More Chinese Aim to Learn Western Etiquette

Many have riches; now they want Western manners. First step: Don’t rattle the teacup
Illustration by 731

“Do you know how to stir your tea, ladies?” Two Chinese women, ages 19 and 23, are seated on a handsome sofa in a 31st-floor hotel suite in downtown Beijing with views of Ritan Park and monument-lined Chang’an Avenue. They sit demurely with their knees together, legs crossed at the ankles—not over the thighs—as instructed. Each holds a black spiral notebook in her lap. They delicately drop lumps of sugar into gold-rimmed teacups, then clank their spoons lightly on the rims.

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