What are the cultural differences compared to Germany?
As an experienced globe trotter, I was prepared for the cultural differences. But that doesn’t mean nothing surprised me. The surprises were not obvious things, but hidden in the detail. For example, communication: in Germany, we communicate in a very direct way, while the Chinese tend to express themselves in an indirect way to maintain their friendships. In the working world, tact is often needed to obtain information. The Chinese also value family cohesion across multiple generations. And in restaurants – unlike in Germany, where each person orders an individual dish, people order many different dishes that are shared and eaten by everyone together.
You seem to be enjoying your time in China. Are you looking forward to returning to Germany?
Of course! My time in China will always be a very special memory to me and I will miss many of my colleagues. But my roots are in Germany and I’m looking forward to being home.