- April 14, 2020
Asian Culture Students
TheAsian culture is most often unknown to many much as it ismisunderstood. People reserve diverse views regarding it and,therefore, rely on hearsay and existing stereotypes to profile thosewho come from the Far East in a manner that would be inconsistentwith how they would be expected to treat them. In most instances,such cases do result in some form of discrimination and alienationwhere Asians are left to associate with only each other as otherstend to sideline them mostly, out of not having better knowledgeregarding who they are, their values and their social standing (Lim,Hung, De Yuen, & Koh, 2015). One of the areas where Asians tendto receive such kind of cold treatments is at institutions of higherlearning. Given the fact that they are usually foreign students, theydo lack the capacity to go about their activities as they would wishand, therefore, rely on being accorded support, which is usuallymissing for most of the part, from their peers. The paper outlinesthe aspects of channel, perception, privilege theory andterritoriality in a bid to explain the Asian culture which will helpto demystify it.
Quiteevidently, these concepts shall help to shed light on the issues thatrelate to the culture, thereby showing other people that Asians arehuman beings just as the others. Some of the differences that lie inculture need not be taken with extreme apprehensiveness as it is amere representation of the uniqueness that human beings bear (Jahoda& Lewis, 2015). With proper interactions of people from differentbackgrounds, such individuals are bound to join forces and come upwith actions that will be of great benefit upon all of them. They arealso able to share information regarding their specific ways of liveswith the aim of appreciating one another for the great strides thatthey have taken in life and ways through which they could come to thehelp of each other so as to maximize their outcomes and efficiency inlife. With continued and concerted efforts, people can attain generalpeace as individuals from different cultures shall go beyond suchboundaries to embrace one another and be willing to assist eachother.
Channelis a way through which a given culture is passed on from one party toanother. As such, the concept ensures that there is the propagationof Asian culture and its sustainability given that the youngergenerations know the way of life that they need to follow as well asthe general conduct that they may need to showcase so as to appear tobe consistent with provisions contained in the Asian culture.Different channels are normally used for different purposes andvarying circumstances and the value normally lies in people having agood understanding of what they want to achieve in the long runthrough passing on a culture from one generation to another.
Thereare several examples of channels that are used to pass down the Asianculture from one person to another. One of them is parents andrelatives who play a huge role in instructing children on how theyare expected to behave. The Asian culture, for instance, takes fullpride in ensuring that younger people show utmost respect to theirelders (Campbell & Kean, 2016). They are, therefore, not expectedto talk back to them or even be rude towards them in any way. Youngerpeople or those in junior positions are normally expected to listenintently when given certain instructions. Such a practice ensuresthat they are in a good position to understand what they are beingtold. The situation is also imperative in that it brings in someelement of order in that young people will have a high level ofunderstanding with those who are above them. It will also reduce anyform of confrontation that may take place between them.
Cultureis also passed to other people through media, both conventional andother forms. Television and radio programs, for instance, will takethe opportunity to teach people in ways to which they are expected togo about their lives with the aim of making people aware of what isexpected of them. Such persons will, therefore, be in a good positionto hear the views of others regarding how they need to achieve higherlevels of observation of their culture (Kahn, 2016). The media,especially social media, provides an opportunity for people to shareviews regarding some aspects of culture. The process enables them todeal with some dilemma that exists as people try to observe theculture. They also get the chance to discuss some of the tenets oftheir culture that they could do without and those that they need toobserve quite intently as it goes a long way to defining who they areand what they stand for in general. In the end, people get the willto practice what is expected of them as they also get encouragementfrom others to keep desirable practices in their mind so as to helpsafeguard their culture.
Channelis quite important in the transfer of cultural beliefs from oneindividual to another. Over the changing times in history, there hasbeen a shift in the media that it used to achieve such. Most of theperiod before 20th century saw most people rely on traditionalmethods to pass on information regarding their culture to otherpeople (Kahn, 2016). The Asians also used these strategies which weremainly edged on the application of oral tradition whereby those whowere in senior position would sit the younger ones down and explainto them elements that define their culture. For instance, young menwere taught the importance of keeping their roles as head of thefamily, and they would, therefore, need to ensure that they providedfor those who were under their care as well as protect themaccordingly against any harm which could come upon them. Young womenwere taught about their role of being home-makers, which would buildtheir ability to live fulfilling lives. All people were alsoexplained to about the virtue that lay in the family and all theyneeded to do to ensure that they would be successful. In such a way,they would take necessary steps that are geared towards achievingbetter returns in the end as well as providing great hope that therewould be continuity of the society in which they lived. With theonset of technological developments, especially in information andcommunication, there was a shift in how the message was passed downto people and more people could hear the message at the same time.Such a case helped ensure that the sharing of Asian culture was moreexpedited and more people did their best to make the message of Asianculture reach other and protect it from extinction.
