Abstract: This thesis aims to make further exploration and study on the discrepancies between Chinese and American taboo and improve the ability of cross-cultural communication. First, the thesis introduces the definition and features of taboo. Then, the differences between Chinese and American taboo are analyzed from four aspects, namely, death, appellations, private matters and figures. Next, the causes of differences are analyzed in the aspects of traditions, histories and religious beliefs between China and America. At last, it proposes two ways to promote cross-cultural communication, namely, accumulating taboo cultures between China and America and using euphemism.
Key words: taboo; discrepancies; cross-cultural communication