The book that i have been reading is called, Chinese Etiquette and Ethics in business. This book provides an analysis of moreal and values that shape the Chines business personality. Some of the topics covered include a historical perspective, living in a beehive society, working in a beehive society, rules/guidelines, and eating and drinking etiquette. I would like to focus on what i have thought to be the more interesting topeics of eating and drinking etiqutte. The first topic i found interesting was the Yin/Yang Principle, the chinese beilieve that everything in the universe is either positive or negative, wet or dry, cold or hot and so on. Foods that would be considered Yin foods are thin, bland, cooling, and low in calories. Foods considered to be yang foods are rich, spicy, warming, and high in calories. Also boiling foods makes them yin and deep frying makes them yang. Another note on the yin or yang principle is that is appled to individuals as well there are three types of people positive, negative, and nervous. The second tope is the ways of Chinese cooking. The special character of their food derives from the manner of preparation, the methods of cooking, the timing, the sauces used, and of course the ingredients. One of the first principle is a large share of chinese cooking is to chop, mince, crush, shred, grind, score, dice, or slice all indgredients in to paper thin pieces. Next food should be cooked quickly over a very hot fire. The third principle is that a a wide variety of spices and other taste enhancers such as sesame, oyster juice, and soy are used. The last two things i found interesting were the styles of eating and seeting etiquette. There are generally two styles of Chinese meals which are family style and banquet style. Family style everyone helps thereself from a number of communal dishes and this is follewed in both homes and resturants. Banquet style dining most often occurs in resturants, usually involving quests, is more formal, and typically takes place in a private room. What is served at banquet meals varies according to the nature of the event. Seating arrangements are very important at meetings with Chinese. The chief quest is always seated at the head of the room, facing the door, and the host with there back to the door. Other guests are seated to the left and right of the chief guest in a descending order of their rank or importance. This helps give the host a direct view of the main guest and only a slight view of least important people who are seating on the ends. Reading this book i feel has helped gain some insight on how it might possibly be like in China. It provided basic information on a varitey of topics which was very beneficial. I also thought it was an easy ready and will ultimately help me when im in China.