Graphic artist Yang Liu has made a compilation book of illustrations which juxtaposes the cultures of the East and West, a playfully satirical, mostly harmless, endeavor.
The book was originally published in German in 2007, but is available in English for the first time this year. According to Quartz, Liu used her own personal experience to draw the contrasts, having moved from Beijing to Berlin at the age of 13. After living there for exactly 13 years, Liu began her series of comparisons, having lived half her life in China and half her life in Germany.
This image seems to imply that the East has an aversion to acknowledging problems.
On noise pollution in restaurants, Germany appears to be much quieter than China.
Boss: One-of-us versus soul-crushing giant.
When dealing with anger, the East tends to put on a happy face.
The “me” of the West is much larger, perhaps indicating an individual with self-actualization, self-esteem, a person with wants and desires; or maybe just people who think too much of themselves?
Queues in China are often less straight than elsewhere in this world.
Do you ever feel yourself aging while waiting for someone to get to the damn point?
Speaking words of legality versus partnership when money is on the mind.
Individuals in the West like to portray their ideas to others as bigger than they even imagine them, while Eastern individuals do the opposite.
The West appears more conscious of their carbon footprint.
The truth is really just apples and pears.
Again, we see the enlargement of a figure, this time with a giant elderly figure looming over the East.
Remember those photos of dogs found dying on the roof from last week?
The West is a little less concerned about the aging death rays of the sun.
These images are reminiscent of another series which compares Hong Kong to China, published onto the Local Studio HK Facebook page by an anonymous artist earlier this year. Perhaps Liu influenced this controversial set, as the styles are very similar.
While this series deals only in contrasts, maybe her next series should be about what it looks like when the two sides come together:
By Mary DeMay
[Images via Taschen]