With55 ethnic groups representing a population of over one billionpeople, Chinese customs and traditions command cultural influence allover the world. Religion is central to the Chinese culture andmajority of the people practice Buddhism. Other religions includeCatholicism, Protestantism and Islam (Eleanor, 2015). If I metsomeone belonging to the Chinese culture, I would enquire whetherreligion plays any role in the family setting. I would then find outhow they intend to pass on the characteristics of their religion totheir children and their reasons for doing so. Apart from religion,the people practicing the Chinese culture also hold festivals andcelebrations to mark important days in the Chinese calendar. I wouldtherefore ask the person to describe the most celebrated holidays intheir culture and to talk about any specific rituals that areperformed during this period.
Dueto modernization, many cultures around the world are transformingtheir way of thinking and their behavioral patterns. Althoughmodernization results in the improvement of people’s livingstandards, it also erodes traditional cultures as new elements areintroduced (Chen, 2014). I would try to find out the person’s viewon how modernization has affected the traditional Chinese culture. Iwould then ask them to describe what they think would be the best wayto embrace modernization while still preserving the traditionalcustoms and traditions. Technology has also altered the way peopleinteract and communicate with each other. While in the old dayspeople met to discuss and share thoughts, today’s young generationform relationships online based on common interests (Patil, 2014). Iwould enquire from the person whether they feel that the youngChinese generation today has any sense of culture and what should bedone so that the young generation can willingly embrace theirtraditions. Finally, I would ask the person what is the mostrespectful gesture in their culture and why this is so.
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