As the world has become closer, we’re finding new ways of connecting with others. One area which has particularly caught the fascination of the western world is Asia. Of course, one major reason behind this fascination is the high economic growth Asia has seen in recent times but that is not the only reason. Everything from Asia exudes an exotic feel which is enough to catch anyone’s fascination but the real truth is that there is so much which is still hidden from the world which we would want to know.
Asia hides many secrets and the most important ones are the gems related to culture and lifestyle. Anyone who wants to find everything about the Asian way of life will certainly need to spend time there, however, there are a few things which we can learn from others’ experiences as well. Below is a collection of five key aspects regarding Asian lifestyle which you would want to know.
It seems that almost everyone in Asia has time for you and their friends and family. They too have careers and desire to move ahead but very few people sacrifice their friends and family for the next small promotion. People in Asia prefer to have a physical connection over Facebook and emails. People behave like people instead of machines, checking in and checking out. They have incredible freedom of time which is an amazing thing to have.
2. ALLERGY TO DEBT
One of the biggest problems in the west is the habit of buying everything with loans and buying things we can’t really afford with our credit cards and paying for these shiny things for the rest of our lives. In Asian culture, on the other hand, many are extremely wary of the credit card menace and believe that if that you can’t pay for something in cash then you can’t afford it, it is this simple principle which has helped Asians grow their economy at rates which has impressed the rest of the world. Places like China and India have saving rates of nearly 30% when it is less than 5% in the United States.
3. ACADEMIC RACE
In Asian Culture, parents strive for their children to go further and beyond than it was ever possible for them, so there is always a lot of stress on education, which is not only of the most competitive fields in Asia but it is also the major level playing field. The children are taught that to be a successful person they need to have a good degree from some respectable institute which is only possible if you graduate from school with decent grades and for that you will need to put in great effort and it is this habit of hard work which stays with them for the rest of their lives.
4. FAMILY STRUCTURE
Sometimes it appears that the entire town knows each other and is connected somehow. This sense of connection is ingrained in the members of the community from the time of their birth. A large number of houses hold three generations, often four too, so apart from being connected to one's parents, one is also connected to the grandparents and the uncles and aunts living in the joint family home. Every small event or achievement is a family affair which is thoroughly celebrated and enjoyed. This sense of belonging results in individuals who’re much grounded and close to their roots.
No analysis of the Asian lifestyle or culture could be complete without a mention of their food. The real Asian diet has often been called the solution to the obesity crises in the west. The common practice in the west is to treat vegetables as a side-on to meat whereas the Asian societies consider vegetables as a proper meal in its own right. The people in the west also have a habit of eating large quantities of food at once where as the Asians spread their meals in three or four parts for the entire day which keeps them healthier and feeling full as compared to their western counterparts.
by NATALIE MARIE
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