Communicating Effectively with the Chinese

Communicating Effectively with the Chinese

by Ge Gao, Stella Ting-Toomey
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0803970021

ISBN-13: 9780803970021

Pub. Date: 06/10/1998

Publisher: SAGE Publications

How can North Americans improve their communication with the Chinese? A useful and efficient approach to understanding prevalent cultural assumptions underlying everyday Chinese communicative activities, Communicating Effectively With the Chinese identifies and conceptualizes some of the distinctive communication practices in Chinese culture. Utilizing the self-OTHER

Overview

How can North Americans improve their communication with the Chinese? A useful and efficient approach to understanding prevalent cultural assumptions underlying everyday Chinese communicative activities, Communicating Effectively With the Chinese identifies and conceptualizes some of the distinctive communication practices in Chinese culture. Utilizing the self-OTHER perspective as a conceptual foundation, authors Ge Gao and Stella Ting-Toomey portray and interpret the dynamics of Chinese communication. They examine how self-conception, role and hierarchy, relational dynamics, and face affect ways of conducting conversations in Chinese culture. They explain why miscommunication between Chinese and North Americans takes place and suggest ways to improve Chinese/North American communication. By incorporating instances of everyday conversations, Gao and Ting-Toomey offer a realistic and clear illustration of the specific characteristics and functions of Chinese communication, as well as problematic areas of Chinese-North American encounters.

Adding to the sparse literature on communicating with others of different cultural backgrounds, Communicating Effectively With the Chinese is resource that will be widely used by professionals and academics in communication, intercultural communication, interpersonal communication, Asian studies, and race and ethnic studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803970021
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
06/10/1998
Series:
Communicating Effectively in Multicultural Contexts Series, #5
Pages:
120
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.44(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
1.Self-OTHER Perspective and Communication1
Conceptualizing Chinese Culture and Communication2
Self-OTHER Perspective: Contextualizing Chinese Communication7
Conclusion19
Organization of the Book19
2.Chinese Personal Relationship Development Processes23
Gan Quing: The Basis of Chinese Personal Relationships24
Ren Qing and Bao29
Conclusion34
3.Characteristics of Chinese Communication35
Han Xu37
Ting Hua41
Ke Qi45
The Insider Effect on Communication48
Conclusion51
4.Mian Zi53
The Conceptualization of Mian Zi53
Implications of the Concern for Mian Zi56
Mian Zi: Face-Directed Communication Strategies60
Conclusion68
5.Miscommunication Between Chinese and North Americans69
Chinese-North American Communication in a Dilemma70
What Is Not Said Versus What Is Said71
We Versus I73
Polite Versus Impolite Talk74
Indirect Versus Direct Talk75
Hesitant Versus Assertive Speech77
Self-Effacing Versus Self-Enhancing Talk78
Private Versus Public Personal Questions81
Reticent Versus Expressive Speech82
Improving Chinese-North American Communication83
Epilogue87
Limitations87
Future Avenues of Inquiry89
Conclusion92
References95
Index103
About the Authors109

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