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Chinese vs African diverse cultures and practices with similarities

The diversity in the cultures around the world is also a result of the mindsets of people inhabiting different regions of the world.

Every country has its own traditions and cultures but of all the countries in the world, many have their own ways of practicing their cultural activities.

Culture includes religion, food, style, language, marriage, music, morals and many other things that make up how a group acts and interacts.

African culture

The rich and diverse of both the Chinese and African cultures varies not only from one country to another, but within each country as well.

The culture of each of the groups centers on family or society and can be found in each group’s art, music and oral literature.

Throughout the world and in different continents, people speak a variety of languages, practice numerous religions and reside in various types of dwellings and so are the Chinese and the Africans.

The vast majority of people have migrated into Africa and so are the Asians, who’ve settled in the areas of Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa.

Over the centuries, African culture has interconnected with different cultures across the world including the Chinese, although much of traditional customs have remained throughout.

This has also remained the same with the Chinese who’ve migrated into Africa over the years and still continue to uphold their cultural beliefs and customs.

For instance, the cultural exchange between China and Africa has been long associated dating as far back as the 1960s as more and more countries on the African continent broke from colonialism – the diplomatic relations with China were established.

Like in other aspects of life, cuisine is heavily influenced by geography and ethnic diversity and among the main styles of Chinese cooking are Cantonese, which features stir-fried dishes, and Szechuan, which relies heavily on use of peanuts, sesame paste and ginger and is known for its spiciness.

Chinese food

As for the Africans, the environment plays a huge part in what kinds of foods are consumed in different parts of the continent. Most cuisines include fruit, grain, vegetables, and milk and meat products.

Quite a number of cultural groups have very similar foods in their cuisines, for example, a very common maize/corn-based dish is pap in Africa although it’s also named differently elsewhere.

Arts, on the other hand for both the Africans and the Chinese, are greatly influenced by their rich spiritual and mystical history. Many sculptures and paintings depict spiritual figures of their ancestors and their origins.

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Many musical instruments are also integral to Africans and Chinese cultures, including the flute-like xun or drums and singing.

Then there’s the clothing or fashion part which are very unique based on their religious, beliefs and customs – for an example, some wear colourful attire while others wear less colour.

There are seven major groups of dialects of the Chinese language of which each have their own variations while with the Africans, there’s more than 3000 different dialects that vary from one region to another.

Even though the Chinese people and the African people speaks different languages, they however have a common language that they are able to use to ensure effective communication and English is one such language.

Then there’s Customs and celebrations which both commonly share distinctly by the use of fireworks, paper lanterns and moon gazing.

Moreover, China and African countries have conducted exchange and cooperation in various fields such as education, sports, films and TV, books, the press and publishing.

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