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    Poll: The Eastern/Western distinction ony works as a...

    The Eastern/Western distinction ony works as a geographical distinction when it is applied to Eurasia. Africa, the Americas, and Oceania only come in as culturally Eastern or Western, depending on...
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    I don't think Japan is a particularly racist...

    I don't think Japan is a particularly racist country. Compared to Koreans, Chinese, Dutch, Belgians, Austrians, Arabs, Indians and lots of others, I would be inclined to say that the average...
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    The way I see it, we begin to see some hints of...

    The way I see it, we begin to see some hints of individualism in the Renaissance, but the real thing doesn't emerge until around the 18th century.



    I do not consider personal ambition to be...
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    Because people in Europe were distinctly less...

    Because people in Europe were distinctly less individualistic before the 18th century, and less still before the 15th. It seems to me that individualism begins to be noticeable in European society at...
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    I don't think that's true. Especially as ideas...

    I don't think that's true. Especially as ideas change so rapidly these days. For instance, someone said a difference between Japan and "the West" is that in "the West", there's no job loyalty. Well,...
  6. France and Belgium are both interesting cases....

    France and Belgium are both interesting cases. Belgium has a right-wing party called the Vlaams Blok that has huge support. It has practically been banned (partially in the Flemish area, and totally...
  7. I would be complaining about the USA, whose...

    I would be complaining about the USA, whose "special relationships" with a bunch of countries amount to Imperialism without responsibility.



    You may be right. I'm not sure I believe in...
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    Sticky: Poll: They impress me. I went to Kyoto and took as many...

    They impress me. I went to Kyoto and took as many pictures of the train station as I did of any shrine or temple.
  9. The book sounds interesting, but foreign...

    The book sounds interesting, but foreign companies do manufacture in Japan -- often under Japanese brand names -- with varying degrees of success. For instance, Coca Cola has a big presence in Japan,...
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    Fair enough. As has been said, this thesis...

    Fair enough.

    As has been said, this thesis bears some resemblance to the "shame" versus "guilt" society theory that has been bandied about for a few years now.

    Personally, I'm not convinced...
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