Western, Asian, Culture

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The University of Texas at Arlington has presented a topic on cultural orientation, presented by Chris Aufdembrink. Text by Debra Basler and Terry Ceballos and Sally Stevens. Web.Threekind thinks it is somehow interesting to look at how different perspective shape behavior. Further, this topic has been greatly popularized and exhibit by Liu Yong.

Blue –> Westerners  |  Red –> Asians

1.) Opinion
Westerners: Talk to the point 
Asians: Talk around the circle, especially if opinions are different

2.) Way of Life
Westerners: individualism, think of himself or herself. 
Asians: enjoy gathering with family and friends, solving their problems, and know each other’s business.

3.) Punctuality
Westerners: on time. 
Asians: in time.

4.) Contacts
Westerners: Contact to related person only. 
Asians: Contact everyone everywhere, business very successful.

5.) Anger
Westerners: Show that I am angry. 
Asians: I am angry, but still smiling…

6.) Queue when Waiting
Westerners: Queuing in an orderly manner. 
Asians: Queuing?! What’s that?

7.) Sundays on the Road 
Westerners: Enjoy weekend relaxing peacefully. 
Asians: Enjoy weekend in crowded places, like going to the mall. 

8.) Party 
Westerners: Only gather with their own group. 
Asians: All focus on the one activity that is hosted by the CEO. 

9.) In the restaurant 
Westerners: Talk softly and gently in the restaurant. 
Asians: Talk and laugh loudly like they own the restaurant. 

10.) Travelling 
Westerners: Love sightseeing and enjoy the scenery. Asians: Taking picture is the most important; scenery is just for the background. 

11.) Handling of Problems 
Westerners: Take any steps to solve the problems. 
Asians: Try to avoid conflicts, and if can, don’t leave any trail.. 

12.) Three meals a day 
Westerners: Good meal for once a day is sufficed. 
Asians: At least 3 good meals a day. 

13.) Transportation 
Westerners: Before drove cars, now cycling for environmental protection. 
Asians: Before no money and rode a bike, now got money and drive a car 

14.) Elderly in day-to-day life 
Westerners: When old, there is snoopy for companionship. Asians: When old, guarantee will not be lonely, as long as willing to babysit grand kids. 

15.) Moods and Weather 
Westerners: The logic is: rain is pain. 
Asians: More rain, more prosperity 

16.) The Boss 
Westerners: The boss is part of the team. 
Asians: The boss is a fierce god. 

17.) What’s Trendy 
Westerners: Eat healthy Asian cuisine. 
Asians: Eat expensive Western cuisine. 

18.) The Child 
Westerners: The kid is going to be independent and make his/her own living. 
Asians: Slog whole life for the kids, the centre of your life.
original text by Thomas

Source: The University of Texas at Arlington | Liu Yong | Thomas

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