Unfortunately, all the stereotypes taught about Chinese culture in the West and in China are really just utopian speculation about what it might have been like before the cultural slate was wiped almost clean by Mao's social experiments. Even though you might not understand their logic at first, be open to your vendors advice. Numbers 1 and 2 are fairly accurate, number 3 has absolutely nothing to do with the reality in China, numbers 4 and 5 reasonably accurate, number 6 is true with regarding marriage, but no one who has spent time in China would say that Chinese society places a high value on morals, number 7 somewhat true except most people don't make the yearly visits, number 8 again has nothing to do with the reality in China, number 9 not too far off, number 10 again, nothing to do with China. Culture shock is less overwhelming when a person prepares for it. Comparison Chart Chinese Culture Japanese Culture Usually, Chinese names are found to be monosyllabic. For instance, my wife grew up right on the Min river. Does he actually do that? Chinese women typically dress much more conservatively on a daily basis.
I have lived in China for over a year. The Chinese culture stresses more on 'keeping or saving face' than creating confrontational situations. The next sections will cover the major differences and similarities between the two cultures. They see all their business deals as legally binding contracts that will hold up in a court of law. License for publishing multimedia online Registration Number:. My hutong is lined with clothes hanging in the windows of apartments and our apartment has a sunroom dedicated to drying laundry on hangers. Humility — Humility is a revered virtue in Chinese culture.
But Chinese culture is very different. Can anyone else write a limerick that compares some aspect of China to the West? I would be much better now. This can be potentially problematic when instructions need to be followed clearly. I love the culture, and in many ways have ceased to be European - I confuse Europeans actually because I don't act quite European anymore while an old Han Chinese couple adore me because I am proper. Concern is not expressed for a meeting starting late or ending at a different time.
Waiters don't usually stop by tables to ask customers how the food is or what their weekend plans are, and strangers won't often chat while waiting for the bus. If it delays a contract, that is perfectly acceptable as long as the correct social time is allotted for. Producing overt conflicts and situations that embarrass others is considered losing face. These traditional views are changing somewhat, but they remain fairly prevalent. I live in So Calif, where there are many tens of thousands of Chinese people, so I have a lot of interaction with many Chinese recent immigrants, those who have been here for a long time, those who are descendants of immigrants, Chinese from Vietnam, etc. Trust me, things don't work that way and I witness the clash on a daily basis to the point where I am desperately education my self further so I can leave untainted, I hope.
When I was abroad, I was teased by my foreign friends many times because of this difference! Chinese elders are treated with respect and dignity as are children , while American elders are just another member of the family and are not placed on as high of a pedestal. This process is unavoidable often takes a very long time. You would be surprised to find that even when it comes to showing public affection, the Chinese are freer to do so, while the Japanese deems this gesture as rude. On the contrary, Japanese culture finds its roots in the Chinese culture, especially when it comes to the traditional one. Actually, my father-in-law scrubs each foot 100 times before bed every night, and he has a full head of black hair and the ruddy complexion of a teenager. It remains an inexplicable anachronism. Time Sensitivity — Crossing cultures for business can be frustrating when it interferes with getting the job done.
Western cultures embrace clear and direct instructions. I realize that some might argue that using North American culture as a starting point is an attempt to simplify this writing, but I believe that any initial examination of something new is most effectively done in comparison to what one already knows. On the contrary, the Chinese system believes in team-work, care for others, patience, care for one another but I get disguested by the way China has mass produced and distributed volumes of inferior products around the globe. But despite all the cultural differences, these gaps may still be bridged through cultural awareness and mutual consideration. One more difference is the value of money; not specifically, but in the way that families choose to use what they have earned. Generally, Chinese parents are more authoritarian compared to American parents and expect their children to respect and obey, while American parents tend to see their children more as equals. While this usually works, it makes the speed even slower.
But the sweat over the computer paid off. In the United States, people tend to find satisfaction in their own accomplishments, and people tend to focus on their own aspirations. Rice is also served at the very end of a meal, if at all. In our recent time of the global recession the both sides accuse each other of their 'past and present faults'. The Chinese do not view time as an absolute but more as a suggestion. In the belief of Liang Qichao, a Chinese scholar in 1900, China is one among the four major civilizations of ancient times — the other three being India, Babylon and Egypt.
Baiju is the favorite drink of the Chinese. Learn about the specific places that you will visit when you're traveling, study local customs, and try to physically or emotionally prepare for your new environment as much as possible. Although it's important to help others, I don't think we should always look at the greater good but should always put ourselves before everyone else. A few insights from my perspective on normal Chinese people; 1. My company deals with Chinese companies everyday. And reading this piece gave me a clearer insight as to the differences between its culture and that of the west. This is because the purpose of them is to sit in the classroom to copy and memorize all the stuff that the instructor teaches them, then to paste it on the exam paper and get a good grade.