Cultural Angles on Donations

A Chinese friend of mine told me that at her workplace, there was a fund-raising effort going on for the victims of the recent earthquake. Most employees contributed 100 RMB. My friend wanted to give a bit more, so she was about to put in 500 RMB when a co-worker pulled her aside.

“What are you doing?”

“I’m giving 500 RMB.”

“Everyone else gave 100. The boss only gave 300. Who do you think you are, giving 500?”

My friend ended up giving 100.

At the office where I work, there was a similar fund-raising effort this past week. Everyone was encouraged to contribute.

What blew me away was that at the end of the week an e-mail went out to all employees, listing who contributed and how much!

Ahhh… cultural differences.

Lots of fund-raising events are planned in Shanghai this weekend. Go clubbing to help the victims of the quake. Eat BBQ to help the victims of the quake. Charity, Shanghai-style.

There are a number of ways you can help victims of this disaster.

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