Chinese Culture

By:CallieAnn Petree

Religion

Government ruled nation officially atheist

5 Legal Religions

-Buddhism

-Catholicism

-Protestantism

-Taoism

-Islam

Languages

71.5% Mandarin

8.5% Wu

5% Yue

4.8% Xiang

4.1% Min

3.7% Hakka

2.4% Gan

*Many are also fluent in English

Food

Types of food

  • Cantonese-Based on stir fry
  • Szechuan-Based on peanuts and spices

Protein?

  • Tofu
  • Not a lot of meat (only pork and chicken)

Dating and Marriage

  • Not romantic, look for partner to meet ideal life
  • Only date to marry
  • Don't date till after educational goals are met
  • PDA and premarital sex is very looked down on
  • Women are expected to marry before 26
  • Meeting parents is equivalent to being engaged

Greetings and Titles

Greetings

  • Business-casual handshake
  • Male to male only-double handshake
  • Leave shoes at the door of someones house
Titles

  • Ms. Mr. Dr. Professor
  • No- Miss Mrs.

Taboo

In China they don't openly discuss death or use it as an adjective. For example one could not say my phone is dead, rather you would say my phone has lost it's charge

Becoming an Adult

Men

Capping Ceremony


  • Choose father or other guest to comb hair
  • Chosen person combs hair into a bun
  • Chosen person also gives a speech


Women

Hair Pin Ceremony


  • 15
  • Hair is gathered into a knot and held together with a pin

Superstitions

  • Hit someone with a broom-you receive bad luck
  • Mustache-bad luck
  • 8-lucky number

Gestures

  • Winking and whistling=rude
  • Thumbs up or tugging on ear hole=good job
  • Raised pinky=you are nothing
  • Thumb placed between your middle and index finger=obscene
  • Make eye contact and slightly bow=how to get someones attention

Family Dynamic

Male

  • In charge of all final decisions
  • Only ones able to receive inheritance
  • Responsible financially
  • Financially responsible for kids till married
Female

  • Expected to stay home and take care of kids
Elders

  • Highly respected
  • Sought for wisdom
  • Taken care of
Children

  • Expected to have unquestioning obedience and if not they can be killed
  • only one child per household
  • Girls would be killed due to their inability to receive inheritance