Today was pretty lax. We only had one class about HR, then we had free time for the rest of the day.
We learned about HR practices and how expatriates work in China. I found it interesting that expatriates generally forgo the ways of their native country and generally adopt the Chinese ways with a small twist to fit their management style. I suppose it is easier to change the manager than it is to change all the workers.
We also learned that working conditions in China aren't nearly as pampered as the US. It makes me respect the opportunities that are given to us as US citizens.
Culture once again shocked me as we spent the majority of the day playing sports. Today I spent two hours playing basketball, then another two hours playing ping--pong and badminton. While in the US we strive to compete to be better, even during practice, it is very different here. For the Chinese culture, it is more about having fun doing what you're doing. It isn't really about winning, as it is about self-improvement and having fun while doing so.
I think that if we adopted this in the US it would be much more peaceful and friendly.
Unfortunately, I didn't get any pictures today, sorry =(.