Which Part of the World Should I Live In?

March 29, 2009 / Culture, Internet Memes / 10 Comments

Found this mini quiz on the Twittersphere the other day. It shows you to which part of the world or rather, to which culture your personality is most suited.

The quiz scores you according to 4 categories:

America, England & Israel

“You are often business oriented and enjoy status symbols. You are confident and impatient and sometimes prone to making blunt statements. You see yourself as adventurous, skillful and competitive. The bottom line – you like to be in charge. Your main strengths – you are decisive and efficient, but can often be perceived as intimidating and alienating. You find inefficiency and indecision irritating and are motivated by a challenge. During group projects, you don’t want to be micromanaged and you expect others to be efficient and responsible.”

Italy, Lebanon & Brazil

“You are stylish, animated and talkative. You enjoy interacting with people and can be dramatic. You see yourself as an expert communicator who is compassionate and caring. The bottom line – you like to be admired. Your main strengths – you are persuasive, fun loving and optimistic, but you sometimes have trouble following through on commitments. You find routine boring and enjoy being in the public eye and receiving recognition. During group projects, you enjoy team members who are friendly and creative.”

Mexico, Netherlands & Thailand

“You are casual, conforming, quiet and relaxed. You tend to be loyal and agreeable and see yourself as responsible, helpful and dependable. The bottom line – you like to be liked. Your main strengths – you are patient and steadfast, but sometimes gullible and indecisive. You find insensitive, overbearing people irritating and work best with people who are sincere, good listeners and proceed at a leisurely pace.”

Germany, China & Japan

“You are formal, precise and conservative. You tend to be accurate, reserved and often uncompromising. The bottom line – you like to be correct. You see yourself as predictable and factual, but others sometimes see you as stubborn and unimaginative. In a business setting, you appreciate others who are consistent, well prepared and tie new ideas to what has proven to work well in the past.”

How did Ivy score?

Given my heavily American and British-influenced childhood, it’s not too surprising that I scored highest for “America, England & Israel”, with a whopping 11 points lead. With that said, I don’t think England is that similar to the US culturally-speaking. I’ve never been to Israel though. So I can’t really make a judgment there. I blame it on the fact that I owned a Malaysian passport for large part of my life. (Yes, Malaysians are not allowed to visit Israel).

As for Italy, Lebanon & Brazil, I scored a 6. Well, I’m a Sagittarius; being social is like breathing air.

For Mexico and friends, I scored an gasping 0. I think I need to learn how to chill and be more peace-loving. Maybe I what I need is more salsa and merengue in my life – both the dance and food are fine by me. πŸ˜€

And finally, for Germany, China & Japan, I scored a 1. So much for preserving my ancestral culture. LOL! To my defense, my moral code is heavily influenced by Confucianism, so I don’t think I’m as un-Chinese as this quiz claims.

Awesome Blogs on World Cultures

Since we’re on the topic on world cultures and my nomadic childhood, you might want to check out these great blogs on culture too!

  • Pocket Cultures: Founded by Liz, a British expat living in Turkey, who’s passionate about raising awareness on different cultures. I recently wrote guest entry on the perils (and rewards) of learning Chinese.
  • Denizen Mag: An awesome online magazine that captures the essence of the lives of third culture kids. Founded by Steph, a fellow TCK and fellow alumna of the Singapore American School.
  • Aspiring Polyglot: Another lover of languages like me, although Kelly is just a whole lot more dedicated to language learning than I could ever be!
  • Angry Angmo: An expat’s take on life in Singapore. Absolutely hilarious and true to life. I highly recommend this blog to anyone who’s just moved to Singapore. Made me wish I had kept an expat blog when I was living in Indonesia. Although my content could never be as amusing as his, since life in Jakarta revolved around escaping sinophobia, bomb threats and natural disasters. :S

And on a completely unrelated note, I had a very authentic, enjoyable Korean dinner for the first time in Singapore, thanks to HisFoodBlog. Also met some wonderful people at Social Media Breakfast Dinner #6 today. Special thanks to Claudia and Daryl for organizing it!

Dear readers, so which part of the world should you live in? Which part of the world do you want to live in?


  • http://www.misadventureswithandi.com Andi

    My stomach loves Asia for the food: dim sum, sushi, thai, japanese, korean, chinese, all my favorites, but my heart is in Europe, especially France. I lived there before and would love to live there again. If I won the lotto I would have an apartment in Paris and one in Hong Kong that way I could experience both!

  • http://simply-precious.net Simply Precious

    Wow, interesting quiz. I SHOULD live in Mexico, Neatherlands, and Thailand, but… I’d rather live in America. LOL. LOL, with what Andi said, I don’t know how I’d be able to live in Paris!! Hehe. I recently went there, and man, it’s COMPLETELY different from what I’m used to! Hehe!

  • http://www.silvercpu.com/blog Lissy

    they make you register? bah, can’t be bothered with that πŸ˜›

  • ex-neighbour

    though i really should not expect too much from a quiz, hahaha but i can’t help but wish to point out that among all the great attributes of the English people, efficiency is not one of them…:P though i have not technically lived in America, suppose north America is close enough? I would definitely agree with u that America and England are not that similar.

    Mexico and friends! hahaha so funny, my experience in amsterdam was that they are very open but rather aggressive as well, doesn’t seem all that relaxed. hahahaa

  • http://aigoo-chamna.net Tara

    Hee! That was interesting. πŸ˜€ I wouldn’t say it’s “accurate”, but it amuses me anyway. I ended up getting the China, Japan, Germany one, which I guess sort of makes sense since I was raised in Korea, but as a US citizen, it seems “odd”. Thanks for posting this!

  • http://diaryofchanel.com chanel

    @Lissy: lmao! I was going to do it too until I seen the sign-up forms.

  • http://www.annandanes.net Anna

    Hahaha, it puts Mexico and Netherlands in the same category? I’m from the latter, and I don’t think so. We are a bunch of uptight, conformist whiners with no sense of culture or identity. As you can tell, it is not my favorite place to live :P. I love Canada!

  • http://simply-precious.net Simply Precious

    @Lissy: LOL! Yeah, but I was too curious. =P Ahaha.

  • http://www.takoyaki.org Barron

    It gave me Mexico, Netherlands, and Thailand. I think it’s pretty accurate for me!

  • http://aspiringpolyglotblog.wordpress.com/ Kelly

    I live in the Netherlands and I’m amazed that the Netherlands appears in the same result as Thailand and Mexico! The countries couldn’t be more different…I wish the Netherlands had the same great food and weather as Thailand and Mexico. :)

    The Dutch are famed for being very direct (which can be a good or bad thing depending on the situation) so sensitive people will find it very hard to live in the Netherlands. I’ve learnt to grow a thick skin ever since I moved here. ;p

    According to the quiz, I’d should live in Germany, China or Japan. I’ve lived in China before (as a student) and would love to live in Japan so I guess the quiz is pretty accurate for me. πŸ˜‰