The Global Moment

East Meets West

In her iconic series, Chinese-born, German-raised artist Yang Liu uses simple pictograms depicting key cultural differences between East and West. China is represented by the red side and Germany by the blue.

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Paolo

Germany would seem a lonely sad robotic place judging by the pictogrammes. Generally the lifestyle in the ex-GDR (east) part of Germany is more social than in the west (or at least the interaction seems less burdened by ego) and certainly not quite as "Ich" (me) obsessed as ex-west germany. I liked the opinions pictures, does this illustrate why germany and humour dont really work?

Paolo

Germany would seem a lonely sad robotic place judging by the pictogrammes. Generally the lifestyle in the ex-GDR (east) part of Germany is more social than in the west (or at least the interaction seems less burdened by ego) and certainly not quite as "Ich" (me) obsessed as ex-west germany. I liked the opinions pictures, does this illustrate why germany and humour dont really work?

Dav id

I found it somewhat cliched and pandered to the usual stereotypes i.e. the individualistic, self-centred west and the conformist family/community oriented east. "The way of life" slide, oh please.

Dav id

I found it somewhat cliched and pandered to the usual stereotypes i.e. the individualistic, self-centred west and the conformist family/community oriented east. "The way of life" slide, oh please.

Rob Em

If you're refering to the 'trends' picture where Germany is represented by the asian eating utensils and China is represented by western eating utensils, I can only assume that it's not an error, and that the artists is suggesting that east is trendy to the west and the west is trendy to the east.

Your mind is recordable media.

Rob Em

If you're refering to the 'trends' picture where Germany is represented by the asian eating utensils and China is represented by western eating utensils, I can only assume that it's not an error, and that the artists is suggesting that east is trendy to the west and the west is trendy to the east.

Your mind is recordable media.

E. Cruz Eusebio

I can actually relate to some of these designs. Although, vastly stereotypical, there is some truth to their underlying themes. One must also remember that this is one artist's view of the world and perspective based on her own unique upbringing.

E. Cruz Eusebio

I can actually relate to some of these designs. Although, vastly stereotypical, there is some truth to their underlying themes. One must also remember that this is one artist's view of the world and perspective based on her own unique upbringing.

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