juliet Buck"

EAN: 9780804170468
ISBN: 0804170460
Publisher: Anchor Books
Dimensions: 20.07 x 12.95 x 2.29 centimetres (0.37 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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