Cultures of Greece and Japan Comparison Essay by Nicky

A cultural comparison of Greece and Japan.
# 145795 | 1,088 words | 4 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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The paper contrasts the role of child rearing in both Japan and Greece and points out the similarities in family life, respect for the elders and role of religion in the culture. The paper describes how in Greece, the nuclear and extended family is the basis of the social structure and offers both financial and emotional support to its members, while in Japan this practice is less widespread. The paper further points out the differences in Greek and Japanese family culture and styles of greetings but notes the similarities in cultural pride and the role of relationships in these societies.

From the Paper:

"Although both Japan and Greece are modern, industrialized nations the East Asian culture of the former and the Southern European culture of the latter still have a profound influence upon both societies. Both cultures are also quite unique even within their respective hemispheres. In fact, some scholars have asserted that understanding the Japanese concept of "amae" or indulgent dependency of children is distinctive to Japanese culture, and is what makes Japanese child rearing peculiarly different from not only of American culture, but almost all world cultures. In the relationship: "The mother vicariously experiences satisfaction and fulfillment through overindulgence and over-protectiveness of her child's immaturity" (Smith & Nomi 1998). A more sensitive way of phrasing this is to suggest that Japanese children are often indulged and protected against adult pressures, but they are expected to perform at a very high standard in exchange for that indulgence."

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • Smith, Herman W. & Takako Nomi (1998, August). Is amae the key to understanding Japanese culture? Presentation to the Asian American Studies Section of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco, August, 1998. Retrieved February 2, 2009 at

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