By Ge Gao, Stella Ting-Toomey
Using the `self-OTHER' point of view as a conceptual starting place, the authors painting and interpret a number of the distinct communique practices in chinese language tradition. They learn how self-conception, position and hierarchy, relational dynamics and face impact methods of engaging in daily speak in chinese language tradition. They clarify why miscommunication among chinese language and North americans happens and recommend how one can increase communique. via incorporating circumstances of daily speak, the authors supply a pragmatic and transparent representation of the explicit features and capabilities of chinese language communique, in addition to not easy parts of Chinese//North American encounters.
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A s a result , the y ar e m o r e likel y t o detec t an y nuanc e an d subtlet y e m b e d d e d in verba l messages . T h e focu s o n listenin g support s th e n o n c o n f r o n t a t i o n a l wa y o f life in C h i n e s e culture . T h a t is , whe n peopl e engag e in talk , a r g u m e n t a t i o n o r questionin g is ofte n a n inseparabl e par t o f th e process . W h e n peopl e focu s o n listening , however , direc t c o n f r o n - 44 COMMUNICATIN G EFFECTIVEL Y WIT H T H E CHINES E t a t i o n s a s suc h ca n b e avoided .
Th e principl e is tha t a perso n is alread y in debi t befor e h e [or she ] is born ; h e or sh e owe s a deb t t o th e parent s wh o conceiv e them , an d wh o wil l rais e the m in th e future . Indeed , payin g bac k th e benevolenc e of th e parent s become s th e prototyp e fo r all th e reciproca l transaction s in society , (p . 35) T h e i m p o r t a n c e o f filia l piety , a specia l for m o f bao, is perceive d t o b e n o t i n c o m p a t i b l e wit h th e " m o d e r n " life .
M o n i t o r i n g over t e m o t i o n a l expressio n is th e basi c rul e o f huma n interaction . In i n t e r p e r s o n a l relationships , suc h as social , r o m a n t i c , o r marital , C h i n e s e rarel y verbaliz e thei r e m o t i o n a l love , an d lov e is ofte n expresse d throug h carin g an d helpin g eac h o t h e r (Potter , 1 9 8 8 ) . T h e r e f o r e , u n s p o k e n a c t i o n s , n o t w o r d s , ar e emphasize d in Chines e c o m m u n i c a t i o n . Han xu als o influence s h o w joy an d ange r ar e e x p r e s s e d .
Communicating Effectively with the Chinese by Ge Gao, Stella Ting-Toomey