How can we make a Chinese exchange student feel welcome?

My brother and his family will have a Chinese exchange student living with them. How can we make him feel welcome, and are there any social customs, etc, that we should know about?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Don't feel obligated to learn his customs. Part of his educational experience is learning ours. He may not desire to practice many of our customs, and that's ok. Just be respectful and ask him what he would prefer. Allow him as much privacy as you can and don't pry. It's ok to let him know your curious about some things, but let him know to not be afraid to express himself and how he feels about our customs and way of life. If he is from a part of China that is not modernized, Keep things simple. I once knew a exchange student who spent his whole life living in a bamboo hut on a rice patty. When he came here he went into future shock. (too much, too fast)

    Your guest may not be as sheltered, but be prepared to let him digest our world at his own pace. Chinese are very family oriented, they live for the needs of the family unit. We tend to be very self centered to them, and they struggle to understand our desire to push family members out at a certain age. Remember we live to make money and consume resources. Many Chinese don't live like that. He may seem timid at first, but don't be fooled. He may have many strengths that out weigh our weaknesses. Especially when it comes to knowing oneself and being at peace with his surroundings.

    Meeting with a warm gentle handshake, is better that a bow. and don't speak to him with your back turned. It's best not to say anything than to do that. Other than that just be yourselves. If your the type of people who are loud, and open with your emotions, like yelling at each other

    and fighting a lot, keep that to yourselves. Bring the gift of peace and Harmony, not discord, and open complaining. Being humble is more favorable than showing off.

    Good luck, have fun.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Learn Chinese?

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  • 1 decade ago

    Since he is an exchange student, he is coming here to learn about America, so trying to recreate Chinese culture for him here is counterproductive. Have a cookout or picnic, go bowling or play billiards, take him to a baseball game, etc. Do things that would help him to better understand American culture so that he can get the most out of the experience.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Well

    They Coming Over Here

    Not To Get The Same way They Live over there

    They here to See Your way Of Living

    And Learn about it too

    so just do what you been doing and do it Good

    and that is alll

    seeya

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Because you guys are from a different culture than he is, it will be hard for you to understand some things that he does, and vice versa. My best advice is, just be openminded about different things. Try to understand his culture, ie, researching on the web would be a pretty good idea, and just be nice and polite, and show him a good time. I am sure he will have fun!

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    If you want to understand Mandarin but you have no clue where to begin then a course for Mandarin is the best on-line program for the newcomers because it actually begins with the basis.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Introduce him to Sum Yung Guy!!!!:)

    Source(s): My Weird Sense of Humor!!! Why didnt you figure that out before he came!!!!DUH!!!
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  • 4 years ago

    Was gonna ask this too

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    cook a dog for him

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    i hear thy like a girls v

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