Wall of culture thick or thin
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