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A practical and accessible guide to an ancient but rapidly changing culture—now revised and updated Perfect for business, pleasure, or armchair travelers, China A to Z explains the customs, culture, and etiquette essential for any trip or for anyone wanting to understand this complex country. In one hundred brief, reader-friendly essays alphabetized by subject, this  fully revised and updated edition provides a crash course in the etiquette and politics of contemporary China as well as the nation’s geography and venerable history. In it, readers will discover: ·        How the recently selected President and his advisors approach global relations·        Why China is considered the fastest growing market for fashion and luxury goods·        What you should bring when visiting a Chinese household·        What’s hot in Chinese art·        How recent scandals impact Chinese society From architecture and body language to Confucianism and feng shui, China A to Z offers accessible and authoritative information about China.

About the Author

May-Lee Chai

May-lee Chai is a writer and educator. She is the recipient of an NEA Grant in Literature: Fellowship in Prose. In addition to her books, she has published numerous short stories and essays in journals, magazines, and anthologies, including Zyzzyva, The Jakarta Post Weekender Magazine, The North American Review, the Missouri Review, and Seventeen. She used to be a reporter for the Associated Press.

May-lee was born in California but has lived in fourteen states and four countries. She majored in French and Chinese Studies at Grinnell College in Iowa. May-lee received her M.A. in East Asian Studies from Yale University. She also completed an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University.

She once walked to Burma from Xishuang Banna in Yunnan province in China. She sat under a thousand-year-old pagoda but did not attain enlightenment. She is addicted to Korean soap operas.

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