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By L. Fu, P.S. Lao, Jean Bryson Strohl, Lorand B. Szalay

Based on a comparative research of chinese language and American students,this detailed learn deals insights into the modern perspectives and values built in 3 diversified socio-political settings-the post-modern, commercial surroundings of the us; the socialistic surroundings of the People's Republic of China; and the constructing unfastened marketplace of Taiwan. Empirical facts display formerly uncharted dimensions of cultural similarities, variations, and the results of other fiscal and social platforms on people's perceptions in their international and significant modern problems.

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The qualities the Mainlanders most often ascribe to their parents are kindly, amiabIe, respectable, healthy, lovable and dear. They are clearly aware of their parents' love and of the education their parents' work has provided. That their parents are in harmony is important to them. One of the most significant contrasts is the total absence of negative feelings about parents among Chinese Mainlanders. They have a very deep commitment to taking care of, and providing support for, their parents. Taiwanese View: Upbringing, Obedience, Indebtedness.

_TW I PRC 1197 TW 10 9 6 PRC Chinese: Glorious, Hard-Working, Darwin. The Mainland Chinese proudly point to the greatness of their ancestors to whom they attribute their national character. The most important qualities are industrious, hard-working and brave. The PRC view ancestors as the source of their history, culture and civilization and are proud of their famous inventions and achievements. On a parallelline, their thinking shows a strong influence of Darwinian theory in tracing the human developed back to animalorigin.

Being happy and individualistic are two of the most important aspects of the Americans' self-image, while the Taiwanese pride themselves most on self-confidence, good looks, happiness, and industriousness -- in that order. These positive traits are counterbalanced by critical observations; concerned with lack of selfconfidence, selfishness, inferiority. The identification of oneself with struggle and achievement particularly in regard to school-work is strong among the Taiwanese. The Taiwanese have to pass numerous examinations in order to be admitted to colleges and without a college diploma one could hardly secure a "good" job -- that is, a well-paid job.

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