We continue our series on China’s 55 ethnic minority groups. This month features the Tibetan ethnic minority.

By Linda Mealey-Lohmann, Esq.
 
The next time you have a personal dispute with a family member, friend, or neighbor, or a legal dispute involving businesses, be aware that there are alternatives to going to court and filing a lawsuit.  You could try mediation (not to be confused with meditation!). Mediation is a time-honored process used in both China and the United States to resolve disputes between the parties, rather than resorting to physical force or suing in court and having a judge decide who "wins."  Whether it is a dispute between angry neighbors, divorcing parents, employee and employer, or two businesses, the mediation process uses a mediator, a neutral third-party, who meets with the disputing parties, listens to them and helps them talk to each other, and works with them to find a solution to which both parties can agree.

A Chinese character (hànzì) is a logogram used in writing Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and formerly Vietnamese. Its possible precursors appeared as early as 8,000 years ago, and a complete writing system in Chinese characters was developed 3,500 years ago in China, making it perhaps the oldest surviving writing system.

Most of us have heard the old saying, "When in Rome, do as the Romans do." Thus, if you are planning to do business in China, it would be to your benefit to learn the proper protocol of the country. The following are a few pointers and tips that you might incorporate into your business strategy.

We continue our series on China’s 55 ethnic minority groups. This month features the Tatar, and Tu ethnic minorities.

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