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Asian And American Culture In An American Society

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The United States of America is a ‘melting pot’ of diverse cultures. Though primarily Western in nature, due to the large-scale immigration of variant ethnicities from other countries, as well as differing birth and death rates of natives, settlers and immigrants, the ‘white’ American culture has taken on the hues of a rainbow. Within this society, the Asian-Americans, are often perceived to be at the highest stratum due to high income and good education. These people have almost successfully integrated themselves into society thus resulting in a blurring of lines. This essay would help to demonstrate the similarities between the Asian-Americans and Americans in religion, education and power ...view middle of the document...

To better illustrate the importance, two proverbs are used, a Chinese proverb that goes, ‘Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.’ and an oft-quoted English proverb, ‘Knowledge is power.’
Another interesting similarity is that both Asian-Americans and Americans worship people who wield power. Piyush ‘Bobby’ Jindal, Jim Yong Kim and Steven Chu, to name a few, are well known names to Asian-American children just as much as Tom Cruise, Taylor Swift and Heidi Klum are to Americans. Asian-Americans parents constantly hold up successful members of their community to their children so that their children may be inspired to be somebody of note. Americans follow the lives and exploits of Hollywood stars, and try to emulate their style icons.
One of the biggest differences is in their mentality. Americans tend to have an individualistic point of view where freedom and growth of a person is promoted without the imposition of external or social constraints. Asians on the other hand, have a collective or socialistic mentality. They place more importance on the success of a group rather than an individual’s success. To use an illustration, one associates the Kardashians with Kim Kardashian; whereas when Miss Nina Davuluri won the Miss America 2013 title, it was not considered as Miss Davuluri’s success. It was seen as an Indian-American success and hence that of the Asian-American.
Another important difference is in how a confrontational topic is...

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