Now about Chinese literature
Yes, let's talk about food.
Did you know food is the national sport of China? No, not really. It's probably soccer but the men's team blows.
So it's one thing to talk about sports because Chinese people love to hear you talk about Yao Ming, but it's another to relate to Chinese people where you can break the ice. Talking about food is a great way to do this. When I grew up, people literally greated with one another with "did you eat yet?"
There are four main famous literary works (四大名著) in traditional Chinese culture: The Dream of the Red Chamber (红楼梦), Romance of the Three Kingdoms (三国演义), Water Margin (水浒传), and Journey to the West (西游记).
If you knew the impact each peice of work has had on the Chinese people, you can relate.
The American business environment is every more regulated.
Doing business in America doesn't mean you have to play politics the same way as you do in China. America is a much more public driven politics so you have to make peace with the power in its people.
Most Chinese businesses do not think about cultural compentance when they come to America. This is a mistake. You should have a strong community building campaign and get to know the people you are work with. The people ultimatly influence politics, so if you want to be successful you have to be willing to make friends.