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Cultural Shock: US vs China


Chinese economy

Chinese and American cultures are vastly diverse, to say the least.

Many cultural factors differentiate them such as beliefs, entertainment and trends, and values. What are different are also the physical factors such as climate, mode of transport, locality?

Through both countries, their population would agree that their own culture is more superior. Chinese believes that Americans do not understand the meaning of culture specificity, traditions, and history. They believe America is only a combination of other cultures such as European culture, and that they are too young to have a culture of their own.Here are the differences raised between China and the United States of America.

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Chinese civilization

Chinese history

If you meet a Chinese man or woman, it is more often that they will boast about their country and their culture. Indeed, Chinese civilization has harvested a long period of strong cultural traditions which have expanded over the years, not just locally but globally too.

There are similar strict policies and regulations that are embedded in Chinese law in the present day that existed thousands of years ago. China being such a large country, is grouped into various states and the population within each state uphold their own particular behaviors and lifestyles, but nevertheless preserve the overall Chinese culture.

China is rooted with original conventions, delicacies, and stories. They are so specific and exclusive, hence, why the public is so proud.

The Chinese government, however, suffers from chauvinism. In cases, they are so proud they impose their own Han ethnicity to the oldest Chinese groups which still exist in Tibet and Xinjiang. This is an example of China’s political act, showing their power over the country.

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 American civilization

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American people are an example of chauvinism too. The ‘American way of life’ is deeply implanted in the nation. The way their mind thinks, acts, and speaks is also very cultural specific. The way their businesses, literature, and political system affects the nation’s education system is very particular, therefore succeeding continuous like-minded generations.

American culture has been considered the major establishment that transcends international borders; more specifically, American pop culture icons such as actors, musicians, and celebrities. Not only that, but also food culture such as McDonalds, American hotdogs, and donuts. Many products that appear without history or ancestral charm, but nevertheless attract the global audience.

In recent years, the States have succeeded in demonstrating authoritative power globally but have administered a respectable reputation with China.

Consequently, the engine towards the idea that American culture does not really come from history or traditions remains with some Chinese people. However, Chinese is still fond of the huge American market, with large crowds of Chinese tourists visiting the States every day.


Chinese have many preconceived ideas regarding American civilization. The question is why: is it pure envy, or is it a competition? Even though many aspects of American culture is built around brands, celebrities, and materialism, America is still able to understand Chinese culture. Compared to the Western, Chinese are still too attached to tradition.

If civilizations are different, why not have same goals for their respective countries?

Indeed, the Chinese and American are attempting to take over the world. On one side, China is the largest country in Asia, not only population-wise but also in terms of the economy, the market, and technological advancement. On another side, the United States have been establishing the world’s biggest corporate and companies that transcend globally. Both countries have different skills but the same expectations; that is to expand their power across international borders.

In recent years, China’s president Xi Jinping has taken control of the nation’s film industry. His aim is to orientate the film’s subject, not only highlighting more specifically on Chinese culture but also to expand it abroad. This is not the first instance that the Chinese government has regulated media in the country. In 2010, Xi Jinping took part in advertisements that promoted the government’s socialist views.

To conclude, it is clear to say that both countries are different, but it also sure to say that both nations have their own way of life, their own traditions, and own culture.

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    6 keys to perform on Chinese market

    Keys to perform on Chinese market

     1.You already know it, Guanxi which means “business relationships” is the key. Probably more than anywhere else, this is one of the most important things to bear in mind in China

    Most western people know business relationships are important, but it is even truer in China, as a great part of contracts you are potentially qualified to sign may come thanks to these relationships. In many cases. you will find it hard to conclude a good deal only by email. Instead, you may have to spend hours, maybe days with your potential client, talking about unrelated topics, dining or joining other activities.


    Chinese businessmen work in a different way. They need to spend time with potential partners to come to trust them, and make sure it is worth it.

    2.How to start creating a relationship with Chinese people

    Westerners can be shy, but it is nothing compared to some Chinese people. As a result, western people often have to take initiatives, and starting conversing about positive topics can be a good way.

    Chinese cuisine is generally a good topic since many Chinese people are keen on educating western people about it. It is a perfect ice-breaker and will help to start a deeper connection. If you know enough about it, you can also discuss Chinese ancient history or various aspect of Chinese culture like tea. Or even the best baijiu (Chinese traditional liquor) in the country. In any case, it is better to avoid any political issue as it is not the most relaxed topic, and cuisine is the safest as you will not find many Chinese who do not like food.

    Here is a really interesting article about speaking Chinese and get more responsibilities.

    3.Learn the Chinese definition of leadership

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    Traditionally in China, the leader is whoever has authority or power. He can influence people and his decisions are seldom criticized. Although it is becoming less true in recent years, leaders are sometime less respected for their skills than for their title and attitude, and that is a point worth to be considered in some situations.

    4.The “Face”, or Chinese concept of Mianzi 

    The Chinese concept of Mianzi, the Face, corresponds in the West to the concept of “keeping someone’s face”, in other words avoiding any situation that would lead someone to “lose face”. But in China, it all takes another dimension and you’d better keep this well in mind. One of the safest rules is to avoid criticizing anyone or any project in public as it could result in insulting someone, and you may lose potential clients or partnerships. Stay focused on positive aspects until you are in private.


    5.Chinese people seldom say no

    Saying “no” or refusing to help can be considered in some situations as a disrespect, and can lead the other person to “lose face”. Therefore, Chinese people will often say no in an indirect way, like “I agree with what you said, but…”. At this point, you are almost sure the other person disagrees with you, while in the West some will add a “but” for more precisions, or just for sport J. One of the most annoying case you can face in China is when you ask for directions in the street, and nice people without any clue will answer your different things.

    6.Understand Chinese people, do not judge them

    China is a large and diverse country. It is also a country with a long history of traditions that went through extreme changes in the past 40 years. People from Beijing are different from those living in Shanghai, and they are very different from those living in Guangzhou. Well understanding Chinese culture and adapting as much as possible without judgement will be the key to conquering China and develop a lasting business relationship.

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