The perception of each other – how Germans see Chinese
Yang Liu was born in China but moved to Germany to be educated. Having grown up in two very different places with very different traditions, Yang Liu was able to experience first-hand what the underlying differences were between the two cultures.
With a people’s perspective on it it all, Yang Liu has created these posters and images using simple symbols and shapes to convey just how different the two cultures are. The blue side is Germany and the red side is China.
When I first saw this project, I was immediately amazed at how true it all was. Of course, these are still large generalizations of a culture as a whole, but the fact that I recognize just about every single one of these is just a bit funny to me. Even funnier is that I can not only relate to the Chinese portion of the image, but I can relate somewhat to the German side too since this semester was basically German-town for me here in Australia (the bulk of my friends were from Germany).
Click inside to see some of my favorites from this project.
Traveling and recording memories
Noise level inside a restaurant – Chinese people do talk really loud — ALL THE TIME.
At a party – This is so true.
Queuing on a line – The only place I’ve ever seen Chinese people line up is at the bus stops in Flushing. Somebody tell me: WHAT IS THAT?!
Connections and contacts – This is probably the most true one of the bunch. An Asian will know an Asian will know an Asian who knows an Asian who knows an Asian…etc.
Punctuality – We run on “Asian time”.
Telling the truth – Most Chinese will avoid confrontation as much as possible. Hence this illustration.
Thanks Jo for sending these over!