Lessons From China

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Lessons from China:
A Westerner’s Cultural Education

Lessons From China, by Beau Sides

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As more westerners travel to China for business, leisure, and humanitarian service, learning cultural norms becomes necessary and indispensable for social and economic survival and immersion. Lessons from China is a fun, easy-to-read story that provides unique insights to current Chinese culture, business and personal etiquette, and economic development. This fictional travelogue is also delicately sprinkled with bits of historical background.

First-time author, Beau Sides, has served as an English language instructor on numerous teaching tours in China’s business and language schools, including a university. His frequent travels to the Middle Kingdom have ensured the relevancy of his writing. Readers will appreciate the accuracy and the detail of Lessons from China and how it reflects China as it is today.  China enthusiasts, Teachers of English as a Second Language (TESL), domestic teachers and students, business travelers, leisure travelers, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and sending organizations will love Lessons from China.

Lessons from China is the story of Jan Cross: Recent college graduate. Friendly. Caring. Resourceful. Control freak. To change her ultra-independent ways that stem from her own abuse as an orphan, Jan throws herself into an environment that will force her to depend on others—in a small city in China― as a university English teacher. As a first-time international traveler, she fails to anticipate cultural differences between the United States and China, getting herself an on-the-job cultural education—but not before jeopardizing her position by accidentally challenging the university with her western ideology and relentless pursuit of helping students.

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