Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.
My wife cracked me up last night.
As I mentioned in my introduction way back when, isn’t one month on the web similar to dog years or something like that?…anyway, my wife is “made in China’ and holds an MBA from a Cal State Institution. When we go for evening walks, we like to talk about the differences between the US, Japan, China and also about various business practices.
Last night she seemed about to burst…
“Did you know that President Hu had dinner with Bill Gates?”
“Uh, yep. I knew he came to town and went to visit Microsoft.”
“Do you know how many dishes they had when they ate?”
“Bill Gates ONLY served him four different things! Can you believe that?”
“Dunno…it depends how big the ‘things’ were?”
“And then he will have dinner with president Bush AND Bush will only serve him four things, too!! One is wine and the other is dessert…so, actually he will only get two things to eat!”
And then my wife rolled over in the grass and I had to resuscitate her.
You see, the Chinese place GREAT value and the emphasis on GREAT is great…on how much is served when relationships are being built.
My wife is convinced an opportunity is being blown here.
I remember several times when I was in China, that I was served EVERYTHING, and I sincerely mean EVERYTHING that was on the menu…and the Chinese have loooong menus.
Westerners see this as waste, even flaunting of ability and overkill…the Chinese see this as their most sincere attempt at showing how much they desire to have good relations.
It seems Bill Gates and President Bush are NOT that sincere according to my wife and the Chinese news she reads…at least from the Chinese point of view.
If Gates or Bush went to China…you could expect President HU to have dinner brought in by a Safeway tractor and trailer.
Is America missing a chance here because it doesn’t understand Chinese culture?
What do you think?