On Thurs 11 November 2021, the Australia China Business Council Victoria (ACBC Vic) held an Online Workshop in collaboration with the Victoria Business Confucius Institute (VBCI).
ACBC Vic is appreciative to the VBCI for providing this informative and engaging session for ACBC members and friends covering three key elements of business engagement with China: The largest shopping festival, 11.11, giving gifts in China and talking about business at the dinner table.
The largest shopping festival, 11.11 investigated the deep penetration this event has in Chinese society, introducing key phrases related to ecommerce and the special meaning of numbers in Chinese society.
Giving gifts in China provided useful context around gift giving techniques to increase culturally aware business acumen. Why shouldn’t you gift an umbrella? What colour wrapping paper should be used? Is gifting a clock a good idea?
Talking about business at the dinner table introduced important cultural nuance to eating out in China – an unavoidable part of doing business. What dishes to order, where to seat guests, how many dishes to order, toasting protocol, why you should never flip a fish over when eating in a coastal city and more were among the useful tips provided to improve future business dinner plans.
Our thanks to VBCI teachers Hongyu Pu, Chunxiao Liu and Betty Gao. The VBCI is a collaboration between Victoria University in Melbourne and the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing.