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)
4) human network
5) attitudes toward anger
6) standing in line
8) streets on Sundays
10) in restaurants (decibels)
11) standard of aesthetic beauty (tan level)
12) problem solving
13) three meals a day (hot or cold)
14) transportation preferences (1970 and present)
15) daily life
16) time of showers
17) mood and weather
18) view of superiors