Aboriginal vs Chinese Culture - Reflection

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Personal Reflection – Chinese and Aboriginal CALD cultures.

16137396 – Posted 19/08/2013 @ 00:05.

To best compare and contrast my chosen CALD groups, the cultures of the Aboriginal and Chinese people, I focused my research and analysis on the dimensions of individualism vs collectivism and communitarianism.

Traditionally, the kinship system by which aboriginal society follows is one based highly on collectivism. Geert Hofstede defines a collectivist society as one that prefers a “tightly knit framework” in which individuals can expect “unquestioned loyalty” (The Hofstede Centre, 2013) from relatives and members of the group.

Put simply, the basis of the kinship system meant that aboriginals regarded their entire group as
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I believe that this individualistic ideal is indeed a consideration in why such a great emphasis is placed on study and academic success both in ancient and modern China. But whilst looking into the topic, I discovered that there was an underlying model of communitarianism with their ethos on study. Chinese people believe that a sound education does not only ensure the future of the individual, but also the future and the development of the family and country on the whole. What this means is the Chinese people believe that that only through study, will China be able to ensure the longevity of its people and nation. The maxim from the Three-Character Scripture (an ancient Chinese writing) states, “if no proper education is given to children, their nature will go bad.” I believe the word “nature” can easily be substituted for the overall health of the future of the nation.

As seen in my comparison of Aboriginal and Chinese culture, it can clearly be seen that the ancient traditions of both peoples can be considered contrasting and similar depending on the view and depth that one choses to look into any given dimension.



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