Body-language and nonverbal communication

Tag "intercultural communication"

Yes means No and No means Yes – do you agree?

Last week I talked to a colleague of mine about her study on intercultural differences concerning gestures and facial expression of people from Germany, Korea, Japan and Papua New Guinea. Of course this study caught at once my interest. (I will talk about it later)

Here one interesting little experience. My colleague was talking to a student from Korea, I think. She asked her a question and the student seemed to hesitate a little in answering “Yes”. My colleague responded to this slight hesitation and told the student, not to say “Yes” if she perhaps has another opinion.

The student seemed to be a little relieved, because ………..

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Kim Thuy’s novel Ru draws on refugee past

Saigon-born, Montreal-based Kim Thuy transformed her own tale of struggle into Ru, a poetic, autobiographical novel debut. This novel illustrates in a sensible way HOW the interplay is between to be strange, to feel strange and to get accustomed to a new way of living, a new culture.

It also can be quite funny!!!!!!!

After a raft of critical acclaim for Thuy’s original French version, including a 2010 Governor General’s Literary Award, Ru has now been published in English, translated by the celebrated Sheila Fischman.

In short vignettes that flow back and forth between past and present, Ru tells the story of a young woman forced to leave ……………….

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Nourished by the same river

Li Xiaoshan, director, said, “When a family, a character or a story is the focus of an episode, we do not ignore the general background in which their story is taking place. In documentary production, we tend to follow a natural progression. For example, when the subject is a river, we’d shoot from its source to its outlet into the sea. But this time, we broke away from such linear thinking, and came up with a multi-dimensional framework. The series has a more eclectic structure.”

so, have a good look here via this link at part three of this overwhelming and inspiring documentary

 and read some good comment

or in German



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Mr. Muo’s Travelling Couch

“……………Tonight, as this Chinese train pursues its inexorable journey, neither the hardness of the seat nor the press of his fellow passengers seems to bother him. Nor is he distracted by the alluring passenger in oversized sunglasses (a showbiz wannabe travelling incognito, perhaps?), sitting by the opposite window beside a young couple and across from three elderly women. She is graciously tilting her head in his direction while resting her elbow on the folding table. But no indeed, neither train nor intriguing stranger can offer our Mr. Muo such transport as he finds this moment in words and writing, the language of a distant land and especially of his dreams, which he records and analyses with …………………..

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 Change (2) and integration

Some days ago I talked about change, mergers and development in China and Europe. Today I want to line out another model of approaching change.

To begin with I want to remind you about how a merger usually functions in western countries.

Mostly there’s a strong partner and a weak partner. Mostly the strong partner tries to get the small partner (though often this is not addressed too directly and openly). Then, to make it short, management tries to find synergy effects, tries to reduce costs and to bring people together in a team or in a unit being convinced that if the employees are put together they will work together sufficiently and successfully.

As I told you already this kind of management fails in about 70-80% of those mergers.

If change develops like this, this process often …………..

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Rising dragon around the dome of Cologne, or: what is cultural integration Part II

…..I realized the birth of this picturesque image I talked about earlier. This image reminded me of experiences which I had as consultant and coach in companies when they follow a fusion process. A fusion in business is based on an intercultural process. One company with its special culture joins, meets and unites with another company, with its typical culture. In contrast to official wording most of these processes are a non-equal-fusion.

Most of those fusions in business failed. They faile because of a wrong approach of understanding intercultural communication. Intercultural communication and integration in business often means: We put those two companies together, have a look, try to find out the most effective and efficient elements of structure and efficiency in order to build up the new company on these analytical results.

Intercultural communication and integration does not function like this. ……………….

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Rising dragon around the dome of Cologne, or: what is cultural integration Part I

A Chinese face. A Chinese name. A GermanPassport. And still a Chinese face.

The lead singer proudly adds when being asked after his performance at the China Days in Cologne last weekend: “I’m Chinese, I have a German Passport and a I feel both cultures in me”. His tone sounded confident and proud.

When we talked for a little while about his music, his band and the social network where we met, facebook, I was astonished about his competence in German language. Almost no accent.  A clear, strong and convinced voice. Of course he would remember me, he said with a smile. I again was astonished about him, remembering my face because we had never met and we don’t have a special contact via facebook. He’s just a person- He is some Chinese man on the list of my “facebook-friends”.  I’m only one of those strange looking German faces which don’t seem to be so familiar to the Chinese, I suppose.

To be honest I felt glad and ………………..

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#8 is the lucky number in China

The photographer Christoph Mohr who visited China for several times within the last years uses this lucky number as structure of his photo-exhibition in Cologne/Germany.

Mohr’s photo-exhibition is part of the big festival in Cologne/Germany in celebration of the China-year in Germany.

Mohr structures his exhibition of wonderful photos by using the lucky #8. That means 8 photos as portraits of 8 different cities/provinces.

Christoph Mohr is a member of the society of China-friends in Cologne.

Mohr’s portraits of people and typical scenes can be …………..

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German wedding in a Chinese garden

By chance I had a visit to the Chinese Garden at the Bochum University. It is a bit more than one thousand squaremeters big and it seems to be a little diamond in the big industrial area where I live.

A special treasure within the Botanical Garden is the Chinese Garden Qian Yuan, a classical southern Chinese scholar’s garden donated to the Ruhr University in 1990 by Bochum`s partner university, the Tongji University of Shanghai.

The garden is shaped like a square surrounded by walls. At each side there’s a window like round hole in the wall, so that you can get a glimpse, a little …………..

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NEMO was there…….Everybody is NEMO

Probably you do not know “my” NEMO. Probably you do know Nemo from Jules Verne. Probably you do know Nemo from Walt Disney.

Well “my” NEMO is a pantomime, an actor who is on stage, or shall I better say, is in life without words. He is a “Stummspieler”, as he presents himself. An actor who is just there. And being there as he is, as he embodies himself, as he embodies life, is the message. Just without words.

“My” NEMO also is a clown. But not this kind of circus clown. He just has a red clown`s nose and ………………

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