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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%
Voters: 45. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 03-30-2014, 04:54 PM
 
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Even though the Judeo-Christian and Abrahamic roots of the west lie in the Middle East, since the Christian realm of Europe and Muslim realm of the Middle East have been defined in opposition to one another, modern day people think of the Middle East and the West as very far apart in values.

East Asia is even more different and isolated from the west historically, religiously and culturally.
However, it seems Japan and S. Korea have had more western influence and exchange through pop culture and American influence, from evangelical Christian denominations among Koreans to the popularity of sushi in any corner store even in a small American town.

Which region now would you say is closer to the west currently?
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Old 03-30-2014, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Well the similarities and differences are sort of different. Japan is both very eastern and western IMO, like some cultural things are preserved, but a lot of western things were imported through modernism and globalism. Japan was one of the first countries to industrialise outside the West (the first in Asia). Indeed, from the 1500s the Japanese adopted western military practices and began manufacturing and fighting with firearms. I'd say China, Japan, South Korea, and urban South-East Asia seem a bit more 'western' in the sense they're more socially liberal, whereas the Middle East (with a few exceptions) seems socially medieval in some ways. I mean public beheadings in Saudi Arabia? Stoning for adultery?
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Old 05-10-2014, 10:58 AM
 
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Middle eastern people think that they are highly westernized but their system and policies don't follow at all.
East Asian people(Japanese and Korean) don't think they are westernized but it is not hard to live for westerner in these countries.
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Old 05-10-2014, 11:50 AM
 
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Middle eastern people think that they are highly westernized but their system and policies don't follow at all.
East Asian people(Japanese and Korean) don't think they are westernized but it is not hard to live for westerner in these countries.
Maybe when you compare it to fundamentalist Islamic societies, but most Westerners can't make it in the Far East still. So, I'll have to disagree with that statement
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Old 05-10-2014, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
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Ummm I think Japan and Korea are the kind of countries that take many things from the Western world yet still maintain their own cultures.
China is kind of like that as well,but since they have such delicate censorship,the Westernization isn't as full-scale.
While places like Singapore and Hong Kong are as westernized as a place can get.
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Old 05-10-2014, 12:14 PM
 
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Developed != Westernized.
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Old 05-12-2014, 09:43 AM
 
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
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East asians appear to be more open to the western values than people from the Middle East (what, obviously, doesn't make them westernised).
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Old 05-12-2014, 09:45 AM
 
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
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An interesting feature of the western world is worrying to have influence in other cultures. I don't see eastern people thinking about how "easternised" are the other countries.
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Old 05-12-2014, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Kansas/China
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East Asians while having unique cultures of their own are becoming westernized at a faster rate then any other region. A big reason is because a large percentage of them go to western countries for education. Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, and Singapore to me are already part of western civilization. Xi Jinping studied agriculture in Iowa, and has stated that he looks to America(and the west) as role models. My wife is Chinese and I can say thats true about a lot of Chinese, they desire to be more like the west while maintaining their own culture.
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Old 06-01-2014, 09:29 AM
 
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East Asia

The Middle East isn't as different as folks think, but the more or less absolute monarchs and protected superiority of Islam is a significant difference from democratic systems of government and more or less religious openness. I will say they are lucky to have generally good absolute monarchs right now which minimize that difference in some places.
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