Monthly Archives: December 2014

Chinese Guest-Host Relations

In China, there is a greater emphasis on pleasing the guest than respecting the ways of the host. For example, in the West it would be rude for a guest to not ask permission to smoke inside a home, whereas … Continue reading

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Like K-Pop? Try C-pop!

We’ve all heard of K-Pop. PSY’s song “Gangam Style” made sure of that. While not as well known, China’s pop music is growing. C-pop is divided into three main subgenres: cantopop, mandopop, and hokkien pop. Cantopop is a contraction of … Continue reading

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The Music of Vietnam: Traditional Instruments

Traditional Vietnamese instruments are a diverse array of string, wind, and percussion instruments that create syncretistic music. Traditional Vietnamese music bears Chinese influences and, to a lesser extent, Korean, Mongolian, and Japanese influences. Here are some great clips of traditional … Continue reading

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