(The above vidoes were created by CRI – China Radio International.)
In this video, Chinese and Israeli businessmen share their perspectives on navigating the cultural differences that arise when conducting international business trade between China and Israel. For instance, one major point of cultural difference between Israel and China is the Jewish concept of “chutzpah,” or boldness. This value stands in contrast to traditional Chinese values and systems, which emphasize deference to superiors, strong hierarchies, and which often feature rigid rules that can stifle creativity. At the beginning of the video, Mr. Jun Han, the former technology attaché in the Chinese embassy in Israel, considers the benefit of adopting Israeli maxims such as “fear no one” and “don’t be bashful,” while also countering that the Chinese value of patience can be just as and perhaps even more valuable than such maxims. Mr. Han goes on to relate the importance of understanding key cultural differences in Chinese and Israeli workplaces, for instance Israel’s horizontal models of leadership versus strong notions of hierarchy present in Chinese companies. He describes a scenario in which he was invited to give a speech in Israel as a key lecturer. To his surprise and amusement, he was expected to purchase his own cup of coffee at the event using his own money. He concludes that both countries have much to learn from one another, and that in order to promote creativity, Chinese businesses would benefit from less rigid leadership models in the Israeli style. A second interviewer, Mr. Ning Tang, the founder and CEO of CreditEase, states that Chinese tech firms need Israeli creativity, and that Israelis need Chinese business know-how and ability to produce on a mass scale. The video concludes with Asia DirectCapital Chairman, Mr. Gal Dymant, on the cross-cultural importance of strong connections and trustworthy networks – as valuable in China as they are in Israel.
在这段视频中，来自中国和以色列的商界人士，就“中以之间展开国际合作，如何把握双方文化差异”的问题，分享了他们的观点。举例来说，中以之间最重要的文化差异在于犹太观念中的“chutzpah”，也就是勇气，胆量。这一价值观与中国传统价值体系中强调尊重长者，尊卑鲜明的特点形成反差，后者严格的规则容易扼杀人的创造性。在这段视频开头，中国驻以色列大使馆前任科技参赞-韩军先生，列举了chutzpah的诸多好处，比如“不胆怯”，“不害羞”，同时也提出中华传统观念中的忍耐也许同样甚至更有价值。韩军先生也提到在工作中理解中以文化差异的重要性，比如以色列典型的垂直领导模式与中国企业很强的等级观念之间的区别。他描述了一个场景，他曾受邀作为重要演讲嘉宾参加以色列的一次活动，令他感到惊讶和有趣的是，他在活动上要自己掏钱买一杯咖啡。他总结道，两个国家都有许多要向彼此学习的地方，为了鼓励创新，中国企业可以从以色列不太严格的管理模式中受益。在第二个采访中，宜信财富发起人兼CEO-唐宁先生说，中国的高科技企业需要以色列创新，而以色列人则需要中国人进行大范围生产的商务经验和能力。视频的最后，Asia Direct Capital的主席高文先生（Gal Dymant）认为，跨文化合作中强有力的人脉以及值得信赖的圈子——这在中国和在以色列同样重要。
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