Comparatives of Western and Eastern Cultural Thought
I've been planning my lessons this evening. I wanted to do a discussion about the differences between Western and Chinese culture with my students. Google did not provide a straightforward answer - I found a mixture of tourist web sites, angry message board posts and even an academic paper. Finally, I found a blog post with simple diagrams of the differences between Westerners and Chinese here. According to the blog post the pictures were done by a Chinese student called Liu Young who was born in China and educated in Germany. Cultural differences have always affected my life. I was raised by thoroughly Chinese parents but hold strong British values. Now I am living in China: working in a school with Koreans; socialising with a predominantly-American English department; encountering confused Chinese locals (my Chinese is still not good); and living with a Polish house-mate. Where does it end? For a long time I suffered from a perpetual Anglo-Sino identity crisis. Nowadays I am settled with who I am. But I still get annoyed at Chinese people jumping ahead of my in the queue at McDonald's. Some things never change.