It’s easy to see how different we all are.  In an individualistic culture like my own, each person is urged to define their own self as separate from others.  We take pride in our different clothing styles, our different hobbies, and our need to succeed alone.

In the vast majority of Asian cultures, this mode of thought is not only foreign but contrary to popular belief. The individual is only as good as their family, neighbors or even their city.  Therefore, people pride themselves on their similarities to others, not their differences. 

Because of this togetherness, I felt a tight communal dynamic upon entering many towns in Asia, and it was refreshing. Everyone seems to want to help each other and succeed as a whole.  The warm welcoming vibe has left a lasting impression on me, and I wish it could be found more in the Western world.

Try to find as many similarities to yourself as you can for each subject. Do they smile like you, do they feel like you? Imagine you just became their neighbor; how would you start a conversation?  How could you relate?

If you can do it with these people, then imagine how easy it would be to do it with your own community.

Similarities in faces of Asia

Myanmar farm woman portraitMyanmar child portraitMyanmar cool monk portraitMyanmar long neck woman portraitlaos woman portraitlaos Child portraitMyanmar man portraitMyanmar farm woman portraitMyanmar elephant mahut portraitMyanmar farm woman portrait

I hope you enjoyed the final part of this series! In case you missed parts one and two, you can find them here:

Faces of Asia Part 1: The Story Behind the Portrait 

Faces of Asia Part 2: Building a Relationship With the Subject

How do you participate in a community?