CHINESE & AMERICAN CULTURAL DISTINCTIVES

 

THEIR FRAMEWORK FOR ACTIVITIES

ABC                                                                                                                       OBC

 

-   achievement oriented                                                             ascriptive oriented

-   emphasis on “doing”                                                              emphasis on “being”

-   oriented towards action                                                          oriented towards “harmony keeping”

-   prefer efficiency & ready for change                                     prefer stability & structure

-   decision-making process is democratic                                    decision making is autocratic

-   work & play very distinct/separate                                         being in harmony extends to workplace

-   extremely time conscious                                                       more conscious about relationships

-   competition seen as healthy                                                    interaction is seen as healthy

-   goal is winning (at all costs)                                                   goal is participation & harmony

 

 

 

THEIR FORM OF RELATIONSHIPS

ABC                                                                                                                       OBC

 

-   relationships of equality                                                          relationships of hierarchy

-   egalitarian & democratic                                                        traditional & authoritative

-   respect is seeking opinions of all                                             respect is obedience/submission

-   final decisions after consultation                                             final decisions made-by position

-   direct and confrontational                                                       indirect middle person communication

-   informal view of relationships                                                 formal view of relationships

-   low obligation to social functions                                             higher obligation to social functions

-   love = quality of time spent together                                       love = provision of necessities

-   need to be liked                                                                     need to be included

-   conflict resolution important                                                   conflict management important

-   concern for right vs.  wrong                                                   concern for “saving face”

 

 

THEIR PERCEPTION OF THE SELF

ABC                                                                                                               OBC

 

-   “me-ism” mentality                                                                “we-ism” mentality

-   identity in achievements                                                         identity in the family

-   responsible for self (self-reliant)                                             responsible for clan (clan reliant)

-   children desire self identity                                                     children represent family name

-   good parents develop independence                                        good parents develop family loyalty

-   healthy to move into own apartment                                       healthy to move out when married

-   subjective, expressive/emotive                                                objective, reserved

-   loyal to self in workforce                                                       loyal to employer in workforce

-   alright to be in debt                                                                terrible & shameful to owe someone

-   tend to accumulate things                                                       tend to accumulate things

 

 

 

by Pastor Victor Lee