Asian Americans and Japanese Heritage

A Brief History of the Cultural Group

  • Early Asian immigrants arrived in the 1830s
  • The first wave of Asian immigrants
  • The population of Hawaii (Tanaka, 2014)
  • The exclusion period
  • The elimination of exclusion criteria
  • Populating the West-Coast American territories

A Brief History of the Socio-Cultural Group

  • Immigration to Hawaii
  • The movement of contract laborers
  • The Meiji Restoration (George, Duran, & Norris, 2014)
  • The Arrival to the mainland
  • The Asiatic Barred Zone Act establishment
  • New waves of immigrants from Japan

Values of the Cultural Group

  • High moral and cultural principles
  • Success in career
  • Family and relatives
  • Health and longevity
  • One’s contribution to the social development
  • Education

Values of the Socio-Cultural Group

  • The recognition of the national identity
  • Specific cultural rituals
  • The popularization of the national cuisine
  • The cultural mentality
  • A strong health
  • Self-development

The worldview of the Culture

  • An antisocial character
  • Collateral relations among people
  • Making an effort in different activities
  • Seeking opportunities (Molina, 2013)
  • Suspicious of new acquaintances
  • Respect the older generations’ experience

Language and Communicational Patterns of the Cultural Group

  • The communicational pattern of the wheel
  • The communicational pattern of network
  • The communicational pattern of chain
  • The communication pattern of the circle
  • Polite language
  • A high tone of verbal communication

Language and Communicational Patterns of the Socio-Cultural Group

  • A low-context culture
  • A distinctive dialect
  • References to the ethnic background
  • A fast speech tempo
  • A high speech tone
  • Friendly and kindly phrases

Art and Other Expressive Forms of the Cultural Groups

  • National clothing
  • Unique graphic art
  • Specific character and values (Omi & Winant, 2015)
  • The cuisine of Asian countries
  • Interest in the national traditions
  • Calligraphy

Art and Other Expressive Forms of the Socio-Cultural Group

  • A calm culture and behavior
  • Japanese martial arts
  • Unique poetry
  • National crafts and techniques
  • Unique psychological features
  • Production of animated movies and games

Norms and Rules

  • Speech interruption is unacceptable.
  • Being polite to strangers
  • Living according to schedule
  • Following a healthy lifestyle
  • Respecting older people
  • A developed sense of patience

Lifestyle Characteristics

  • A high longevity rate
  • Learning with assiduity
  • A prosperous society
  • Putting family in the first place
  • Consuming healthy food
  • Working hard to gain positive results

Relationship Patterns

  • Polite forms of fellowship
  • Devotion to a family
  • Devotion to friends (Shively, 2016)
  • Open to new acquaintances
  • Avoiding conflicts with relatives
  • Respect people’s choices and preferences

Common Rituals

  • Working hard
  • Various types of entertainment
  • Scheduling one’s day, week, and year
  • Organizing and renovating one’s dwelling
  • Painting
  • Cooking dishes of the national cuisine

Degree of Assimilation from Mainstream Society

  • A desire to become successful
  • A desire to develop and travel
  • Marrying people of other races
  • Following the newest trends
  • Strive to obtain a decent education
  • Respect the local culture (Molina, 2013)

Degree of Marginalization from Mainstream Society

  • Following the national traditions and customs
  • I prefer to spend time alone.
  • I prefer to support local manufacturers.
  • Listen to specific genres of music.
  • Doing Asian kinds of sports.
  • I prefer working rather than resting

Health Behaviors and Practices

  • Traditional and untraditional medicine
  • Attending massage sessions
  • Practicing acupuncture
  • The use of symbols in medicine
  • Using pills
  • Using injections

Differential Approaches Needed by Health Care Professionals for Each Group

  • New or sterilized medical equipment
  • An appropriate license or certificate
  • Following high standards of medical practices
  • A sense of responsibility
  • Self-confidence (Molina, 2013)
  • Available pharmaceuticals


George, S., Duran, N., & Norris, K. (2014). A systematic review of barriers and facilitators to minority research participation among African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders. American Journal of Public Health, 104(2), 16-31. Web.

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Molina, N. (2013). How race is made in America: Immigration, citizenship, and the historical power of racial scripts. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Omi, M., & Winant, H. (2015). Racial formation in the United States. New York, NY: Routledge.

Shively, D. H. (2016). Tradition and modernization in Japanese culture. New Jersey, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Tanaka, G. (2014). The shin-issei: A brief look at modern Japanese immigrants in Hawaii. Web.

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