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an open-air, infographically inspired exhibition that aims to illustrate some (humorous) differences between German & Chinese people, or the Eastern versus Western culture. some of the iconographic depict contrasts such as Coke vs tea, waking over a spot versus around it, eating sticks versus cutlery & seeing with your eye versus with a camera.

[link: yangliudesign.com|via notcot.com]

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2 COMMENTS

Great idea and nice graphics. But as a Chinese, I think the metaphors and subjects that have been chosen are somewhat too stereotyped. For example, the beard for Chinese is outdated. Most Chinese stop keeping that type of beard at least a half century ago. Tea pot is another thing that can be seen less and less in the contemporary life. Would like to see more up-to-date reflections on the contemporary Chinese (probably German too)everyday life.

Tue 09 Oct 2007 at 10:44 AM
polo90

I agree with polo90. The graphics are very stereotyped. Very cool idea though.

I think one example of where the stereotype fails is the one which depicts the east as seeing with the eyes, and the west with a camera. Here in New Zealand, we have a lot of Asian (mostly Japanese) tourists and immigrants. I've never seen an Asian tourist without a camera. And they use their cameras so much, you wonder if they ever get a chance to look at the photos.

That's not a criticism, just an observation. All the Asian tourists I've met are always extremely friendly and great to talk to.

Mon 15 Oct 2007 at 8:50 AM
Bryan Hoyt
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