As is well established, there are several differences between Eastern and Western cultures, since Eastern and Western citizens not only live-in separate environments, but they are also often educated in somewhat specific ways. The characteristics of growing culture are reflected in the essence of its people, their attitudes to life and marriage, and their characteristics. The difference between the East and the West can have to do with the geographical climate and the environment. These inconsistencies lead to mutual knowledge of each other’s actions and their logic. In reality, the way people are treated in the East may be ordinary, but in Western societies, it may be rude. Eastern culture comprises Asia and the Middle East, while the Western community involves South and North America, the European countries, New Zealand, and Australia. East and West have several variations, depending on their history, which is expressed in people’s attitudes and actions. By contrasting eastern and western society, one of the main distinctions in west and east culture is that countries in the West are more individualistic than countries in the East. The second distinction is the educational ideology of the two nations. The third distinction is that the arranged weddings are not a central character in western societies since passion is perceived to be the way people connect it.

First of all, societies are typically split into two categories: collectivist and individualist.  Individualist societies, such as those in the United States and Western Europe, prioritize professional success irrespective of the expense of collective goals, culminating in a clear sense of competitiveness.  Collective societies, such as China, Korea, and Japan, prioritize family and work community aspirations over human interests or wishes.  Collectivism and individualism have deeply pervaded societies.  People take their culture’s place for granted.  Throughout the U.S., anything from self-service food tables to an organizational framework to cowboy movies to credit card laws represents the profoundly ingrained consumer. While individuals in collectivist societies will be more inclined to look on family and friends for help in tough times, those residing in more individualistic communities are more prone to move on their own. Individualistic societies insist that individuals will be able to fix challenges or accomplish objectives on their own without needing to rely on the support of others. Contrast that with a collectivist society where citizens may risk their happiness for the common benefit of someone else. These disparities may affect nearly any type of life, including the occupation an individual want, the items they purchase, and the social issues they care about. Approaches to health insurance, for example, are affected by these patterns.  Individualist cultures emphasize the value of each person taking care of himself or herself without relying on others for assistance. Alternatively, some in collectivist societies can emphasize sharing the responsibility of caring with the community as a whole. A person from an individualistic society could claim, “I am logical and athletic.” That can be compared with self-descriptions of individuals residing in collectivist communities, which will be most inclined to conclude, “I am a nice spouse and a faithful wife.” Personal individuality and self-determination are prized in individualistic cultures. An individual is all the more impressive whether he is a “self-made man” or “making his mind” or displays ambition or functions well alone. Collective societies, on the other hand, require individuals to associate with and role together in communities that support them in return for allegiance and obedience. Apparent conflict should often be discouraged in collectivist societies.  Expressions or expressions that characterize a dispute or a derogatory argument are used instead of stating no. Saying ‘no’ will be equal to losing the unity of the group. The connection between employer and employee or business partner is focused on confidence and integration.  The success of the organization and the groups inside it is a necessity than the individual.

Secondly, schooling is a life-long experience, understanding, and expertise during existence. In contrast, the school structure is a forum that has been developed and utilized as a guide for teachers to educate their students in an informative, concise, and thoughtful manner. Also, the education program serves as an instrument that tracks teaching to be carried out within the context of a strategy that aims to achieve the particular goal of reaching and encouraging students to succeed at the required standard within a limited period.  It has a profound impact on the way of living, and it undoubtedly affects a Looking at the Eastern and Western world, both worlds have significant variations in the way they create and form the person, in terms of skills and attitudes. As a consequence, various societies would have different ideologies, resulting in different ways of doing things, particularly in the education of the next generation. Western colleges, on the other side, rely mainly on student engagement in debates, cultivating inherent human intelligence, and empowering students to question their ideas. Students see their position as listeners, not only beneficiaries of anything the professor says. Unlike Eastern colleges, which blame pupils and their families for academic achievement, the poor performance of Western pupils is mostly the result of organizations that have refused to promote their learning. Another disparity between Eastern and Western schooling is how studying itself is used as a means to an end. Eastern structures also add spiritual meaning to education.  When I looked, in China, in particular, students adopt the learning practice of Confucius, who stressed the essential function of schooling in giving honor to oneself, family, and community.

