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Japanese American [cultural] experiences? What are the differences? (Schaefer, 2006, p. 352) There are many similarities and differences between Chinese and Japanese Americans. These two American groups share some of the same cultural similarities of the Asian counterparts still living in China and Japan, their ancestors did well bringing these values with them to America. Some similarities that you could attribute to both groups is that of cuisine, religion and family values. Religion is another thing these two have in common. Buddhism is the main religion for both countries. Each country has other religions that they still follow, China for instance has followers of Confucianism and even Christianity. Japanese people may still also follow Shintoism. Chinese and Japanese Americans still hold true to the family values that are coveted in their country of origin for many years. Family importance can be seen today in America by the need for families in America to still marry another from their group. Although throughout the years there has been an increase of the groups marrying outside their ethnicity. Another way to see the need to stay close to one another and to preserve the culture is the perseverance of communities known as china town. One other similarity with these two groups is that they do not have a large part in American politics. They do not seem to want to have any involvement in politics either. Food seems to be one of the items that these two groups differ on but one that Americans closely relate to Asian culture. When we think of Asian food, we think of exotic foods that we would normally not eat or would be hesitant to try. Both groups have several cuisine styles relevant to the area within the country. A Chinese dish popular in the United States would be fried rice while a very well known Japanese food in the United States would be sushi. Another difference in the two cultures is that of martial arts. Most Americans only see that the Asian culture in a whole do the same martial arts, the Chinese people have Kung Fu where as the Japanese people have Judo, totally different styles. Another difference could be that of how each culture accepts outsiders. It is said that the Chinese people will make outsiders work very hard to become part of the community. They will make them learn the language and the culture and show they can be trusted before they will be accepted, where as the Japanese people are more welcoming to outsiders.