Cooperation of Western and Eastern Cultures

Cooperation of Western and Eastern Cultures

Background Information:Ma Lin has stayed inYuleUniversity for half a year,but he didn’t understand why his roommate Robert uses a lot of time to do part-time job and doesn’t ask money from parents.

Ma Lin ( male ) :Chinese student, Robert ( male ):American student

Ma Lin: Hi,Robert. I found you are always busy with your part-time job and don’t have enough time you feel tired?

Robert:Yes,sometimes it is hard work, but student I have to make a living by money to support my study or I can't...

Ma Lin:Why don’t you ask for money from China, it1 s parents y responsibility children to study in study. Don't as an university myself and earn go to school, your parents? In to support their

Robert:Oh,the situation is totally different in the U. S. . !nAmerica, when children go to university, their parents let them work out their college situation as needed.

Ma Lin: I know why you work part-time now. I think Chinese parents should do like American parents,then Chinese children can get social experience before graduation. Robert :It sounds easy but difficult to do in actual life.


example 2

Wang Nan:Good afternoon, Mrs. Green. i would like to communicate with native students to improve my English. But when I talk with them,I always meet some troubles.

Mrs. Green:Don’t worry about that. Many foreign students will meet the same problem in their campus life.

Wang Nan:How can I deal with it?

Mrs. Green:It’s important to know that people not only use language to communicate,but also to communicate with others by non-verbal language.

Wang Nan:Would you mind telling me more about language and non-verbal language?

Mrs. Green : Language is the normal way to communicate in our daily life,but we can't ignore non-verbal language.

Wang Nan:Why?

Mrs. Green:Because non-verbal language plays an important role when we can't use language to express ourselves.

Wang Nan:I am still puzzled.

Mrs. Green: A good example will help you understanding. You can find them on campus in you daily life.

Wang Nan:OK. Thanks,Mrs. Green.

Mrs. Green: It's my pleasure. You are welcome to talk to me if you have any trouble.


example 3

Background Information: There are many differences between

Chinese and American culture. One of them reflects in individualism. Chinese student Lin Hong discusses this problem with her classmate Kate.

Lin Hong (female) :Chinese student,Kate (female): friend

Lin Hong : Hi,Kate. I am puzzled about one aspect here in the U. S.. Would you help me?

Kate:Of course,please go on.

Lin Hong :in the U. S.,do people usually reply to a friend ’ s email timely?

Kate:Yes,people always do that.

Lin Hong:But I sent several e-mails to my close friend Mary this semester, and I havenJ t received any response.

Kate? Oh,would you mind telling me about the e-mails you sent to her?

Lin Hong:Ok. I had some problems this semester,and I wanted to share my feelings with her. I am so disappoint^ that she didn’t respond to me quickly.

Kate:Maybe she is too busy or there is a cultura  misunderstanding.

Lin Hong:What is it?

Kate: You know Americans value being individuals. They don't involve themselves when they are busy.

Lin Hong:that maybe true. But in Chinese culture, it's a common thing to question others,about private lives,especially your close friends In China, friends always share their happiness and sadness.

Kate:Oh, it is totally different between our two cultures. We should learn those differences so we can understand each other better.

Lin Hong:I couldn’t agree with you more.