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Archive for August, 2005

A business website’s view of cross-cultural differences

Posted by thuicc on August 29, 2005

This page, from a business website, summarizes some differences between Chinese and Americans. What do you think about this list–both its content and the way in which it’s presented? We’ll discuss these issues in class this semester.

It might also be useful to take a look at the site from which this page comes: Managing Cross-Cultural Differences, to see what assumptions the authors have about culture and communication.

(link via the Musing under the Tenement Palm blog)

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Cultural differences in the American and Chinese versions of “The Apprentice”

Posted by thuicc on August 29, 2005

There’s a TV show in the U.S. called “The Apprentice“. This is a “reality” show where people compete to get a job. They work for a business executive and he observes their performance and decides who to keep in the end. The host of the show is the famous businessman Donald Trump. Trump is famous in this show for his line, “You’re fired!”, said with gusto when he fires one of the contestants. The Chinese version, according to this source, will be different.

“Chinese people give others face. To tell somebody he’s fired in such a tone, especially when this person has literally not been hired, is not the Chinese way. “I probably will say something like, ‘You will have a better opportunity somewhere else’, in a way he will get it and find the manner acceptable,” added the man nicknamed Naughty Boy for his company’s innovative designs.

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Stereotypes about American and Asian Cultures

Posted by thuicc on August 24, 2005

Michael Turton has a good post on his blog, responding to a Taipei Times article about differences in how Euro-Americans and Chinese “process visual data differently”. He exposes some of the dangers of jumping to conclusions about cultures based on a particular kind of study. We’ll read this in class at some point, so check it out!

Update: There’s also a discussion about this article on Savage Minds, an anthropology blog.

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Online radio show about Chinese- and Taiwanese-Americans

Posted by thuicc on August 16, 2005

Here is an online news segment, from an American public radio show called All Things Considered, about how Chinese-Americans and Taiwanese-Americans talk about (or don’t talk about) Taiwan’s political status. Take a listen. We’ll talk about it in class when we get a chance.

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