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Published Friday, November 16, 18 | By PaulvHill

contributed by Ronna Fleischman

The Chinese have an elaborate wedding culture. The wedding events include many rituals and traditions. Although they have been toned down in modern times, many have been retained to some degree because they are meant to honor the institution of family. Traditional Chinese marriages were not the free union of two young people establishing a new, independent household. Rather, it was thought of as a union of families for the purpose of providing descendants and some mutual benefit.  In planning the wedding, both families are heavily involved from the start. They begin by picking an auspicious date as the Betrothal Day.  During this formal meeting between the parents, the groom’s family presents various proposal gifts that represents fertility and prosperity. Gifts are given in even numbers, meaning “good things double” in Chinese culture.  Thus, the two are considered officially engaged.  Read More 

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Published Friday, November 16, 18 | By PaulvHill

contributed by Ronna Fleischman

Funeral customs are very important to the Chinese. There are different customs in different regions of China, among them burial, cremation, and water burial. The family members of the dead wear mourning dresses, which are made in five different materials according to how close the relationship was with the dead. A funeral hall is arranged in the house and relatives, friends and neighbors may come to console the family and bring flowers. The memorial ceremony will last for at least seven days. Read More 

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Published Friday, November 16, 18 | By PaulvHill

contributed by Ronna Fleischman

China is a culture in which people are more concerned with building relationships with others than with individualism. In the work place, they value harmony and obedience over efficiency and profit.  Keeping things in order is very important in China. In the west, the objective in the workplace is that the job gets done. It matters little how the job gets done, as long as it does. Most companies overlook employees listening to music, talking to others, checking email or snacking as long as they stay on course and do their tasks.  In China, they care more about how the job gets finished. It is not uncommon for a supervisor to look over the shoulders of their employees to monitor if they are staying on task. Checking e-mails, web surfing and having unnecessary conversations are not allowed. Read More 

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Published Friday, November 16, 18 | By PaulvHill

The Chinese wedding culture evolved in honor of the value that the institution of family held in the society. The entire family takes full part in the wedding right from the initial moment of the proposal. The families choose the betrothal day and arrange a formal meeting between the elders of the two families. Read More 

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Published Friday, November 16, 18 | By PaulvHill

contributed by Ronna Fleischman

Like many aspects of life that have become increasingly more westernized in the past several decades, the social life of the Chinese has evolved into a fragile mix of modern and traditional.  So much of how Chinese people carry on relationships is ingrained in ancient beliefs about how people relate to one another within a societal framework. Read More 

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Published Friday, November 16, 18 | By PaulvHill

contributed by Ronna Fleischman

Until recently, the word “recreation” has had little meaning for the people of China. They worked six days a week and spent off hours worrying about problems like food and clothing. Recreation was a luxury that most people could not afford.  However, since the introduction of reform in the 1990’s and the “opening-up” of China, there have been significant changes in living standards that have led to improvements in lifestyle and more free time to enjoy life. In 1995, China embraced the concept of the 2-day weekend.  With this, and the 114 legal holidays per year, recreation entered the lives of the Chinese people. So what do the Chinese do with their time? Read More 

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Published Friday, November 16, 18 | By PaulvHill

Chinese culture (simplified Chinese中华文化traditional Chinese中華文化pinyinZhōnghuá wénhuà) is one of the world's oldest cultures, originating thousands of years ago. The area in which the culture is dominant covers a large geographical region in East Asia with customs and traditions varying greatly between provincescities, and even towns as well. With China being one of the earliest ancient civilizations, Chinese culture is extremely diverse and varying, and it has a profound effect on the philosophy, virtue, etiquette, and traditions of Asia to date. Chinese culture is historically considered the dominant culture in East Asia, as it was the civilization that held the most dominant influence in the region that laid out the cultural groundwork for East Asian civilization. Chinese languageceramicsarchitecturemusicdanceliteraturemartial artscuisinevisual artsphilosophybusiness etiquettereligionpolitics, and history have a profound impact on the world, while its traditions and festivals are also celebrated, instilled and practiced by people around Asia.

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