Academic journal article Researchers World

Square Dance and Intercultural Adaptationa Case Study of One Chinese Dancing Dama Arrested in New York

Academic journal article Researchers World

Square Dance and Intercultural Adaptationa Case Study of One Chinese Dancing Dama Arrested in New York

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ABSTRACT

Square dance is an art form and can represent vivid Chinese cultural features. The square dance the Chinese dama practice daily is easier to make them happier and happier when they tap to the tune in the public or in the parks. However, the author takes a case which involved one Chinese dama who was arrested for square dance in New York as an example and tries to analyze this accident from a perspective of intercultural adaptation. Also, the author deeply elaborates the features of Chinese culture and compares the Sino - American cultural differences in how person use a public space and what is acceptable behavior and what is not acceptable behavior, and offers some suggestions about how to adapt to a new culture in order to avoid unexpected and unpleasant accident in the intercultural adaptation.

Keywords: square dance, art, Chinese dama, cultural customs, cultural difference, intercultural adaptation.

INTRODUCTION:

With the successful development of China's reform, the Chinese people are getting much richer and many Chinese people have enough money to support their children to study abroad. In recent years, more and more Chinese students have gone to the college and universities in the United States of America. Meanwhile, the students parents often visit their sons and daughters. Especially, some students' mothers are living together with their children to study everywhere in the United States. The typical Chinese lady - middle - aged and middle - class has of late been making waves in world financial markets. The group is called Chinese dama and for the lack of an accurate English equivalent even the mainstream Western press has been using the easily pronounceable dama. Dama literally means "big mama," but one should refrain from adding an African - American accent to it. It is an affectionate term in the vein of "aunty", which can be addressed to any middle - aged woman whether you are related to her or not.

At the same time, Chinese dama also brought the Chinese square dance of their daily life's components into the United States. The square dance is the dance at the square the Chinese dama practice daily is easier than the original ones, but it's the same free - spirited and engaging dance that just makes dama happier and happier when you tap to the tune. The square dance is a traditional Chinese dance across the country in the morning and early evening in warm weather but it is not always welcome due to its high and strong volume. Hence, the author will take a case which involved one Chinese dama who was arrested for square dance in New York as an example and try to analyze this accident from an intercultural adaptation perspective. Further, the author will deeply elaborates the features of Chinese Culture and discuss the Sino - American cultural differences in how person use a public space and what is acceptable behavior and what is not acceptable behavior, and offer some suggestions about how to adapt to a new culture, so as to improve the people's intercultural communication awareness and intercultural communication competence in an intercultural adaptation, and to make the people smoothly communicate with other people from different cultures and to avoid unexpected and unpleasant accident in the intercultural adaptation.

A CASE:

New York is the most populous city in the United States and the center of the New York metropolitan area, one of the most populous urban agglomerations in the world. And Sunset Park, Brooklyn, is now New York' largest Chinatown and has had quickly increase of Chinese residents in recent years.

In June, 2013, a group of Chinese dama had square dance at Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The square dance group made the sound volume louder so that the residents nearby complained about the square dance. The square dance is fun and easy for the dancers themselves. To some extent, the primary function of square dance is socializing. The retired population including "dama" needs a public place to interact with one another and establish a sense of belonging in their minds. …

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