Asian culture & Heritage

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Asian culture & Heritage:

Asian culture & Heritage BY: Catherine Fink

Asian General Characteristics:

Asian General Characteristics “For detailed Asian group alone, the US Census update in 2000 showed the  total Asian population in the United States as 10,171,820  accounting for 3.61% of the total US population” Asians are the fastest forming ethnic group in the US. Chinese is the top language spoken by the Asian population

Characteristics of Traditional Asian Family:

Characteristics of Traditional Asian Family Hierarchical family structure: males and elders occur a higher status Respect and loyalty to authority figures: children are not to be heard over adults The emphasis of family values is central to the family dynamics Children learn at an early age that family is the upmost importance

Communication Barriers:

Communication Barriers In the Asian culture, students respond more efficiently through writing instead of face-to-face confrontation. As a whole, the Asian culture is non-confrontational and will not disagree with authority figures. “Children are not allowed to express opinions openly.”

Asian Impact on Educational System:

Asian Impact on Educational System “ The role of Asian children in the family is clear-cut and two-fold: Respect your elders and obey your parents. Study hard and do well in school to secure a bright future.” Dr. Kim explains, “Our role during the day was to obey our teachers and do our best in the classroom; our role at night was to obey our parents and focus on our continued studies at home”


Discipline Asian parents often use shame as a form of discipline to their children. When Asian children do not obey they are shameful of them and use a form of disappointment to discipline their children and help them reflect on the behavior.

Asian Data and Academic Scores:

Asian Data and Academic Scores High test scores contribute to: High values of education Rigorous standards, curriculum and expectations High-quality and respect for teachers and administration (higher pay and higher values on education)

Asian children in the classroom:

Asian children in the classroom Views on language and communication: “Speaking publicly about one’s problems is discouraged.” “That restraint in talking is valued.” “You don’t talk about feelings or personal experiences.” *Asian children are taught to value education and have the mindset that learning is their role in society and the job as a child.

Asians in Today’s Society:

Asians in Today’s Society As an educator, it is important to recognize that all Asians are different and have multiple capabilities. Overcome stereotypes: Not all Asians are great at Math and Science, discover their backgrounds and strengths.



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