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In the book Iron and Silk written by Mark Salzman as his point of view is all about China Throughout the book Mark experiences many differences between the Chinese culture and his own American culture Chinese people want to save face by doing some weird things First example kissing in China over the age of two is embarrassing for both children and parents Mark finds Teacher Lui telling him a secret Every night Teacher Lui kisses his older children when they are asleep In the United States kissing your child is not an embarrassment to anyone No matter what age the children are Parents grandparents aunts and uncles are comfortable to kiss the people they love This Chinese culture is bad because the family can not show their loves by simply kissing each other it is harder to express the love in any other ways Secondly Pan practice English diligently everyday so that he can show the progress by reading out loud the sentences to his American friends He put a lot of pressure on himself because I didnt want him Mark to lose face 89 He saved Marks face by being able to read those sentences correctly in front of his guests If he put too much pressure onto himself he might end up mentally stressed and not able to learn anything Lastly Not allowing your children to the table for dinner when guests arrive seems different for the American culture Yet in China it is normal because they do not want their family youths to lose face in public When Mark went to Mr Gongs apartment he realized that the children were not sitting at the table with everyone else which he found strange He politely asked Mr Gong why they werent he told him that it would be rude Most of the time in America it is expected that your children are sitting at the table using there best of manners and
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