Perceptionrefers to how other people view the Asian culture. Most Asians appearto be secretive given that they are not quite open to givinginformation regarding their private lives. In such cases, otherpeople tend to misinterpret the situation and believe that Asians donot want the company of others and would, therefore, rather be leftat once. The view is quite misleading, especially given that Asiansare normally warm and do take the association that they have withother people with a high level of value and appreciation (Jahoda &Lewis, 2015). They also believe that all people have a big role toplay in life and, therefore, need to be given a chance in life toexpress themselves and show the world what it is that they have. Itis such aspect of the Asian culture that has seen great advancementsmade in various sectors such as engineering and technology. Suchpeople normally concentrate on carrying out actions that will be ofbenefit to other people and will, therefore, put in great effort aswell as diligence to achieve good results in the end.
Oneof the instances of perception is whereby other people believe thatAsians are introverts and, therefore, unwilling to interact withother people as would be desired. They also viewed to be mysterious,especially, given that they only choose to share with others whatthey deem to be of importance and retain that which is not good totell other people (Ismail, 2016). The major reason why most Asianswill retain most of what they know is that they are usuallyinterested in peace and will not want any case of a confrontationwith others. They will, therefore, concentrate on what is ofimportance to them and choose to avoid that which is bound to bringin some problem with other people. In the long run, they end upfostering great friendships with other people through the use of suchstrategies.
Anotherinstance of perception that people normally have about Asians is thatthey are workaholics. They always appear to be doing something at anygiven moment. Other people, therefore, retain the view the hugeamounts of work that Asians normally take part in usually interferewith their social lives and they lack the capability to make a tightconnection with other people as they lack time to dedicate to themand, therefore, get to know them better (Lee, 2015). While it is truethat at times the work could appear to come between one andfriendship, most Asians work under the knowledge that they alwaysneed to put lots of concentration and dedication in the activitiesthat they take part in so that they may be in a good position toachieve better results. They, therefore, normally avoid any instancesthat would distract them from carrying out their duties. They alsoschedule each duty for its time and understand that there is usuallythe time when they need to work, to play and to interact with theirfriends and peers. Such a situation enables them to lead a veryorderly life as various events are usually well structured out intheir lives.
Perceptioncan, at times, be quite misleading, especially since it fails to givethe actual state of events and, therefore, people are bound tobelieve that people are the way they appear. In many cases, thesituation is not the case (Ismail, 2016). For instance, some peoplecould have a face that is not quite welcoming, yet they may be thewarmest people ever to come across. It is such a case that normallypushes some people to bear false views regarding Asians as they holdthat they are not approachable and, therefore, not friendly. Theseassertions normally emanate from the general aspect that Asians willalways concentrate on the issue that they have at hand, to the pointthat it could seem as if they are not much interested in otherpeople.
Itis true that Asians are quite hardworking and always do their best toensure that they deliver on what is expected of them, at the righttime and with the desired quality. In such a case, they will arrangetheir activities in such a way that it does not appear as if they arewasting too much time that would have been put in meeting theirobjectives (Campbell & Kean, 2016). Some of the commontime-wasters that Asians would always try to avoid is chit-chatduring work hours and other entertainment features such as listeningto music and visiting internet websites for entertainment reasonsduring work. Where they avoid engaging in these types of activities,other people normally pick up the wrong clue which points towardsthem having no good social life.
Concept3: Privilege/Standpoint theoryDefinition
Thestandpoint theory is based on the argument that people normally gainauthority when they are well informed regarding a given topic. Theyare, therefore, able to elicit the kind of results that are desiredand as well, make use of their social experiences and perspectivesthat they bear regarding a given issue to make decision and actionsthat are not only sound but also consistent with the way of life ofother people (Campbell & Kean, 2016). The concept is edged on thefact that the views retained by a given individual are normally drawnfrom the different faces of life that he has gone through, theinfluence of the environment upon such a person as well as the levelof interaction that he has had with other people, towards thatcourse. Where an individual has had a great exposure in life, such aperson is normally informed regarding various aspects of life and,therefore, in a position to see things from different sides of view.The person is also able to influence some of the characteristics thathe has upon others.
