91 episodes

China Myth Podcast is a self-produced immersion experience of my journey through the fascinating and misunderstood dilemmas of Chinese business culture - a reaction, a behavior, even a suggestion - and asks whether I could have achieved a better outcome with a different attitude, mindset, and approach. Because sometimes, learning how to listen is a lost art of communication.

China Myth Podcast Gene Hsu

    • Business
    • 3.0 • 20 Ratings

China Myth Podcast is a self-produced immersion experience of my journey through the fascinating and misunderstood dilemmas of Chinese business culture - a reaction, a behavior, even a suggestion - and asks whether I could have achieved a better outcome with a different attitude, mindset, and approach. Because sometimes, learning how to listen is a lost art of communication.

    Invaluable Lessons from the Peng Shuai Saga #WhereIsPengShuai

    Invaluable Lessons from the Peng Shuai Saga #WhereIsPengShuai

    There is a "literal truth" and a "relative truth " with ALL THINGS CHINA. 
    Literally, NO ONE precisely knows what happened except Peng Shuai and her accused, Zhang Gaoli. 
    That said, you probably want to know what happened in "absolute terms" relative to Western values and the #METOO movement.
    However, it is also valuable to examine situations like these in the proper cultural context, as a means to attain a more desirable outcome.
    Read the blog https://www.genejhsu.com/blog/pengshuai

    • 8 min
    China Myth Podcast finale Meetup event Reverse Q&A replay (S1F)

    China Myth Podcast finale Meetup event Reverse Q&A replay (S1F)

    Replay of our Zoom Meetup on September 28, 2021 to celebrate the end of Season 1 of the China Myth Podcast -- 10 episodes to help you learn HOW Chinese people think, WHY they behave the way they do, and WHAT you can do to influence their behavior in a positive way.
    What Chinese cultural concepts build our foundation for playing and winning the China game, in other words, create new communication patterns and better outcomes?
    Reverse Q&A #1 -- How do you prevent, stop, or deal with circular conversations in China? 不要 (bùyào) don’t let them 恶性循环 (èxìngxúnhuán) “Enter a vicious cycle or spiral out-of-control.”


    Six ways to play and win the China game in the Chinese arena:
     
    Step #1 - China Myth Podcast (Listen on your favorite podcast)
    https://chinamyth.buzzsprout.com
    Step #2 - DOWNLOAD CHINA MYTH PODCAST LISTENER'S GUIDE
    https://www.genejhsu.com/chinamythpodcast-cheatsheet
    Step #3 - The Chinese Honeymoon Period (Read each episode on kindle vella)
    https://www.amazon.com/The-Chinese-Honeymoon-Period/dp/B09756P11G/ 
    Step #4 - YouTube Live + YouTube Shorts
    https://www.youtube.com/c/GeneHsu
    Step #5 - China Myth Dilemma & Breakthru Challenge Workbook (free download)
    https://www.genejhsu.com/chinamyth
    Step #6 - RSVP for One China Business Forum Meetup event
    https://www.meetup.com/One-China-Orange-County/
    https://www.meetup.com/One-China-Shanghai/

    • 19 min
    Chinese Offramp for Preserving Face (S1E10)

    Chinese Offramp for Preserving Face (S1E10)

    How can you stop those frustrating circular conversations and prevent them from spiraling out of control?
    What is the best tactic to allow your Chinese partners to preserve Face when they are wrong or make mistakes, and why is preserving Face and giving them an offramp so important for your overall success in China?
    The final episode of Season 1 reminds you of the journey ahead, from the Chinese honeymoon period, to their Liyi considerations, to how they feel when disrespected or disenfranchised.
    Winning in China always starts by gaining their TRUST, as they define it, and trusting them beyond the limits of your comfort zone.

