The Differences Between East And West In Terms Of Culture And Education

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Curious about the Western world vs the Eastern world?

Culture differences are a very hot topic in business as well as at holiday parties.

Today we bring a guest writer, Lim Chuwei from Hong Kong, to share about this East/West debate. Let’s dive in!

Western culture (as specified in the cultural map above) is defined by the following:

  • Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are some common religions practiced in the Western world.
  • The population in Western countries is more liberal than those in the East. The Westerners are more open and blunt. For example, topics like sex or birth of a child are openly discussed in Western culture, whereas in the East, these topics are still taboo.
  • People from the West are more open to expressing their feelings. If they are angry, they vent it out. But, people in the east may hold it in for tact and good manners.
  • Also, one’s own choice is given preference over the family’s. A person from the West is more flexible and free to make decisions on his own, unlike those in the East.
  • Arranged marriages are not at all common in the West for they believe in love as the basis for marriage.

It has been said that East and West can never meet up. They differ in history, religion, political system and so on. Differences are also clearly seen in the Eastern and Western ways in dealing with education.

Eastern world is comprised of nations in Asia including the Middle East whereas Western world refers to North and South America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. East and West may have myriad differences based on culture and education. These differences can be noted for the most part in people’s behavior and attitudes.
The major difference between eastern and western culture is that people in the east are more conservative and traditional than the general population in the west.

Let’s have a clear view on the difference between east and west in terms of culture…

Eastern Culture

Eastern Culture (refer to the culture map above) has these characteristics listed below:

  • Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Shenism, Taoism, and Islam are some common religions practiced in the Eastern world.
  • The population in Eastern countries is more traditional than people in the West when we consider their clothing, rituals, and so on. For example, Indians pay respect to their elders or parents by touching their feet. East Asians bow as a gesture of welcoming guests, apologizing and expressing thank you.
  • People in the East are commonly inflexible in their beliefs and ideologies. They do not easily compromise nor question the long practiced customs and traditions.
  • In Eastern countries, elders are considered as the leaders of the home and children often refer their choices to them and obey what they say. Important decisions related to the children’s future are normally made by the elders. And, when parents grow old, the kids are likely to take care of them.
  • Arranged marriages are common in the Eastern countries. They are normally arranged by the parents of the couple or other elders. They believe in the concept that love comes after marriage.

Now I wonder what you are thinking?



Western Culture

Difference Between East And West In Terms Of Education…

Education differences between East and West

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Is education in the East superior to education in the West? So, let’s explore the future in education…

Creativity vs. Hard Work

Western educational systems focus on the ideas of creativity. Obviously, the system being a system means that numerous things are bound, but still, it normally does its best to elevate individual approaches to deal with various students.

In Eastern education, however, it is all about hard work and struggle. Nothing is difficult if you practice hard. Consequently, kids are given lots of homework and are instructed to buckle down. That is the reason why most Asian students, more often than not, are better performers academically than their peers when they get into the more casual Western educational institutions.

Participation vs. Reception

Western education moves further and facilitate a more interactive training procedure where students are encouraged to participate actively. They are urged to think critically, to make inquiries and engage in fruitful debates with their instructors.

Though in the East, students are the beneficiaries. They submit to the authority of teachers and the method itself is far less interactive.

Special Needs: Inclusion vs. Separation

Western education makes incredible efforts to integrate kids with special needs into the general mass of students. It is considered a major right to be educated together with other kids.

In the East, we normally see a more exclusive approach where kids with special needs are quite often taught separately from the rest. It isn’t thought to be unfair, just logical

Conclusion: East vs West

So, this is all about how different from each other, the culture and education systems of the East and the West, are. We can’t firmly determine which of the cultural or education systems of Eastern countries or Western countries is better. What is more important is how people of both cultures respect and accept each other’s values and educational system.

This Discussion In Video

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Which Culture Is Better – East or West?

Over the years this article has been online, readers have asked us for an “easy new culture”. This is something that hits the core foundation of Global From Asia. Since our inception in 2013, we have been working hard to level the playing field for online business owners to do business and earn a living no matter what cultural background they come from.

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About the Author:

Lim Chuwei is creative blog writer & director at ChampionTutor. ChampionTutor is Singapore’s leading online stop for all education needs with more than 10 yrs of experience in home tutor service & recently launched the tuition services as ChampionTutor Online Hong Kong for the students, parents and teachers of Hong Kong. Lim Chuwei has been in this industry for the last 15 years and has vast knowledge of major learning application.

