Reflection On Asian American Culture

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I feel I have cultural biases towards my own culture, which is American or White culture. I have lived in Southern California my entire life and have only traveled to four different states within the U.S. When I was a child, my family moved around a lot, but most of the cities I grew up in were predominately Caucasian. While attending grade school and college, I was exposed to many different races, but I feel the people I 've met were Americanized so I don 't know much about other cultures. I chose to take the Asian American IAT because I wanted to know if I subconsciously preferred American faces to Asian American faces. I haven 't traveled outside of the U.S. So I wasn 't sure if I 'd be able to identify foreign places from American places. I was shocked that none of the foreign landmarks used in the IAT were from Asian countries. There were pictures of the Eiffel tower, the leaning tower of Pisa, the Statue of Liberty, etc., but none of the landmarks appeared to be from Asian countries. The result from the test indicated that I have moderate automatic association for American with European American and Foreign with Asian American. According to the results, 24% of people received the same score as I did. I feel the test is accurate because I knew I would be able to identify faces for both races correctly. I was unsure …show more content…
The idea of visiting a temple made me feel a little uncomfortable though since I 'm a Christian. I wasn 't sure what to expect and I didn 't know how the people would treat me if they found out I 'm Christian. I also worried that I wouldn’t be able to talk to anyone there due to the language barrier as well. Luckily I have a friend named Ryan that I met in college who is Buddhist. I asked him if I could go with him to temple the next time he planned on going and he agreed to take

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