By Kent A. Ono
A significant other to Asian American stories is created from 20 formerly released essays that experience performed a big ancient position within the conceptualization of Asian American reports as a box.
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Obviously, these findings can be quite disquieting. Not only do they point to the ills of Chinese mental health, but they can easily be used to maintain negative stereotypes of the Chinese. Furthermore, the findings have social and political implications far beyond the scope of this paper. For example, if Chinese as a group exhibit maladaptive characteristics, then what will this mean in terms of their struggle to attain self identity and pride through Chinese culture? When viewed in its proper perspective, however, Chinese need not be ashamed nor embarrassed by seeing themselves as being reserved, emotionally inhibited, etc.
In doing so, problems involving juvenile delinquency, poverty, educational and language difficulties, and peer group factors have been largely ignored. Second, individual differences and variations are submerged in this kind of analysis. For example, we know Traditionalists who are quite aware of the social and political forces surrounding them; we know of Marginal Men who function without much internal conflict and without ‘‘racial self hatred’’; and we have seen parents of Asian-Americans who are as ‘‘Third World’’ as their sons and daughters.
Anyone who is perceived to threaten the Asian-American group is, in a real sense, threatening his identity. Thus he may feel quite intolerant of the Traditionalist and particularly of the Marginal Man who wants to assimilate. Since he feels that much of the problems of minority groups are due to the host society, he must somehow reconcile this belief with the observations that there are ‘‘uncle toms’’ in his own racial group. That is, while he is contemptuous of the Marginal Man, he also believes that the Marginal Man is a product of the society.