Having great local friends, open minded and as interested in my culture as I am in theirs, gives me the opportunity to discuss topics far more sensitive then just the usual and stereotypical “Why Do You Queue 1 hour for a free pack of tissues”. Its the real cultural differences that are worth talking about.
Today my dear friend from meicheelicious.blogspot.com sent me a comment on “Asia And The West”, talking about her bad experience with Caucasians. It’s worth reading and I hope on many comments. I myself will answer in another post later.
This is “Asia And The West” From A Local Singaporean Perspective, thanks to meicheelicious.blogspot.com for the post.
The Oxymorons In Our Cultures
As a true blue Singaporean who demonstrates most aspects of an average income earning individual, I’ve noticed a few traits or rather, oxymorons in cultures.
Just about a month ago, I went to Sentosa for KM8’s closing party. For those unfamiliar with Singapore, KM8 is a tranquil beach bar, where my boyfriend and I choose to hang out because it’s cleaner and more ideal for a chillax time than the other bars in Sentosa. (The 5 Most Unique Beach Bars In Singapore)
I had a horrid experience. While waiting for a cab amongst the mob at the car park, my boyfriend and I were bullied by some Westerners who were desperate for taxis. While we waited patiently for a group of passengers to pay their cab fare, a drunk Westerner blatantly entered from the other door and demanded that the cab driver drive off. We were baffled! After that, this Western girl came up to our spot declaring that she won’t let go of the next cab although we were the rightful next-in-line.
An Impatient Lot
I remember reading articles of how Westerners ridicule the Singaporeans whose national pastime is queueing. In situations like this, I’m glad we have such a culture. I know for sure, I would be dignified in a foreign country in a situation like this.
My observation is that they seem to be an impatient lot. Filled with alcohol, they become very loud and they hit on the Asian girls in a none too respectful ways.
Pardon me but is it true that Westerners, men, women alike, all seem to feel more superior than Asians and hence become unbecoming and aggressive?
The Asian Culture Is More Reserved
In addition, a few expat friends I knew were caught in a fight, complete with weapons and stitches after. I found out that one of them possibly hit on a gangster’s girl. The Asian culture is more reserved and we tend not be too loud. At times, we’re criticized for suppressing ourselves.(Singaporeans, Live Life Pay And Shut Up)
Would a Westerner behave differently back in his home?
Does he feel superior in an Asian country?
I hope that angryangmoh’s blog could put my observation in a different light.
What Is Your Opinion?
Please write down your constructive and respectful criticism or opinion on the all time arousing topic of Asia and the West. What are your experiences, how do you feel and why do you maybe feel that we (Westerners) are getting stereotyped just as much as the local culture.
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