The lecture today was about Human Resources, which I could relate to a lot of topics, since I have taken Human Resource Management course prior to this lecture. We learned about the human resource practices and how expatriates work in China. I found it very interesting that foreigners working in other countries try to forget their ways of their own culture and adapt to the Chinese style of human resource management.
I have also learned that the conditions of work in China aren't quite the way that you may think of from the United States. We learned about how turnover is quite popular in Chinese businesses, as the working conditions and the amount of money earned may dissatisfy employees, leading them to physical and physiological trauma. It has definitely made me realize how the U.S. has more opportunities to work and keep turnover lower by implementing practices that keep employees moral up.
After the lecture, we got the opportunity to play some sports with some of the students, although I could not handle the heat. The competitive culture is very different, as the students play for fun, and not to win. I was having fun with this style, but I still have the urge to try and break their ankles, but my brain had to adjust otherwise. I believe it is about being able to have fun, and improve your state of mind around others playing around you. Although this style is more fun and relaxed, I want to see the students full potential while playing sports, instead of not playing defense or not "trying" at less then 100%. Now it is time to hang out with the foreigners at Helen's Bar. Hope to listen to some interesting stories and learn more about the Chinese culture through their words, while learning about themselves as individuals and seeing how far they have come from to adjust and embrace the Chinese culture. Danny Yip, out.