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Difference between Asian and Western Cultures


When you are planning a trip or you do not know where to travel, Asia and Western Cultures are perfect places. You have to take into account that there are several differences between both places, but each of them is unique. In the next few paragraphs, you will be able to see some of the differences so you can plan a perfect trip.

History and Important Facts:

Asian cultures are also known as Eastern cultures, and it refers to areas in Asia and the Middle East. Western cultures refer not only to the American continent, but also Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Asia has a lot of different culture and beliefs as they are divided into several regions similar to western countries.

Culture:

People belonging to the Asian Cultures have beliefs and ideologies that are very different to change, they are inflexible. They never put into question their long practiced traditions. Asians have more traditions and rituals.  People of the West are more open, liberal and flexible regarding that. With that being said, people from the Asian countries are more so-called an old-fashioned people. Liberation is not most of the Asian countries are accepting. 

Religion:

Regarding religion, in Asia, you could find a very varied religion that goes from Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, and Islam. They have many temples and they are very respectful of them. They also have more traditions regarding religion. In the West, Some of the most popular religions are Christianity, Judaism, Protestantism, and Catholicism. They also have important traditions, but they do not occupy much time in people´s lives, at least in the majority of them. For western countries, they considered Islam, Judaism, and Christianity as their religion.

Behavior and ways of thinking:

Asians are very respectful of elder people. In fact, they are considered the leaders of the house and younger children have to abbey them. Here, arranged marriages are common. They think that love comes after marriage, so parents usually organize their children´s marriages. They do not express their feeling openly, at least the majority of the time. In Western cultures, people are freer, they are able to take decisions without consulting their family. They do not arrange marriage, they believe that love comes before marriage. Also, people in the west are more open, they are not scared to show their feelings, whatever they might be feeling. More straightforward are most western people are, Unlike for Asians especially for the people lives in the Philippines, they tend to sugar coat things out.

 Places to Visit:

One of the best places to visit in Asia is Southeast Asia. There you will find a group of diverse countries between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. They are full of temples and for the most part, they have a tropical climate, which makes an ideal place to take a holiday.

You can also find places to go hiking, for more adventurous travelers. Some places are Perhentian Islands (a small group of coral-fringed islands off the coast of northeastern Malaysia), Kuala Lumpur (capital of Malaysia. It is the country's most populous city. It is filled with skyscrapers), Chiang Mai (Located in northern Thailand. It is considered one of the most culturally significant cities in the country.

The region is home to more than 300 Buddhist temples) and Boracay (It is a small island located to the south of Manila. Travelers from all over the world go there to relax in their famous islands). In the Western world, there are also very beautiful places. It is hard to choose because it is full of places with diverse cultures, weathers, and landscapes. Full of art architecture and archaeological ruins.

One of those places is in Rome, where you can find St. Peter's Basilica and Vatican Museums. It is the seat of the Catholic Church. Everyone visiting Rome should go there. It is a must. No matter if you are a Catholic or not, the Cathedrals are very beautiful and they are full of history. Not to mention the fact, especially for Catholics, that the Pope lives there, so I do not have to tell them anything else besides that. Another beautiful destination is Switzerland.

It is also in Europe, next to Germany and France. It has a multicultural population, which makes it innovative and cosmopolitan. Its capital, Basel, has more than 40 museums. Going there, you will find buildings designed by renowned architects such as Frank O. Gehry or Herzog & de Meuron. In addition, another place to visit in the USA. The United States receives millions of tourists a year. It is very cosmopolitan. You can visit very different places in all the country, those that go from beaches, mountains, going to ski centers or going to casinos, if that is what you want.

 Everyday Differences:

Asian and Western cultures are constantly crushing. They are very different not only regarding religion but also in common, everyday things. In Asian cultures always try to avoid conflict, they discuss topics indirectly if they think that that might be a potential source of conflict. On the other hand, Western people tend to speak directly, in a straightforward manner. Asians feel more comfortable in groups. They often consult people around them, whether family or friends, about decisions they would make. Western people tend to be more individualistic. They think more about themselves and their needs. They often do not consult people about their decisions.

Conclusion:

 

Taking everything into account, there are many differences between Asian and Western Cultures. That does not mean that one of them is better or worse than the other. We have to learn to accept the differences between them and embraced them. Going to places from the East or West is very enriching. Once you go there and get in touch with the people, the culture, their ways of life, you will understand that we are all the same. You will see that the world is very enriching and probably you would want to go back to visit other places.


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