A Blessing in Disguise
bodaweiJune 25, 2010, 06:09 AM
I think this story tells us something about contemporary Chinese culture - eg.
The future is un-knowable. It follows that contracting in China is a different experience to contracting in the West. Contracts can be 'reviewed' because who knows how circumstances might change.
Also, because the future is un-knowable, Chinese peope are unwilling to 'burn their bridges' to any great extent. They allow some seemingly unjust events to pass them by without protest, because who knows what might happen in the future? They are unwilling to get angry at someone who has offended them in some circumstances because, who knows, they may need their friendship in the future.
For what it is worth - I realise that some other behaviours in China contradict these observations, but maybe this is because we are missing the long-term view.