Culture clash? Apologies East and West

P. H. Gries, K. Peng

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Following the 1 April 2001 plane collision over the South China Seas, China and the United States engaged in two weeks of intensive 'apology diplomacy'. What role did culture play in these events? Drawing on experimental findings in social and cross-cultural psychology, we argue against the pundits that essentialized cultural difference-and against those who denied that culture matters. Instead, we maintain that both cultural differences and cultural commonalties played a significant role in Sino-American apology diplomacy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-178
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Contemporary China
Issue number30
Publication statusPublished - 2002


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