East Meets West : An Infographic Portrait by Yang Liu


In this global village we live in, there are many differences that exist in how humans live and behave. In particular, there are major differences in how people in the “Western” part of the world perceive things as opposed to those who were raised in the “East.” Some differences are derived from thousands of years of tradition passed on from generation to generation. For example, countries like China, Korea and Japan have been civilizations for many years. The United States, on the other hand, is still a relatively “young” country and in some ways is still finding its common culture. Anthropologists and sociologists have spent lifetimes researching the ways humans live and how we can solve problems and create greater harmony. An artist, who was raised in multiple cultures, decided to make a simple but interesting inforgraphic playing on some of the unique differences between the East and the West. [see_also]

Yang Liu was born in China and spent her childhood there until 14, when her family moved to Germany. There, she assimilated into a completely different life yet observed the significant differences between the two regions of the world. Drawing from her own experiences, she created some minimalistic designs to show simply how people can perceive things. Some major themes revolve around the truth that people in the East are very communal and see each other as one, while in regions of Europe and America people are quite individualistic and competitive. Perceptions of beauty, weather and connections are highlighted along with how one views their boss, the elderly and their ego. Learn more about the fascinating project in her interview with NotCot. See more of her work here.

(Above: Lifestyle: Independent vs. dependent)

Complexity of self-expression


Attitude towards punctuality


How to stand in line


Noise level inside a restaurant


Connections and contacts


Ideal of beauty


Traveling and recording memories


Problem-solving approach




Three meals a day


Perception: How Germans and the Chinese see one another


Size of the individual’s ego


The boss


Elderly in day to day life


Moods and weather


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