Engineering practice within Chinese and Swiss culture

Masterstudierende sind im Rahmen des MSE China-Moduls für drei Wochen ins Reich der Mitte gereist. Unter ihnen auch Melanie Muser und Amarin Pfammatter, die uns mit persönlichen Berichten an ihren Eindrücken teilhaben lassen.

Melanie Musers Vorwort macht Lust auf mehr – der vollständige Bericht kann über den untenstehenden Link eingesehen werden:

«When you start reading the recommended books, you expect one, two or maybe three stories per book, which are somehow related so that the protagonists finally meet somewhen or influence each other. In advance I also expected to read some stories which include stereotypes or typical behaviour. It took me a few chapters of “factory girls” to realize that I was reading a dozen stories and more and I felt that I could never find out what was important and typical in these books. There were stories which told, that it was very important for young women to find good friends to survive in the factories and on the other hand there were people, who were telling that there were no “real friends” in factories. For me, everything seemed to be contradictory. This made me think of a lecture about intercultural management, which mentioned that “The test of a first-rate intelligence is to hold two opposed ideas in your mind at the same time still retain your capacity to function. You must, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and still be determined to make them otherwise”.

So, I tried to imagine that China could be both, open and closed, Chinese people could be both, individualists and communitarians, that Chinese communication could be both, abstract and concrete even though there are tendencies.

It is almost impossible to sum up the visit in China, since there are still so much open questions, even more than at the beginning. But it is possible to give some hints and impressions. You can find examples or comparisons for almost everything if you are open-minded. Due to its size, history and its fast-developing China keeps a variety of people, cultural behaviour, religions, landscape and so on, that I could not imagine it. For example, since china developed later but way faster than the average European country, you can find generational differences, which are no more visual in Switzerland. Even though our parents had no smartphone or computers when they were children, they experienced cars, television and cinema when they were very young. In China some people did not experience these things 20 years ago, because these things were not available for them and now these people live in a very developed city and work with high technology without having changed their place of residence.

Even though we saw just a very small part of China, we travelled through a state, which seemed to include different countries in different epochs at the same time – like travelling with a time machine.»

Hier geht es zum vollständigen Bericht von Melanie Muser.

Amarin Pfammatter hat seine Eindrücke der China-Reise in einem kurzweiligen Video festgehalten:

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