Values and Cultural Assumptions in China

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Values and Cultural Assumption in China
The people in China are rich in culture just like other Asian countries. Therefore, to be involve with Chinese people in China for business, undertsanding their values and culture are very important. The first important thing to understand about Chinese is their devotion to collectivism. Chinese is trained from very early to consider himself as a dependent segment of a group, which is also called totalitarianism. It is helpful to think of the notion of family in China as a template applied to many networks of relationships that hold the society together. In the Chinese business context, the notion of family is about more than the emotional support and ties of a nuclear family. Family members, for
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Take note on some nonverbal communication includes facial expression, tones of voice, gestures, and eye contact. It plays an important role in our daily life; sometimes it is even more powerful than the verbal interaction. Different gestures have different meanings. Different nationalities have specific gestures and emotions. However, due to the different background and culture, even the same gesture and emotion has different meaning for different people in certain contexts. Thus, it is very useful for us to understand people by understanding their basic nonverbal communicative skills. Many Chinese will not recognize the “O.K.” sign; instead, the thumbs-up signal is known and means “Everything is O.K.” When beckoning, the curling inward of the index finger is not used in China. While Malaysian are just fine and commonly use that sign, but it is not a good idea to use it in China.

In Chinese, concise speech is highly regarded, but indirect communication accompanies succinct statements. Learning to interpret indirect speech may take time. Chinese are unlikely to say, “no” directly. Be sensitive to the “maybe” or “yes,” which could be a decorated “no”. China is one of the largest countries in the world, the birthplace of ancient culture and civilization. In general, the influence of Confucius’ philosophical thinking has resulted in the Chinese becoming more reserved


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