east coast vs west coastPosted: 2007/07/02
i am compelled to write this because i have been noticing astounding, if not nuanced, observations with such social occurences… and i’m talking about east coast vs. west coast. oh no, it’s not a biggie / pac thing. i’m talking about ostensible differences between coast to coast cultures. for one, some individuals would say people in the west coast are more laid back than those in the east coast. this may be due to the weather, the beach, hollywood, tech creativity in silicon valley, and the scenery. on the other hand, others would say those in the east coast are more intellectual and highly-cultured, thanks to broadway, sophistication and fashion in nyc, wall street, government and politics in the white house, ivy league, etc, than their western counterparts. as a disclaimer, the east coast also has its nice beaches like florida’s and the west coast has its great academia that make it to usnews’ top colleges… and vice versa, just to name a few. however, you may notice that i agree with the juxtaposed comparison of both coasts to some extent. or maybe there could even be no difference at all! an acquaintance from the dc area moved out west and noticed that the only difference he saw was there were a lot more asians out in california. i have only been noticing differences here and there and i am asking you to be the judge of its accuracy… and that is why i am writing this entry. 🙂
i have only been back here in the bay area and for the most part, people whom i just newly met are apparently friendlier and talk more comfortably to me than those who i first meet in the east. last night, a good friend introduced me to friends at a restaurant and at the end of the evening they all seemed like i have known them forever. another instance was when i tagged along with a buddy to his clients in san francisco, and the clients seemed very friendly with me even though it was the first time i dealt with them. don’t get me wrong, east coast people are friendly too. i met a lot of great people out there. i also heard that the carolinas and further down south are laid back. they have the southern hospitality culture such as georgia’s and louisiana’s (yeap, i’ve met very hospitable folks from the cajun side), but east coasters have a way of reaching out to you which is in a way different than on the west side (wesssiiide!). ok, maybe this: california people are more open to relate to strangers than their eastern counterparts. true?
i was reading at this one website about coast-to-coast comparison and he mentioned something about how people from both coasts dress for certain occasions. a colleague from new york once wore a suit to a recital in seattle, only to find the rest of the guests wearing jeans and dressed-down clothes. he said that broadway would have been a much different story as people out there are known to wear suits on every occasion. could be the nyc fashion. on the contrary, an associate told me that he had already been giving attitude to people who give it first in california, so when he moved to new york, he fit right in. i noticed that east coasters tend to be nosy with other people’s business. i actually did not start yelling at perfect strangers and their stupidity frequently in public until i moved east. i’m not sure why, but west coast people in general don’t care what others do around them. it’s funny but maybe it’s just me. you never know, being “generally” hard on the east coast may be an overtone for being serious with intellectual and social matters. californians are said to be happy-go-lucky people. um, maybe not that much… but it’s true in a way.
remember that sunscreen track? live in new york city once but leave before it makes you too hard. live in northern california once but leave before it makes you too soft.
someone said that people are waaay too happy in california. people from the other side say that californians are so detached from current affairs, and that’s why a huge number of them despise the current government – which i don’t really blame them for doing so. however, the dc area is mostly comprised of blue states, and so is new york. after living in the dc area for so long, i noticed that there are some aspects that i didn’t see while i was out in cali until i lived in the capital. you get some perspective here and there. matter of fact (and i failed to mention this… thanks james), cali people are also concerned with current affairs and most especially in the social aspects of it. i was part of some of the environmental, social and tuition increase demonstrations for some time. maybe it’s the way we express our outlook with news. but then again, i may be wrong. thoughts, anyone?
is it also true that the stress levels in the east coast are higher than in the west? i also heard that the further you go up northeast, the harder people get. someone, please verify that *coughkatcough*. people are more prone to sickness than out in cali. people in the east coast talk more about current affairs, culture, and their surroundings more often. or for the most part, the content of their conversations have a serious tone. people on the west coast talk about the good life most of the time. but then again, it probably just depends on who you mingle with the most. or maybe it’s just the weather. we were watching the oscars on tv early this year, noticing the beautiful l.a. sky on the red carpet background, while outside our pad was a blizzard. hmmm…
to some extent, someone also mentioned that canada has the same situation. toronto (east) could also be compared to new york while vancouver (west) could also be the same as the west coast area.
ok, some of my obervations. either way, i still love both coasts. i did not even include the midwest and mountain areas, and you can add your observations on that (texas is also laid back, so i heard). nonetheless, i won’t be stuck in one coast my entire life, so i will be visiting a lot of cities more often. i know a lot of people from california who moved out east; and conversely, it’s a two-way street. thus, the intermingling of cultures is so prevalent that i can’t even put what i just wrote down to stone. mixing cultures make the world go round…
what are your thoughts?
by the way, california just started pulling over motorists who use their cell phones while driving. dc was first a few years ago.
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