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Asian Am Health

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I've commonly encountered my whole life how spiritual the "Asian culture" can actually be. Christianity, Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism underlie the value system in asian culture. As for my generation, Asian Americans have been influenced by western beliefs to express your opinion and to work towards fighting for your right, extreme liberalism. That culture alone varies when it comes to value systems. Their experiences in America determine what someone values, and how their origin of race promotes that. Because they usually are raised by parents who will demand nothing less than utmost respect, they are brought to initially adhere obediently to authority. My mother made that part clear to me at a very young age. My mom always emphasized the importance of obtaining good morals - 90% because it was a Christian belief, but the rest of the 10% she really did want me to seek for myself why I should be the way I am. Model minority myth is founded on the fact that Asians are self persevering, self disciplining, educates and excels in every situation because of their hard work. This is something I do agree with and is the most accurate part of asian characteristics. But it's because from a ancestor historical stance, they've had hard times and it is self perseverance that gets your through it. They pass on the importance of keeping your head up high and maintaining pride; as the opposing shame and guilt lingers along when the contrary occurs.

We've all, one time or another felt like we were being stereotyped - usually about our ethnicity or culture. Minority groups in my opinion experience racism, usually because the person feels threatened or insecure, and by ordering or bringing them down puts them on a superior pedestal.

I've never really fully experience the concept of "ethnic identity" and how it's one's sense of belonging. Growing up bilingual, I picked up Korean culture, however I never considered it my sense of belonging. I wasn't really embraced by the Korean community, and felt that I will never fit into these little fine categories. I was always the "other". My mom and my dad were my sense of belonging - just family that I identified with. However my roommate for example incorporates her whole life pretty much to Korean culture, Korean fashion, typical Korean attitude, plans her future around Korean values - her ethnicity IS her identity. She



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