How do the Chinese think?

So how do the Chinese think differently from Westerners?

One author I came across comments on,

…the almost reflexive need for his Chinese students to find a “middle way,” an answer to his questions that take into account all sides, so the answer they give won’t hurt anyone or cause them to lose face, including the teacher. This is the very opposite of the approach of US students, who form strong opinions and argue them with passion. The principle that “there are two sides to every coin” applies to nearly every answer the students offer… (from the Peking Duck)

This is in many ways a helpful characteristic. After all, there rarely is one 'right' answer to a problem.

But this desire to save face and the Confucian preference for harmony can create big problems for Chinese students studying in the UK or the US, because it doesn't help them to develop critical thinking skills. And critical thinking skills are what Western universities are looking for in their students.

Critical thinking is such a vital issue for international students. Take a look at my recent article about critical thinking (link takes you to my proofreading site)  and let me know your thoughts.

But approaches to logic are also involved, and this 5 minute video introduces the issues (which are rooted in the difference in historical-philosophical background).

Dan
@ NCL Proofreading Services

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