Western and Asian approach towards life

I receive this from a friend and found it very interesting and might want to share it. Now if this does not tell us about two different cultures I do not know what does. It is simplistic and to the point and most interesting perspectives about how westerners and Asians see things. Hope you like it. As an Asian living in a western culture I tend to find some of this true. What do you think?

East meets West! Do you think this is true?
Please share your thoughts with me.

Western and Asian approach towards life

Blue –> Westerners Red –> Asians
(1) Opinion


Westerners: Talk to the point
Asians: Talk around the circle, especially if opinions are different

(2) Way of Life

Way of Life

Westerners: individualism, think of himself or herself.
Asians: enjoy gathering with family and friends, solving their problems, and know each other’s business.

(3) Punctuality


Westerners: on time.
Asians: in time.

(4) Contacts


Westerners: Contact to related person only .
Asians: Contact everyone everywhere.

(5) Anger


Westerners: S how that I am angry.
Asians: I am angry, but still smiling… (Beware!)

(6) Queue when Waiting

Queue when waiting

Westerners: Queuing in an orderly manner .
Asians (with the exception of the Japanese): Queuing?! What’s that?

(7) Sundays on the Road

Sundays on the road

Westerners: Enjoy weekend relaxing peacefully.
Asians: Enjoy weekend in crowded places, like going to the mall.

(8) Party


Westerners: Only gather with their own group.
Asians: All focus on the one activity that is hosted by the CEO.

(9) In the restaurant

In the Restaurant

Westerners: Talk softly and gently in the restaurant.
Asians: Talk and laugh loudly like they own the restaurant.


(10) Traveling

Westerners: Love sightseeing and enjoy the scenery.
Asians: Taking “picture” is the most important; scenery is just for the background.

(11) Handling of Problems

Handling of Problems

Westerners: Take any steps to solve the problems.
Asians: Try to avoid conflicts, and if possible, don’t leave any trail.

(12) Three meals a day

Three Meals a day

Westerners: Good meal for once a day is sufficed.
Asians: At least 3 good meals a day.

(13) Transportation


Westerners: Drove cars & now cycling for environmental protection.
Asians: Before no money and rode a bike, now got money and drive a car

(14) Elderly in day-to-day life

Elderly in day to day life

Westerners: When o ld, there is snoopy for companionship.
Asians: When old, guarantee will not be lonely, as long as willing to baby-sit grandkids.

(15) Moods and Weather

Moods and weather

Westerners: The logic is : rain is pain.
Asians: More rain, more prosperity

(16) The Boss

The Boss

Westerners: The boss is part of the team.
Asians: The boss is a fierce god.

(17) What’s Trendy

whats Trendy

Westerners: Eat healthy Asian cuisine.
Asians: Eat expensive Western cuisine.

(18) The Child

Westerners: The kid is going to be independent and make his/her own living.
Asians: Slog whole life for the kids, the centr e of your life.

Now that sumarises the difference sin culture. If you have been in a chinese Yum cha restaurant in Melbourne or in Singapore you will know what I mean. Hope you like it.Do let me know.



One thought on “Western and Asian approach towards life

  1. hello Mossyy,

    I don’t know how you get all these 18 items above. I was in schooling in Melbourne between 1967-1972 too. Anyway without details, in short, I take the balance of BOTH or best of BOTH to better for this fresh 21st century full of challenging life ahead! I always keep reminding myself to remember… every moment on this tiny grain of sand called EARTH is a fresh moment… nothing else…!!! Smile & Cheers ALwyas~~~

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