Cultural Differences: Eastern And Western Lifestyle


It has been said that East and West can never meet up. They differ in history, religion, political system and so on. Differences are also clearly seen in the Eastern and Western ways in dealing with education.

Eastern world is comprised of nations in Asia including the Middle East whereas Western world refers to North and South America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. East and West may have myriad differences based on culture and education. These differences can be noted for the most part in people’s behavior and attitudes.

The major difference between eastern and western culture is that people in the east are more conservative and traditional than the general population in the west.

Let’s have a clear view on the difference between east and west in terms of culture… Eastern Culture has these characteristics listed below:

  • Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Shenism, Taoism, and Islam are some common religions practiced in the Eastern world.

  • The population in Eastern countries is more traditional than people in the West when we consider their clothing, rituals, and so on. For example, Indians pay respect to their elders or parents by touching their feet. East Asians bow as a gesture of welcoming guests, apologizing and expressing thank you.

  • People in the East are commonly inflexible in their beliefs and ideologies. They do not easily compromise nor question the long practiced customs and traditions.

  • In Eastern countries, elders are considered as the leaders of the home and children often refer their choices to them and obey what they say. Important decisions related to the children’s future are normally made by the elders. And, when parents grow old, the kids are likely to take care of them.

  • Arranged marriages are common in the Eastern countries. They are normally arranged by the parents of the couple or other elders. They believe in the concept that love comes after marriage.

Now I wonder what you are thinking?

Western Culture Difference Between East And West In Terms Of Education… Is education in the East superior to education in the West? So, let’s explore the future in education… Creativity vs. Hard Work Western educational systems focus on the ideas of creativity. Obviously, the system being a system means that numerous things are bound, but still, it normally does its best to elevate individual approaches to deal with various students. In Eastern education, however, it is all about hard work and struggle. Nothing is difficult if you practice hard. Consequently, kids are given lots of homework and are instructed to buckle down. That is the reason why most Asian students, more often than not, are better performers academically than their peers when they get into the more casual Western educational institutions.

Participation vs. Reception Western education moves further and facilitate a more interactive training procedure where students are encouraged to participate actively. They are urged to think critically, to make inquiries and engage in fruitful debates with their instructors.

Though in the East, students are the beneficiaries. They submit to the authority of teachers and the method itself is far less interactive.

Special Needs: Inclusion vs. Separation Western education makes incredible efforts to integrate kids with special needs into the general mass of students. It is considered a major right to be educated together with other kids.

In the East, we normally see a more exclusive approach where kids with special needs are quite often taught separately from the rest. It isn’t thought to be unfair, just logical

Conclusion: East vs West So, this is all about how different from each other. We can’t firmly determine which of the cultural or education systems of Eastern countries or Western countries is better. What is more important is how people of both cultures respect and accept each other’s values and educational system. Do you agree?

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