The Chinese Culture At a Glance

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The Chinese Culture At a Glance

  1. 1. 11 The ChineseThe Chinese CultureCulture At a GlanceAt a Glance Albert WuAlbert Wu 1414thth July 2008July 2008
  2. 2. 22 What We Talked Last TimeWhat We Talked Last Time • Historical & Modern China – We talked about Panda and its romance in UK – Well, a new panda was alive in Hollywood immediately after my talk • The Chinese Culture
  3. 3. 33 Remaining QuestionsRemaining Questions • English name of Chinese – Lets talk about some Chinese name of IBMers • John Burhgon 鲍国安 Safeguard the country • Bob Savage 沙伟志 Board and superior vision • Bob Timpson 丁普胜 Overall win • Lou Gerterner 郭仕纳 Team of best talents • Different languages in different provinces
  4. 4. 44 Variety in ChinaVariety in China • Language – Mandarin in the principle language • Learning mandarin can easy your life in China – Cantonese used to be popular in South East Asia • Learning Cantonese can pave you to other languages in Asia – One province can have 9 different dialects • Somehow a common language was not easy to find even in China – The first batch of Navy officers in China – When IBM recruited first batch Chinese employees in mid 80’ Jane Austin or James Watt
  5. 5. 55 Are Chinese people always less expressive – a sign of humblenes? • Nodding is not permission nor agreement but only acknowledgement • Say thank-you with body gesture – Warriors and ministers – Singles and married • Applause during art performance – Chinese would like to do it between each movements of symphonies – Why ? A matter of habit from Peiking Opera Body Language How to show “thank you” when you are served tea?
  6. 6. 66 More in Business MeetingsMore in Business Meetings Greetings & Introductions – How to call the customer • Name and title – Sense and sensitive matters • Lao Zong (Boss) • Position title vs. degree title – President Wang or Dr. Wang – Mr. Wu or Dr. Wu • My daughter’s favorite Dr Who and my favorite Superman
  7. 7. 77 The Chinese CultureThe Chinese Culture • Symbols • Holidays & Festivals • Philosophy & Religions
  8. 8. 88 The Best Known Chinese in UKThe Best Known Chinese in UK • Who are they?
  9. 9. 99 The ChinaThe China –– UK connectionUK connection • The biggest UK bank in the world is named after two cities in China Hongkong Shanghai
  10. 10. 1010 How Chinese and British View Each OtherHow Chinese and British View Each Other The most popular food in China – 41% believe it is … The most popular food in UK – 22% believe it is … What food in UK that the British Like best – 1% believe it is … Baked Beans Pizza The most popular Chinese food in UK Rice
  11. 11. 1111 Chinese Lunar CalendarChinese Lunar Calendar • Indicating activities of seasons • 1~2 months later than solar calendar
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  13. 13. 1313 The Chinese CultureThe Chinese Culture • Symbols • Festivals • Philosophy & Religions
  14. 14. 1414 • Family reunion and visit friends and relatives • Wraping and eating dumplings • Small Red Envelope with cash in it as token to kids • Play Firecrackers Chinese New YearChinese New Year——Spring FestivalSpring Festival January 1stJanuary 1st
  15. 15. 1515 • Lantern Exhibition • Tang Yuan – rice balls made of sticky rice & stuffed with sweet fillings • Dragon Dances YuanxiaoYuanxiao FestivalFestival January 15January 15
  16. 16. 1616 Dragon Boat FestivalDragon Boat Festival May 5thMay 5th • Dragon boat race & eating Zongzi • A national patriot festival commemorating the great patriot poet - Qu Yuan • A symbolism of Loyalty and Commitment to his beliefs
  17. 17. 1717 • Fairy’s meeting with her human husband • An annual astronomical phenomenon: two particular stars are bright in the night sky and shine until the sun rises ChineseChinese Valentine's DayValentine's Day July 7thJuly 7th
  18. 18. 1818 The Mid Autumn DayThe Mid Autumn Day August 15thAugust 15th • Chang Er flew to the moon • Families get together • Watch the full moon • Eat moon cakes • Sing the moon poems
  19. 19. 1919 The Chinese CultureThe Chinese Culture • Symbols • Festivals • Philosophy & Religions
  20. 20. 2020 Core of Chinese philosophy • Benevolence • Emphasis on education and learning Confucianism Philosophy & ReligionsPhilosophy & Religions Confucius Founder 6 century B.C
  21. 21. 2121 • Brought to China along the Silk Road by Indian merchants • Established as a major religion in China in the 6th century • Peace with the external world and self-contained Buddhism Philosophy & ReligionsPhilosophy & Religions Taoism Religion of Chinese Origin Balance & Harmony Yin & Yang Laozi-Founder 5 century B.C
  22. 22. 2222 Came with merchants around the 7th century The minority groups (Uygur, Kazakh, Tartar, Hui) Arrived in China in 735 AD After 1941, Protestant and Roman Catholic missionaries arrived Islam Christianity Philosophy & ReligionsPhilosophy & Religions
  23. 23. 2323 克己奉公忘我劳动 Work selflessly for the public interest 人不为己,天诛地灭.—谬论! Everyone for himself and the devil take the hindmost. —ERRONEOUS! Self Positioning 宇宙中心依然故我. The center of the universe is still the self. (Henri Amiel) 既得利益乃主宰人类之动力. Interest is the ruling motive of mankind. (Samuel Johnson)
  24. 24. 2424 莫管闲事 Mind your own business 事不关己 高高挂起 None of my business Interpersonal Relationship 勾心斗角 Intrigue against one another 裙带关系牛烘烘 Infamous for nepotism and namedropping
  25. 25. 2525 Life Style 独来独往 Act independently 幽闲自得 Enjoy a solitary but carefree lifestyle 成帮结队 Always seeking a company 爱凑热闹 Love to be a part of the crowd
  26. 26. 2626 PeoplePeople -- ConfucianismConfucianism "Heaven, when about to place a great responsibilities on a person, always wears out his sinews and bones with toil, exposes his body to starvation, subjects him to extreme poverty, frustrates his efforts so as to stimulate his mind, toughen his nature and make good of his deficiencies. People for the most part can mend their ways only when they made mistake. People can stand up anew only when they are frustrated in mind and in their deliberations. People can be understood by others only when their intentions become visible on their countenances and audible in their voices. A state, without law-abiding families and trustworthy gentlemen, without knowing the threat of external aggression, will perish. People will then realize that anxiety and distress in life will lead to the lasting comfort in death"
  27. 27. 2727 SummarySummary
  28. 28. 2828 Thank You 谢谢 Xie Xie

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