American and Chinese Perceptions and Belief Systems: A by L. Fu, P.S. Lao, Jean Bryson Strohl, Lorand B. Szalay

By L. Fu, P.S. Lao, Jean Bryson Strohl, Lorand B. Szalay

According to a comparative research of chinese language and American students,this special research bargains insights into the modern perspectives and values built in 3 varied socio-political settings-the post-modern, commercial atmosphere of the United States; the socialistic surroundings of the People's Republic of China; and the constructing unfastened industry of Taiwan. Empirical facts exhibit formerly uncharted dimensions of cultural similarities, adjustments, and the results of other financial and social structures on people's perceptions in their international and significant modern difficulties.

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Of the three Chinese groups, they come dosest to Americans (but with less emphasis) in placing father in relation to other family members: children, sons, brothers and sisters, grandfather. Tbey see father as head and pillar of the family, as a teacher, and respeetable person of lofty status, dignity, and strength. He may be severe but fair-minded. He mayaiso be industrious, diligent, hard-working and reliable. As was the case with mother, the PRC Chinese express almost no bad feelings toward father.

Both the Mainlanders and Taiwanese believe in hard work as the goal of life ("We are born to suffer"). ge 01 Tot al Score. I_PRC TW Total Scor .. , PRC 1530 I TW 1231 PRC Chinese: Patriotic, Hard-Working, Student. The PRC Chinese strongly identify self as student, and emphasize the importance of studying and gaining knowledge. They also pay attention to their personal responsibilities to work, achieve and pursue a career, make a contribution to the future. They tend to think of "me" in relation to "you" and others (parents, friends) rather than of self alone (oneself, individual, person).

Relatives are considered frequently as meddlesome, but realities that they have to be lived with. In Taiwan, a competitive society, "Familiarity breeds contempt" is to the point. 34 American and Taiwanese Contrasts: Free Choice versus Obligations. To Americans relatives are option al family members whom they consider sometimes friends or people, kin or distant, and boring. But mainly relatives are thought of in terms of friendship, visits, and reunions. Feelings of love are stronger among Americans than Taiwanese.

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