Oh, Snap! (kutsuwamushi) wrote in little_details,
Oh, Snap!

Chinese cultural differences

I'm working on an urban fantasy story set on an imaginary island republic off of the southern coast of China. About 70% of the population is Chinese in origin, so there's a lot of cultural overlap. The main character isn't Chinese, but several of the supporting characters are.

I'm looking for good websites that explain cultural differences--perhaps websites aimed at exchange students and business travelers. I'm particularly looking for info on things that would effect every day life, like how you treat strangers on the train and how you treat customers. And info that would stand out to a Westerner (particularly a Russian) or potentially cause misunderstanding (for example, differing attitudes towards eye contact).

Or, do you have any pet peeves when it comes to representing Chinese culture? Any common mistakes you see, besides the run-of-the-mill mystic grandpa stereotype?

I'll probably hunt down someone who's Chinese or at least knows a lot about China to beta-read, but I'd rather not make mistakes in the first place.

P.S. I love you guys. You're so helpful.

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