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Gareth is an Australian who has lived in JiangSu, SuZhou (Heaven on Earth) for a few years - he is a keen observer of the Chinese people, Chinese culture and the changes that are occurring in China at break-neck speed. He can often be found on his a nightly 'perch' in front of his bar in the famous Bar Street in Suzhou, talking to the locals in his bad Mandarin, teaching the 'flower-selling girls' English, eating street food and smiling at the local chengguan (neighbourhood police). Gareth also has several other businesses in China around Business and English training. His experiences have been varied and interesting and his years in China have taught him to be wary of promises but excited about prospects, not a bad situation to be in!
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Pictorial Differences between Westerns & Chinese Pt1    

By Garreth Humphris
3001 Views | 5 Comments | 5/21/2010 7:45:02 PM

These little emails fell into my in-box the other day.... Not sure exactly who created them but I have seen one of two of them before - if you know the website, I'd like to credit it!!

See what you think, do you agree???!!

1) Opinion - Westerners are direct,
Chinese speak in circles, especially if others can disagree!

2) Westerners: individualism, think of himself or herself.
Chinese: enjoy gathering with family and friends and know each other's bloody business.

3) Westerners: arrive on time.
Chinese: arrive...in time.

More soon!!!

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#2010-05-21 21:24:31 by panda2009 @panda2009

Agree some. Westerners like to use "but". They maybe agree with something, but the ture intentions usually behind the word "but".

#2010-05-22 15:23:35 by ajlujan @ajlujan

I agree. I live in China now and have been here for almost a year. It is very interesting the differences. I always get a kick out of my fiance when she asks for directions. It turns into a conversation. In the US we say take a left at such and such and a right go two blocks and it will be on the left side.
Here it is a conversation. Many many other differences but fun. I agree about people in China arriving ...in time. Another thing, free delivery and free installation. Have to pay for something be it wire or something.
All in all I love the culture. In some ways it is similar to mine. I am American Latino. I love eating out here with all the noise and laughing just like latinos. Also the sense of humor is similar.

#2010-05-22 20:36:57 by greengiant @greengiant

Westerners: prefer to express themselves with words.
Chinese : prefer to express themselves with action.

GG

#2010-05-23 19:52:31 by aussieghump @aussieghump

Interesting about the 'Western but"...... It is often used to 'hedge your bets' which means I an leaving space to disagree in the future or if everyone else agrees differently - the word 'but' tends to negate all that came before it!

Possibly a little like the Chinese 'maybe'!
If it is beneficial to me then I'll do it, otherwise no!

You have to be careful if you hear 'I hear what you say, but...". This means I'm ignoring you!

#2010-06-02 16:42:32 by sylvan @sylvan

I think many westerners, myself included, tend to use the word "but" as a fail-safe. Like when you make a statement you think is correct, you throw in a "but" just in case the initial statement was wrong. That way you don't have to admit that you are clueless about a given topic.

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