Why the dearth of information? Probably because it’s super complicated. There are a few fairly universal Chinese social norms for areas like gift giving, respect for elders and the like, but the water gets murkier if you go any further. Etiquette can be practiced differently within a family environment, a Chinese community and in broader American society. Norms can change through marriage, the passing of generations and schooling.

Does your head hurt yet? Don’t worry. Read on through the articles below and we’ll figure this out together.