Imagine:

It’s 10 p.m. The important meeting has just started. It is held in one of the big meeting rooms of the host team. Each of your team member is invited to sink into the row of  overstuffed armchairs that lined one side of a long table. On the other side of the table facing your team are seated the members from the other team. If you need to consult one of your members, in private, on one discussion point, you would have to struggle out of the overstuffed armchair and walk down the entire row of armchairs (happens that both of you are sitting at the opposite ends). As if the interruption is not awkward enough, click-click sounds break out as your heels tapped hurriedly on the bare floor. Read more about the disconcerting practice of the Chinese.

The Chinese and Their Love of Armchairs
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