Although Asian Americans represent different populations in terms of culture, language and immigration trends, they share many similarities in values and belief systems such as a cultural emphasis on education, natural healing, family harmony and respect of human dignity. For purposes of this Tip Sheet, the terms Asian and Asian American are interchangeable; include Pacific Islanders; and can reflect either new immigrants, immigrants who have been residing in the U.S. for an extended period of time, or people with Asian heritage who could be 2nd, 3rd or 4th generation. Further, the great diversity within the ethnicities of those of Asian descent is acknowledged; however, characteristics identified within Asian communities, regardless of ethnicity, have been generalized to talk broadly about Asian American culture. It is important to assess the specific population you are working with when applying the concepts in this Tip Sheet. Finally, read the NHMRC Tip Sheet What Marriage Educators Should Know about Working with Asian American Couples and Individuals. This additional information may be another useful resource.The following questions highlight issues for program administrators, managers and practitioners to consider when designing and implementing a healthy relationship initiative for the Asian community. (Author abstract modified)
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