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 (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?
Difference Between East And West In Terms Of Education…
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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
Check out this blog post in video format, our co-host Lyka shares differences between East and West here:
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What About Business Differences?
We have a follow up article discussing the business differences we have noticed between Eastern and Western cultures.
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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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