Saturday, December 22, 2012

Chinese Family Day

In the adventure here in China my newly formed company, AVIAGE SYSTEMS, has been created and its identity is forming.  It is a joint venture between two massive companies GE and AVIC.  This is a topic for another entry someday.  

Bonds between people are stronger than most anything else here.  They talk about the importance of relationships and how it makes everything easier if you have guanxi with others.  Guanxi is the 'connections' that you have to people here that allow you to bypass the normal methods of getting something done.  We have the same in the USA - a popular is finding a job through your 'network' of business colleagues.  You don't have guanxi until you have trust between the two parties.  This can take a long time but once it's there it is quite strong.

Family is very important in China and there is very little distinction between family and work.  This can be good and bad.  The good part is that the companies have more family events than I've seen in the USA.  Earlier in December they organized an outing at a local theatre to show the Chinese acrobats.  

Crazy flexible and strong!

Juggler with 7-8 balls at a time.

This was a see-saw that launched people up on top of the
others.  This was about 50 feet in the air and the child
did a couple of flips before landing in that chair!
Before the show there was games, food and socializing.  The theme was angry birds and the goal was to do 5 different stations.  At each station was a game or puzzle that had to be completed to earn a different color angry bird.  Well, the kids earned there 5 birds (after about an hour) and after the show they one the largest prize ---- a Large Airplane Lego set!  
Lego City Airplane prize won by 5 birds!  It was a great day.

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