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The design of cultural differences

Exploring cultural diversity is one of the fun things about living away from one’s homeland. I stumbled across this graphic depiction of cultural differences between Germans and Chinese and found it non-judgmental and insightful.

As an American, I probably have more innate cultural similarity to Germans than to Chinese. But if you’re like me, you’ll look through these images and find a mix of things appealing from both cultures. Look for instance at number 19 (children). Chinese put children in the middle; Germans have them off to the side. Or the Chinese attitude toward rain (happy) and shine (happy).

Then there’s No. 10 – the volume at which we speak in restaurants. It strikes me that the gregariousness of Chinese is similar to Americans, and that among Americans and Northeast Asians, we (Americans) are more similar to Chinese than anyone else.

Enough said. Look at the images. Germans are the blue side, Chinese the red:

1) Complaints (or suggestions)

German1_2

2) lifestyle

German2

3) punctuality

German3

4) human network

German4

5) attitudes toward anger

German5

6) standing in line

German6

7) ego

German7

8) streets on Sundays

German8

9) parties

German9

10) in restaurants (decibels)

German10

11) standard of aesthetic beauty (tan level)

German11

12) problem solving

German12

13) three meals a day (hot or cold)

German13

14) transportation preferences (1970 and present)

German14

15) daily life

German15

16) time of showers

German16

17) mood and weather

German17

18) view of superiors

German18

19) children

German19

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Comments

Matt Schiavenza

Great stuff

Gareth BFG

Spot on! Anyone who has spent time in China knows how exactly correct this is haha

Bjoern

I think #19 means that in China, literally everything is centered around the child, while in Germany, children are "just" a part of the family (between the parents, with the grandparents on the side).

nanheyangrouchuan

Seems consistent, was this a study or just art?

davesgonechina

The artist is named Liu Yang, and there's a bunch of others in the series not included here.

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