What’s the difference? Which is better?

According to Hofstede’s 5 deminsions for China and US, I have somethings to analysis.

First is about Power distance. In this area, China has higher score than US, which means Chinese society people are much inequality than American. I agree with this condition because Chinese has larger gap between the rich and the poor than American. But to a certain degree, China is better than US. That is racism( Abagond, 2013).  No matter in the history or the religion, Chinese don’t have racism because we have 56 nations and we are a family.

For Individualism, US have higher score than China. It shows that American prefer to work alone not like Chinese work together. It is hard to estimate which is better, both have good and bad. May be work together will make more efficient.

In Femininity, China and US have almost the same score but China is little higher. China has more people leave their home to work. This also has the better influence than US; Chinese cities were built more quickly in some aspects.

And for Uncertainty avoidance, China has fewer score than US. Means Chinese language has much more ambiguous meanings than English (Didi Kirsten Tatlow, 2012). I totally believe that Chinese language is more beautiful than English because we have rich 5 thousand year history about words. So there are many Chinese words that English cannot be translated to make an artistic conception.

At last, for Long term orientation. China has a very high score. So Chinese like to look ahead at best. I think this way of thinking is better because I would like to think in this way. “Cautious will never be wrong” by Jin Ming which is one of my favorite detective novel roles. It helps you to get a effective result you expect.

Actually, we can’t decide which country’s culture is better because every country has their unique culture which is belongs to own. So this blog just for Pro. Hofstede’s article.

Sources from

Abagond. (2013, January 17) [Web log message]. Retrieved from http://abagond.wordpress.com/2013/01/17/american-racism-against-blacks/ 

Didi Kirsten Tatlow. (2012, August 22) [Web log message]. Retrieved from http://rendezvous.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/22/language-and-chinas-practical-creativity/

The Hofstede Centre for China and The Hofstede Centre for United States by Pro. Hofstede.


My Opinion of Pro. Hofstede’s Characteristics of China

This is a very complex topic, about Pro. Hofstede‘s Characteristics of China  and I’m not good at comprehend these. But I’ll give my personal opinion to make this easier.

Firstly, Pro. Hofstede shows that China has a higher ranking of PDI and this means in Chinese society people are not equal. I agree with him in some aspects, but not completely. It is true that many superiors like rich people and dignitary who has great power sometimes using their privilege to do something which are not fair for people. But there are more and more people try to change this situation, government makes more strict low and media more active to expose such scandals. For example, much news about people who have corruption are stated by legal action now. No one wants to have an unequal society.

About low IDV, which means Chinese have highly collectivist culture, I disagree with Pro. Hofstede. Because I think China is a individualism society and people need cooperation. There is a true story that happened in 2011; a little girl named Yue Yue was rolled cruelly by a car twice time and 20 passersby no one came to save this poor girl. After this happened it became huge sensation, Chinese start to think: if we are going to a cold society? I think this story tells us that we are so individually now and we need to care about others.

China also has a little higher MAS, it shows that China is a masculine society. And I think Pro. Hofstede is right in some way. Just like he said, many migrated farmer workers leave their families behind in faraway places in order to obtain better work and pay in the cities. It is not fair to their families but without them, cities cannot be built. That’s why country thanks them all the time. But his second example is not my opinion, my favorite Chinese racing driver who is also like to comment current affairs Han Han. He dropped out of high school when he was 17, but he won many times in national finals and has the largest fans in the world on blog now. So to success, exam scores is not the only way.

I’m not very understood UAI, but Pro. Hofstede gives me some information like Chinese are comfortable with ambiguity. I agree with him at least on studying. Chinese need to study excellence in all aspects. I have made a speech about Chinese cartons when I was in high school, many Chinese cartoons imitate Japanese and American anime but they are all terrible for me. I think we can do better but truth is worth. Chinese language is full of ambiguous meanings and I don’t think this is a bad thing, because this is our culture, it’s beautiful and without this, Chinese will be very boring.

At last, for LTO. We have a highly long term oriented society and it is true. Chinese is very cautious, look ahead at best, lack of adventure at worst. For instance, when you looking for a job, not only think about money and interest but also think what we should do if we lost it. This is a result of forcing by the rules; we need to look at present.

That’s all my understanding about Pro. Hofstede’s article and I know very little so I wish you to supply comments.

About “Fox and bread”

This is my first post and I want to talk about the blog name “Fox and bread”, this name is from the fairy tale The Little PrinceI like this book very much, especially the Fox who was be “tame” by the little prince. Fox has said: “you see the grain-fields down yonder? I do not eat bread. Wheat is of no use to me. The wheat fields have nothing to say to me. And that is sad. But you have hair that is the color of gold. Think how wonderful that will be when you have tamed me! The grain, which is also golden, will bring me back the thought of you. And I shall love to listen to the wind in the wheat . . .” I wrote down this passage on my notebook as one of my favorite words which I have read before and now I post it to share with you. Thank you for reading.

Welcome to my world!