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Asian Shame and Honor

Shame and Honor. It's like the Yin and Yang of Asian collectivist societies. This is one of the biggest differences between Asian-Americans and those from shame-based cultures compared to Caucasians without an ethnic or cultural identification. Read More

Asian Shame Honor

Great information. I wonder if you would know how it is in the Philippines since they are about 90% Catholic and have had great influence by western culture from the USA...but they are in Southeast Asia, and have great influence from the countries there as well. Any idea if they, as a culture or a nation, or a people, view shame and honor in the same way as Mr. Lee and his Korean culture? I see what you say to be true for the traditional people of Japan, most of China, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam but the Philippines I think is different. What do you think?

Asian Shame

It's astonishing to have insight into Asian American culture. It seems unfair for such a large population to continuously have growing issues such as these. The lack of mental health care research is a detriment to the fixing of this problem. Western cultures definitely take for granted the freedom they have with others judgement causing a minimal amount of damage to their reputation. If more research was done to help understand these cultures, maybe a new solution could be found to help these who have no one to turn to.

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Sam Louie is a therapist with a private practice in Seattle specializing in multicultural issues and sexual addiction.

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