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Rajendra Prasad Singh
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Rajendra Prasad Singh

The article is good showing the difference but, as I have read somewhere, West is rational and East is sentimental. Our decision is very often based on the continuity for the past, we can say, it is tradition-based, whereas they are rational, they are practical. We are hard to accept changes just our of fear of our rigid tradition.

nora
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nora

I agree with you. Western culture they dont think with their hearts. We do.

Tony
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Tony

I agree with you. Western culture they dont think with their hearts. The understanding of life and nature of the Westerners is based on science, they try to understand in specific terms of reality, the second aspect of Western culture that is different from Eastern culture is a lifestyle. Firstly, in the Eastern culture people live with their extended family. This means they live with their grandparents and children in the same house. They share their experiences and problem with others as well as have dinner and lunch together.

Tracy
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Tracy

We are hard to accept changes just our of fear of our rigid tradition. Culture differs from one country to another and from one region to another. No culture can be the same. This essay will discuss the differences and similarities between Eastern and Western cultures. The article is good showing the difference but, as I have read somewhere,

Tarun Bangdoo
Guest

The culture in Chinese is far better than Indians who are fascinated by west. Today China and other east countries are so bounded with their Families, In India the children are getting more Liberal following West, while Chinese are advanced and still believe in their culture. Indians should learn from them.

Oompa Loompa
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Oompa Loompa

LOL, Tarun you couldn’t be more right. The Chinese worship white people. They are proud they are Chinese (the party is making sure they do), but have 0 knowledge about their own culture and country.

Yan
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Yan

Lol we do know lots about our own culture and country and we don’t worship white people. Just in case you don’t know, some Hong Kong people hated being Chinese. That’s how the Hong Kong Independence movement rose. But as most people love their own country, culture, and nationality, so as I.

ggg
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ggg

Yep thats right I’m also Chinese I agree with Yan

John Rob
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John Rob

Thank you for explaining very well to an American in the USA…I was born and raised in a very small town and am half American Indian and half white… after getting my education and moving to Los Angeles California, and meeting and seeing and getting to know all the different cultures, I would agree with how you explained yourself. Once again thank you.

dev
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dev

ep thats right I’m also Chinese I agree with Yan. While those residing in the Eastern world also look forward to holidays, the luxury of getting one relies strongly on workplace approvals, the nature of people, and the mindset of society. It is often years before individuals take a lengthy break in these nations. Possibly it’s about the trudging and relentless outlook in the East. But as most people love their own country, culture, and nationality, so as I.

janak jhankar narzary
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janak jhankar narzary

The understanding of life and nature of the Westerners is based on science, they try to understand in specific terms of reality, whereas the Easterners understanding is based on some total of experiences,essentially abstract and philosophic.

AG
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AG

Any assertion about what “western people” believe or how people from the “east” behave is bound to be grossly inaccurate. This article is greatly misleading as to the differences between people based on their geographic location. First, there is strong evidence that some “western” cultural groups are more similar to those in the “east” than they are to groups closer to them (e.g., Fins are culturally more similar to the Japanese than there are to the Danes). Second, there are huge differences among cultural norms and attitudes within western countries as well as within eastern ones. That is, there are… Read more »

Aisha
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Aisha

AG, I hope to share the depth of the topic here and do not condemn or deny your facts, keeping due respect to your knowledge and opinion. I would like to share some concept here : this is a generic cultural view of west and east. This does not go geographically, and does not talk about languages and dialects. We are looking at it from a global perspective. Let me help you understand, for example China- Beijing, ( East) and Germany ( West- Europe) have basic traditional /ethical/socio-economic differences- Germans do not live in extended families- as like other Europeans… Read more »

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Trump
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Trump

some “western” cultural groups are more similar to those in the “east” than they are to. However, In the Western culture, every decision is taken by themselves and only the person is responsible for their decision. My “religion “ is in both. I believe in God Elohim. And we do believe in much of what eastern culture believes when it come to some topics.

