Archive for March, 2010

It’s All About Parenting.

Mar 18th, 2010 Posted in Culture | one comment »

There is this Korean show on TV in which the guests who are from different countries share thoughts on various topics related to cultural differences. In this episode I was watching the other day they had a discussion on parenting in different cultures. I found it interesting when some of the guests were saying how surprised they were to know Korean parents would share a bed and sleep with infants while parents in the western society have infants sleep separately from them in another room. Read the rest of this entry »

Following the old rules…

Mar 16th, 2010 Posted in Culture | no comment »

In Traditional Chinese culture, people used to celebrate New Year for the first month of the year. During this whole month, I assume people would enjoy big feasts with various dishes and tastes, sharing happiness with family and friends, for they have worked hard for the past year, and it is the moment to celebrate and wait for the sign of the Spring, when everything on earth is revived, and that means a brand new beginning. Read the rest of this entry »

Another Tea Tip=)

Mar 15th, 2010 Posted in Culture | 4 comments »

 We went to visit my husband’s uncle for the weekend, was a bit nervous since I’ve never met his uncle’s family. The last time when my husband saw them was like ten years ago, no wonder he couldn’t recognize none of his cousins when they hug us at the front door. We were invited for a short conversation with the whole family. Tea, of course is a very important part in Chinese Culture when chatting with the guests. As a new member to my husband’s family, especially for the very first time meeting a senior or an elder, pouring tea for him or her is considered as a symbol of respect. I was a bit embarrassed when I everyone was watching me poured tea in cups. I was told that it would be rude if pour tea in a full cup, so I stopped by the 3/4 from the edge. I have to say that Tea in Chinese Culture is a very attentive subject. Especially when having tea with elders, I have to pour tea for them whenever their cup becomes almost empty. I can imagine is a tough job for someone new to the culture…but when you get used to it, it will become fairly easy. =) Read the rest of this entry »

Can’t Live without A Car?

Mar 11th, 2010 Posted in Culture | 2 comments »

Every time I think of having to drive for almost two hours to commute back and forth to work every day, I already feel so tired and reluctant to do it. At first, it seems cool and fun to drive between two cities, but after a while you just start to feel the pain, and the torture continues. Especially during rush hours when the traffic is extremely bad, it is the worst. Not that I didn’t think of taking public transportation but it is almost impossible because it can waste relatively more time than driving to get to my destination. Of course there are public transportation systems. In big cities, public transportation is well-built and convenient, and people depend on it. Small cities or suburbs also have public transportation systems, but they are not really considered convenient – 30 minutes, or even an hour, a bus, and it may stop running after 7 pm or earlier. Not to mention that there are places where public transportation is totally unavailable. Read the rest of this entry »

Let the Tea Talk…

Mar 7th, 2010 Posted in Culture | no comment »

The beauty of Tea Culture is not only about slowing down the steps, but also about the people showing their respect to others while drinking. There are many “rules” during the tea in China. I have no ideas about those “hidden rules” at the beginning, but recently I paid key attention on those not too obvious gestures, so next time when I go back to China, I’ll have full confidence to have tea with others. =) Read the rest of this entry »