After seeing the Hofstede dimensions of national culture, I think it made me understand my country deeply.
From the chart, I comprehend that there have some power gaps in our China. I agree extremely! From a historical view, emperors represented all right in our ancient China. It was our goal to obey emperors without preconditions. It was our aim to establish a strong government. Now, in our wide streets, there are many running cars, but others are living in the shabby house, what a confused era! I don’t want to talk too esoteric examples, let’s talk about Bill Gates. Besides his talent, patent, limited liability and property ownership in the United States are the factors why he succeeded. From this you can see that power is the protagonist! That is to say, if one day our Chinese lived a country which has free market system, we would create more wealth.
We got a low score in individualism. To be honest, I am a little bit upset. However, I have to approve it. I have change the country push button to the United States and then I noticed that it got high score in individualism. I think it is linked with national system. The Declaration of independence pointed that citizens have the right to overthrow the government. On the contrast, based on the special economic system in Chinese feudal society, there must be a unified, centralized to maintain national unity and stability. In order to achieve national stability and social harmony, we need to sacrifice personal, collective maintenance. On the other hand, our China uses the People’s Congress system. That is to say, our prime minister was selected by Party Congress. Our citizens don’t have rights to make our decision.
As for MAS (masculinity), China got a moderate score. The Hofstede showed that China is a masculine society. I agree. Back to the ancient China, we can find that every emperor is a man, expect Wu Zetian. Also, when we get married, the children must with father’s surname. Masculinity stands for power, so man are easier than women to get a job in China. And if you want to promotion or more paying, you have to overtime. Likewise, exam scores are the measure of whether a student good or bad. It is reminds of two students got low scores and couldn’t go to university so that they chose suicide in my high school. It is heartbreaking. I think maybe our country can change a little bit to femininity society. This way, more voice of harmony will emerge.
Finally, the Hofstede talked about China is a highly long term oriented society. There are many reasons. First, our China is the hometown of Confucius. You can imagine how profoundly affect us. Especially his thoughts which pointed that each family member has their own position, everyone should be cautious and humility so that can maintain the harmony of collective. Second, in recent years, Chinese enterprises have developed rapidly. Managers focus on the future and bring up relationships. Also, they are willing to make long-term investments. Third, in the political and religious aspects, China has not produced a Western-style religion. Because China in the absence of civil society, governments tend to monopolize all public affairs.
In summary, I think our China is high power! First of all, China’s territorial area ranked fourth in the world, it means that a country with a vast territory of enormous strategic space. Secondly, China is the most populous country. There is a saying say, strength in numbers. Population is the tool to create state power. Thirdly, during 2005 to 2013, GDP continues to rise. On the one hand, our SMEs are developed highly. China’s products throughout the world! On the other hand, our traditional culture has a deep impact on the world, especially Japan. And then, China has continuously participated in more international gatherings. Next, China is a long term society! Our potential is enormous. Finally, more and more multinational companies appeared. They must bring us more business opportunities!
Great Hall of the People,Beijing by thewamphyri CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Confucius by Gimli62 CC BY-NC 2.0
China Expo firework pictures by Epic Fireworks CC BY 2.0