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The Interface of Business and Culture

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Michael B. Hinner

Humans need to communicate in order to interact with one another, and culture helps regulate such interaction and communication. The same is true in the world of business since there, too, people interact and communicate with one another. And in today’s globalized world, it is inevitable that many such encounters and interactions involve people of diverse cultural background. That is why it is so imperative that business people understand how culture influences human behavior and communication, including their own. This knowledge will provide a better understanding of not just one’s own behavior, but also that of one’s international business partners, employees, and customers. So who better to explain the influence of culture than some of the leading experts in the field? These contributing authors cover a wide spectrum of topics that range from general principles of intercultural communication to very specific aspects of culture’s influence in particular business contexts. These insights should prove to be interesting, perceptive, and useful to many international business transactions and interactions.

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Factors Contributing to Cross-Cultural Adaptation of Mainland Students in Hong Kong: Testing a Dynamic Model - Juana Du 503

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503 Introduction to Factors Contributing to Cross-Cultural Adaptation of Mainland Students in Hong Kong: Testing a Dynamic Model By Juana Du Juana Du notes many Chinese students decide to go abroad for their studies since Chinese domestic universities provide only comparatively few opportuni- ties of higher education. Many Mainland Chinese students opt, among other places, to go to one of the seven universities in Hong Kong that admit graduate students. Du observes that the relationships between Hong Kong and Mainland China are unique. Although both societies share the same traditional cultural heritage, there are also some differences because Hong Kong is a former British colony and now a global trading and banking center where Eastern and Western cultures coexist. Mainland China, in contrast, is a developing socialist state and one of the few existing communist governed countries in the world. Conse- quently, Du points out, Hong Kong and Mainland China posses distinct social identities because of the different background and life experiences. Being resi- dents of a colonial society with a booming economy, the identity of Hong Kong Chinese is multilevel and complex. In contrast, Mainland Chinese show distinct Chinese cultural identities. Moreover, the educational system of Hong Kong is a heritage of Britain which is quite different from Mainland China. Although more and more Mainland Chinese students come to Hong Kong for their higher education, little research has been conducted on how they adapt to Hong Kong. Most adaptation studies have been carried out in Western coun- tries, Du...

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