Thirdly, dating, and marriage is a very delicate topic, particularly when viewed from different angles of the world. This applies to Eastern and Western societies. We all know that there are entirely different strategies between Eastern and Western societies, particularly when it comes to the family.Dating and marriage function differently around various nations.  There is still a contrast between eastern culture and western civilization. The variations between cultures are evident and numerous. Not only do they reside in various areas, but there are often variations in culture, schooling, conduct, beliefs, and customs. Each of these factors has a significant part to play in their disposition towards dating and marriage. Considering how distinct their habits are, Eastern culture vs. Western culture is often thought-provoking and a topic of debate. Personality is one of the main factors that have a role to play in influencing the attitudes of cultures to this problem. Passiveness is more common in Eastern societies. Contemplation and submissiveness are seen more in their community than in the western world, rendering them those that spend more time contemplating than working.

On the other side, western civilization is more inclined to worry less and do more, making them more casual. That is seen as we examine their dating and marriage behaviors. Its element is set in Eastern society vs.—western culture. Western civilization is more of a language for life. Huge romantic expressions, making intimate scenes and telling “I love you” are characteristic of western culture. East society appears to be taciturn when it comes to communicating affection since acts speak louder than sentences. They always take into account the history, employment, financial position of an individual when marrying them. Western society is more sentimental and emotional when it comes to marriages and dating. People almost ever get married because they are unaware of their feelings for each other. Romance is more important than social and financial standing, employment, and so on. One of the main argumentative facets of this is the idea of arranged marriages, which renders Eastern culture vs. Western society a bigger problem. Previously, arranged partnerships were even more contentious than they are today. Back then, a couple was compelled to marry without meeting each other. While this is already being done, several changes have been made to it. When the sides are ready, they would be involved. The marriage typically lasts nearly a year, and the prospective bride and groom get to meet each other. The moment they are engaged is essentially the moment they continue dating. There is skepticism in Western society when it comes to real dating. It is shameful to be seen with a child.  That is why they are automatically engaged to avoid getting punished.  Dating is the standard of western society.  It is absurd to be committed to anyone after meeting them once or twice. The typical western person spends two years dating someone before proposing.  Dating in western society is not a sure way of marriage.        

In brief, Eastern and Western people not only live-in separate cultures, but they also behave in very different ways. While some of the traits are no longer so random, they nevertheless remain in our culture. Knowing these attributes would undoubtedly benefit our understanding and learning about each other’s community.

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10 thoughts on “The Differences Between Eastern and Western Culture

  1. Thank you for this. As a Westerner here in the United States, I think it’s important to think more globally simply to accept others. This is just my opinion.

    Some of the points you mentioned gave me an automatic rise, which would lead me to address my own biases based on influence.

    You are correct in the individualism aspect. When I’m in a hole, I have to dig myself out. There is no one here to help or guide me. This may have led to me over compensating in different ways.

    I have only personally known one couple that joined from an arranged union. I understand these types of marriages tend to have greater longevity.

    I had the displeasure years ago of watching a video of an arranged marriage of an Asian couple. This was not a movie, it was a real life pairing. When the groom went to kiss the bride, she pulled back and turned away. He kissed her cheek and the look on her face was not happy.

    I dream of travelling the world and writing. I know I need to prepare myself to be open to what I see in other countries and cultures, even if I disagree. 🌿

    1. First of all, thank you very much for your comment. Actually, I also live in a country with a collectivistic culture. In Turkey. Sometimes I feel the difficulty of not being individual. The more connected you feel to the people, the more you need their presence. So, I don’t know what it’s like to be independent, I guess I’ll have to learn this. Arranged marriages still exist in the country where I live. For example, my uncle met my aunt through a friend. They had never seen each other before. As soon as they saw each other, they decided to get married immediately. 😄 They are still married and happy. But there are also marriages that end unhappily. While you have the desire to get to know new cultures, I would like to discover individualistic countries and learn how to become a more independent individual. Good luck to both of us! ✨

      1. Yes! I feel a culture swap coming along!!! If you make it to the states, please reach out. I am in Florida. I’ll love to visit Turkey, honor your customs, and eat. And eat some more 🤣 thank you 🥰

        1. Yes I would like to come! Thanks! <3

  2. Great post message we need to discern of the conundrum in the USA society founders who wrote a Constitution based on obtaining freedom for an individualist society which now has in power leaders who want to change to a collectivist society.

    Regards and goodwill blogging.

    1. Thank you very much for your comment and good wishes. Yes, I think we need to pay attention to this fine detail, as you said. We should help each other. Families shouldn’t give each other up, but we should also be independent to explore ourselves as well. I guess we haven’t learned to find a balance around the world about this situation. But, I hope we will eventually. 🌸

      1. Even this discussion among those of us that are willing to try is a great start 🥰

  3. Anand Bose says:

    You have brought out well the differences between the Orient and the Occident.

    1. Thank you for your attention for reading and taking your time on this post! 😌

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