Proceedings of the 2017 2nd International Seminar on Education Innovation and Economic Management (SEIEM 2017)

Differences between American and Chinese Concepts of Space

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Jing Lv
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Jing Lv
Available Online December 2017.
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/seiem-17.2018.41How to use a DOI?
Keywords
nonverbal behavior, space, Chinese, American, intercultural communication
Abstract
Nonverbal behavior has unique connotations in different cultures. Space, as an important category of nonverbal communication, is interpreted differently from culture to culture. This thesis compares different concepts held by American and Chinese towards space. By the analyses of the roots causing the different concepts, which is individualism and collectivism, historic impact, low context and high context culture, it proves that concept towards space was influenced by culture. This gives clues to underlying messages, reduce misunderstandings and isolate ethnocentrism. It thus draws the conclusion that cultural learning must be laid stress on in order to achieve successful intercultural communication.
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