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Starting the spring of my 23rd year, I spent 13 months straight in East Asia, teaching English and travelling through South Korea, Japan, and China.

As a 6’3” blonde guy, it was pretty obvious that I looked different than just about everybody else.

What was less obvious is that as a Westerner, I thought different than my new East Asian friends. Contracts, agreements, appointments — the cultural differences were huge.

According to cultural philosophers, Westerners and East Asians have had contrasting views about the concept of truth and how it works, for thousands of years — and it shows up in present-day psychology.

It all goes back to the cradles of two civilizations: Ancient Greece and Ancient China.


– Drake Baer

Source: The fascinating cultural reason why Westerners and East Asians have polar opposite understandings of the truth | Business Insider