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Thursday, 22 August, 2019


Facts About China:
 
Rice
We know that the Chinese grew rice as long as 5000 BC. Archaeologists have found rice grains in farming tools and pots from that period.
 

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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