    DOWNLOAD CHINA MYTH PODCAST LISTENER'S GUIDE
    https://www.genejhsu.com/chinamythpodcast-cheatsheet
    China Myth Podcast episodes are also published as The Chinese Honeymoon Period short stories on Kindle Vella.
    https://www.amazon.com/The-Chinese-Honeymoon-Period/dp/B09756P11G/ 

    Every Tuesday, there is a YouTube Live Recap Q&A Chinese Concept Review
    https://www.youtube.com/c/GeneHsu 

    • 11 min
    Why China is longer a land of contradictions (S1E9)

    Why China is longer a land of contradictions (S1E9)

    Why do so many seasoned China veterans say, "China is a land of contradictions?"
    This episode walks you through the major emotional influences of Chinese 心态 (xīntài), which combined with knowing someone’s Liyi (利益) calculation is a recipe for success.
    Ultimately, this is where our advantage lies in doing business in China—deploying more positive imagination and purpose-driven curiosity to 摸透对方的心态 (Mō tòu duìfāng de xīntài), which means to feel the nuances of their attitude, psyche, and mentality.


    DOWNLOAD CHINA MYTH PODCAST LISTENER'S GUIDE
    https://www.genejhsu.com/chinamythpodcast-cheatsheet
    China Myth Podcast episodes are also published as The Chinese Honeymoon Period short stories on Kindle Vella.
    https://www.amazon.com/The-Chinese-Honeymoon-Period/dp/B09756P11G/ 

    Every Tuesday, there is a YouTube Live Recap Q&A Chinese Concept Review
    https://www.youtube.com/c/GeneHsu 

    • 10 min
    When the rubber meets the road in China (S1E8)

    When the rubber meets the road in China (S1E8)

    How do you embrace another way of thinking when it is vastly different from your own?
    ANSWER = Decode their 心态 (xīntài) and reprogram your attitude
    In Chinese culture, 心态 (xīntài) goes beyond how someone thinks. It includes the state of their psyche and attitude toward how certain things make them feel based on the associated Face or Mianzi.
    A person's 心态 (xīntài) is an integral aspect of their mentality, but the tipping points that trigger an adverse reaction are largely unknown to most Westerners.


    DOWNLOAD CHINA MYTH PODCAST LISTENER'S GUIDE
    https://www.genejhsu.com/chinamythpodcast-cheatsheet
    China Myth Podcast episodes are also published as The Chinese Honeymoon Period short stories on Kindle Vella.
    https://www.amazon.com/The-Chinese-Honeymoon-Period/dp/B09756P11G/ 

    Every Tuesday, there is a YouTube Live Recap Q&A Chinese Concept Review
    https://www.youtube.com/c/GeneHsu 

    • 13 min
    Anatomy of Accidental Chinese Grievances (S1E7)

    Anatomy of Accidental Chinese Grievances (S1E7)

    In order to gain a complete picture of how Chinese feel, we need to understand the concept of 委屈 (wěiqu), which is how Chinese people feel whenever they perceive they have lost something of value.
    One of the many challenges foreigners face is A) sensing what might cause someone to feel 委屈 (wěiqu) or wronged and then B) deciding whether it is worth making an adjustment.
    Most foreigners, including myself once upon a time, feel our goals, and clearly communicating them is more important than worrying about how someone else "feels" about our positions or policies.
    So the critical question becomes, how can we accomplish both at the same time?


    DOWNLOAD CHINA MYTH PODCAST LISTENER'S GUIDE
    https://www.genejhsu.com/chinamythpodcast-cheatsheet
    China Myth Podcast episodes are also published as The Chinese Honeymoon Period short stories on Kindle Vella.
    https://www.amazon.com/The-Chinese-Honeymoon-Period/dp/B09756P11G/ 

    Every Tuesday, there is a YouTube Live Recap Q&A Chinese Concept Review
    https://www.youtube.com/c/GeneHsu 

    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

3.0 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

Njoy W ,

Solid Gold

I’ve lived in China for 10 years and I STILL discovered so many amazing insights. Gene’s podcast is no-frills and no nonsense. The content is delivered in such a factual, digestible way that every minute spent listening is 100% worth it. Thank you, Gene! You are the magical door for all of us laowais. :)

Alice Hsu 1 ,

The content is very beneficial

The content is very good.

SA / EH ,

Unique podcast series

Gene has a unique insight into doing business in China. His podcast series gives the listener a multi-dimensional experience of cross cultural performance from a variety of perspectives. Highly recommended.

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