I would like to express my gratitude to all those who have helped me during the writing of this thesis.
First, my deepest gratitude goes first and foremost to Miss Yang, my supervisor, for her constant encouragement and guidance. She has walked me through all the stages of the writing of this paper. Without her consistent and illuminating instruction, this paper could not have reached its present form.
Second, I feel grateful to all the teachers in the University of China Qingdao College who once offered me valuable courses and advice during my study. My sincere thanks are also given to my instructor Han, who helped me come over many difficulties. I am also greatly indebted to the professors and teachers at the Department of English.
Last my thanks would go to my beloved family for their loving considerations and great confidence in me all through these years. I also owe my sincere gratitude to my friends and my fellow classmates who gave me their help and time in listening to me and helping me work out my problems during the difficult course of the paper.
关键词：婚礼文化; 中西文化差异；原因; 采取措施
The Comparison of Differences in Wedding
Culture between China and Western Countries
This paper is to explore the differences in wedding culture between China and western countries. Based on the comparison of the different cultures existing between them, I will find out the interior factors and the reasons that produce such historical background. There are many aspects such as value orientation, religious views and behavior standards. Because there are many differences, and we all know that the trend of globalization becomes shaper today, and the globalization is important to our country’s economy, development and people’s life level. But these differences prevent the globalization and people’s communication and mixture. So we must understand the different cultures first, then we can find the solutions. As marriage is an important part of social life, so we can consider the wedding culture as a breakthrough point, and then analyze the different factors and reasons that prevent globalization. We can adopt many measures to reduce the disparity, such as improving teaching methods, emphasizing on students non-verbal communication ability, changing teachers’ way of thinking, blending of Chinese and Western Culture and so on. The above all may bring great significant values to both the West and the East countries.
In chapter one, a general introduction of the Chinese and western wedding culture's research is offered, and then the reasons that cause the difference of wedding ceremony culture is discussed, and the researches of forming the condition as well as the correlation theories are offered.
In chapter two, the Chinese wedding ceremony culture and the Western wedding ceremony culture are separately offered. In this chapter, take Australia, Western Europe, and North America as the example to summarize the characteristic of the Western country wedding ceremony culture and elaborate the Western wedding ceremony culture in detail, and point out that two cultures have great difference, which has made the upholstery for as follows elaboration.
In chapter three, as the point of the West wedding ceremony culture difference, the existence difference reasons are discussed, thus draws out the conclusion that one should aim at this kind of differences to adjust the educating and the system.
In chapter four, the measures that reduce this kind of difference are proposed, which like to improve teaching method, to prioritize student's non-language exchange ability, to enlarge Chinese and Western culture fusion and so on.
Finally, chapter five gives a conclusion of the whole thesis.
Key Words: wedding cultures; cultural difference; main reasons; measures
Chapter 1 Introduction 1
1.1 A General Introduction of the Chinese and Western Wedding Culture's Research. 1
1.2 The Western Theories of the Reasons of the Differences between West and East Cultures. 2
1.3 The Chinese Theories of the Reasons. 3
1.4 The Importance of Understanding Cultural Differences. 3
Chapter 2 The Discussion About Chinese and Western Wedding Culture and Some Examples 4
2.1 Chinese Wedding Cultures 4
2.1.1 Three Letters 4
2.1.2 Six Etiquettes 4
2.2 Western Wedding Cultures 5
2.2.1 Austrian Wedding Cultures 6
2.2.2 North American Wedding Cultures 6
2.2.3 Western European Wedding Cultures 7
Chapter 3 The Reasons of Differences 8
3.1 Social System 8
3.2 Thinking Pattern 8
3.3 Value Orientation 9
3.4 Behavior Standards 9
3.5 Religious Views 10
Chapter 4 The Measures of Solving Problems 11
4.1 The Importance of Taking Measures to Decrease the Gap between Chinese and Western Culture. 11
4.2 The Measures of Solving the Problem 11
4.2.1 Blending of Chinese and Western Culture 11
4.2.2 Changing Teachers’ Way of Thinking 11
4.2.3 Improving Teaching Methods 12
4.2.4 Emphasizing on Students Non-verbal Communication Ability 12
4.2.5 Guiding Students to Extensive Contact with Western Culture Materials 12
Chapter 5 Conclusion 14