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Chinese cultural orientation: collectivism

Chinese cultural orientation: collectivism

Chinese cultural orientations You can recognize the cultural Chinese values even from poster and billboards. In an advert (no idea of what) my attention has been drawn by a sentence of „No skills, no dreams” (see photo). When I would formulate a sentence about a dream, it would be like this „When You have dreams, You can achieve them” or „Dreams are seeds of achievements”, just in an opposite way to this on the advert. A different way of thinking determines a different ways of acting. In order to understand the people’s behaviors, it is worth to know and understand the way the people from the given culture are thinking. Collectivism versus Individualism Another example of different way of thinking and behaving is a sentence on the billboard (see photo) as follow: „Love is work together. Love is never let go”. In Poland such a sentence would probably sound like „Love is a romance, love is an affection” as Polish people are very affective and emotional. In China, with collective orientation, where a wellbeing and a harmony of the group not the individuals is valued, such sentence is an exemplification of this cultural orientation. In Yangshuo I have spotted another billboard with a motto „Fire attached you and me, peace and happinness depend on all” being an example of such collectivism orientation and harmony. The different role of a group and an individual person in society reflect the notion of Individualism and Collectivism worked out by Geert Hofstede. Due to him „the fundamental issue addressed by this dimension is the degree of interdependence a society maintains among its members. It has to do with whether people´s self-image is defined in terms of “I” or “We” (from www.geert-hofstede.com). In Individualist societies people are supposed to look after themselves and their direct family only. In Collectivist societies people belong to ‘in groups’ that take care of them in exchange for loyalty. With a score of 20 of Individualism (IDV) China is a highly collectivist culture where people act in the interests of the group and not necessarily of themselves. Poland with IDS of 60 (in scale of 100) is quite in the middle, with much higher individualistic attitude than China, but...

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China „Time is time, money are money”– with this sentence a speaker at the Expo China Poland 2012 has ended her presentation on the differences in approach to business in China. China is the second large economy in the world, so it is worth to take closer look to the ways of communications and building relations with Chine from perspective of Polish culture. To understand another culture you should be are of the differences and commonalities between your culture and this of counterpart. Only when you are aware of differences and you know what is the background of them you can understand the behaviour of another person and respect them. When you know what have you common with another person, you can easy build on these commonalities the relations. The differences are huge, this visible, which you can recognise at first glimpse and these invisible –in values, beliefs which are shown off in behaviour. Knowing the differences you can start understanding Chinese culture. China New Year New Year –in January, different date in every year Be aware of this when planning business trip and sending New Year greetings Poland New Year Always on 1st January China Chinese sign of Zodiac – all represents animals Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig, Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep   Poland Sign of Zodiac – represents people and animal Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces.  China Cuisine A lot of rice, noodles, no milk products, no potatoes, no bread, a lot of spices (hot).  Poland A lof of bread, potatoes, Polish spices used are mild, no eating of snakes. China Alphabet Chinese characters are logograms. In Chinese orthography, the characters are largely morph syllabic, each corresponding to a spoken syllable with a distinct meaning. However, the majority of Chinese words today consist of two or more character (會意字, huìyìzì). Examples: „Woman and child” 好   – good „Woman under the roof” 安 – peace, harmony, quiet „Pig under the roof” 家  – home, family „Field and heart” 思  – thought thinking; „Field and plough” 男  – man source: Wikipedia New characters are still invented, the alphabet is living. They write top down. This system of Chinese characters...

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