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East Meets West : An Infographic Portrait by Yang Liu

Wednesday 10.02.2013 , Posted by
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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.

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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

meinung

Attitude towards punctuality

puenktlichkeit

How to stand in line

queue

Noise level inside a restaurant

restaurant

Connections and contacts

contacts

Ideal of beauty

schoenheitsideal

Traveling and recording memories

traveling

Problem-solving approach

umgang-mit-problemen

Animals

tiere

Three meals a day

drei-mahlzeiten

Perception: How Germans and the Chinese see one another

east-vs-west

Size of the individual’s ego

eastwest-ego

The boss

chef

Elderly in day to day life

elderly-in-day-to-day-life

Moods and weather

moods-and-weather

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Shawn Saleme

Written by Shawn Saleme



Shawn Saleme is a full time writer for Visual News. Having traveled to over 50 countries, his international escapades continue to influence his writing and perspective. When not in a foreign territory, he makes his home in his native San Francisco Bay Area. Become friends with him on Facebook and invite him to share drinks and stories with you.

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  1. i love the animal sign…lol

  2. I would love to see an infographic of this concept by a westerner who has been acculturated into an eastern society

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