One Writer’s Journey

June 16, 2017

Not Everyone Agrees: Culture Determines so Much

People seem to take a wide range of beliefs for granted.  Some of them involve right and wrong ranging from the belief that everyone agrees on what is rig ht and wrong to the contrary idea that “we” are the only ones who have it right.  Principals of science, food and so much more are matters of taste.

But so are the values that we assign to colors.  This is part of the reason that I’m amazed when picture books can be translated without altering the illustrations.  We think of red as a color for warnings.  STOP!  LOOK OUT!  But in China it symbolizes wealth which rather contradicts the whole “warning” notion unless you are warning people NOT to prosper.

Any-who, color and the meanings attached to them are something you need to consider whether you are writing about another true-to-life culture or making up one of your own.

Take a look at this chart and see if there is something you might want to change.



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