A Comparative Analysis Between Aboriginal and Chinese Cultural Differences

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The rapid growth of globalisation and internationalisation of trade in resources, especially human capital, has made managerial of culture differences ever so important as to understanding the different variables (Hofstede G, 2010). In this paper, the Power Distance Index (PDI) of both Chinese and aboriginal traditional cultural value and belief in family, social life and workplace is going to be examined under the scope of Hofstede’s dimensions. To a truthful stereotype, both culture heavily emphasis upon power distance in a form of age-grade social hierarchy, the variance in its operation however made these cultures unique. The value and beliefs of Confucianism has embedded upon every aspect of Chinese life, putting emphasis upon power and relationship (Irwin 2012) and creating a sense of family-centred communitarianism (W Li [Western Kentucky University] 2005, CHIN318 Lecture notes, 8 October). Indigenous aboriginals although maintained their traditional culture emphasis of power distance system through Kinship, but with various elements reduced due to western economic development, allowing more freedom of action ( Bruner 1956).

Chinese Power Distance Index under the scope of Hofstede’s cultural variable scored 80 comparing to the world average of 56.5 (The Hofstede Centre) indicating that power are centralised amongst the highest members of the social organisation and a common acceptance of unequal distribution of power. In a stance for family relationship such a high level of power inequalities along with the mentality of Confucianism made the age grade hierarchy a common family structure regardless of the family size. (W Li [Western Kentucky University] 2005, CHIN318 Lecture notes, 8 October). The sense of respect for the elders required for ‘filial piety’ in Confucianism (Li 2011) and various moral boundaries regulating socially acceptable practices and…...

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