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Sometimes Westerners Beat around the Bush – Su Dai

Nov 11 • ClarkMorgan Insights, Cross Cultural Insights, Su Dai Insights, Trainer Insights • 5311 Views • 1 Comment on Sometimes Westerners Beat around the Bush – Su Dai

WESTERNERS MIGHT BE WELL KNOWN for being direct in normal circumstances, but often they can become more indirect than Chinese, particularly when providing negative or sensitive news.  So says Su Dai, author of China: Perspectives of a Transplanted Mango. In this Insight video, Su Dai highlights one experience of indirect language experienced while working in the United States, and warns Chinese that Westerners aren’t always direct – sometimes they beat around the bush!

Su Dai’s work experience includes more than ten years spent in the US and Singapore. After graduating with a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Maryland, she joined ResCare as the only Chinese employee in a global organisation of 50,000 employees.


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One Response to Sometimes Westerners Beat around the Bush – Su Dai

  1. David says:

    I keep telling my Chinese colleagues not to be so black and white when it comes to communication with expatriates. I’m pleased to see that Su Dai doesn’t stereotype in this insight.

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