Why the dearth of information? Probably because it’s super complicated. There are a few fairly universal Chinese social norms for areas like gift giving, respect for elders and the like, but the water gets murkier if you go any further. Etiquette can be practiced differently within a family environment, a Chinese community and in broader American society. Norms can change through marriage, the passing of generations and schooling.
Does your head hurt yet? Don’t worry. Read on through the articles below and we’ll figure this out together.
- The best part about choosing gifts for the lover of Chinese culture in your life is the opportunity to give something that’s very personal. Read More »
- Giving a red envelope filled with lucky money is a common way for the Chinese to show appreciation during important celebrations. Read More »
- Are you headed to a Chinese wedding this summer, either as a guest or as a member of the wedding party? Read More »
- A new baby is cause for celebration in every culture, but especially so among the Chinese. Read More »
- Flowers are especially meaningful in Chinese culture, potentially creating anxiety as you’re standing in your local Chinatown florist. Read More »
- Though it’s a Western holiday, it shouldn’t be any surprise to see Mother’s Day widely celebrated among Chinese families. Read More »
- Gift giving among friends stems from the value Chinese culture places on relationships and reciprocity. Read More »