As the recent flurry of pro- Asian hate incidents and anecdotes make headlines, it’s important to discuss about the challenges some Asian Americans face. This includes how ethnic norms, community anticipations, and prejudices does make high levels of stress for some people, especially in associations.

In Eastern nations, it’s typical to get taught from a adolescent period that one puts the nicely- be of others before their individual. As such, it can be difficult for people in Asian families to speak up about their own struggles because they fear that they will ‘ lose face ‘ — which means that they will bring dishonour or shame on themselves and their family members. The concept of saving face is rooted in a culture that prioritizes respect and honour, and has been a deeply ingrained norm across generations even after immigration.

Collectivist value systems can be great for fostering close familial connections, but they can also lead to higher expectations and feelings of pressure to conform to group standards. Individuals who live up to these expectations may experience a form of» shame stress», which is a type of emotional distress that comes from having fluid personal boundaries and an inability to control their own emotions.

Moreover, interracial relationships can cause serious conflict for some Asians, particularly when their parents are concerned that biracial children will dilute the family lineage and culture. Consequently, some Asians avoid interracial dating or limit themselves to women of their specific ethnic groups.