Educational Growth as an Asian
Growing up in Arab culture and as an Arab, of course, became one of my most remarkable experiences once I began to realize my identity. We, as Arabs, are often referred to as members of the semantic people for which we occupy the Middle East and North Africa. In the Arab world, several matters are taken with absolute mindfulness. The two most valued aspects among my people as Arabs is education and the culture in totality. Our parents value education with a strong belief that education can go a long way in altering a child’s behaviour and discipline skills in a desirable form. Essentially, parents in the Arab world become increasingly determined to witness their children live a much better life than they (parents) in their childhood. Culture is another critical aspect of the Arab world. Culture in totality encompasses the ethnicity, linguistic, history, nationality, politics, and geographical occurrence of Arabs in the Middle East. According to the long history, we as Arabs were not originally Islams. Still, later in the 7th century A.D., our forefathers converted to Islam, where we conquered the Middle East regions, which initially belonged to Sassanians and Byzantine Empires. Since then, Arabs have been in a constant civilization process felt in the world even today. In this paper, I aim to discuss my first experience as an Arab in the scopes of education, culture in totality, race, religion and politics in my Asian people, and how our long-dating civilization has impacted the world and me in particular.
When growing up as an Arab, I gradually realized how valuable education is held among our people. In the Arab world, education is a tradition that sets a path for learning and thriving academically and in life. Many Arabs believe that education is the only potentially powerful tool that can influence the holistic growth of global societies (Ritonga & Mukhlis). My parents are not exceptional for this essential critical belief. Thus, the first thing they wanted me to put in total devotion was education. Notably, most Asian nations work extra hard to implement enhancing the quality of public education fully. Going to school as a primary Asian pupil was great. First, elementary schools in Asia are constantly flooded by pupils whose parents bring over. Learning amid a lot of other children reshaped my attitudes and beliefs. I knew that socialization at a younger age is critical in creating someone’s identity. In those schools, interaction is highly valued and encouraged, which has had a positive impact on my public speaking skills and improved communication skills. Of course, this has continued since then till now. I am thrilled and cheerful to be part of Asians who are building their future essential career skills that will further push Arabic countries and the world towards attaining economic stability.
Discussion on Asian in the Face of Multiracial Society
Asian Americans are believed to have arrived in the U.S. during the mid-1800s. Since then, Asians have significantly impacted U.S. history despite the most excellent discrimination and exclusion they constantly faced. In around 1850, many young single men were enrolled as contract labourers in the U.S., playing a critical role in the country’s development. However, during the depression period in 1876, many Asians lost their jobs when the Americans began to criticize them for taking their jobs. They (Americans), therefore, implemented the anti-Chinese legislation that sparked violence throughout West Coast. Six years later, in 1882, a strict restriction of race-sensitive immigration into the U.S. was enacted and specifically targeted the Chinese under the Chinese Exclusion Act (Du, 2021). The Chinese Exclusion Act powerfully and strictly operated in the continuing years, causing Japanese workers to migrate to the West Coast. They replaced Chinese workers involved in railworks, farming and fishing.
Consequently, in 1907, anti-japanese legislation emerged where the immigration of Japanese into the west coast was restricted. During the 1904-1905 Russo-Japanese War, several Koreans entered mainland USA through Hawaii. However, Koreans faced double discrimination where they were excluded from entering the USA and suffered colonization in their home country. South Asian Indians then entered the USA after the Chinese had been excluded. In 1924, all Asians were denied citizenship in the USA and prevented from marrying white Americans or owning land. During then, Filipinos were not excluded but later suffered exclusion on the intensification of the depression period in 1929. Despite coming from different countries, Asians, including Chinese, Japanese, Indians, and Filipinos, all faced exclusion and denial of naturalization.
Asians, after 1998, the year that threatened the collapse of their economy, agreed that enhancing regional cooperation is vital in developing a stronger and more resilient economy. Today, Asia is looked at as an exemplary economy that has typically grown out of simple formal government meetings and simple contracts signed by tourists. The rapidly rising regional integration among the Asian countries promises highly the creation of a stable and resilient economy that will benefit Asians heavily.
