CHINESE CULTURE

Culture shock – in brief

Brian Hennessy. China Australia Consult. January, 2016. DipT; BA; MEd; DipPsych. Psychologist All change is stressful, and although we may not think so at the time, culture shock is a normal reaction to change. With a little self-knowledge it can be managed successfully. This article looks at the nature, stages, and causes of culture shock; and provides guidelines [...]

China’s three wise men

Brian Hennessy. China Australia Consult. February, 2016 Three ancient sages who lived 2500 years ago continue to influence modern Chinese society. The are Laozi, Buddha, and Confucius. These three wise men laid the foundation for a practical Chinese philosophy – a blend of the three – which has quasi-religious overtones. If you want to understand [...]

Chinese New Year 2016: in Cairns

Brian Hennessy and Yirong Li. China Australia Consult. February, 2016 Chinese New Year: in Cairns Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival as it is known locally, is China's longest and most important festival. In 2016 it will commence on the 8th February and will continue for 15 days. According to the Chinese zodiac, this year’s [...]

What it means to be Chinese

Brian Hennessy. China Australia Consult. May/June 2015 Comment: This is one of the best summaries I have read on what it means to be Chinese in modern times. Highly recommended reading for anyone who wants to wrestle with the complexities of this ancient society. Those who hope to engage with China and its people will [...]

Culture shock in China

Brian Hennessy. China Australia Consult. DipT; BA; MEd; DipPsych. Psychologist All change is stressful, and although we may not think so at the time, culture shock is a normal reaction to change. It is not a mental illness, and with a little self-knowledge it can be managed successfully.  If we hope to adapt to life [...]

In Cairns: Mandarin or Cantonese?

Yirong Li and Brian Hennessy. China Australia Consult. February, 2015. Any effort we make to understand and appreciate mainland Chinese language and culture will be rewarded by word of mouth recommendations to visit Cairns. China has the largest internet grapevine in the world: satisfied customers will provide more free advertising than we could ever dream of [...]

On Confucius, culture, & government

Brian Hennessy. China Australia Consult. May, 2014 Although Western people have heard many jokes about Confucius, very few understand his main ideas and how important his thinking has been to Chinese culture and society. If we are serious about understanding China it is imperative that we acquaint ourselves with this ancient sage.      On [...]

Manufacturing in China: realities

Sydney Morning Herald. Business. July 28, 2014 Manufacturing in China cost Amanda Bennett her business – tips on how to avoid her fate A Chinese factory trying to increase its margins has been blamed for the collapse of Australian boot manufacturer Bennetts Boots. Once, desperate customers lined up outside Bennetts Boots stores. But it’s all [...]

On attracting Asian tourists to Oz

Brian Hennessy. China Australia Consult. 2014   David Scowsill, President and CEO of The World Travel & Tourism Council has urged the Australian Government to extend e-visas to high spending Asian travellers following a disappointing year for Travel and Tourism. This observation aligns with comments made by prominent Australians who have worried for years that [...]

Chinese tourists: knowing the unknowns

Brian Hennessy and Yirong Li. China Australia Consult. March, 2014 Although Cairns is working hard to attract tourists from mainland China, and although the Chinese owned Aquis project promises to boost the local economy and international tourism, perhaps it might be time to pause for a moment and reflect on what we don't know as [...]


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