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China

China

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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Multicultural awareness and sport event. Which benefits bring international sport’s events?

Multicultural awareness and sport event. Which benefits bring international sport’s events?

We are living in more global and multicultural environment. This is the case even for the countries which are not very multicultural in population like for example Poland or countries which are not open for traveling and migration. But we are all connected with the world and other cultures via TV and Internet, and this situation requires from us more intercultural competencies. I like the definition of intercultural competencies of Jane M. Bennett as follows: “Intercultural competence; a set of cognitive, affective and behavioural skills and characteristics that support effective and appropriate interaction in a variety of cultural contexts.”  How UEFA Euro 2012 Championship has boosted intercultural competencies of Polish people? Some people might have reasoning the aim of such costly events, especially in time of crises. This question was also raised in Poland, the media have asked before and after the EURO 2012 for the benefits of the event. Most of people have founded that organizing the Euro 2012 was a good idea. This information was wildly spread, but very rare you could read WHY people find organizing Euro 2012 as beneficial for Poland.  For me the list of them is quite large. Most of the people have quoted that the new stadiums, especially that in Warsaw, called by many foreign journalists the most beautiful stadium in Europe and the new highways are the biggest benefits. Many journalist has proclaimed that Poland did a civilization step forward. I agree with this claim, but I think that the most valuable benefit of Euro 2012 we did,, was in regards to social multicultural awareness of Poles. We have gained thousands of volunteers working with foreign visitors who have experienced different culture, we have gained outlook how the fans of different nationalities behave and we have experienced that people can unite on something higher than the score of the match and their sympathy to a national football team. We have learned that people can unite on common value – friendship and joy of being together. It was really heart-warming to see how the fans from the country, which has lost the match, celebrate together with fans of the country, which has won.  People on the streets and the cafes have found...

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