However, the regional classification of Middle East Asia follows a particular order. For instance, the grouping that bared four sub-groups, namely, Arabian Peninsula, Caucasus, Islamic Republic of Iran, and Near East, all having constituent countries except the Islamic Republic of Iran, was done with respect to geographical and climatic homogeneity. The two have a direct influence on irrigation in the regions. The Islamic Republic of Iran is grouped singly since its definite geographical and climatic uniformity is not well defined. On the other hand, Asia is regionally grouped into five regions, namely, Central Asia (five countries), East Asia (8 countries), South Asia (9 countries), Southeast Asia (11 countries), and Western Asia (18 countries) (Hussain, 2020) Asia is typically the largest continent known. Both its land and population is overwhelming.
When it comes to civilization, Asia is ranked as the earliest world’s civilization. Most of its traditional cultures have been utilized, contributing enormously to the general universal society (Zhang, & Wang, 2019). Its practices, such as agriculture, city planning, and religions, have been in practice for a long time. For example, Mesopotamia is commonly known as the ‘cradle of civilization’ since complex urban centres grew first. Also, Japan, an Asian country, has influenced the world technologically due to its pioneering in electronics and automobile products.
Research: Asian Race
Asians and Arabs are two of the growing nonwhite/nonblack ethnoracial minority groups in the U.S. occupying redefined racial landscape. Research by interviewing some Egyptians stated that the brown racialization concurrently homogenizes, yet, distinguishes, brown-skinned ethnoracail groups (Zopf, 2018). They claim that brown-skinned ethnocracy differentiates by ethnic, national origin, and religion. Egyptians cite the racial identity of Islam as a crucial differentiating feature defining them as a particular form of brown while criticizing the standardization of this comprehensive brown ethnoracial categorization ((Zopf, 2018).
The hard time Asians faced in the U.S. during their constant exclusion requires special attention for study. Helen Zia, a Chinese American activist and former journalist, says that Asians courageous fight against their exclusion did not only target their freedom from racism but also aided Americans at large against racism(TIME, 2021). historically, it is argued that the first Filipino was named Manilamen, who participated in the battle of New Orleans in 1812 after residing in the Bayous In the U.S. for 22 years.
While it is notable that social identity withholding concerning race is critical in maintaining one’s identity, we should understand that some of the demerits accompanying this concept are attracted humiliation when trying to protect one’s racial identity for social wellness. This scenario mainly occurs to people who believe in in-group social and racial identities (Iwamoto, & Liu, 2010). These people may also suffer poor decision making which he now pegs to racism. The culture among the Asians and Arabs almost agree with one another. Hence, culture, unlike social identity, attracts homogeneity among the community. Islam and Hinduism are two widely spread religions in Asia. Also, the two share much incorrect.
Asians held an absolute significance in many of its aspects that consequently impacted the civilization of men. Ancient China, India, and Babylonian are the three civilizations considered are the bearers of civilization. The three changed the world architecture style and global landmarks. Asia is also the world’s birthplace for significant religions, including Buddhism, Islam Hindu, and others still highly practised today.
Du, M. (2021). The Anti-Chinese Movement and the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.
Hussain, H. I., Kamarudin, F., Mohamad Anwar, N. A., Nassir, A. M., Sufian, F., & Tan, K. M. (2020). IMPACT OF COUNTRY’S GOVERNANCE DIMENSIONS ON BANK REVENUE EFFICIENCY: OVERVIEW ON MIDDLE EAST, SOUTHEAST ASIA, AND SOUTH ASIA COUNTRIES. Transformations in Business & Economics, 19(1).
Iwamoto, D. K., & Liu, W. M. (2010). The impact of racial identity, ethnic identity, Asian values and race-related stress on Asian Americans and Asian international college students’ psychological well-being. Journal of counselling psychology, 57(1), 79–91. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0017393
Ritonga, Z. A., & Mukhlis, I. THE IMPACT OF MANPOWER EDUCATION AND GOVERNMENT EXPENDITURE ON EDUCATION SECTOR ON ECONOMIC GROWTH OF LABUHANBATU REGENCY. Quantitative Economics Journal, 9(2), 66-79.
TIME (2021). ‘11 Moments From Asian American History That You Should Know’. https://time.com/5956943/aapi-history-milestones/
Zhang, G., & Wang, L. (2019). East Asian Civilization and Ancient Chinese Philosophy. In Urban Planning and Development in China and Other East Asian Countries (pp. 1-26). Springer, Singapore.
Zopf, B. J. (2018). A different kind of brown: Arabs and middle easterners as anti-American Muslims. Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, 4(2), 178-191.