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Cultural Shock China - Hanne Chen -. Manuel Simon Asian Studies in Business & Economics, 12 th June 2006. Agenda. Introduction Cultural frame: world outlook, history, language Chinese everyday life 4.Position of foreigners in the Chinese culture group Conclusion. 1. Introduction.

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Cultural shock china hanne chen

Cultural Shock China- Hanne Chen -

Manuel Simon

Asian Studies in Business & Economics, 12th June 2006


Agenda

Agenda

  • Introduction

  • Cultural frame: world outlook, history, language

  • Chinese everyday life

    4.Position of foreigners in the Chinese culture group

  • Conclusion


1 introduction

1. Introduction


1 introduction1

1. Introduction

  • Introduction

  • Cultural frame

  • Chinese everyday life

  • Chinese culture group

  • Conclusion

  • Hanne Chen was born in Duisburg in 1961.

  • She studied Sinology and German language and literature studies and lived for four and a half years in China and Taiwan.

  • Meanwhile she lives as a free author with her husband and two children next to Cambridge in England.


2 cultural frame

2. Cultural Frame


2 cultural frame1

2. Cultural Frame

2.1 Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism

2.2 Calendar and celebrations

2.3 History of the People‘s Republic China


2 1 confucian ideology taoism and buddhism

2.1 Confucian ideology, Taoism and Buddhism

China is characterised by three very different philosophies.

  • Introduction

  • Cultural frame

  • Chinese everyday life

  • Chinese culture group

  • Conclusion

  • Confucianism

  • Classification of

  • people

  • Family structure

  • Connections

  • Buddhism

  • youngest Chinese

  • religion

  • Mortality of human

  • beings

  • Taoism

  • Counterpart to the

  • Confucianism

  • Egoism of the

  • individual


2 cultural frame2

2. Cultural Frame

2.1 Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism

2.2 Calendar and celebrations

2.3 History of the People‘s Republic China


2 2 calendar and celebrations

2.2 Calendar and Celebrations

  • The moon calendar is besides the Gregorian calendar still in use.

  • One year has twelve moon months, but in periodic intervals years with thirteen months have to be inserted.

  • The Chinese public holidays are determined by the moon respectively old farmer calendar.

  • Most important celebration is the New Year’s Day or spring celebration (chunijie) which takes place on the first new moon after the 29th January.

  • Introduction

  • Cultural frame

  • Chinese everyday life

  • Chinese culture group

  • Conclusion


2 cultural frame3

2. Cultural Frame

2.1 Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism

2.2 Calendar and celebrations

2.3 History of the People‘s Republic China


2 3 history of the people s republic china

2.3 History of the People’s Republic China

  • Sun Yatsen proclaimed the Chinese Republic on January 1911.

  • China faced its most impressive time during the era “Mao Zedong” which began on 1st October 1949.

  • ‘The Chinese nation is risen. Nobody will ever oppress it’(p. 44).

  • Crucial event of the Mao era was the Cultural Revolution and the smashing of the “Four Old”: old ideas, old manner and customs, and old culture.

  • After Mao’s death (1976) China’s political and economic success started.

  • Introduction

  • Cultural frame

  • Chinese everyday life

  • Chinese culture group

  • Conclusion


3 chinese everyday life

3. Chinese everyday life


3 chinese everyday life1

3. Chinese everyday life

3.1 Politeness

3.2 Connections

3.3 Food


3 1 politeness

3.1 Politeness

  • Politeness is consideration for the face of the others.

  • Every situation in liferequires a lot of empathy. One relies on that the person opposite assesses the situation in the right way.

  • The art of suggesting something belongs to the polite Chinese speech.

  • One indirect and polite style is also the so called “spiral speaking”.

  • Discretion at being right andmodesty characterise the noble Chinese behaviour. Also the body language is quieter and more restrained.

  • Introduction

  • Cultural frame

  • Chinese everyday life

  • Chinese culture group

  • Conclusion


3 chinese everyday life2

3. Chinese everyday life

3.1 Politeness

3.2 Connections

3.3 Food


3 2 connections

3.2 Connections

  • Guanxi are the connections.

