Day 76: Line Me Up

A line can only be as straight as its context. How true is this? It all depends on one’s perception… and culture.

Based on the psychological theory of holistic and analytic ways of thinking, Asians would tend to agree with the said statement. However, Westerners would beg to differ. What explains for this difference? Asians tend to associate a given object with a context, while Westerners tend to view an object and a context as two separate things.

Personally, I don’t know what way of viewing I’ve been adopting. In Singapore, the Western influences are so large that it leaves my Asian way of thinking muddled up. At times, I am guilty for using the term “global citizen” to excuse myself from this confusion.


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Olivia Griselda

A photographer & filmmaker based in Singapore.

6 thoughts on “Day 76: Line Me Up”

  1. Some nice b&w, with the hint that some interesting context is just out of the frame.

    Is there a western and an asian view of context? The law of relativity was found by a westerner … as was the uncertainty principle, saying that watching something changes it.

    1. Yes, apparently Western and Asian view of context is different. There’s this one study where participants had to look into a rectangular box that is framing a rod. So, participants had to judge if rod appears vertical. Asian participants tend to make more errors on the test than Americans.

      I do agree with you that most of the existing theories were thought of from the Westerner’s point of view. It might be different if these theories were built from scratch by Asians instead!

      Thanks for dropping by my blog :)

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