Response to Chinese and Mexican Cultural Differences The comparison between the Chinese and Mexican cultures is an interesting and fascinating one. I do agree that music and dancing is a vital part of the Mexican culture. Mexicans will use any event or situation as a reason to have a celebratory party. All cultures celebrate events such as weddings, births, and some even celebrate death in a positive light. The Mexican culture goes beyond the main events in life that we as Americans normally consider celebration-worthy events.
Mexicans will celebrate their children graduating grade school, middle school, high school, and in very rare occasions, college graduation. The reason that celebrating college graduation is so rare is because there is a very small percentage of Mexicans that actually attend and graduate college. Only 7 percent of the entire Mexican population actually graduates high school, and only 10 percent of these graduates even enroll in some sort of college (Fry, 2002). In contrast, there are an increasing number of Chinese undergraduate students in American colleges.
Between 2010 and 2011 the number of Chinese students enrolling in American universities grew by 43 percent (Johnson, 2011). Both cultures have a desire for higher education, but it seems that the Chinese culture has more of a drive to accomplish goals than does the Mexican culture. One aspect of the Mexican culture that is a result of the strong family traditions is that conversation is an essential part of everyday life. When there is not a party to attend, an evening pedestrian will pass by many homes, most of which have people in that household sitting outside, conversing.
These conversations are typically about their daily life, not necessarily about the history of traditions in the Mexican culture. In contrast, the Chinese consider it extremely important to talk and teach each other about the history of their country in the form of story-telling. History is passed down from generation to generation through stories and these stories about traditions are an important part of conversations in the Chinese culture (Wang, Leichtman & Davies, 2010).
The Mexicans enjoy teaching about traditions through acts and events where as the Chinese prefer passing down traditions through elaborate stories that are based on truths, but will captivate the young minds of their children. These two cultures share many priorities, but have very different ways of carrying out those cultural priorities. Though these two cultures have many differences, but for literally being on opposite ends of the globe, they share a surprising about of commonalities.
We interact with both on a daily basis in the melting pot that defines our American society. Both have made valuable contributions to our society in the United States and only time will tell what the future holds as these two cultures continue to interact with one another in our great land.
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