Body-language and nonverbal communication

If funny, fun means: together in China








If funny, fun means: together in China

Whenever you meet Chinese people they look funny. They smile, they laugh when being together. It seems that smiling and laughing embodies the function of being together, be related to one another and being able to laugh because of being together.

Here’s one example which is quite funny to watch.

Close to a thousand people ………..take part in a pillowfight in Shenyang, Liaoning. July 2014. (

Probably you know other examples like: A group of Chinese tourists taking photos and selfies at the same time while laughing.

Or you remember a group of Chinese listening to you and on a sudden start laughing about an aspect which you’ll never find out as a westerner but you can be sure they just laugh.

Laughing, smiling, embodying fun seems to be part of the nonverbal expression and communication in China. It seems to be a personal expression as well as a group expression, so that sometimes you can not identify who was first: personal or the group impulse.

Insofar laughing, smiling and fun in China happens like a viral impulse. Insofar it’s also somehow mysterious and as a westerner you better don’t ask why they laugh or where they laugh at.

Instead of this just join the laughter, join the fun and be happy.

To be honest you don’t have a better chance, so just do it. But also it’s a good way to address Chinese, to take part in Chinese feeling and to connect so that you don’t feel as a stranger anymore.

Close to a thousand people take part in a pillowfight in Shenyang, Liaoning. July 2014

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