1. Privacy

Chinese people do not have the same concept of privacy as Americans do. They talk about topics such as ages, income or marital status, which Americans think is annoying and intrusive.

2. Family

In China, elders are traditionally treated with enormous respect and dignity while the young are cherished and nurtured. In America, the goal of the family is to encourage independence, particularly that of the children. Unlike the Chinese, older Americans seldom live with their children.

6 cultural differences between China and the US

Washing feet is a traditional way of displaying filial piety as students from the Korean ethnic group showed in Tumen, Jilin province, on the eve of the Chongyang Festival. The event celebrates the elderly and offers an opportunity to pay them respect. [Photo/Xinhua]


3. Friends

Chinese people have different meanings to define friends. Just hanging out together time to time is not friendship. Friendship means lifelong friends who feel deeply obligated to give each other whatever help might seem required. Americans always call people they meet friends, so the definition of friends is general and different. There are work friends, playing friends, school friends and drinking friends.

6 cultural differences between China and the US

Some students at Jiangsu University in Zhenjiang planted trees with their foreign friends to celebrate the Tree Planting Day on March 12.[Photo/english.jschina.com.cn]

4. Money

As is well known, the Chinese like to save. They are always conservative when they are planning to spend money. It is different in the USA, where far fewer families are saving money for emergencies and education than their Chinese counterparts.

5. Education

Chinese people value education and career more than Americans, who in turn put more emphasis on good character and faith.

6 cultural differences between China and the US

6. Collectivism vs. Individualism

Basically China values the community and the US values the individual. If you achieve something in the US, it’s because you were great. While in China, if you achieve something in China it’s because the team, or family, or company is great. Everything you do gets attributed to the greater whole, while in America individual merits are celebrated.

6 cultural differences between China and the US

China’s Liang Xiaojing wins the women’s 100m race at Youth Olympics. Liang wraps the national flag around her as she celebrates her victory in women’s 100m race. She is the first Chinese to ever win a gold medal in the 100m race at the Olympics. [Photo/Xinhua]

Source: China Daily


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