Chinese and American Technical Communication: A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Differences

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Abstract:

Pooling the resources and perspectives of two technical communication instructors—one from the United States and the other from China—we compare the cultural values that have shaped the development of technical communication in the U.S. versus China and that shape the way in which documents are viewed, created, and used in China versus in the United States. Presenting these differences in light of the historical, economic, and education influences that have shaped both countries’ need for technical communication, we compare a variety of documents to demonstrate the differences based on cultural influences.

Document Type: Journal Article

Publication date: May 1, 2006

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  • Technical Communication, the Society's journal, publishes articles about the practical application of technical communication theory and serves as a common arena for discussion by practitioners. Technical Communication includes both quantitative and qualitative research while showcasing the work of some of the field's most noteworthy writers. Among its most popular features are the helpful book reviews. Technical Communication is published quarterly and is free with membership.
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