How did Asian countries end up becoming more collectivist and Western countries (more specifically the USA) more individualist?

One hypothesis I have heard is that this phenomenon arose as a result of cultural patterns from the earliest days of agriculture.In Europe, they grew wheat.In East Asia, they grew rice.A single family with a plow and an ox can plant, raise, and harvest a field of wheat large enough to

In western cultures, a woman after divorce continues to use her ex-husbands surname. Can an ex-husband forbid her through court not to use his name?

Muhammad, thank you for this A2A.I am not an attorney but I do carry around a couple of names I gained from my two marriages, so all I can do is explain their significance to me. I live in Texas, U.S.A., about as 'Western' as one can get.I

In Western married life, does the husband have to hand over his salary to his wife?

Who controls the purse strings, the wife or the husband, really depends on culture and family, and to a certain extent, the power balance between husband and wife. In Japan, the wife is called the domestic finance minister in part because the poor husband is so overworked and

What are the misconceptions Indians have about westerners?

The following are popular misconceptions of Westerners in India, and what I used to have when I was growing up in the 90s. I grew up in Bahrain, but had the same opinion as Indians due to movies and MTV:(1) Westerners are all rich.(2) Western women are loose when it

What is the biggest misconception Indians have about western lifestyle?

ndia is always portrayed as a world of mysticism and magic, a place where people from the West come to find peace and meaning in life. Especially after hippies like The Beatles coming to Rishikesh in the 60s, most people abroad think all we do is pray and worship cows.

What is the list of things that India adopted from Western countries?

1. Glass buildingsThese are more useful in colder climates where they need to let the sunlight in; in hot places like India they have the greenhouse effect and need more energy to power ACs. Not only that, they are more expensive to build.2. Layered clothingTwo-

Why are marriages not long-term in the West?

Because people living in West believe that staying in abusive/forced relationship is not worth it.But in East (mostly in India ) people follow arrange marriage system in which you can't leave your spouse even if he/she is mentally harassing you,abuses you etc....You know why they are forced to stuck in that relationship ?Because they think these stupid

What are the main differences between what's culturally acceptable in China vs. the U.S?

There are many differences but one obvious one is a preference for family in business. The arrest of an executive of Huawei displays how some Chinese businesses, even important ones, are run by family members. That is unlikely to happen in the US, particularly in the tech sector in which Huawei operates.So, family connections come first in Chinese

Are Indians aping Western culture?

Adapting culture and aping culture needs to be understood here. Any nation that has exposure to other cultures either it has visitors from them or the people of that country visits them or both will adapt few things from them.Aping also takes place mainly under influence of superiority or

As an Indian, how would you defend 'Western culture'?

Thanks for the A2A.Western cultural values include:Separation of church and stateRespect for human rightsBelief in progress based on rational thoughtRule of lawEquality before the lawBelief in empirical investigation and mathematical explanationDisinterested pursuit of the truthIndividualismSanctity of private life, family, and

As an Indian, why are you against 'Western Culture'?

Okay, let me first address your question.When you ask,

Do Indian high-class women behave like Western women?

              High class Indian women are well educated and free in their thoughts as compared to low class women . As per my experience education brings the ability to think reasonably .                Higher education in India is usually preferred by high class women because of the high fee structure . High class

How is Indian culture better than Western culture?

The most important aspect of Indian culture is strong family and well established social institutions. Whereas in western culture, state is strong provide almost all the required things.In other respects western culture undoubtedly contributed a lot in development of human as well as culture such as whatever

How is Indian youth getting influenced by Western culture?

Taking good part of any culture is not bad. But mistakenly most of the our younh generation is taking distorted culture. In India education system needs huge reform and reshuffle to give right direction to the country.If China takes away it's expansionism policy and gives liberty to the people then rest is fine. China has emerged

Is the western culture adopted by India fair or unfair?

This is about the 9th variant of the same question, anyway have you considered a life without the:Latin AlphabetEnglish language and literatureUniversitiesMass production of printed BooksNewspapersRule of Law / Limited democratic governmentSecular liberal educationCapitalism, including Banks, Stock and Insurance exchangesModern ScienceModern MedicineFactories and the machinery

Should Asia countries adopt or anti-adopt western culture? Why?

They should adopt the parts of western culture which are agreeable or benign, and reject the parts that are not.One of the emotions that expats often (or should often) have in an Asian country is mixed feelings over westernization. I live in Korea, and when I first came here I have to frankly say I thought it was

What are some misconceptions of Western culture in India?

There are several misconceptions about western culture, some rise from Hollywood movies while others come from people who live abroad:Everyone leads a mechanical lifeThis cannot be farther from truth. In western countries people work much less hours than Indians do. They have much more time for themselves and

What are some of the worst things which Indians have adopted from western culture?

For me, the west is any place to the west of our borders. So here are some things that came from there that were really bad for us. Going from the concrete to the abstract---Western toiletsWestern clothing (wear jeans on hot summer days)

What are the reasons behind Indians not accepting western culture?

