I was watching The Curse of the Golden Flower and just wonder how many Westerners appreciate and understand the complicated rules and subtle messages of these sort of shows. There are so many hidden and unsaid things that one may not catch unless one some basic understandings of the Chinese.
Though many of these shows are pure fiction, in real life some of these are still practise by the Chinese. Of course, not in the exact manner but they still do. One of the more interesting self help book I read some years back is 'Thick Face, Black Heart' by Ching, Ning Chu. I highly recommend this book to those who wish to understand how some Chinese think and operate their business.
Check it out and find out how to have a thick face and a black heart.