Time Is Changing
All cultures change through time. No culture is static. Even though China is high uncertainty avoidance Culture, as time goes by, Chinese culture is changing too. The changes are more obvious in big cities, such as international cities Beijing and Shanghai. And the changes are easily seen in people’s daily life.
More than 300 million Chinese people, or nearly a quarter of the country’s population, have studied English either as a major course or as an elective subject. Experts with the workshop pointed out that it is imperative that China improves the level of English among its population to cater for market demand. Language teaching in China also requires more advanced methods and materials from English-speaking countries. Since language and culture and intertwined. The learning of English leads to a knowledge of western culture.
Over the last two decades, McDonald’s has already established 560 of their restaurants in China and soon will be adding 100 more. KFC has been even more popular. There are 1000 KFC outlets throughout the country with more than 100 in Beijing alone. Taco Bell, A & W, and Pizza Hut are not far behind. People’s wide acceptance of western food shows that people are very open to western culture.
The culture collision has an increasingly broad and deep impact on Chinese culture nowadays. Chinese culture is no more the pure and typically eastern culture. The changes in a culture make it more complicated to understand the culture. Understanding a culture nowadays requires both knowing the history and observing changes.