A lot of individuals go on contrasting "Eastern" and "Western" philosophy. I do not get it. What is so incompatible about these? I think both ways more than half the time.
I've also spoken to people who taught english in China for years, but never understood why none of their students ever raised their hand to answer a question. They always had to call on a specific student.
I think this situation doesn't happen in primary schools. In primary schools, students like raising their hands to answer questions. When they grow older, the knowledge that they learn becomes harder and harder, which ends up that more capable students raise their hands every time while the less capable students don't. As time goes by, the more capable students are thought to be puffed up with pride, which is a taboo in China. In Confucian tradition, a person of noble character should be humble and not to show off, while apparently those students who raised their hands often like to show off. They might be persona non grata just because others think they like to show off. In high schools, students are so used to keep their mouth shut in class and won't anwer any questions unless teachers call a specific student to answer questions.
this is a bit off the topic, well maybe not, japanese philosophy of free will let's call it. i couldn't help but be reminded of a teacher i had who went to japan for a while and once asked a student what happened if they didn't wear their school uniform, like detention or something, to which the girl answered 'but we DO wear our uniforms', 'no, but what if you didn't, what would happen to you?', 'but we DO wear our uniform', 'no you don't understand! what if, oh i give up!' this poor girl was so confused as to why she was being questioned, she thought she was getting in trouble.
The main difference between East and West is their cultural and societal values. In the East, collectivism and hierarchy are highly valued, while in the West individualism and equality are emphasized. This can also manifest in differences in communication styles, social norms, and attitudes towards authority.
Countries in the East include China, Japan, South Korea, and India. Countries in the West include the United States, Canada, countries in Europe, and Australia.
Geography can play a significant role in shaping the differences between East and West. For example, the vast expanse of land in the East has historically led to a more collectivist mindset, as people had to rely on each other for survival. Meanwhile, the smaller and more diverse landscapes of the West may have led to a greater emphasis on individualism and self-sufficiency.
One common misconception is that all Eastern countries are the same, when in reality there are many cultural, societal, and economic differences among them. Another misconception is that Western countries are more advanced and superior to Eastern countries. This ignores the rich histories, traditions, and advancements of Eastern cultures.
Understanding the differences between East and West can lead to greater cultural competence and empathy, which can improve communication and relationships between individuals from different backgrounds. It can also help societies address and overcome cultural biases and inequalities, leading to a more inclusive and harmonious society.