Advantages And Disadvantages Of Asian American

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In the history, United States has received much more immigrants than any other countries in the world which is estimated approximately fifty million people in total and 70,000 people per year. That is why United States is considered as an intercultural community including many cultural groups such as Native American, African American, Asian American, American Indian and Alaska Native and some other races. Asian American is the group that has been dramatically increased. However, there are still some issues which need to be discussed when using the term Asian American.
There are many definitions given for the term Asian American. Firstly, a writer in website asian-nation.org believed that Asian American is the population living in the United
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Nevertheless, the two sides exist in parallel. In other words, the term brings both advantages and disadvantages when referring it as a cultural group. Cultural group is a group of people who share one or more unique characteristics defined by everything from language, religion, cuisine, social habits to music. The first thing is what we gain if we call the group as Asian American. Using the term “Asian American” means that the unique features for this racial group are kept. As mentioned above, the United States is a multi-ethnic community so there are many groups of people. The term Asian American or African American is to demonstrate the differences and their origins. This is the salad bowl theory. The salad bowl concept describes the integration of the many different cultures of United States residents combine like a salad. In the salad bowl model, various American cultures are “juxtaposed” like salad ingredients but they do not merge into a single homogeneous culture. Each culture still keeps its own distinct value. Therefore, the groups can not only be protected from assimilation but also contribute to the variety to the common American culture. Chinatown is one typical example. Chinese who are Asian American live as a community in a place named Chinatown. Although they speak English in public, they use Chinese as a tool to communicate with other Chinese people. Every special cultural things of China are…show more content…
Charmaine Balisalisa, director of creative enterprises of Paradox. (Walbert Castillo/USA Tdoday College) shared her story. She said that after moving to the US, she tried to fit in for sure, but it was not her appearance that she tried so desperately to change. She was proud of being different. She was proud of the fact that she ate hotdogs for breakfast and packed rice for lunch. What she was not proud of was her accent. She did not know why, but she tried really hard to ‘normalize’ it. Maybe she did not want to be seen as a foreigner. Although more than half of all Asians in the United States were born outside the United States, many non-Asians simply assume that every Asian they see, meet, or hear about is a foreigner. Many people cannot recognize that many Asian American families have been United States citizens for several generations. Even when they are known as Asian American, in some areas, they have not been truly recognized as the American. As a result, because all Asian Americans are perceived as foreigners, that means prejudice and discrimination somehow
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