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Saturday, 21 April, 2018


Facts About China:
 
Chinese Characters
Fourth graders are expected to know 2,000 of the over 40,000 written Chinese characters. By the time they leave college, they will know 4,000 or 5,000 characters. Each character is learned by looking at it and memorizing it.
 

Chinese Culture








Cultural Differences - Chinese vs. Western

Cultural TopicsChineseWestern
Guanxi ("relationships")
• Personal Identity
• Getting things done
• Long/short term
• Task vs. Relationship
• Survival vs. Pleasantries

• Corporate
• Who you know
• Long
• Relationship
• Concrete help

• Individual
• systems/uniformity
• Short
• Task
• Convenience
HuggingNoYes
Same/Opposite Gender TouchingSameOpposite
Floor/ShoesDirtyclean
HandshakesPrefer notNecessary
"Personal" questions/commentsInterest"Privacy"
HumorSeriousTeasing
PoliticsIrrelevantHigh interest
Direct/Indirect AnswersRead between linesDirect
EmotionsReservedTransparent
SpittingNormalGross
Gifts/FavorsPolite, tokensManipulation
"Face"Immediate situationOverall reputation
PrivacyNo Word!Precious
"Empty—handed"Bring/carry/returnOK
"Yes/No" (No, no, no, Yes)"Face" valueFace value
EatingSocial, hospitality, loudPleasure/nutrition/quiet
DrinkingModerateNo alcohol, or drunk
View of China/WestNew FriendsPolitical enemies
PushingNormalRude
StrangersObstaclesPeople
Lines (Ques)What Lines?First come, first serve
Pecking order of seats/doorElderly/childrenWomen/men/children
Age & genderElderly/rolesYouthfulness, "equality"
ModestyTorso, gender distanceLegs, (if any)
TrafficPlay "chicken"Order
Work UnitLife's Dictator9-5 Company
Formal/InformalInformalFormal
Safety & HealthGood food, preventionClean, Clean, Clean
(in) ConsistencyFluid, patchworkConsistent, "policy"
Role of ReligionCorporate, functionalPrivate, spiritual
English LanguageEmigrate or foreign companyAll I know
HospitalityFood, foreigners, no appointmentCome & eat, casual
MoneySave & share, (RMB)Spend! (Dollars)
Good—byesSee you offHug & "good—bye"
Religious FreedomDesignated place, time, leader;"three-self patriotic movement"Almost absolute


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