Asian Influence

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Asian Influence INTRODUCTION Asians started to come to the United States in the early 1840s (Chan 3). They had an immediate impact on America's economy. The Asians worked on farms growing and harvesting the crops that were later sold to Americans. Although Asians was part of America's workforce, the white Americans looked down on them. They were on the same boat as the Blacks, Indians, and Mexicans; they were not on the same level as the whites. The relationship among the different nationalities is much better than it was in the past. Asians today are still making an impact on America, just like in the early days when Asians came to the United States to work. There has been much Asian influence on American culture. The meaning of culture is: the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group. Some Americans cultures that have been influenced by Asians are religion, entertainment, hobbies, food, and fashion.

RELIGION In the past decade, its been notice that Zen Buddhism has been a topic of beliefs among the well known celebrities such as Steven Sigeal and Phil Jackson. Zen Buddhism is a peaceful religion. Buddhist lives their lives with compassion and cares for others (Buddhanet, 2002). Steven Seagal, a well-knowned actor practices Buddhism. Amazingly, he is said to be a reincarntated Buddhist based on the article Tinseltown Tuklu. The article gives the meaning of a Tuklu is " is a person who has been recognized, usually after passing certain tests or answering certain questions, as the reincarnation of an earlier personage, most often an important teacher." Penor Rinpoche, the Supreme Head of a Tibetan Buddhism school believes that Chungdrag Dorje, a 17th century Tibetan Lama, is reincarnated as Steven (About, 2002). Phil Jackson, the head coach of the...