Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Cultural Differences: The Easy Stuff

While I'm researching this cultural differences series, thought I'd share some references that have been useful in facilitating courtship between myself, a Vietnamese American, and my beloved, a German German. The first gives you an idea of how hard it is to have normal couple conversations like, "How cold will it be on our trip, so I can pack?" or "Could you preheat the oven for me while I jump in the shower?" (Click the comic to enlarge.)

The following is a slideshow by an award-winning graphic designer who was born in China and grew up in Germany. As if you won't know immediately, blue represents the Western point of view and red is the Eastern. Be sure to click through to see all of them. You can imagine these differences (on food, on raising our future children, punctuality, social circles, travel, etc.) have led to missed understandings on first, fourth, and seventeenth dates. At least we're never bored. :) East-West by Liu Young

UPDATE: One label in the above slideshow is incorrect. This graphic compares the German and Chinese way of handling problems:


  1. A great first episode. Can't wait for the rest of the season.

    When I look the art pictures, I see Ivy and myself in almost every one of them.

  2. Cant wait for the rest of the season either!!!

  3. Sarilog, espero a tus historias!



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