Asians Are Less Creative Than Westerners Essay

1048 Words Oct 22nd, 2012 5 Pages
Creativity can be explained by the 4 Ps model by Rhodes (as cited in Ng, 2009). It is the creative person engaging in creative process to conceive the creative product. All that, are facilitated in a creative press or environment (Ng, 2007). Therefore, creativity transcend further than having a novel idea. It has to be manifested in the real world as a tangible creative product.

The concept of creativity differs between the Western and the Asian societies. Study by Niu and Sternberg (2006) compares the development of conceptions of creativity between the East and West. Both ancient Westerners and Chinese conceptualised creativity having the feature of goodness, including moral goodness. However, the Chinese further extend such
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Therefore, Western society is more conducive for creativity as compared to Asian society where creativity is stifled.

Another of the 4 Ps of creativity is the creative person. According to Ng (2007, p. 16-26), there are ten characteristics of the creator. One of the characteristics is that the creators are independent and confident of themselves. It is perhaps the most important characteristic as conceiving original idea is not good enough. The idea eventually has to be materialised, and the process will be met with obstacles as it is unconventional and defies social norms. Such characteristic is nurtured by the environment creators are born into. It is more likely to develop such characteristic in an individualistic society than a collectivistic society.

Given the social context, Asians can be said to be less creative than Westerners. However, it is only true if the cultures are not exerting any influence on each other. A process known as globalization, where cultures influence one another through trade, immigration, and the exchange of information and ideas, has been taking place for many centuries. In the modern world, globalization is taking place at an accelerated pace due to the rapid advancement of communication technology (Arnett, 2002).

One form of communication is through the use of media and the West,

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