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!

It’s said that East and West can never meet up. As they differ in history, religion, political system and so on; differences are clearly seen in Eastern and Western ways to deal with education.

Eastern world refers to nations in the Asia and 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:

  • Eastern world refers to the nations in Asia and Middle East.
  • Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Shenism, Taoism, and Islam are some common religions honed in the Western world.
  • The population in Eastern countries are more customary than people in the West when we consider their traditions, clothings, rituals, and so on. For example, Indians pay regard to their elders or parents by touching their feet; East Asians use bows as welcome, apologizing and expressing thank you.
  • People in the East are inflexible in their beliefs and ideologies; they were unwilling to challenge and question the long practiced customs and traditions.
  • In Eastern countries, elders are considered as the leader of the home and children regard and obey them in all choices. Important decisions related to children’s future are normally taken by 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 parents or elders. They believe in a concept that love comes after marriage.



Western Culture

Western culture (as specified in the cultural map above) is defined as these types of items:

  • Western culture refers to Europe and North America.
  • Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are some common religions honed in the Western world.
  • The population in Western countries are more liberal than those in the East. The Westerns 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 a taboo.
  • People in the West are more open to express their feelings. If they are angry, they may express. But, people in the east may cover it for tact and good manners.
  • Also, a person is given preference over family, so a person is more flexible and free to take decisions on his own, unlike those in the East.
  • Concepts like arranged marriages are not at all common in the West. They go for love marriages as they believe in a concept that love comes before marriage.

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 together, but still, it normally does it’s best to elevate individual ways to deal with various students.

Whereas in Eastern education, 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 Asian students are frequently considerably more profitable than their peers when they get into more casual Western educational institutions.

Participation vs. Reception

Western education moves further and facilitate along the road of transforming students into undeniable members of the training procedure. They are urged to make inquiries and debate with their instructors, to think critically.
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 include kids with extra needs into the general mass of students, they have a tendency to be educated together with ordinary kids or if nothing else it is considered to be their major right.
In the East, we normally see an oppositely inverse approach – kids with disability are quite often taught separately from the rest, and it isn’t thought to be unfair, just logical.

Conclusion: East vs West

So, this was all about how the culture and education system of East differs from the West. We can’t compare the cultural or education systems of eastern countries to the Western countries. But, more important is how people of both the countries adopt each other’s cultural values and educational system.

Compare Difference 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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Where Is Culture Better – East or West?

Over the years this article has been online, readers have chatted to us asking for an “easy new culture”. This is something that hits the core fundamental 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.

We recommend studying our new infographic, and then downloading our PDF version of the post so that you too can become a culture master – which will help us all get to the next level.

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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.



Want to Attend an Event That Brings East and West Together

While this blog post is talking about the differences of Eastern and Western culture-  we should set our differences aside and come together. The best way that is done is in person, at an event. With the internet growing in popularity day after day – we are losing that valuable facetime with other people. So each year this very blog, Global From Asia, puts a conference together – Cross Border Summit bringing together top business leaders in East and West in one room. Check out our Cross Border Summit event page for more details and the next upcoming event.

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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.

Tarun Bangdoo
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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.

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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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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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!

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.

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 »

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.

Suhas K
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Suhas K

what are the corporate values eastern can learn from western?

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.

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.

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!