Acta Scientiarum Naturalium Universitatis Pekinensis ›› 2023, Vol. 59 ›› Issue (6): 1087-1093.DOI: 10.13209/j.0479-8023.2023.090

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How to Understand Humor in the Framework of Eastern and Western Culture? 

CAO Yi, HOU Yubo   

  1. Beijing Key Laboratory of Behavior and Mental Health, School of Psychological and Cognitive Sciences, Peking University, Beijing 100871
  • Received:2022-11-08 Revised:2023-07-20 Online:2023-11-20 Published:2023-11-20
  • Contact: HOU Yubo, E-mail: houyubo(at)


曹毅, 侯玉波   

  1. 北京大学心理与认知科学学院, 行为与心理健康北京市重点实验室, 北京 100871
  • 通讯作者: 侯玉波, E-mail: houyubo(at)
  • 基金资助:


The empirical research explored the cross-cultural differentiation of humor by systematically analyzing the different understandings of humor in Eastern and Western cultures, as well as the Western theories of humor and philosophical origin of Chinese humor. The research also observed the characteristics of Chinese humor influenced by the impact of Chinese traditional culture. Moreover, the present study highlighted the significance of investigating Chinese humor personality, pinpointing the necessity regarding future consideration of Chinese humor from the perspective of psychological distance and dialectical thinking. These analyses are of great value in understanding the relationship between culture and humor and the underlying concept of Chinese humor.

Key words: humor, humor personality, culture, Chinese-humor


在系统地梳理幽默在东西方文化中的不同理解以及西方幽默理论和中国幽默起源的基础上, 从实证的视角探讨幽默的跨文化差异, 并以中国传统文化影响为基础, 总结中国式幽默的特点。指出探索中国人幽默人格的路径, 提出从心理距离和辩证思维等视角对幽默做进一步研究的思考。厘清上述问题对理解文化与幽默的关系以及中国式幽默的内涵有重要价值。

关键词: 幽默, 幽默人格, 文化, 中国式幽默