Why write a post, when you can just link to the expert:
China: Nothing is as it seems
My first year in China, the author of this particular article also gave us a seminar on Chinese culture. I will never forget the three maxims we learned:
1. Nothing is as it seems.
2. Plans can't keep up with changes.
3. If you're not confused, you're not paying attention.
Those three maxims have been helpful refreshers whenever I have become a bit too confident in this culture. Sometimes, even when I am relatively well planned out and think I know what's what, I all too quickly have to turn around and eat some humility pie. "Give us an example..." I hear my wild blogger fans typing away." Maybe next time.