The U.S. is injecting a good $US1.25 million into a new "virtual training ground" for American diplomats who plan on working in China called "The Second China Project." It's a pretend city in Linden Lab's Second Life that purportedly will help almost-expatriots get used to the environment in the world's most populous nation. While some of the training activities sound useful (for instance, what to give as a gift, how to seat guests), as someone who's lived in this country for years, I can tell you there are things that diplomats should get ready for that the virtual world doesn't even seem to touch on.
Things Virtual Reality China Will Not Prep You For (And What You Can Do Instead)
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