The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East-West Culture Gap

From the acclaimed author of Typical American: a provocative , important, and timely study of the East-West cultural divide, tackling subjects from the self and society to current debates in art, education, geopolitics, and business.

As the deeply important relationship between East and West continues to evolve, we also continue to baffle one another. Is our mantra “To thine own self be true”? Or do we believe we belong to something larger than ourselves—a family, a religion, a troop—that claims our first allegiance? Gish Jen—drawing on a treasure trove of stories and personal anecdotes, as well as cutting-edge research in cultural psychology—reveals how this difference shapes what we perceive and remember, what we say and do and make—how it shapes everything from our ideas about copying and talking in class to the difference between Apple and Alibaba. As engaging as it is illuminating, this is a book that stands to profoundly enrich our understanding of ourselves and our world.

  • Author: Gish Jen
  • Pages: 336
  • 36 Illustrations in text
  • Size: 8 x 5.2 inches
  • Paperback
  • Published: 2018