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Asian Culture

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vicky liu

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East Asia is usually thought to consist of China, Japan, North Korea, South Korea and Taiwan. The dominant influence historically has been China, though in modern times, cultural exchange has flowed more bi-directionally. Major characteristics of this region include shared Chinese-derived language characteristics, as well as shared religion, especially Buddhism and Taoism. There is also a shared social and moral philosophy derived from Confucianism.
Traditional Custom
The Chinese script is the oldest continuously used writing system in the world, and has long been a unifying principle of East Asia, as the medium for conveying Chinese culture. It was historically used throughout the region, and is still used in by ethnic Chinese throughout the world, as well as in Japan and to a small and waning extent in South Korea. Within China, the meanings of the characters remain generally unchanged from region to region, though their pronunciations differ. This is because Classical Chinese was long the written language of all China, and was replaced by Mandarin as the national written language in the twentieth century.
Traditional Customs

The second major culture of Asia is the northeast tradition, comprising China, Korea, and Japan. This tradition developed to emphasize using fats, oils, and sauces in cooking. In the northeast dietary culture, the foods, spices, and seasonings go beyond being mere foodstuffs as they are also used as medicines to promote a long and healthy life. In addition, food became associated with many religious traditions as well, as many northeast Asian cultures frequently used food as symbolic offerings to worship their ancestors.
Finally, the third major culture of Asia is the southeast style, which includes Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei. The traditional emphasis in this region is on aromatic and lightly-prepared foods, using a delicate balance of quick stir-frying, steaming, and/or boiling, supplemented with discrete spices and seasonings, including citrus juices and herbs such as basil, cilantro, and mint. Also, while northeastern cuisines emphasize using soy sauce in nearly everything, many cultures in the southeast substitute fish sauce, along with galangal, lemon grass, and tamarind for additional flavor.
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Chinese music has been known historically since the dawn of chinese civilization.
Today the music continues as a rich traditional heritage in one aspect, while merging into a more contemporary form at the same time.

Early history

According to Mencius , a powerful ruler once asked him whether it was moral if he preferred popular music to the classics. The answer was that it only mattered that the ruler loved his subjects. The Imperial Music Bureau, first established in the Qin Dynasty (221–207 BC), was greatly expanded under the emperor Han Wu Di (140–87 BC) and charged with supervising court music and military music and determining what folk music would be officially recognized. In subsequent dynasties, the development of Chinese music was strongly influenced by foreign music, especially Central Asia.
The oldest known written music is Youlan or the Solitary Orchid, attributed to Confucius (see guqin article for a sample of tablature). The first major well-documented flowering of Chinese music was for the qin during the Tang Dynasty (618-907AD), though the qin is known to have been played since before the Han Dynasty.

The first European to reach China with a musical instrument was Jesuit priest Matteo Ricci who presented a Harpsichord to the Lee imperial court in 1601, and trained four eunuchs to play it.
Dragon Dance
Dragon Dance

The famous dragon dance with music is also a remembered tradition. It is seen on Chinese New Year across the world by millions. It is not known when the tradition started, but it is believed to be thousands of years ago, as entertainment of former emperors, royals, and nobles. It was and still is a very important dance in the Chinese culture.

Hakka opera is popular among the Taiwanese, and has influenced the tea-picking opera genre. The most distinctive form of Hakka music are mountain songs, or shan'ge, which are similar to Hengchun folk music. Bayin instrumental music is also popular.

Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism originated in India, a country of South Asia. In East Asia, particularly in China and Japan, Confucianism, Taoism, Zen Buddhism and Shinto took shape. Other religions of Asia include the Bahá'í Faith, Shamanism practiced in Siberia, and Animism practiced in the eastern parts of the Indian subcontinent.
The Asian family has a strong bond and this provides for growth and opportunity within the family, and also when they reach adulthood. There are many Asian culture associations that provide an extended family for many Asian Americans. The business world of the Asian American is strongly linked to family. The Asian family run business is a constant in many communities. You will see family working together in their restaurant or other type of business. The Asian culture associations are also available to provide extra bonding.
The Asian family has a deep sense of family and respect the many generations that very often live in the same area. The result is a well rounded child with a strong identity and bright future. The Asian culture associations are varied and continue to encourage adults and children alike. When you are a part of the Asian culture associations they preserve the culture and grow in the new environment.Gender Differences between Asian male and Asian female

Males-highly valued
Asian families want sons b/c males are important and they carry on the family name (lineage).
Females-valued less than males, less important role in family
The role of the female is to be passive and to adhere to husband's family, be subservient to the male, perform domestic chores, and bear children.
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The Asian family has certain expectations for their children and the children know what is expected of them. The Asian culture associations are there to help reinforce the values of the family. Many families expect the children to use the capacity they have for learning to achieve high marks in school. The Asian family will reward the child for a perfect four point average in school. This can carry through to the Asian culture associations as well. They provide after school activities that compliment the parent's beliefs.
People classified as Asians are physically different in some ways from people of European descent. In almost all cases Asians have straight, black hair and dark eyes. They also tend to have less body hair, less facial hair, flatter faces, smaller noses, and wider cheekbones.
Asians are sometimes referred to as having yellow skin. It is not clear where the term comes from especially when one rarely sees an Asian with yellow skin unless they have jaundice. Biologists who deal with such matters classify most Asians as having the same skin color as people living in northern North America.
Many Asians also don't have a crease around the top of their eyelid like Westerners do. Some Asian women consider an eyelid with a crease to be more beautiful than an eyelid without one and spend a lot of money for "double slit operation," to have a crease surgically incised into their eyelid. Many Asians also consider round eyes to be more beautiful than almond-shaped eyes.
Physical Appearance
The first is known as the southwest style that includes cuisines from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Burma. Having its roots in Persian-Arabian civilization, the eating of nan (or flat bread) became widespread, along with mutton, kebabs (derived from Turkish cooking), and the use of hot peppers, black pepper, cloves, and other strong spices, along with ghee (a butter oil). Curry also became a staple in this dietary culture. Through the teachings of Hinduism, cows were used only for their milk and not for meat. In addition to rice, chapati made from wheat or barley are also a staple part of the diet, and beans also play an important role in mea.
How do people in the chinese culture dress today
-they dress the same way americans dress, but some women like to wear a dress by the name of cheongsam.

How would you describe the way chinese food tastes?
-very delicious because the ingredients are
fresh, people in the chinese culture like to put oil and soy sauce in most of their food, and typically don’t eat food that americans eat. such as bean sprouts, sweet potato leaves, dorayaki, donggua, a type of melon, and dried and salted shrimp.
-How does your family celebrate Chinese New Year?
they celebrate chinese new year by eating dinner with foods like chicken, duck, fish. they eat these at the beginning of the year because it brings good luck. adults get the children lucky money to buy candy. adults can also buy clothes for other children as a gift.
What are some traditional customs?

What are some festivals celebrated?
Autumn day. where they enjoy mooncake, which taste kind of floury, while sitting outside watching the moon. Dragon Boat day: which is when people of the chinese culture race dragon boats. It has meaning Which is basically to bring good luck. While racing they have musicians playing their instruments to get the crowd riled up.

How would you describe chinese art?
they are normally painted with dark colors, the artist water ink instead acrylic.Chinese artist normally paint Nature. They normally try to convey emotion through they coloring and what they draw. however painting that aren’t colored are normally black and white since they use ink and not pencil.
In short, The asian culture is an interesting one each one individual, but all stemming from the same chinese roots. the cultures are similar in some ways, but not in every aspect this is what separates the countries. Their celebrations, the way they dress, and their style of music. Each has their own individual style so countries like Taiwan and korea should not be confused with stereotypes from china or japan. so much was said and there is still so much say, but we hope you found this presentation on asian culture as informative and interesting as we did.
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