Japanese and American Ambition Essay by Research Group

Japanese and American Ambition
The cultural differences in the way Japanese and Americans view the concept of ambition.
# 25671 | 1,245 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on May 01, 2003 in Anthropology (Asian) , Anthropology (Cultural) , Anthropology (North American) , Business (General)

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This paper describes the general overall differences in the ways in which Japanese and American society vary in their acceptance of personal ambition. The writer provides a definition of the concept of personal ambition and examines why it is easier to define this concept in the context of Japanese society than American society. It examines the relativity of this concept to these societies.

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"The question of how ambition as a personality is expressed in two different cultures "for example, in the United States and in Japan" is a complex one for a number of reasons. The first is that any cultural entity as large as Japan or especially the United States is bound to have a tremendous amount of intracultural variation amongst people, so much so that the concept of the existence of a single dominant style of expressing a trait such as ambition must be called into question. This is especially true for a culture as diverse as is the United States; it is relatively easier to describe the expression of such a trait in a more homogeneous society like Japan or perhaps it only seems so from the perspective of the United States, for surely it is true that cultures always look simpler when seen from afar."

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