The Cultural Differences Between East and West, expressed with ART

In this global village we live in, borders may no longer mean much but cultures remain. Anthropologists and sociologists like Hofstede have spent lifetimes researching the ways humans live and how we can solve problems and create greater harmony.

An artist, Yang Liu decided to make a simple but interesting infographic playing on some differences between the East and the West.

She was born in China and lives in Germany since she was 14, and she kept a record of the minor and major differences she had come across in the form of sketches that she later turned into an exhibition and a book “East Meets West”.

A pictogram might never be worth a thousand words when it comes to capturing the nuances of Eastern and Western cultures, and it would be easy to point out some clichés. We decided to pick the one we have experienced the most in our daily life and work.

The blue side represents Germany (or Western culture) and the red side China (or Eastern culture):

Transport 

eastmeetswest_transport

The Ideal Of Beauty

East meets West Ideal of Beauty

Handling Issues

East Meets West - Handling issues

Shower Time 

East Meets West Shower Time

Leadership

eastmeetswest_leadership

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Handling Emotions
eastmeetswest_anger

Travelling
eastmeetswest_travelling

Lifestyle
eastmeetswest_lifestyle

Attitude towards Sun 
eastmeetswest_attitude_torwards_sun

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