Cultural Difference between the East and the West

Qun-ying XIE


With the development of globalization, cross-culture communication is indispensable to an open society in which we live today. Therefore, cultural differences are everywhere. The cultures between the East and the West are distinguished by a rather large scale. It means not only the opinions or ways of thinking are different, but how do people behave in daily life is also not the same, sometimes may even the opposite. This paper will first probe into the causes for cultural differences and then some of the typical examples to illustrate the cultural difference between east and west, and finally, ways to fit in different cultures.
Key words: culture, difference, east, west
Résumé: Avec le développement de la globalisation, la communication transculturelle est indispensable pour une société ouverte dans laquelle nous vivons aujourd’hui. Cependant, les différences culturelles se trouvent partout. Les cultures entre l’Est et l’Ouste sont distinguées dans une large mesure. Les façons de penser non seulement sont différentes, mais les comportements des gens dans la vie quotidienne ne sont pas les mêmes, parfois le contraire. L’article présent examine d’abord les causes des différences culturelles, puis montre des exemples typiques pour illustrer la différences culturelle entre l’Est et l’Ouest, et cherche finalement des moyens de s’adapter aux différentes cultures.
Mots-Clés: culture, différence, Est, Ouest

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