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Chinese Artist Sums Up the Difference Between Eastern and Western Culture

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    One artist’s work on comparing the cultures of the East and the West has recently resurfaced for our enjoyment.

    Yang Liu, a graphic artist who moved from Beijing to Berlin at the age of 13, has lived the best (and worst) of both worlds.

    The cultural differences she witnessed inspired her to design a book of graphics titled “East Meets West”. Liu’s book was originally published in German in 2007 and has only recently come out in English.

    Here’s how the two cultures stack up to each other, according to Liu:


    Thinking about and speaking the truth

    Leisure time

    Transportation then and now

    In the sun

    Noise in restaurants

    Dealing with problems

    How opinions form

    Thinking and talking about money


    How people think of themselves

    Thinking and speaking about ideas

    The elderly in society

    How bosses are

    Animals to look at or to be eaten

    Showing emotions

    Another artist made headlines earlier this year when they depicted the  differences between China and Hong Kong in a style that may have been influenced by Liu’s work.

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