CultureDifference between the China and Western Countries
I am _ a member of RHET 1030.
My topic of discussion is the culture differences between china and western countries. As an international student from China, studying in the USA has given me an experience of both cultures.
While climatic change and environmental changes are observable, change in culture is challenging because one has to modify what he or she had believed in.
This presentation will illustrate the culture differences between china and western country.
Individualism versus collectivism is one of the major differences between Chinese and people from the Western countries.
Individualism is putting self interest above all other things.
Collectivism on the other hand is putting other’s interest above individual needs.
Among Westerners, personal interest comes first. Majorly it is counted as a courtesy as people give each other personal space.
For the Chinese, openness and minding other people`s welfare at the expense of individual feelings best demonstrate care.
Individual complement and appreciation are considered bragging.
People learn to sacrifice personal needs and instead focus on serving others.
Self-denial of first priority is considered as an act of care for others.
Chinese, cooperation among people in the society is vital due to collectivism among people.
The cooperation is shown in social and economic activities that include agricultural activities and learning.
Cooperation is meant to enhance harmony within the society and families as well as increasing respect for hierarchy.
There are increased traditional activities that are passed to next generation to preserve culture and collectivism.
Unlike Chinese, the Westerners work around individualism. That way many people develop free ideas and opinions.
They venture the world for personal satisfaction. Such interests account for increased interest in risk taking and exploration.
This does not compromise the morals and the harmony in the society, but it creates space for accommodation of diversity.
Therule of law
Justice enhancement is essential in any country that would like to achieve peace and harmony.
In Western countries, the rule of law is the most powerful thing in a country.
It overpowers individual mercy as well as diverse religious beliefs. Therefore, court rulings are final unless one wants to appeal.
In China, there are laws as well, that enhance peace and harmony.
However, these laws are considered weak because, special considerations of traditional and religious rule overpower laws of the country.
As a way of enhancing less destructive way of solving conflicts, matters taken to court are those that cannot be settled traditionally or religiously.
That way, people learn acts of mercy and less workload is given to courts.
Gapbetween superiors and subordinates
Out of the rule of law, there are rights that make people free and equal. These rights serve every citizen in all countries.
Western countries, these rights give individuals the power to venture into all interests.
Therefore, there is a reduced gap between the superiors and their subordinates.
In China, these rights have no such power, mostly because the rule of law is considered weak.
Therefore, there is respect for power, age, and hierarchy, where, there is respect for elders and those in the authority that widens the gap between them and their subjects.
In conclusion, there are many differences pertaining culture in West and East.
However, the differences do not compromise values, harmony as well as morals.
All in all, one transiting across these countries will often experience culture shock.
Not only are things done differently but also perception of specified rules governed by propriety differs.
Ihope you found it interesting.