By Kent A. Ono
A spouse to Asian American reports is made from 20 formerly released essays that experience performed an enormous ancient position within the conceptualization of Asian American reviews as a box.
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The Marginal Man attempts to assimilate and acculturate into the majority society. Existing between the margin of two cultures, he suffers from an identity crisis. In attempts to resolve this conflict, the person may reject traditional Chinese ways by becoming overWesternized. We believe that the Marginal Man finds his self worth defined in terms of acceptance by Caucasians. For the Chinese male, the number of Caucasian friends he has and such things as his ability to speak without an accent are sources of pride.
Finally, the Asian-American’s pride is in the reconciliation of past and present values. He may believe that the Traditionalist cannot have ‘‘real’’ pride since the Traditionalist ignores racism and is unassertive. Between the Traditionalist and the Marginal Man, however, more of his wrath is directed to the Marginal Man who is perceived to be completely denying his cultural heritage. We feel that in all cases, there is a confusion between ‘‘self’’ and ‘‘pride’’. Self pride, by definition, must involve the individual’s own conception of pride.
19 In this regard, the Chinese-Americans have not found appropriate facilities to handle their problems. They do not turn to professional mental-health facilities. Furthermore, the results of our study20 indicate that Chinese (and other Asian) students tend to underutilize the Psychiatric services at UCLA. 9% of the clinic population. This underutilization is also evidenced in the mean number of therapy sessions. Chinese students are seen for an average of approximately three sessions while non-Asians attend an average of over five sessions.