Sheera Djafar forwarded this to me earlier today. I’m not sure why she has not blogged about it yet, so I’m going to steal this and reblog it.
Yes, it is so true it’s funny, but I was actually more mesmerised by the infographics. Neat, innit?
Here you go (credits to the original poster):
Westerners: Talk to the point.
Asians: Talk around the circle, especially if opinions are different
(2) Way of Life
Westerners: individualism, think of himself or herself.
Asians: enjoy gathering with family and friends and know each other’s bloody business.
Westerners: arrive on time.
Asians: arrive…in time.
Westerners: Contact to related person only.
Asians: Contact everyone everywhere and cc to the whole world.
Westerners: Show that I am angry.
Asians: I am angry, but still smiling… (Beware!)
(6) Queue when Waiting
Westerners: Queuing in an orderly manner.
Asians: Queuing?! What’s that?
(7) Sundays on the Road
Westerners: Enjoy weekend relaxing peacefully.
Asians: Enjoy weekend in crowded places like the mall, or spend hours looking for parking.
Westerners: Only gather with their own group.
Asians: All focus on the one activity that is hosted by the CEO.
(9) In the restaurant
Westerners: Talk softly and gently in the restaurant.
Asians: Talk and laugh loudly until everyone can hear.
Westerners: Love sightseeing and enjoy the scenery.
Asians: Taking picture is the most important; scenery is just for the background of the picture!
(11) Handling of Problems
Westerners: Take any steps to solve the problems.
Asians: avoid conflicts is more important than solving problems.
(12) Three meals a day
Westerners: Two good meals is sufficient, usually heavy breakfast and light dinner.
Asians: At least 3 meals a day plus a 4th bonus: SUPPER before sleep.
Westerners: Before drove cars, now cycling for environmental protection.
Asians: Before no money and rode bikes, now got money to show off cars.
(14) Elderly in day-to-day life
Westerners: When old, there is Snoopy for companionship.
Asians: When old, companionship means interfering in grandkids’ upbringing.
(15) Moods and Weather
Westerners: The logic is: rain means no outdoor activities.
Asians: More rain, more prosperity.
(16) The Boss
Westerners: The boss is part of the team.
Asians: The boss is the Dragon King.
(17) What’s Trendy
Westerners: Eat healthy Asian cuisine.
Asians: Eat expensive cholesterol-laden western cuisine.
(18) The Child
Westerners: The kid is going to be independent and make his/her own living.
Asians: Interfere in kids’ life even after they are married with grand-children.
What do you think? Spot-on descriptions, or mean stereotypes? Leave it in the comments.