Ok, 2 things here....1. Who says we (Indians) do not accept western culture? A lot of what we do, what we think, question, answer, regard, hate and love are inspired a lot by the western culture. I am not

What do westerners get wrong about China?

Who? Westerners? Do you mean Americans or French people or people from Guatemala? Do you mean me or my neighbor?  We are all different, you know. I am sorry, but before I can answer any of these questions about "westerners" I have to object

What is the biggest misconception Indians have about western lifestyle?

ndia is always portrayed as a world of mysticism and magic, a place where people from the West come to find peace and meaning in life. Especially after hippies like The Beatles coming to Rishikesh in the 60s, most people abroad think all we do is pray and

What's wrong with Western countries?

There are a lot of issues but I'll tackle a couple.One of the biggest issues is that Western Society has become too complacent. There hasn't been a significant

Why are Indians easily influenced by western culture?

Lot of Indians simply don't know what Western culture is. They have not lived in the west and their knowledge of western culture mostly comes from Hollywood, rock music, and youtube. The grass is very green in the west when seen from a young Indian's perspective.As can be seen from some of

Why do modern Indians find Western culture superior to theirs?

HERE WE ARE BUSY IN FIGHTING AMONG OURSELVES. ON THE OTHER SIDE, BRITISHERS AND AMERICANS PLANNING TO DESTROY INDIAN CULTURE AND LANGUAGES FROM MORE THAN 150 YEARS. IT IS AVAILABLE ON THE NET :Lord Macaulay's address to the British Parliament about INDIA in 2 February, 1835:"I have traveled across the length and

Why do people in other countries adopt Western culture and values?

I think the main reason is the influence Hollywood gained in the start of the last century. Europe struggled after both the world wars while the US economy grew and Hollywood did the right steps to become influential in Europe and other parts of the world. And in

Why has the West been so successful over time?

Fascinating question with so many possible answers. I'm going to assume you are referring to material success, because success could also be defined in many other different ways (mental health, spiritual etc). The West can be taken to mean mostly North America

Why is Western culture good?

It's not necessarily good. Western culture has been put in the most advantageous position: booming economy, expansionist postcolonial agenda, industrially fueled dominance and control of mass media. Cultural texts are written or translated into their language. English is enforced as secondary language

If porn is discouraged all over the world, then why is nudity encouraged in the western world especially in popular movies or series such as GOT or The Shape of Water?

First of all; porn is not discouraged all over the world. It's mainly discouraged in places with a fundamentalist religious approach.Secondly; we should learn to disconnect nudity from sex. Sex should be initiated not by removing clothes but by giving consent and inviting a partner into the action.This last step, that sounds simple,

In Western culture, how old is the tradition of a wife taking on her husband's surname?

Not all that old I'd say.Because back in the Middle Age, it was much more common to not have a surname. Instead people would be called after their parents, almost always their father, like John John-son or Mary John-son. In some places in Northern Europe, the practice continued well

Is marriage overrated in the West?

Marriage has its pro's and its con's. But let us get serious here, it will end one way or the other in tragedy (death- you become a widow/er or divorce). If you are married and feel happy, I rejoice. If you are unhappy because you

Over the next 50 years, what will happen to the institution of marriage in the US?

It will flourish and become respected again, especially if gay marriage continues to get legalized.I say this because every gay couple that I know that has recently gotten married reminds me of the idealism and respect towards marriage I

What are some examples of learned helpelesseness in the modern world?

There are many examples of learned helplessness in the modern world.Instead of walking long distances we will use a transportation vehicle.Instead of hunting other animals we will buy our meat in the supermarket.Instead of cooking we can buy ready-made meals or visit a restaurant......

What do Western people think about a woman changing her surname to her husband's after marriage?

A2A. "Western people" are not monolithic in their opinions; how they feel runs the gamut. So draw a bell curve, that is how Western people feel about it. But how Western people feel about it doesn't matter to an individual woman. If she likes the fiance's name she may take it. If it's

What is the influence of Western culture in India with respect to dating and relationships, especially after launching of online dating apps? What are the statistics in a metropolitan city?

Indian culture has been greatly influenced by the western culture. Things are changing pretty fast here in india with respect to dating and relationships, people have started having live in relationships, pre marital sex is on the way to the top. But the society still looks down on

When is the right time to get married, according to Western society?

Thx for the A2A Jacques.Depending on what you value the list can become long and take years of preparation.I was engaged after 2 weeks, married in six months.My first born son was engaged for almost eight years before marrying.Some focus on career, go to school, get BS, MS. PhD, do residencies, internships, get

Why are marriages not long-term in the West?

Because people living in West believe that staying in abusive/forced relationship is not worth it.But in East (mostly in India ) people follow arrange marriage system in which you can't leave your spouse even if he/she is mentally harassing you,abuses you etc....You know