Culture Difference between the China and Western Countries

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.

Individualismversus collectivism

  • 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.

Thankyou all.