Animportant representation of the standpoint theory among Asians iswhereby the way they act and both as individuals and about theinteractions that they have with other people is normally drawn fromthe kind of upbringing that they went through. They will, therefore,treat their seniors at work with a high level of respect, perhapsmore than other people, since they are brought up with a mantra thatrequires them to revere those who are above them (Lim et al., 2015).Asian students are also bound to put in great effort in theirstudies, as a result of the great focus and attention that they havelearned to put into their activities over time. Another pertinentinstance is whereby they are bound to keep to themselves and maintaincordial relationships with other people without having the need toinfringe on their space. They are quite aware that people do valueautonomy and privacy and will always do their level best to ensurethat such people attain the kind of life that they truly fancy. Insuch cases, there is bound to a high level of peace among Asianstudents and others as they shall have much fewer confrontations withothers, in the long run.
Itis quite true that people will exhibit behavior basing on the kind ofinteraction that they have had with the world around them. Suchpeople are also able to spread an influence upon other people, basingon the level of interaction that they have with them. Under suchcases, it is, rather, common to find Asian students behaving in amanner that is consistent with how they were brought up (Ismail,2016). Where a given person is taught to uphold a certain behaviorover time, the individual is bound to make such an action a habit,with full knowledge that it is part of his life and as well, it isthe right thing to do, given the current situations. The actionsshown by Asians are not a result of extreme measures to try to bedifferent from others, but rather, a mere show off their identity andactions that they have put in place to retain their personal dignity.They always keep on reminding themselves of the kind of conduct thatthey need to put across to achieve the lives that they want and also,not to stray away from teachings that they were given while young.
Territorialityis a concept that lies in the aspect that people will use non-verbalcues to communicate about ownership of space. The ideal is normallybased on the show of superiority or concern regarding other people.It is majorly based on the general behavior of a given person as wellas the influence of the culture of such a person in determining theway he will interact with other people through the use of space (Limet al., 2015). People who have a huge ego and want other people toknow that they need to be treated in a special way will, therefore,tend to use a lot of space so as to drive the point home. In othercases, some people do not attach attention to being treated with someform of preference by others and will, therefore, only use up a smallspace so as to provide room for others to access the space, too.
Oneinstance where territoriality is achieved is whereby some peopleprefer to buy large vehicles so as to occupy a larger space on theroad. They, therefore, view the fact that they have taken a largerportion of the road as a form of prestige that makes them differentfrom other people. They will, as a result, retain the belief thatthey are of great importance compared to other people. The aspect isnormally based on serving the ego of such kind of individuals theywill go out of their way to make other people believe that they aredifferent than them. It is also true that other people will not caremuch about the size of car that they drive (Ismail, 2016). They willeven focus on providing other motorists with space on the road topass as they believe that they all have equal ownership of the roadand no single person deserves it more than another. These motoristsare more often contented with a simple and humble life.
Anotherinstance of a show of territoriality is how students sit in class.Some students like to sit and arrange their books in such a way thatthey take up a huge space, more than would be necessary. Suchstudents normally do so, to prevent other people from having equalaccess to the desk and get to enjoy the space available by themselvesonly. Such an action is not just based on ego only, but also the veryaspect of being mean towards others as well as a representation ofself-centeredness, which is quite an undesirable trait among people(Campbell & Kean, 2016). In equal measure, some students in theclass will be quite reasonable and aim to provide others with thespace that they require to have an ample stay in class they willeven move so as to create more space for other people to fit in. Theyattach great value to being of service to other people as opposed totrying to appear important in the face of other people.
Asiansare normally caring and will most often carry out actions that areconsistent with the expectations of society. They will, therefore,rely on functionality as a guide on actions that they need to take asopposed to putting more reliance on ego, which is, not onlymisleading but also disastrous in the long run. Their need forflamboyance does not usually come at the expense of remaining humanin their activities and ensuring that other people also stand to gainin the long run (Kahn, 2016). It is, therefore, common to find anAsian who is wealthy having a simple car as he retains the view thatthe principal purpose of a vehicle is to move him around but not toshow his status in life. Asians attach the need to live a simple andobjective-oriented lives as one of the aspects that are bound to makethem achieve longevity in general and as well, avoid some stresses inlife that are bound to be of a bad effect upon their lives in theend. It is one of the reasons why they end up remaining quite strongand healthy while at old age as they know how to focus on issues thatare of importance to them.
TheAsian culture is seen to be built on the tenets that enhance value toself and worth to other people. People who share these virtues aremore interested in attaining peace of mind and good health. Such ameasure is normally attained through avoiding cases that would bringabout confrontations with other people. They also focus on takingpart in activities that will help sustain their dignity and integrityin general. The understanding of this type of culture through goingthrough aspects of channel, perception, privilege theory andterritoriality helps to make some of the gray areas that could haveappeared much clearer.
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