Lyka
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Lyka

This article clearly distinguishes the differences between the East and West in terms of culture and education system. Good read!

geet
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geet

The understanding of life and nature of the Westerners is based on science, Now travelling or vacations, an aspect of Western culture that is similar to Eastern culture will be examined. Firstly, the Western world requires time to travel as an indispensable part of its life. Holidays in this portion of the globe are expected days. This article clearly distinguishes the differences between the East and West

Ivan
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Ivan

The ex-Soviets, Russian, Ukrainians, Belorussians, etc.. behave differently from Western European people. Russian and Eastern Europeans are different to the Western European countries. Russian/Ukrainian/Belorussian women act a little like Asians. Aside from physical features, they have a lot of Asian behavioral traits.

nadia
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nadia

LOL, Tarun you couldn’t be more right. The Chinese worship white people. They are proud they are Chinese (the party is making sure they do), but have 0 knowledge about their own culture and country. both Eastern and Western cultures are right in their place. Both similarities and differences between Eastern and Western culture have been discussed. The ex-Soviets, Russian, Ukrainians, Belorussians, etc..

Ashish Rajput
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Ashish Rajput

The difference between east and west should be also as historical. If we will read about philosophy’s of india (generally it is representative if east), indian give priority to nation, beliefs and there is no attraction of Money. The belief of Daan (today’s we known as donation) is oldest in india. So people of east are more happy than west because they have no special attraction for luxury things. Again, It should be consider that In case of comparison of east and west, we are talking about Europe and south asia as well as china, japan. There is no roll… Read more »

Charly
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Charly

The belief of Daan (today’s we known as donation) is oldest in india. On the other hand, the people of Western culture people believe in independence and individualism. They like freedom and take their own decision by them. They do not like to share their personal things to the family. Furthermore, in the Eastern culture grandparents are considered as the head of the home. They take most of the all-important decision with their experience and everyone in family obey their decision. Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Anatolian and steppes (mostly Germanic) cultures

Ahmet
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Ahmet

Ok, you say western is focused on creativity; however north europen countries are more hard worker than south europens. We see it on the history. If we discussing it for modern times; the latest breaking point was French revolution for Europe. we should think it in big picture. First of all, even the wars became in West (between mediterranean civilizations), they transaction their cultures to each other quickly. Very long time before, the Western culture was shaped from Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Anatolian and steppes (mostly Germanic) cultures and they have mixed (not totally but mostly). As a consequence, West have same… Read more »

Guest
Guest
Guest

Nice post showing clearly differences between the East and the West culture.
I’d like to add that people from the East are more tradition-based than the West, maybe beacuse of the less impact of globalization on them.

josh
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josh

Ok, you say western is focused on creativity; These cultures differ in many aspects such as the education system, lifestyle and they also have similarities such as language and Travelling or Vacation.AG, I hope to share the depth of the topic here and do not condemn or deny your facts, keeping due respect to your knowledge and opinion. I would like to share some concept here : this is a generic cultural view of west and east. This does not go geographically, and does not talk about languages and dialects.

Suhas K
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Suhas K

what are the corporate values eastern can learn from western?

nigam
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nigam

Nice post showing clearly differences between the East and the West culture. There is a lot to learn from both cultures. For hundreds of years, Eastern culture has been influenced by Western culture and vice versa. They adopt each other’s merits like the education system, lifestyle and travelling or vacation. The ex-Soviets, Russian, Ukrainians, Belorussians, etc.. behave differently from Western European people.

Mark joshua Reyes
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Mark joshua Reyes

Do you agree with the differentiation between the west and the east?

Marta
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Marta

Who is the author of the article? I would like to quote it.

Tony
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Tony

Do you agree with the differentiation between the west and the east? Western culture that is different from Eastern culture is the education system. Firstly, Western systems of education focus on creative thoughts. Of course, being a system implies a lot of things are bound, but generally it does its utmost to elevate individual approaches to dealing with unique students. On the other side, in Eastern education, it’s all about hard work and fighting. Nothing is difficult if you exercise hard. what are the corporate values eastern can learn from western?

