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Bank staff publicly spanked vs integrity of the person

Some days ago a viral video showed the spanking of bank employees becuase their Performance was not good enough. The weibo public was shocked and reacted with clear comments of disapproval. I saw the video and was shocked and not astonished at the same time. Shocked because…….

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Attraction and wariness of Chinese towards the US

“Chinese youth admire American culture but remain wary of US policy” says the New York Times.

This means that young Chinese admire the American way of life, they love the free speech but on the other hand they say that the Chinese government doesn’t show some much weakness abroad. If you want to read more about this phenomena, please have a look.

I also want to add that ……

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Prohibiting rituals reinforces struggle of survival

Rituals play a very important role in all cultures, in the development of children and in relationship. You cannot live without rituals. Rituals can derive from culture and society, they can also derive from the inner world of children and grown ups. They are part of communication and always embody some Kind of symbolic message.

They express and thus embody personal Needs in a certain way. It is a series of actions or type of behaviour regularly and invariably followed by someone It can be religious, social and/or personal. ( This reminds me of the discussion in China right now if Christian rituals referring to Xmas should be allowed or not).

On the one hand a ritual mirrors a certain state of communication in a culture or Society. On the other hand it mirrors ………….

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Fatherland, Motherland and Otherland

In Germany we name our country „Fatherland“. I was told that you in China say “Motherland”. Some days ago I found out that there’s another identification you could say.

I will call it “Otherland”.

What do I mean ………….

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It`s the music….

No human culture has been identified that doesn’t have music. For so many people music is the source of the most powerful and significant experiences in their lives. But what is the compelling force scientist ask. More or less they found out, that there is no holy grail of a mathematical or acoustical explanation. The most important aspect is the complex manner in which music is embedded into social functions.

There’s nothing secret about music’s power in our lives even if we’re a long way from having a proper understanding of it. Listening and understanding are two different approaches. There are very different from each other. If you want to get to know more about it just read the following text.

http://www.interlude.hk/front/six-songs-of-me-just-why-music-matters-so-much-to-us/

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Expression or not expression

If we are not familiar with the body language when we are communicating with Chinese, we are likely to misunderstand other people. So it’s very important to understand the differences of body language between South Europe and Chinese, be aware of the manners and the standards in order to avoid communicative barrier or even failure.

The main difference between………..

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Colors always will affect your mood

One important effect which is part of nonverbal communication is the subtle interplay between Colors, emotional state and behavior. This is to be found all over the world, in all cultures. Though the affect is unique in the world, the specific stimulus of the certain colors is related to cultural expereince.

There’s no denying that color affects our mood. Those ………..

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“Chinese” or the autistic pattern of behavior

Chinese very often, usually, stay with other Chinese in a Chinese group, even if they are abroad or in another country. They do this even, if they do not have to do it or even if this is not helpful to be integrated into the other culture.

I once listened to a key-note at a conference of intercultural communication and I was astonished that the speaker identified this pattern of behavior as an autistic pattern of behavior. This may sound cruel at the first sight, this may sound devaluating but it is not meant as devaluation or rejection or Chinese people or culture.

A pattern of behavior means that not the person is autistic but the behavior has elements or attitudes of an autistic pattern of behavior. An autistic pattern of behavior is at least characterized by two or three typical elements.

  • The one is not being familiar to relationship or social communication, relating and communicating makes him frightened.
  • The second is the difficulty in making contact on a personal level and/or experiencing the other person also emotionally.
  • People with this pattern of behavior sometimes seem to be chaotic, but in fact, they are very intelligent, disciplined, but mostly in some special aspects or fields only.

Of course Chinese are not autistic, of course Chinese can live relationships and communication and a social life. Of course Chinese are not only disciplined. But still it is obvious that the pattern of behavior has an impact on the experience on an intercultural level. So, even if they’re not autistic, maybe they’re experienced as autistic and people relate to them as if they were autistic.

This way of communication and interaction on an intercultural level therefore leads often to a big misunderstanding, to some kind of cultural or communicative rejection and strengthens of stereotypes/prejudices or renewing stereotypes/prejudices.

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“A country which does not guard or protect foreigners (or strangers), will fall or die soon”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 – 1832)

One of the most important, famous German poet and writer  brings it to the point!!!!!!

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Herbert Rosendorfer – Letters back to ancient China
“The novel Letters back to ancient China (1983) was a bestseller in Germany and translated into many languages. The Chinese mandarin Kao-Tai is transported in a time machine from the Middle Kingdom of around 1000 AD to the Bavarian capital Munich today. He is not quick to recover from the shocks of a historical and cultural trip. In letters to his friend in ancient China he describes the bizarreness of modern life with the bignoses in Min-chen………
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