There are many differences between China and Western cultures, from overall lifestyle to individual demeanor.
The comic artist Tiny Eyes, aka Siyu, is chronicling them in her ongoing series of sequential art that highlights some of the things that she, as someone born and raised in Beijing, has experienced when communicating with people in the United States, France, and England.
Through simple line drawings and a biting wit, she illustrates the impressions that the different cultures have of one another and their idiosyncrasies.
Common winter look (in Paris)
Scarf twice as big as the head
Super thin tights
Common winter look (in Beijing)
Super puffy down coat
Extra thick long johns
French high school students
Chinese high school students
Beauty product ads in China
Immediate Whitening Effect
Beauty product ads in the West
Beautiful Tan Today
American: I love you, mom.
Chinese: Look after your health mom.
Remember to put on more clothes, it's getting cold.
I bought you a pair of wool gloves...
- Mom, I've got my exam results back!
- Looks like someone has got good news!
- Ta dah! (99/100)
- Where did you lose that one point?
Forks for main dish, salad, and snail;
knives for main dish, fish, and butter;
and cutlery for dessert.
American: Just do it!
Chinese: Think twice.
An American who shares his dorm room with another one
British: You have to share your dorm room with one person?
Chinese: You share your dorm room with only one person?
When you have a Chinese name
Half: People who can't pronounce your name
Almost half: People who try very hard and pronounce your name wrong
Rest: People who ask if you have an English name
- Where are you from?
- So you speak Chinese?
- That's incredible!
Are there any cultural differences in your daily life?