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“…the values that are most important in the West are least important worldwide.”Harry C. Triandis, the New York Times, as quoted by Samuel Huntington. 1993. “The Clash of Civilizations.” Foreign Affairs Vol. 72, No. 3. p. 41

culture who are we who am i
Culture: Who are we? Who am I?
  • Who is an American?
  • What does it mean to be American?
  • Who is Chinese?
  • What does it mean to be Chinese?
how culture shapes us
How Culture Shapes Us
  • EXPLICIT TRANSMISSIONS: those behaviors which are spoken (e.g. “stick to your own kind, “family first”, wearing of colors, use of language)
  • TACIT TRANSMISSIONS: those behaviors which are hidden or unspoken and at times, unknown (e.g. communication patterns, ordering at a restaurant)






teaching culture
Teaching Culture
  • Culture and Language
  • Culture in language
deciding what to teach
Deciding What To Teach
  • How do we choose what are our students need to know? What do they need to be able to do?
  • What is most important? Least important?
  • In what order should we teach these objectives?
  • How will we know when our students have ‘arrived’?
start with the eyes
Start With The Eyes?
  • Becoming an observer
  • Analyzing, understanding, and validating
start with the eyes11
Start With The Eyes?
  • Same form, different meaning
  • Different form, same meaning
  • Same form, same meaning: different distribution
practices chinese and us
Practices: Chinese and US
  • Greetings
  • Names
  • Smiling and joking
  • Touching
  • Meal customs
  • Celebrations
practices gifts
Practices: Gifts
  • When do we give gifts?
  • To whom?
  • What’s an appropriate gift?
  • What do you do when you receive a gift?
what s a perspective
What’s a perspective?
  • Value, attitude or belief
  • Sacred norm—a given, so deeply ingrained that we take it for granted as the ‘natural order of things’
  • A lens or filter
language culture and perspectives
Language, Culture, and Perspectives
  • Home
  • Friend
  • Work/Leisure
  • Thank you
giving compliments
Giving Compliments
  • What’s a compliment?
  • Who gives compliments to whom?
  • What is an appropriate response?
public and private emotions
Public and Private Emotions

Where or when is it ok to display the emotions below?

anger, happiness, grief, fear, disgust, surprise, disappointment

cultural perspectives school and workplace

Independent work

Individual effort personal success


Focus on group goals

Work in groups or teams

Attribute success to the group

Avoid confrontation

Use indirect forms of commands/requests

Cultural Perspectives:School and Workplace