Differences between Eastern and Western culture

How to confront a problem

In 2008, these images were sent to me by a friend working at Reuters.  They are copyrighted by Yang Liu, a Chinese raised in Germany whose biography is at the end of this post. The pictures appear in her book “Ost trifft West” (East meets West).  These images depict simplified and generalized differences & commonality between groups in their approaches, perspectives, and moments in history. In the images, Blue –> Westerner and Red –> Asian.

Relative sense of self
Type of weekend activities
Public expression
Differences in queuing
Relative status of the leader
Relationship models: Simple vs Complex
Differences in Sense of Punctuality
Differences in Transportation

Update: See JapanNewbie.com’s additional narrative on the pictures.

Update II: at the request of the artist, a number of images were removed from the original post. Please visit the artist’s webpage below to see more and to learn about shows of the artist’s work.

Update III: Yang Liu, the artist, drew my attention to an “interview” a Chinese newspaper conducted, allegedly with me. In fact, the “reporter” never contacted me and there was never an interview, with the paper Ms. Liu brought to my attention, nor any other on the subject of these images or their concepts.

All of the images are from Ms. Liu’s book “Ost trifft West” (East meets West) Hermann Schmidt Verlag Mainz -Differences between Germans and Chinese – A diary of Yang Liu @YangLiu Design, www.yangliudesign.com

BIOGRAPHY: Yang Liu was born in 1976. In age of 13, she moved with her parents to Germany. At the age of 17, she started her studies at the University of Arts  in Berlin. After her master degree, she worked as a designer inSingapore, London, Berlin and New York City. In 2004 she has started her own design studio. While she is giving workshops and lectures on several international conferences, she was as well as teaching at the Central Academy of Fine Arts and the Glasgow school of Art. Her works had been awarded with several international design awards and are shown in Museums and became partof the collections.

Shout Out to Sean Meade: Happy Birthday friend

For those of you who don’t know Sean, he’s Tom Barnett’s webmaster (probably also Enterra’s and definitely a McGraw-Hill’s webmaster for Aviation Week to name just one of his other sites). He’s a great webmaster who Tom and others comfortably rely on for their web presence (which is almost everything in today’s marketplace of ideas) and a genuinely nice guy. Join me in wishing him a happy birthday today. Not a bad way to start the new year.