China and Chinese culture

Expat training

For expats going to China or dealing with Chinese: knowledge of the country and its culture is crucial for happiness and success.


Workshops and lectures, online or live, for various target groups and on various China and Chinese culture related subjects.

Chinees Cultuurplein

Gwendolyn is editor, organizer and contributor of the knowledge website for higher education on China and Chinese culture


In July 2019 Gwendolyn was part of a group of educational experts who gave workshops to 80 Chinese high school, primary school and kindergarten principals at Putuo, Shanghai. She gave interactive workshops on:

Cross-Cultural Communication

‘Chinese and Western Culture, in Perspective’

Awareness is created of the philosophical and historic roots of both cultures, their differences and similarities defined and key values highlighted. Role-play is used to experience the other culture. With humour and respect, appreciation and understanding is created, which will enhance cooperation. Target group: Chinese and western people who need to work together.

‘Understanding the Dutch Mindset’

The Dutch DNA explained, Holland in a nutshell, typical Dutch characteristics, do’s and don’ts in the Netherlands, from a Chinese perspective. Target group: Chinese who work together with Dutch, either in the Netherlands or from China. Both workshops can be adapted to the target group (expats, students, business people) and to the time available: from one day to an hour, online or live.


Some comments

"The cultural training we received from Gwendolyn before we left for our China assignment was an excellent introduction to this new and really different world. In a brief period we gained many insights in Chinese history, rules of conduct and the way of doing business that have helped us a lot to make a good start there"
Ian ter Haar
General Manager Vopak Shanghai
“The way she explained the notion of culture was the best I heard since studying here in the Netherlands. I was also impressed by how unique and deep insights she has about Chinese history, philosophy, education and upbringing in China.”
Xiao Ying
Student at NHL Stenden
"In the Minor International Business we focus on the BRIC countries. The one-day workshop 'Communicating the Chinese Way' gives insight into China and the students are provided with the tools to be able to do business in China. Gwendolyn certainly knows how to captivate the students of NHL University of Applied Sciences "
Gerben Dijkstra
NHL Stenden

Worked with:


Bridging Cultures


Bridging Cultures