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EAST AND WEST, WHERE IS THE
And we should
ask, where is this mythical boundary between East and West located? Is Eastern Europe of
the East because it is "Eastern" or the West because it is European? Is the
so-called Near East part of the Eastern culture or of the West because much of it is
equivalent in longitude with parts of Europe? What about Africa or South America, which
are on the same longitude with Europe and North America, the bastions of the so-called
West? They have older cultures which resemble the Eastern or Asiatic more so than the
Western or European.
Are the American Indians
Easterners or Westerners? Thee culture and racial is more of the Asiatic, yet they are the
native people of a region regarded as Western. On what basic do we make the
distinction of East and West? If it is by race, we must remember that many of the
people of Asia-like those of India and the Middle East-are of the same Caucasian race as
the people of Europe.