Author: Iris Fu, Xiaoyan Liu.
In a Japanese company, there are a Japanese male manager J, two Japanese employees A and B and a Dutch employee C.
(Friday 5pm, manager J walks out of his office.)
J: Let’s grab a beer!
A and B follows J walking out of the office.
C: Sorry, I have to go home.
A: Come on, it’s Friday night!
C: My wife is waiting me at home. Also, I have to pick up my twin daughters from kindergarten by 6pm.
B: Your wife can do this. Let’s go and have some fun!
C: I really can’t go. Sorry.
A and B look at each other and follow J leave the office. None of them pays any more attention to the Dutch employee C.
Employee A and B are coming from a country which has a long power distance. They follow persons who have higher social status. Employee C is from a country which has a short power distance, so that he’s able to say “no” to his boss. Netherland is also a more feminine culture, in which female is not the only person who has to take responsibility of the housework.
Two freshman meet on the first day of college.
(At the awkward dinner, A and B sit next to each other, at the School of Management Table.)
A: I’m A, What’s your name dude?
B: My name is B. What’s your major?
A: I intended to study accounting and finance. What about you?
B: Oh, my intended major is accounting and finance as well! Why did you choose this major? You like business?
A: My parents want me to study this. You know, accounting is currently a great major to find a job. Why did you choose it?
B: I love math and I love business management, so accounting and finance is the best major for me.
The culture student A is from is more long-term orientated and masculine society. Parents tend to tell their children what they should study and attend college is for future wealth. In contrast, student B simply peruses what he likes as his major and his future career.
There’re two kids, the boy B and the girl G, living with their parents, father F and mother M. They both admitted to Peking University, the best university in China. Their family is poor, and financial-aid is not sufficient to cover all their expenses in college. Only one of the kids can attend the college, and the other one has to get a job in order to help the other kid to pay for expenses in college. When they’re discussing, father F makes the final decision.
B: Sister, you should go to the college. I’m a man, and I am capable to do more labor works to support you and our parents.
G: No, you are the one who should go to the college. You’re a man, and later you’ll support our family. You should be educated, and I can go to do some chores.
B: You should go college.
G: You should go to college.
F: Stop this. B, you’ll go to the college. G, you’re going to get a job in the city.
M: Your father is considering for your benefits. B, the whole family will support you at the college.
In this case, under a masculine society, father tends to make the decision in a family. The society has more cultural expectation on male to achieve success. Also, this cultural is more collective. Everyone contributes his/her values to achieve a common goal, and later on the person who has been selected will pay back for everyone else in the family.