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East and West Values and the Rules of Engagement.

Raine Law Yuen has a special interest in exploring the intersections between East and West

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When cultures overlap confusion prevails.

What are some rules of engagement to harmonize Eastern and Western values?


Code Switching

Code switching is a term used when inter changing one set of cultural values or its elemenrs for another depending on a given situation.
For instance a bi cultural/racial person with a Chinese and English heritage might switch between speaking the two languages,
The rule of thumb with code switching requires
selecting the appropriate response depending upon a situation.

A or B

Choosing one or the other
For instance speaking just Chinese or English. Or choosing to eat only with a knife and fork or chopsticks

A and B

Choosing one and the other.
Speaking Chinese and English
Eating with a knife and fork and chopsticks.
The rule of thumb being you can do both just not at the same time.

C

Creating something unique from A and B
For instance the color purple is created from red and blue.
Fusian recipes through blending eastern and western ingredients to create something unique

Identity E=Me+2

Everyone = Be yourself and honor both sides of your heritage.
Studies show that people with a mixed heritage tend to be better adjusted when they are authentic and can honour both sides of their heritage.
Bear in mind there is no one size fits all as we straddle on a continuum between an East West pole.
Ideally we should aim for balance by being in the middle.

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How to know yourself?
Being authentic means we must know ourselves well. From the inside out.
Personality tests such as the 14p personality test, Bristol Meyers Briggs test or the the five personality traits test (Openess, Consciensness, Extraversion, Agreeableness and Neuroticness), are some ways to better understand yourself.
Metephysical tools such as a natal chart, numerology and human design might be considered pseudo science by some but can provide deeply soulful insights when done competently and with an open mind.
There are many freely available tests on the internet. It's worth spending time exploring the map of your being - without this, it would be like searching for a destination without a map

Managing Stereotypes and the 1+ Rule

Stereotyping in the form of othering is commonly experienced by minorities.

Stereotypes are easy to program using the classic binary method.


For instance East Asian stereotypes in the media have portrayed males as nerds or gangsters. Women as submissive or dragon women.


If not addressed, stereotypes can lead to low self esteem, mental anxiety, disconnection and a double consciousness from seing yourself through the eyes of another.


Remembering the 1+ Rule as a reminder that when faced with an added challenge of stereotyping, there is a need to take further measures to avoid its harmful effects.

anticipating potential situations and being prepared with an appropriate response.

Education is widely supported as a first step towards challenging belief systems.

Call out those that stereotype through connection and re-education.

Work together as a suppotive community to address damaging stereotypes.

Actively confront stereotypes found in media and any field as they appear

Avoid or spend limited time with people that have a tendency towards instantaneous judgements.

Bear in mind that it's a human tendency to judge people based on a perceived ethnic background, so generally people may need to get to know you first.
Not everybody may like you personally, so be okay with that as it's also part of being human.


Summery

Harmonizing conflicting East West values can be achieved by learning it's terms of engagement.
Switching between cultural values depending on the situation through Code Switching,
Finding balance by being yourself and valuing both sides of your heritage with the Formulae E=me2 and being aware with the 1+Rule that you can avoid unnecessary stress by anticipating situations and responses to harmful stereotypes.

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