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≪Organizer Abstract≫
In our project, which is called a "Pocket Money Project," researchers from the four East Asian counties, Japan, Korea, China, and Vietnam, jointly conducted research in various combinations on the relationship between money and children in each country. In this symposium, we first outline the results of the project: Children in each culture learn to use money in culturally acceptable way, though they gradually deviate from cultural norms as well. Then, we propose the theoretical framework of our "cultural psychology of differences," which we call an "expanded mediational structure (EMS)," based on the results. The "cultural psychology of differences" aims not to extract crystallized culture as a substance but to show the possibility of understanding a different culture with a prescription to handle and analyze the process in which it is being crystalized, and through this, ultimately to show a way of practice to understand different cultures.
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