About the Book

Today, many American families are facing the economic fallout of the financial crises, difficulties in attaining quality education, and financial insecurity for their future. To prevail in this tough environment, wisdom from other successful cultures may be just what families need to broaden their worldview and provide fresh ideas to meet these challenges.

The Chinese Secrets for Success is the first book that reveals the untold secrets behind the rise of China and the success of Asian Americans—“the highest-income, best-educated, and fastest-growing racial group in the US,” according to the Pew Research Center.

Based on his bicultural living experience, YuKong Zhao shares an “inside view” on how Chinese/Asian Americans successfully raise their children, manage their money and pursue rewarding careers by applying the following five Confucian values on motivation, education, money management, family and friendship:

  1. Li-zhi: While less successful families just let children follow their interests and pop-culture influences which often limit their future, Confucianism-influenced families encourage children to have big and practical dreams to expand their future.
  2. Qin-xue: While less successful families indulge their children with toys and video games, and hand over their children’s education to public schools, Confucianism-influenced families demand and actively support their children to pursue an excellent education.
  3. Jie-jian: While less successful families borrow to spend, giving away a large portion of their income to Wall Street bankers, Confucianism-influenced families save for rainy days, retirements and investment, wisely building their financial security.
  4. Gu-jia: While less successful families simply maintain the family, letting everybody feel good and “be yourself,” Confucianism-influenced families manage the family, demanding healthy behaviors and “be better.”
  5. Ze-you: While less successful families mingle with friends who may ruin their lives, Confucianism-influenced families set high moral standards and select friends who can benefit their lives.

Kirkus Reviews says, His approach is practical, straightforward, and well researched.”

MidWest Book Review says, “Deftly written, superbly organized and presented, ‘The Chinese Secrets for Success’ is as informed and informative, as it is thoughtful, and thought-provoking, making it very highly recommended for personal and community library self-help and self-improvement collections. A unique and seminal work, ‘The Chinese Secrets for Success’ is also available in a Kindle edition.”