Japan and United States

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In the first stage of their child’s life Japanese use Amae in child-rearing. Amae is taught to indulge dependency, giving the idea that with this style of child-rearing will bring production and reproduction. A Japanese mother will hug their child giving their child a sense of dependency. Later in the child’s life children will often beg or plead for what they want knowing that the child will be forgave and indulged by the caregiver.

Education is very important in Japan. In school the children dress in uniforms. In elementary the children start when they are six and go until they are twelve. After elementary the children enter middle school from the age of twelve to fifteen and this phase of education is very important. With good marks in middle school will determine what senior high school, university, or even career they will have. The family life for Japanese finds that the most important of a family is to think of the family not as an individual.

With this way of thinking would lead the sons of the father to work under their father. Or if they lived in rural Japan and own some land and the family had two sons and a daughter; the land would not get split up between the three, but the eldest boy would own the land. As for the daughter would have to go out and find a husband to take her hand in marriage. If not the daughter would have to live at home until that day comes. Japanese parents did not want to have a daughter if they already had one; because of the circumstances. So in the past if they had another daughter they would discard the baby girl just so the parents would not have to have the daughter living at home. Senior are well respected in Japan, they have their own national holiday.

Japan is aging rapidly and the pregnancies are declining slowly. Senior is becoming more active by help cleaning the environment, participating in games, and exercise. Shito was the Japan’s religion until after World War 2 then the religion became Buddhist. Religion in Japan is very important like their education. Japan teaches their religion in schools.

America is very open with everything. If you lived in another country and wanted to come to the states for the America dream and become a citizen you will be welcomed. You will have the chose of the type of religion you are and women have equal rights as men and you have freedom of speech. In America we welcome people we now or people we come across by a hand shake. America offers everyone the opportunity to success all you have to do is work hard. Independency is a big practice in American mothers. They feel that their child should not be so dependent at a young age. American mothers look at the individual rather than the group like Japanese mothers.

In America most children are born in the hospital, it is generally up to the mother how many people are to be in the room, right after birth the baby is taken to be examined and measured. Shortly after all measurements are taken by healthcare professionals the mother then gets the chance to bond with the baby. After a few days in the hospital the newborn baby and mother are ready to go home. After the arrival at home mother, baby, father, and siblings all get the chance to bond, but this is the time mother and baby really get to bond with each other. The mother takes the role on to take care of the baby and the father generally does very little, however, there are some fathers that take on more the role of caregiver than most.

In America schools are controlled by the government and set up by the government. School attendance is mandatory throughout the states. When the child comes of age three of four the child is then placed in pre-school then thereafter moves on to kindergarten and then on to elementary. Elementary is for six years and then you have middle school for two years and then high school for four years. Some kids go to college to further their education to get a more lucrative job then someone with a high school diploma.

After graduation of course is the task of achieving employment. All the while meeting someone special and starting a family of their own this starts at various ages. Sometimes these marriages do not last and thus the mixed family is born with siblings from other families and combined families. We are considered to be the melting pot of the world and do have various cultures combined into one.

ReferencesMiller, Barbara. (2007). Cultural Anthropology 4th Ed... Pearson Education, Inc.