Original Article posted in Russian: http://ofigenno.cc/raznica-mezhdu-zapadom-i-vostokom
“West is West, East is East, and never the twain shall meet,” – written almost a half a century ago by the Englishman Rudyard Kipling. It is often interpreted as a fundamental incompatibility of the Eastern and Western mentality.
The artist Yang Liu drew this series of illustrations after belonging to both the Eastern and Western worlds. She lived in China until she was 14 years old, then she moved to Germany. She was able to feel the differences of Eastern and Western cultures. Her creative talent made it possible to share this experience with us graphically. In my opinion Russian culture tends to be in the middle of these two extremes but more often falls to the right in the Eastern mentality.
The Western approach to a situation is shown on the left as a blue square, and the Eastern approach is on the right as a red square.
1. How People Express Their Point of View
2. Behavior in a Line
3. Behavior at a Party
4. Placing “I” in the Overall Social System and its Importance
5. Problem Solving
6. The Relationship Between Mood and Weather
7. The Daily Life of the Older Generation
8. The Noise Level in Drinking Establishments
9. Perception of Superiors
10. Features of Public Relations
11. The Preferred Mode of Transport
12. Place of the Child in a Family
13. The Behavior of Tourists Abroad
14. Fashionable Food
15. Favorite Drink
16. Seasonal Casual Dining
17. Understanding of Punctuality
As you can see there are plenty of differences. However, understanding them is a step towards understanding each other.
Do any Russians want to comment on their view of the Western and Eastern mentality? Which is more Russian?by