Melissa
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Melissa

My “religion “ is in both. I believe in God Elohim. And we do believe in much of what eastern culture believes when it come to some topics. Such as dressing appropriate and respecting our elders. I’m thankful for all those who encourage me to work hard and not waste any time. Time is precious.

krupa
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krupa

My “religion “ is in both. I believe in God Elohim. And we do believe in much of what eastern culture believes when it come to some topics. Therefore, kids are provided a lot of homework and taught to buckle down. That’s why most Asian learners, when they join the more informal Western academic organizations, are academically better performers than their colleagues. However, Western education is moving on and facilitating a more interactive teaching process where learners are encouraged to engage actively. They are encouraged to critically think, inquire and participate in fruitful debates with their teachers. Students in the… Read more »

catigoga
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catigoga

You forgot to add t South America, New Zealand and Australia as Western World!!!

Lily
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Lily

Western developed earlier than other parts of the world in the recent hundreds years. Middle Eastern is hundreds of years ago of Western life style, Eastern Asia is tens of years ago of western life style. About close mind, traditional, conservative, I don’t think that is the label of Eastern worlds. Which countries are advanced, which countries will be open minded. Which countries develop far behind,which countries are close mind, conservative. 1000 years ago, China was the most advanced country, that time, the whole China was very open, some female have several husband’s at the same time, female can be… Read more »

girl
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girl

Christianity started in the Middle East. I am surprised as to why it was not mentioned in the list of Eastern religions, and only the Western one!

trish
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trish

yah true

Toni Eleninovski
Guest

I would wholeheartedly agree that the differences between Eastern and Western culture are quite polar opposites. I am a cultural scholar on Chinese-related questions. I write articles on this topic quite frequently. I am glad to see others have contributed to the topic.

desy
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desy

The culture in Chinese is far better than Indians who are fascinated by west. Today China and other east countries are so bounded with their Families, Culture differs from one country to another and from one region to another. No culture can be the same. This essay will discuss the differences and similarities between Eastern and Western cultures. Christianity started in the Middle East. I am surprised as to why it was not mentioned in the list of Eastern religions,

Mendeba Awara
Guest
Mendeba Awara

Western culture live in the man-made enviroment and Eastern culture live in the God-made enviroment.

Guest
Guest

That is the most ignorant comment that I’ve ever read. Not to mention, it is quite close-minded.

rony
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rony

This article good showing one aspect of Western culture that is different from Eastern culture is the education system. Firstly, Western systems of education focus on creative thoughts. Of course, being a system implies a lot of things are bound, but generally it does its utmost to elevate individual approaches to dealing with unique students. On the other side, in Eastern education, it’s all about hard work and fighting. Nothing is difficult if you exercise hard. Therefore, kids are provided a lot of homework and taught to buckle down. That’s why most Asian learners, when they join the more informal… Read more »

Robert
Guest
Robert

The culture in Chinese is far better than Indians who are fascinated by west. Today China and other east countries are so bounded with their Families,Culture differs from one country to another and from one region to another. No culture can be the same. This essay will discuss the differences and similarities between Eastern and Western cultures. These cultures differ in many aspects such as the education system, lifestyle and they also have similarities such as language and Travelling or Vacation.AG, I hope to share the depth of the topic here and do not condemn or deny your facts, keeping… Read more »

Amit sharma
Guest
Amit sharma

LOL, Tarun you couldn’t be more right. The Chinese worship white people. They are proud they are Chinese (the party is making sure they do), but have 0 knowledge about their own culture and country. both Eastern and Western cultures are right in their place. Both similarities and differences between Eastern and Western culture have been discussed. There is a lot to learn from both cultures. For hundreds of years, Eastern culture has been influenced by Western culture and vice versa. They adopt each other’s merits like the education system, lifestyle and travelling or vacation. The ex-Soviets, Russian, Ukrainians, Belorussians,… Read more »

Tony
Guest
Tony

The understanding of life and nature of the Westerners is based on science, they try to understand in specific terms of reality, the second aspect of Western culture that is different from Eastern culture is a lifestyle. Firstly, in the Eastern culture people live with their extended family. This means they live with their grandparents and children in the same house. They share their experiences and problem with others as well as have dinner and lunch together. On the other hand, the people of Western culture people believe in independence and individualism. They like freedom and take their own decision… Read more »

Tokyo
Guest
Tokyo

India is not east, it is south. Japan and China are completely different.

Tokyo
Guest
Tokyo

Japan is basically non-religious. However, there is the influence of Shinto and Zen, and China is Confucian.

Tokyo
Guest
Tokyo

In Tokyo, there is Times Square everywhere.

Tokyo Roppongi,Ginza,Shinjuku Drive
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtXzWvAJWko

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