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!