Chinese Culture

Greetings

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  • If seated, the Chinese will stand up out of respect when they are introduced to someone.
  • Handshakes are the common, casual greeting. The grip tends to be lighter than the western handshake, and is also sustained for longer.
  • In formal situations, people bow slightly or nod politely to formally greet one another. The bow is from the shoulders and should be greater if the person you are greeting has a higher status than you.
  • Use a person’s family name and appropriate title to address them unless they have indicated that you can move on to addressing them on a first name basis. Usually, only friends address one another by their given names. Furthermore, nicknames are used only between very close friends or lovers.
  • When first meeting a Chinese person in a rural area, it is common to be invited to join them for a meal. This is an old greeting that offers politeness, yet does not usually transpire into an actual meal.
  • It is considered impolite to greet a friend with a comment that could be perceived to have negative connotations, such as, “You look tired”.
China
  • Population
    1,401,586,609
    19.13% of World Population
  • Languages
    Mandarin (official)
    Cantonese
    Shanghainese
    Plus other dialects
  • Religions
    No Religion (52.5%)
    Folk Religion (21.9%)
    Buddhism (18.2%)
    Christianity (5.1%)
    Islam (1.8%)
  • Ethnicities
    Han Chinese (91.6%)
    Zhuang (1.3%)
    Other (7.1%)
  • English Proficiency
    Well (49.41%)
  • Cultural Dimensions
    Power Distance 80
    Individualism 20
    Masculinity 66
    Uncertainty Avoidance 30
    Long Term Orientation 87
    Indulgence 24
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  • Australians with Chinese Ancestry
    866,208
Chinese in Australia
  • Population
    483,398
    1.8% of Australia's total population
  • Average Age
    35
  • Gender
    Male (44.4%)
    Female (55.6%)
  • Religion
    No Religion (63.2%)
    Buddhism (16.2%)
    Catholic Christianity (3.4%)
    Other (11.4%)
  • Ancestry
    Chinese (94.1%)
    English (1.8%)
    Russian (1.4%)
  • Languages
    Mandarin (65.3%)
    Cantonese (22.5%)
    Samoan (2.5%)
    Chinese (6.0%)
  • English Proficiency
    Well (49.41%)
  • Diaspora
    New South Wales (48.9%)
    Victoria (29.4%)
    Queensland (8.5%)
    Western Australia (5.2%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (38.2%)
    2001-2006 (23.7%)
    2007-2011 (33.7%)
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