Edited By Michael B. Hinner
Harmony as the Foundation of Chinese Communication
By Guo-Ming Chen
Guo-Ming Chen points out that due to its population size and its economy, and understanding of Chinese communication styles becomes necessary in today’s world. At the same time, globalization requires mutual understanding among people of different cultures. Misunderstandings are preprogrammed if people have a lack of cultural awareness and do not know how to address these cultural differences. That is why the author focuses on discussing three issues that are related to the key concepts of Chinese communication; namely, the trend of indigenous communication studies, harmony as the foundation of the paradigmatic assumptions of Chinese communication, and the pitfall of Chinese communication studies.
Chen notes that in the past, the primary focus has been on Western methods of studying communication and that emic, i.e. culture internal, approaches for studying and trying to understand communication principles and processes have only been on the rise recently. But Chen thinks an approach that considers both emic as well as etic, i.e. culture external, views might actually be more comprehensive because such an approach encompasses the advantages inherent to both approaches. So the author asks, how then should a method be constructed that takes the paradigmatic assumptions of Chinese communication into consideration.
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