Bridging Cultural Gaps Gracefully --An American in ChinaIn-Class ReadingBrain storming cultural gaps
A quick review on Chinese culture / customsof seeing guests offwhen being complimented for (cooking skills) of talking about their childrenbefore accepting an offer (i.e. food )
Pre-readingP233: Post-Reading: Reading Comprehension 1
Read the passage aloud to yourself and raise questions
A structural study---what an American woman experienced in China Based onP233: Post-Reading: Reading Comprehension 1
Topic sentence (para. 1) Its rather difficult for a foreigner to slip into a culture without all his foreignness exposed. ---How can you interpret it?
Supporting evidence:1) Parting customs in China (para. 1--7) i) p1-3 One custom: The host and hostess should say to guests words and phrases that will ___________________________and make them feel ______________________________. the authors problem: _______________ her solution: At first she often hide behind her husband and then she gradually picked up _________________smooth over the visitors leaving they will be welcome to come againShe constantly found herself tongue-tiedthe words and phrases
Supporting evidence:1) Parting customs in China (para. 1--7)ii) P4-8 Another custom: The host and hostess feel they must see a guest off to the farthest feasible point except __________________________________. A problem she met with as a guest: She tried to ________________________________, but failed. Her conclusion: Its better to __________________________________. those less important or younger visitorsdiscourage the host and hostess from seeing her off accept the inevitable
Supporting evidence:2) Chinese modesty vs. American straightforwardness (para. 9-12)At a party when complimented for cooking skills A Chinese host or hostess will appear to be modest and apologize for __________________________________ and for _______________________________________. An American hostess is likely to say, ________________________________________giving nothing even slightly ediblenot showing enough honor by providing proper dishesOh, Im so glad that you liked it. I cooked it especially for you.
Supporting evidence:2) Chinese modesty vs. American straightforwardness (para. 8-12)ii) When talking about their childrenChinese parents will say that their children, even if at the top of their class in school, are ____________________________________ and so forth. (examples?)American parents will straightforwardly speak proudly of their childrens ________________always so naughty, never studying, never listening to their eldersachievements
Supporting evidence:2) Chinese modesty vs. American straightforwardness (para. 8-12)iii) Hearing the word no A Chinese will not take it ________________ An American will take it to mean _________
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An extra question: Why do you think that Chinese hold the modesty value while Americans are straightforward? understanding in communication (why and how) course of competition (fair play or not) inner fear
Conclusion (para. 13)Life becomes much easier once you have studied up on _______________________cultural differencesWhat else do you think we need to study up to make life easier in the globalized economical and cultural world?
Culture shockCulture shock is the anxiety and feelings (of surprise, disorientation, uncertainty, confusion, etc.) felt when people have to operate within a different and unknown culture such as one may encounter in a foreign country. It grows out of the difficulties in assimilating the new culture, causing difficulty in knowing what is appropriate and what is not. This is often combined with a dislike for or even disgust (moral or aesthetical) with certain aspects of the new or different culture.
3 stages of culture shockThe shock often consists of distinct phases: --Honeymoon Phase --Negotiation Phase --Adjustment Phase though not everyone passes through these phases and not everyone is in the new culture long enough to pass through all three.Reverse Culture Shock (returning to one's home culture after growing accustomed to a new one can produce the same effects as described above)
Which stage (honeymoon, negotiation, adjustment) do you think she was going through in para. 1 and para. 13?
Try to find out her solutions about how to overcome the culture shock for other Americans who first came to China.
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