【美文欣赏】Difference Between Cultures （有声）
小编摘要：There is a difference in the degree to which modesty is emphasized in the United States and China.
Difference Between Cultures
I have always found the Chinese to be a very gracious people.
In particular,Chinese frequently compliment foreign friends on their language skills,
knowledge of Chinese culture, professional accomplishments, and personal health.
Curiously,however, Chinese are as loath to accept a compliment
as they are eager to give one.
As many of my Chinese friends have explained,
this is a manifestation of the Chinese virtue of modesty.
I have noticed a difference, though,
in the degree to which modesty is emphasized in the United States and China.
In the US, we tend to place more emphasis on “seeking the truth from fact;”
thus, Americans tend to accept a compliment with gratitude.
Chinese, on the other hand, tend to reject the compliment,
even when they know they deserve the credit or recognition which has been awarded them.
I can imagine a Chinese basketball fan meeting Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls.
He might say, “Mr.Jordan, I am so happy to meet you.
I just want to tell you, you are the best basketball player in the world;
you’re the greatest!” to which Jordan would probably respond,
“Thank you very much. I really appreciate it!
I just do try to do my best every time I step on the court.”
If an American met Deng Yaping, China’s premier pingpong player,
he might say much the same thing: “Ms. Deng, you’re the best!”
but as a Chinese,Deng would probably say,
“No, I really don’t play all that well. You’re too much kind.”
Plainly, Americans and Chinese have different ways of responding to praise.
because it is less truthful — and therefore less sincere.
Americans generally place sincerity above etiquette;
genuine gratitude for the praise serves as a substitute for protestations of modesty.
After all, in the words of one of my closest Chinese friends,
modesty taken to the extreme is arrogance.