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East Meets West: An Infographic Portrait by Yang Liu

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The artist and visual designer Yang Liu was born in China and lives in Germany since she was 14. By growing up in two very different places with very different traditions she was able to experience the differences between the two cultures first-hand.

Drawing from her own experience Yang Liu created minimalistic visualizations using simple symbols and shapes to convey just how different the two cultures are. The blue side represents Germany (or western culture) and the red side China (or eastern culture):

Lifestyle: Independent vs. dependent Lifestyle: Independent vs. dependent

Attitude towards punctuality Attitude towards punctuality

At a party At a party

Ideal of beauty Ideal of beauty

Elderly in day to day life Elderly in day to day life

The boss The boss

Noise level inside a restaurant Noise level inside a restaurant

Problem-solving approach Problem-solving approach

Size of the individual's ego Size of the individual’s ego

Perception: How Germans and the Chinese see one another Perception: How Germans and the Chinese see one another

How to stand in line How to stand in line

Complexity of self-expression Complexity of self-expression

Traveling and recording memories Traveling and recording memories

Connections and contacts Connections and contacts

Three meals a day Three meals a day

Animals Animals

Anger Anger

Moods and weather Moods and weather

Read an interview with Liu about the project here.

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  • Jennifer Goheen says:

    This is delightful! I have lived in Germany and in China, so that makes it especially fun. Many of the illustrations work generally for East–West, but the Punctuality one definitely fits Germany better than Ireland.

  • jianuo zhang says:

    The pictures examplify how different Eastern and Western people think and how different their lifestyles are. In the eyes of Western people, Chinese people like being accompanied by others and assume they will be pitied by others if they are alone while Western people prefer to be independent. Also, Western people are deemed more puncutal than Eastern people. All in all, I think their environments and cultures cause their differences in behavior.

  • Patricia says:

    Yan liu, with her art is showing us the way different cultures perceive another person from another culture. In her work she shows the differences and sterotypes in immigrants.
    Through her work, as an immigrant I can feel the lack of community; she is trying to show specially in her paiting the differences in the german and chinese culture. It reminds me of my oold days as a new immigrant in Canada where the difference was not only the language but, the loneliness and out of place feeling.

  • Patricia Cordon. says:

    the artist is taking us to a place where most all immigrants are at one point in our life’s.I can see the way some people or cultures stereotype immigrants because the way we dress look or what we eat. How different culture focus more in a family life , showing in her art, how some cultures in these case Germans, are more strict in the way they live,like being punctual.

    In some other areas of her work, related to our experience’s as immigrants we can see the way they relate in a social environment as party or gathers we can see Germans are more individualist ans a little close in the community circle.

    in summary Yang Liu works reminded me my firsts years in Canada.

  • Zhenjun Zhu says:

    In eastern culture, people have more intense relationships with others. Unlike western, people will do their things by their own, eastern people will mutually help each other even the people can deal it by self. The most part I like in the western culture is the boss’s position is not much higher than employees. Everyone wants to get an equal treatment in the world, but not many place can really do it.

  • thomas says:

    what do the birds on the tree’s mean? did not understand!

  • Hannah says:

    A person is much more than a culture, at the same time a culture says a lot about a persons worldview. Personally if you do not understand this very basic concept than perhaps intermarrying is not for you.

  • Hannah says:

    It always amazes me why western men marry foreign women. They expect them to act and be how westerners perceive them. You marry a person within that culture additionally culture is important to us. Why are trying to make ur wife assimilate to your culture!

    • Dawei says:

      I find it interesting you say why a foreign man marries the woman! Isn’t the woman choosing to marry the man? One needs to ask why she chooses to marry him? Could there possibly be something to gain?!

  • gary says:

    very direct and to the point, I very much like it. Well done

  • Wolfgang Boegel says:

    East meets West is now in perfect order thanks to her I understand now my Chines wife

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