Wall of cul­ture thick or thin

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Since living in Tai­wan, I un­doubt­edly see cul­tural dif­fer­ences be­tween the East and West.

Depend­ing on the dif­fer­ence, or even my mood, my re­ac­tion varies. Some­times I can eas­ily ad­just or even ig­nore it. Some­times I can­not. In one’s re­ac­tion, I feel a lot can be at­trib­uted to one’s at­ti­tude. I mean, I am not living in my na­tive coun­try, so I ex­pect to en­counter cul­tural dif­fer­ences on a regular ba­sis. And, hav­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence of living in a dif­fer­ent cul­ture for five years, es­pe­cially with this at­ti­tude, may in­flu­ence whether th­ese cul­tural dif­fer­ences are seen or not.

Re­cently, my par­ents came to visit me in Tai­wan, and it was fun and en­light­en­ing to see my Asian home through their eyes, as a vis­i­tor and also as my mom and dad.

Even af­ter only be­ing in Tai­wan for two or three days, one of my par­ents asked me, “Where are all the ‘old’ peo­ple?” I thought that ques­tion was quite hu­mor­ous be­cause, yes, Asians look young!

Dur­ing their visit, my par­ents and I en­joyed great, deep, and ma­ture con­ver­sa­tions. The dif­fer­ence of cul­ture was one topic of those con­ver­sa­tions. And, I re­mem­ber my mother com­mented on the great divide, or lack thereof, of cul­ture. In her ob­ser­va­tion of chil­dren and par­ents, be­cause she’s a re­tired teacher, she no­ticed that all peo­ple have the same needs. Chil­dren cry or “act up” when they want food, are tired, or sim­ply want love and at­ten­tion. Par­ents have

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