  • There are also laws, but these only count for those which do not have connections.

  • ‘The law is a piece of paper, you can tear it up and throw it away’(p. 117).

  • The cultivation of connections is vital and guarantees a maximum of safety.

  • However, connections do not only enrich human relations they also complicate them. Moreover, Guanxi is very expensive.

  • Introduction

  • Cultural frame

  • Chinese everyday life

  • Chinese culture group

  • Conclusion


3 chinese everyday life3

3. Chinese everyday life

3.1 Politeness

3.2 Connections

3.3 Food


3 3 food

3.3 Food

  • ‘How eats, is a king’ (p. 172).

  • Chinese has a very oral imagery.

  • Eating can become the main theme during a conversation.

  • The Chinese kitchen is very creative. Animals‘ life in this culture is hard.

  • Eating represents social life and consumption, and consumption is prestige. Thus, one gladly invites friends, business partners and relatives for diner.

  • Introduction

  • Cultural frame

  • Chinese everyday life

  • Chinese culture group

  • Conclusion


4 position of foreigners in the chinese culture group

4. Position of foreigners in the Chinese culture group


4 position of foreigners in the chinese culture group1

4. Position of foreigners in the Chinese culture group

4.1 Between resentments and hospitality

4.2 „Chinese right!“ – what foreigners should take into account


4 1 between resentments and hospitality

4.1 Between resentments and hospitality

  • Introduction

  • Cultural frame

  • Chinese everyday life

  • Chinese culture group

  • Conclusion

„The culture of the Western people consists of sex, drugs and aids. All Germans lie naked in parks in the summer. German men have a beer belly and look if they are pregnant in the seventh month” (p. 200).


4 1 between resentments and hospitality1

4.1 Between resentments and hospitality

  • Foreigners often face resistance and hostility. This can be explained by China’s decades of shielding and insidious policy on foreigners.

  • The outstanding consciousness of one’s own exclusiveness influences the social intercourse with foreigners.

  • ‘You will never understand us because you are foreigners’(p. 212).

  • Protective instinct or compassionate ignorance are the determinants of readiness to help.

  • Introduction

  • Cultural frame

  • Chinese everyday life

  • Chinese culture group

  • Conclusion


4 position of foreigners in the chinese culture group2

4. Position of foreigners in the Chinese culture group

4.1 Between resentments and hospitality

4.2 „Chinese right!“ – what foreigners should take into account


4 2 chinese right

4.2 „Chinese right!“

  • Generally appear groom, men with beards are not really welcome!

  • Never put the chopsticks crossed own your bowl! This is an omen for quarrel!

  • Do not shack hands if greeting someone!

  • If you are in a bad mood or have problems keep them by yourself!

  • Understate your own abilities!

  • If you are praised, refuse it politely!

  • Consideration for the face of the others!

  • Avoid irony!

  • Introduction

  • Cultural frame

  • Chinese everyday life

  • Chinese culture group

  • Conclusion


5 conclusion

5. Conclusion


5 conclusion1

5. Conclusion

  • In the first part of her bookthe author fascinates the reader with her terse and amusing style of writing.

  • The second part connects the pleasure of reading the author’s bookwith information very charmingly. It is the friendly and critical, but never cynical demonstration of small things.

  • Hanne Chen encourages the readerby much background information and amusing stories to reflect his own behaviour in different situations in life;this can especially observed in the third part.

  • Introduction

  • Cultural frame

  • Chinese everyday life

  • Chinese culture group

  • Conclusion


5 conclusion2

5. Conclusion

  • This book will not take the reader the cultural shock.Nevertheless, Hanne Chen prepares the reader for the foreign culture by her huge historic and social background information.

  • An excellent book which gets the reader in the proper mood for Chinaand prepares him very well.

  • Introduction

  • Cultural frame

  • Chinese everyday life

  • Chinese culture group

  • Conclusion


Cultural shock china hanne chen

Thank you very much

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