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View Poll Results: Who currently is closer to the west?
East Asia 29 64.44%
Middle East 8 17.78%
Both are equally different/far apart/less influenced from the West. 8 17.78%
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Old 06-01-2014, 10:04 AM
 
Location: London, UK
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The middle east is as far from the west a place can get, South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong etc are much more western than lets say Yemen...
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Old 06-01-2014, 01:39 PM
 
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I had a roommate from Iran. He was born in Iran and finished college there too. I would say he is much more westernized than most young Chinese I know, in terms of life style.

He went to the bars and clubs regularly, while most Chinese don't. He slept with random women of different races. He likes alcohol and has knowledge about it. He went skiing, hiking, biking. He made bbq...

It is not just him. His Iranian friends often came to our house and drank and danced together. Chinese don't do that.
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Old 06-01-2014, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Jersey
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Israel and to a lesser extent Turkey are more Western than any country in E/SE Asia except for perhaps Singapore. Countries like S. Korea and Japan while being democracies with developed, high-tech economies are still very culturally non-Western at their core with Western cultural elements around the periphery.
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Old 06-01-2014, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Kansas/China
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I had a roommate from Iran. He was born in Iran and finished college there too. I would say he is much more westernized than most young Chinese I know, in terms of life style.

He went to the bars and clubs regularly, while most Chinese don't. He slept with random women of different races. He likes alcohol and has knowledge about it. He went skiing, hiking, biking. He made bbq...

It is not just him. His Iranian friends often came to our house and drank and danced together. Chinese don't do that.
I agree and disagree to an extent. The college I went to had some Iranians and Saudis, the majority of them acted like playboys, so not unlike some Americans. But get them around their parents or older Muslims and it was like someone hit a switch and they turned into completely different people. If it wasn't for Islam I would agree that middle eastern people are more Western then east Asian, in fact I would say many non Muslim middle eastern people are for the most part Western. Asian students tend to keep to themselves more and take school seriously. Most of my friends in college were Japanese, Chinese, and Korean. I'm quiet, and also took school seriously, but we still had a lot of fun, we played a lot of video games, rode bikes all over, and would play a lot of board games. Young Asians tend to be more open to Western ideals even around their families and their families seem to accept it as well, even while maintaining their distinct cultures. I can go to South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and have to change very little in my lifestyle, there will still be differences, but not like if I moved to Tehran or Riyadh. Most westerners are used to a lot of Asian food, but probably not so much middle eastern food. I could also practice my religious beliefs or be an atheist in most Asian countries. For women there is absolutely no comparison between east Asian and the middle east.
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Old 09-29-2014, 10:57 AM
 
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
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Israel and to a lesser extent Turkey are more Western than any country in E/SE Asia except for perhaps Singapore. Countries like S. Korea and Japan while being democracies with developed, high-tech economies are still very culturally non-Western at their core with Western cultural elements around the periphery.
On the other hand... Latin America is western in its core, but far from being developed and high-tech economies. In some sense, the opposite of Eastern Asia.
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Old 09-29-2014, 11:33 AM
 
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East Asians are not very religious and thus can accept western values easily.
Many people don't know it but China was the first republic in the east (established in 1911).
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Old 09-29-2014, 06:32 PM
 
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I had a roommate from Iran. He was born in Iran and finished college there too. I would say he is much more westernized than most young Chinese I know, in terms of life style.

He went to the bars and clubs regularly, while most Chinese don't. He slept with random women of different races. He likes alcohol and has knowledge about it. He went skiing, hiking, biking. He made bbq...

It is not just him. His Iranian friends often came to our house and drank and danced together. Chinese don't do that.
Iranians generally speaking are an exception to the rule. Some of them can't forget that their country has been conquered by Arabs and forcefully submitted under Islam. The original religion of Persians was the predecessor of Christianity actually, and their culture was all about art, literature, poetry and drinking, obviously - not much different from Greek culture. So Iranians adjust to Western life better than the rest of the Middle Easterners, once they decide to leave their country and strict regulations of Islam behind.
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Old 09-30-2014, 11:17 AM
 
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I've spent a fair amount of time in the Middle East. Comparing it to the US. The Us is actually closer in culture (as far as consumerism and also views on sexuality and violence) to the Middle East than it is to East Asia and Europe. Europe is more close in culture to East Asia than to the Middle East.
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Old 02-22-2016, 04:46 PM
 
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Probably East Asia, whether they want to admit it or not.
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Old 02-23-2016, 03:56 AM
 
Location: Trieste
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East Asia has nothing to do with Western civilization
they're shame cultures, not guilt cultures, they're not so religious let alone monotheistic or puritan, they put collective interest above the individual's one

they're the opposite of western world

Middle Easterners look more like us, let's say the Arabs are the loosers of the Western Blible sphere
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