Tuesday, April 9, 2013
302. What differentiates Chinese from Americans?
The culture gap across the Pacific Here is summary of my observations on the differences between Americans (USA) and Chinese. There are of course major trends in the two peoples.
Feeling of time: Perception is shaped by history and present. A 100 year old house or church is considered old by Americans. For a Chinese, ancient refers to the history before Qin Dynast BC 221, when the first emperor unified China. For Americans, 200 years was ‘ancient.”
Cars: Most of Chinese have are with manual gears, while most Americans like automatic ones.
Measure System: Chinese use the metric system (meters, grams) Americans use the old English imperial system (yards, mile, pounds, Fahrenheit, etc)
Date and time system: Chinese write the date in the format, Year, Month, Day., whereas Americans use “Month, Day, Year.
Public Holidays: May 1 is Labor Day for Chinese, whereas American Labor Day is first Monday of September.
Names: Chinese given names are after their family names, whereas Americans are the opposite. Their family names are after their give names.
Food: Chinese eat more varied and balanced meals and less fast food than American. Chinese probably drink more alcohol and American drink more wine. Americans eat more cheese and yogurt. Americans drink more coffees and Chinese more teas.