Communication between Cultures
Mrs. M 8am-9:15am MW
China has about five thousand years history which is an extremely long period of time. The Chinese civilization was growing with these periods of time and it will continues greater than ever. Many wars and unhappiness’s were happening during this period. Although, the time has passed, the histories and the civilizations have not passed. These family virtues, serious, working attitudes, sense of justice and the great Confucian tradition have been deeply assimilated into the Chinese people. Some Chinese traditions are different from North American’s. The Chinese culture has many special characteristics which are very interesting for people to learn.
The family life is very important for every Chinese. Chinese families are very close-knit. Children tend to stay with their parents even after they get married and have children of their own, so that you often see three or four generations living under the same roof, unlike other cultures where the kids that have grown up try to get as far away from the parents as possible. However, everyone is well organized within this compact family each member of the family help each other when there is any problem and they will suffer together. The family life is quite different from North American’s style, since the North Americans like to live alone when they are getting old. It is very dangerous for the old people, if there is any accident happened. Nobody can help them if the old people live alone. The elder Chinese people are not willing to spend their final years living in an old people’s home. Chinese have great respect to the old generations, who are also considered the most important out of all the generations. They will not let their parents or grandparents live alone in another environment for the final years. They will live with the old people because they could like to look after them. This is quite important for Chinese family. Parents take care of their elders (their parents) somewhat as a payment for they care their parents gave them. This causes the middle aged parents to require their children to care for them when they grow old. You can not only observe this kind of bond just in China, but also all around the United States.
In New York, it is very difficult for everyone to avoid the reality that we are indeed surrounded by Chinese culture. From Chinese take-out restaurants serving delicious Chinese food to Chinese communities such as the one in Chinatown, Chinese culture is all over the place. Chinese art, cuisine, religion, festivals, and more can all be experienced in one place. This is why New York is considered to be the cultural center of the world, featuring everything. People from all around the world come to New York for various different reasons. In an attempt to experience Chinese culture first-hand, three places in the New York area come to mind.
First, there is the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET). It is located in the heart of Central Park. The MET provides collections of art from a variety of different cultures from different time periods. This includes a gallery of Asian art that displays Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and other types of Asian artwork from different time periods. The types of artwork that can be found in the museum include paintings, sculptures, antiques, scrolls and many other varieties.
The New York Chinese Scholar's Garden is another site that is filled with Chinese culture. Here, the visitor gets a great sense of Chinese architecture as they take a tour of a traditional Scholar's Garden that once existed as far back as 2,000 years ago in China. The New York Chinese Scholar's Garden is located Staten Island, New York.
The third location is a Chinese Buddhist Temple. There is an abundant amount of Buddhist Temples all across York City. A visit to a Chinese Buddhist Temple will expose the visitor to the essentials of Chinese…