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Cultural Differences in Asia and America (U.S.)

Research has shown that there are well-defined differences in "cultural priorities" in Asian and American (U.S.) cultures. Identify these differences and explain how these cultural priorities may clash. Also, suggest measures that can be taken to minimize these cultural clashes.

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1. Research has shown that there are well-defined differences in "cultural priorities" in Asian and American (U.S.) cultures. Identify these differences and explain how these cultural priorities may clash. Also, suggest measures that can be taken to minimize these cultural clashes.

According to Hofstede's cultural dimensions:

? United States focuses on the individual; Asian on collective. Loyalty in a collectivist culture is paramount. The society fosters strong relationships where everyone takes responsibility for fellow members of their group.
? United States had high degree of gender role differentiation; Asia have about the same scores.

? United States is willing to take short term risks. It believes in meeting its obligations and tends to reflect an appreciation for cultural traditions; Asians are more conservative and do not like uncertainty and ambiguity. They are traditional, thrift and perseverance; values associated with Short Term Orientation are respect for tradition, fulfilling social obligations, and protecting one's 'face' with no direct confrontations unlike United States direct and aggressive approach. Long term time perspective and an attitude of persevering; that is, overcoming obstacles with time, if not with will and strength in Aisan societies. This contrasts with United States.

? United States believes in equality between societal levels, including government, organizations, and even within families; In Asia, there is a higher level of inequality of power and wealth within the society.

? United States society has fewer rules and does not attempt to control all outcomes and results and also has a greater level of tolerance for a variety of ideas, thoughts, and beliefs. United Sates is comfortable with unstructured situations. In contrast, Asian countries are opposite and feel uncomfortable in unstructured situations. Uncertainty avoiding cultures like Asian countered try to minimize the possibility of such situations by strict laws and rules, safety and security measures, and on the philosophical and religious level by a belief in absolute ...

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Research has shown that there are well-defined differences in "cultural priorities" in Asian and American (U.S.) cultures. This solution identifies these differences and explains how these cultural priorities may clash. It also suggests measures that can be taken to minimize these cultural clashes.

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