Southeast Again Now I am back in the Southeast, in Shenzhen, waiting for my next project to start. It is a simple enough project. Language lab servers and some teaching. I have to wait for the semester to start before I can get going. In the meantime? I am making contacts. Having dinners. Making friends. In China, thats the way it is done. I will go back North to retire when I am finished here. I own a house in Inner Mongolia, and I have a Mongolian wife. Lots of connections there.Things are better now than they were five years ago. There is still a lot of what you might call corruption, if you dont know about relationships. Red envelopes are important in places, but reputation and who you know are still king here. My advice? If you are going to try to tap into the worlds fastest-growing economy, learn about Chinese culture. Learn to speak some Chinese. Maybe even learn some Mongolian. Most important, learn to smile. Doctor John has been in China for the past six years. He has worked in a variety of IT positions worldwide and taught at Baotou Teachers College, Zhejiang University and Inner Mongolia University for Nationalities. Doctor John was born in Spain, studied for his doctorate in the United States and has worked in many places worldwide. He now lives in Guangdong Province, China. Doctor John is a pseudonym. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis on servers, switches and networking protocols for the enterprise and small businesses.