Cultural Differences between the West and East

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Every person on the Earth has one own mind, one own set of values, and own moral codex. Therefore it is not astonishing, that two individuals can have different opinions on given topics. Now, if we consider the distances dividing certain cultures, it is more than apparent, that the set of beliefs will be very much different. This essay sets it goal to compare Western World, here represented by Europe and the USA, and Eastern World, represented by the Eastern and the Southeastern Asia. While most of the Eastern Asia is heavily traditional because of influence of Confucianism and Taoism, the West is more liberal and atheistic. Because of this, these two cultures parts away in questions of family traditions, family bonds, general respect …show more content…
Many would argue, that such strong bonds must hold an individual back, when in fact, they establishes a very solid base for support, either financially or morally, for one’s business and psyche.
Furthermore, Asians have commonly an immense respect for their elders, whereas in the Western World are the elders seen more as a burden. The Asian families are generally centralized around family elders, usually the grandparents, and they, are visited by the children and the grandchildren instead of the reverse. Moreover, one cannot doubt person of higher hierarchy rank, cannot act rude towards them, and must obey their commands and wishes. In addition, Asian son or daughter is obliged to personally take care of elders, rather than providing them only with a nursing home. In comparison, the western families are more decentralized, isolated and individualistic, and furthermore, visiting grandparents’ house is viewed as a boredom and necessary evil, rather than reunion with family member. Some individuals might go as far and ridicule the Asians, but it was not so long ago, that many European families were fashioned the same way and moreover I believe such respect towards seniors can teach person self-control, calmness, and humility, skills much needed in professional careers.
And moreover an Asian tend to strive for admiration and respect from his peers and elders on every aspect of their life, therefore Asian parents puts such stress on their…