Etiquette for the American and Chinese Analytical Essay by Nicky

This paper discusses etiquette among the American and Chinese people.
# 146563 | 1,120 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2011 | US

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In this article, the writer notes that the American and Chinese cultures are truly worlds apart.The writer maintains that to truly understand the nuances and differences of the Chinese and American culture, it is important to learn not only the culture in general, but the etiquette surrounding the culture. The writer looks at culture and etiquette in China and notes that the Chinese have different sets of etiquette depending upon the social or personal interaction. The writer concludes that both sides of the world can do well by learning and understanding each others cultures and etiquette in order to start enjoying what each country has to offer.

From the Paper:

"It is often seen with Americans when there is celebration, say, winning sports, getting a project done or having concluded a successful business negotiation, the slapping of hands or tapping on the shoulders is a common gesture for a job well done. For the Chinese, touching is a very intimate act confined to very close quarters and close relations. They do not like to be touched especially if they hardly knew the person touching them. A simple nod or gesture would suffice since this is usually a universal act of goodwill.
"Since the Chinese are big on relationships and relationship protocol, they do not adhere to the American notion of calling bosses, managers or superiors on a first name basis. Even the use of Mr., Mrs. or Ms. has its limitations since the Chinese prefer being called by their titles. For example if dealing with a Director of Operations named Mr. Lee, it is always more polite to call him Director Lee rather than Mr. Lee. Handing out business cards also adheres to strict protocols."

Sample of Sources Used:

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