HO Chi Ming 何志明

Research Projects


  • Investigation of the Differences in Communication Strategies between Japanese and Hong Kong People by Studying Chinese University of Hong Kong Students
  • HO Chi Ming
    15 January 2007
    CUHK Research Committee Funding (Direct Grants)

    There are many students in CUHK who are interested in Japanese culture and many of them have had the experience of learning the Japanese language. An in-class survey conducted in September 2006 revealed that although Hong Kong students are interested in Japanese culture, they do not think that it is easy to understand the Japanese manner of communication. In addition, many researchers have also pointed out that the Japanese manner of communication is difficult to understand and gives foreigners a negative impression to a certain extent. Why do we think that the Japanese manner of communication is ambiguous? In this study, we will examine the characteristics of the communication strategies used by Japanese and Hong Kong people and the differences between them from a discourse analysis approach. This study will include a questionnaire and an interview. In the questionnaire, we will investigate the communication strategies used by Japanese and Hong Kong people and their differences. For example, how do these two groups of people make requests and refuse the requests of others? In the interview, both people of Hong Kong (local CUHK students) and Japan (Japanese exchange students in CUHK) will be asked to express their opinions on the communication strategies used in their mother tongue. The focus will be on the following problems: (i) how well do Hong Kong people who know the Japanese language understand the communication strategies used by Japanese people, and (ii) how well do Japanese people understand the communication strategies used by Hong Kong people. (AL06960)



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