German and Chinese attitudes about life explained (in images)

Not sure if you’ve seen this previously – but it’s quite funny, so please accept my apologies if that’s not totally new to you!

Yang Liu is an artist who was born in China but lived in Germany from the time she was 14. She designed a series of infographics to represent her observations about Chinese culture and German culture… and I have to agree with most of them!

Germany is on the left side, in blue, while China is in red on the right side (in case it was confusing):

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However, the only two pictograms that I don’t really agree with are the last two. This one is all about anger, and actually German people are known for ‘Schadenfreude’ – so if someone fails, someone else might smile about that!

Eastern and Western attitudes 11

Plus I doubt that Chinese people here in Hong Kong will have loved all the rain we experienced in May!

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What do you think, do you agree or disagree?

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3 responses to “German and Chinese attitudes about life explained (in images)

  1. Haha! I don’t know enough to comment about the rest but the Problem-Solving approach one is bang on! Dealt with a lot of that in my previous job :-)

  2. I lived in Germany for 5 years and my German is still reasonably fluent. Pretty accurate I would say. Humour in Germany tended to be more slapstick, less subtle than I am used to but definitely Schadenfreude is present.

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