Essay about Academic English for Business and Management

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Academic English for Business and Management

Compare and contrast the ideas expressed in the two texts. To what extent do these texts show that national and cultural stereotypes are no longer a useful way of examining the human condition and economic activity? Choose an element in the texts which you find interesting and explain your reaction to it by giving examples from your own experience.

Your full name: Wang Lei
Student number: 200761781
Submission date: 28/07/2013
Tutor’s name: Gary Hernandez
Word count: 1638
As globalization becomes a trend in today’s world, national and cultural stereotypes draw numerous attentions by people. There are two articles written by Yong and Piller, One called ‘East meets West’ and another
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However, the different thinking ways between westerners and easterners draw much attention than ever. Some psychologists support that easterners have a holistic world view, while westerners tend to think more analytically (Yong, 2009). This is shown by Nisbett’s study, people from eastern and western have differences in visual attention, Americans tend to focus on the objects, while Chinese people focus more attention on the background. Nisbett also points out that easterners and westerners have different ways of categorizing objects, Americans prefer to group things by features, whereas Chinese people like categorizing things associating with relationships (International Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, vol7, p235, cited in Yong 2009). Moreover, Yong mentions that easterners and westerners have different views of causality. When a killing happened, Americans explain more about traits and personal abilities while Chinese people consider more about the historical factors (Journal of personality and social psychology, vol67, p949, cited in Yong 2009). In addition, the way people wield logic is influenced by cultural differences, Americans are more likely to accept one and reject another one while Chinese people hold the middle position (American Psychologist, vol54, p741, cited in Yong 2009). Because of the rapid development of society and cultural, national and cultural stereotypes

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