Edward T. Hall's High Context Low Context Theory on Chinese Culture

1648 Words Mar 12th, 2013 7 Pages

Alfred Chung
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International Communication
COMM 2201
Annika Hannan

Messages are transcended without much explanation or explicit descriptions because it is assumed that the receiver will understand. This is Edward T. Hall’s High Context theory. This is the Chinese culture. I am an immigrant from Hong Kong. Although I relocated to Toronto before I came to understand most of my teachings, I did not forget them. As one of the oldest civilizations in the world with almost four thousand years of history, the Chinese culture is most difficult to decipher but not impossible to comprehend. [ (Riel) ] The characters that construct the Chinese language are endless; and it is in the
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If I ask whether or not an individual will attend an event I’m hosting, the answer in a low context culture is often limited to ‘yes’ or ‘no’. However, in a culture as high a context as the Chinese, the answer is most often a ‘maybe’. Even in a situation where I am most certain I will not attend an event, I will still give an uncertain reply in hopes that the host will not be offended by my absence and to restrict the damage my decision may make to the host’s image. Another example would be to settling disputes privately and discreetly. If two large groups were in an argument, the leader of the groups would set aside and talk alone in order to resolve the situation while keeping the public embarrassment to a minimum. These are the norms. This is the invisible rule book that the Chinese culture often abides by and is what defines the ingroups from the outgroups. However, there are many who do not live by such standards and the ripple effect these actions cause are a tremendous impact to society.

Hong Kong is independent and has been on its’ own for a while. However, it still keeps close ties to the Republic of China due to the close proximity of their lands and the various similarities in culture. Recently, however, arguments are arising between those from China and those who reside in Hong Kong. The reason for this is simply because in the last twenty years, China immigrants receiving residential
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