Pros And Cons Of Japanese Immigration

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Japanese immigrants deal with many things when migrating to a new country, some good and some bad. Some barriers they may face are: language, racial issues, health, etc. The goal of this essay is to discuss the pros and cons that Japanese Immigrants in the United States deal with, the background of why they migrated to America in the first place, and what they do culturally both in and out of Japan. I will also be finding the similarities between Chinese, Filipino, and Japanese immigrants. Japanese immigrants migrated to the United States in search of peace and prosperity. Back in Japan these immigrants had an unstable homeland yet, in America they had a chance to work hard to provide a better life for their children and themselves. In the …show more content…
People in Japan more often than not have or follow some kind of religion. Their religion is usually a combination of Shintoism and Buddhism and, instead of being preached, it is the Japanese way of living, or in other words, their moral code. Japanese religion is a private affair and is rarely discussed in everyday life. However, most people will turn to religious rituals in birth, death, marriage, or in spiritual festivals they have throughout the year. Article 20 of the Japanese constitution grants full religious freedom to minority religions like Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Sikhism. Along with religion, Japans manners and customs would be another cultural loss Japanese immigrants would face when moving to the United States. Their manners and customs are different than Americans manners and customs. Bowing is done daily in Japan, it can be a sign of respect, remorse, gratitude, and greeting. Taking off footwear is customary when entering a house, temple, or some restaurants. This custom was created because most Japanese people would eat, sleep, and sit on mats, so walking on the mats with footwear on would be considered dirty. In addition to all the other cultural losses they would face sports is a big thing the Japanese immigrants would be missing out on. Japan has many sports: Sumo wrestling, Kendo (Martial Arts), Karate, etc. They even play modern sports like …show more content…
Though these three groups have their differences, they all have similar stories about migrating to the U.S. Chinese immigrants came to America after hearing that there was gold in California. Having hardships back in their country, the U.S. looked like an opportunity. However, white Americans did not like how the immigrants were taking their jobs, property, and women. Similar to the Japanese and Filipinos, they got lynched, beaten, and their homes and business were destroyed. The Filipino immigrants went through roughly the same dilemma. They came to North America to get jobs and send back money to their families, not intending on staying long. Yet, they did, which did not please some people. A similarity that both the Chinese and Japanese immigrants shared was the way both groups banded together, in their individual groups, to form protective communities and organizations. In the article “Asian Immigrants: A Comparison of the Chinese, Japanese, and Filipinos,” Donald Ryujin states, “Like the Chinese, early Japanese immigrants faced the problems of job discrimination and racist legislation. And, they too adapted by banding together and forming benevolent and protective organizations and associations” (8). Some Asian immigrants even now can be found together in associations and organizations like the ones Ryujin spoke

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