The Research of the Differences Between Chinese and Western Diet Cultures

Shi-sheng YANG, Yu-xian ZHANG


Along with economical development, the diets on people’s dining tables are so diversified that people have free choices. Chinese people are attracted by western diet, and the westerners get fascinated in the Chinese diet too. However, due to the different diet cultures, China and western countries have their own distinct diet cultures respectively, including different diet ideas, diet objects, diet ways, and table manners, etc. Analyzing the differences between Chinese diet cultures and western diet cultures, we can also find the promoting influences on Chinese cultures, and overcome the barriers in cross-cultural communications and avoid unnecessary awkwardness. Key words: Chinese diet culture; western diet culture; differences; cultural rootsRésumé: Avec le développement économique, les aliments sur la table des gens sont si diversifiés que tout le monde ont des choix libres. Les chinois sont attirés par l’alimentation occidentale et les occidentaux sont également fascinés par l’alimentation chinoise. Toutefois, en raison des différences de culture alimentaire, la Chine et les pays occidentaux ont leurs propres cultures d’alimentation distinctes, y compris des idées différentes d’alimentation, des objets de régime alimentaire, des moyens de régime alimentaire et des manières de table etc. Tout en analysant les différences entre les cultures alimentaires chinoise et occidentale, on peut également trouver des influences sur la culture chinoise, surmonter les obstacles dans les communications interculturelles et éviter les maladresses inutiles.Mots-Clés: culture alimentaire chinoise; culture alimentaire occidentale; différences; origine culturelle

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