According to Yaping Tang in “Polite but Thirsty” tells about cultural differences between China
and the United States. It is difficult for people to live in the country where culture is different,
because they do not have enough knowledge nor experiences about where they are in.
China always should be polite. For example, Americans cal each others their first name, whereas
Chinese call whole name to person. Second, Chinese do not say “yes” at first that they are thirsty,
even if someone asked “Would you like to drink?” In contrast, the U.S. They say clearly to
anything. Third, Americans open a present in front of people, but Chinese don't. Also they do not
have a tipping system. So, people should follow the culture where you are in. In my country Japan,
their culture build long tradition; such as people behave modest and respect without individualism,
but Japanese culture is influenced by American value these days.
At first, Japanese care about age what they communicate with someone. They always must be
polite to older people or people who do not know each other. For example, they have a bowing
culture; taking bow originated form admiring others. It is not only older people, we also do when
conveying the feeling of gratitude. In addition, they care about how to call people's name.
Japanese use “san” to their last name, or “sama” is more respectful. In “Polite but Thirsty” Yaping
Tang explains that “Americans don't like to be treated with special difference for age or position; it makes them uncomfortable” (37). This means that Americans dislike being respected to meet
someone, even if they are older than you, and they are more higher status than you. That's why
Americans are very friendly in spite of an independent principle. Although Japanese people are not
individualism, they are not friendly. The young Japanese has expanded the width of communication...
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