Exploration of Chinese Humor: A Study among University Students in Chinese Society

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Humour refers to a playful frame of mind that gives individuals a feeling of wellbeing, better thinking skills, and relief of painful feelings. Humour enables people to break free of mind sets and to see the same thing through a variety of frameworks. People with a greater sense of humour report significantly higher levels of good health. Important as it is, however, humour has been lowly regarded by the Chinese and has rarely been studied in Chinese societies. Worse still, Chinese people tend to hold very ambivalent and confusing views towards humour. This research therefore attempts to examine how humour is perceived by Chinese people. Specifically, it seeks to examine the following general issues: (1) how humour is perceived by Chinese people, (2) what cultural biases there are against humour in Chinese society, and (3) how humour is related to creativity, subjective well-being, and dispositional desirability.This project uses both qualitative and quantitative methods. Its results are likely to (1) make a significant contribution to studies of humour in Chinese society, (2) increase public awareness of the importance of humour in everyday life, and (3) shed light on the development of community or school-based programmes that seek to enhance humour in Chinese society.


Project number7002270
Grant typeSRG
Effective start/end date1/04/0814/04/10