What are the most commonly heard myths about the Asian culture? What are the realities behind them? Media has a lot of influence how one part of the world is perceived somewhere else. All the articles, TV shows, comics and so on will determine our understanding of the Asian culture. Let’s take a look at what are the most common myths about Asian folk:
Myth no. 1 – Everyone knows martial arts
Asian cultuerEveryone is familiar with the myth that all Asians must know some form of martial arts. The reality is, of course, that martial arts aren’t for everyone. There are still a lot of martial arts schools in Asia but they aren’t as popular as they used to be and all that thanks to the lack of students. Asians still make the best martial arts movies, but they don’t all know something about martial arts.
Myth no. 2 – All Asians are excellent in math
Another very popular myth has to do with math. While it is true that Asians do well in school, better than people in any other part of the world, that still doesn’t mean they all do well in math. People think that computing must be in their blood since we see so many Chinese entrepreneurs in the West but it simply isn’t true.
Myth no. 3 – Eating dog meat
People often assume that every Asian has tried dog meat or that they are at least okay with there being such a thing as dog meat. Don’t bring this up when talking to any Asian person because you risk offending them very seriously.
Myth no. 4 – Men valued more than women
This is partly true, like with any culture. Women have been devalued throughout history, and since Asia is still largely very traditional in their culture and customs, men are sometimes more valued than the women. Things are slowly changing these days, and Asian women are finally getting to be seen as something more than just a potential mom.