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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

So that's the difference!

McDonalds ChinaJust love the following quote from an article in China Daily looking at the McDonalds and KFC business model evolution in China.

The article talks about the initial clash of two cultures giving way to a hybrid business formula that combines the best of American business culture and Chinese food culture. It is a good little article looking at the success of these two operations in China.

What caught my eye however was this quote:

"Services offered by fast food chains express their full respect for freedom, an American value, as well as the psychological statement of Chinese open-mindedness that yearns to understand and experience the Western lifestyle. "

"...express their (fast food chains) full respect for freedom, an American value,..."

There you have it a nutshell the difference betwen the pysche of the Chinese versus the west. Freedom is an American value and, by implication, not a Chinese one obviously.

Darn those bloody Yanks!!!!

"KFC and McDonald's: a model of blended culture": China Daily 1/6/04 www.chinadaily.com.cn/english/doc/2004-06/01/content_335488.htm 1/6/04.