Culture clash is, I think, one of the biggest challenges we have to deal with. (Okay, that and kids playing video games during class. 🙂 ) While we want to expose the students to our culture, there’s that fine line between exposure and shock. Canadian culture can seem very pessimistic to a Chinese person.
These two articles show the difference in perspective between Canadian culture and Chinese culture. While we may have preference for one standard or the other, the fact is that we – for all intents and purposes – spend our morning in China. It’s in our best interest to maintain the Chinese perspective because that’s what our students will most easily comprehend.