Asian Literature conformity

By: Madi, Nick, Thomas, and Jassmine

What is conformity

Conformity is compliance with one rules or standards.

Conformity is compliance with one rules or standards. The Japanese have a saying, “The nail that sticks up gets hammered down.” In other words, act like other people, don’t show off, or else.These forms of social pressure are in places, as in East Asia, where people are supposed to know their place. But they exist to a greater or lesser extent in all cultures.When you think about it, it becomes clear that pressures to conform are a universal feature of culture. After all, the very idea of a culture implies that people think, feel, and act similarly—otherwise no common content would exist. And since there is no reason for this similarity to arise spontaneously, social mechanisms must exist to create it. External force is unpleasant, and people don’t like it, so while it may always be lurking in the background, cultures are more effective at maintaining themselves when they can get individuals to want to conform and to want to make others conform as well. This is why it is said that, “You can’t choose your culture. Your culture chooses you.” Its primary effect is to keep individuals from boasting about their good luck,health, possessions, or children. In doing so, it avoids provoking envy in others, and thereby promotes harmony within the larger group. Culture is a mixed bag. It offers individuals closeness, mutual support, a sense of identity, and many other advantages; but these advantages come at a price.

Explain how conformity could apply to Asian literature

Some cultural like there family to conform to the cultural and asian literature talk about how some family like to do it the same way that it been for years ( Nguyen).

Explain how Asian literature might be used to HONOR cultural traditions

There is a lot of the cultural traditions and the most important one is “gender differences” so there is a lot of different traditions, but they all lead into one so if someone’s kid did not do nothing wrong it would bring great honor to their family (Nguyen).

Explain how Asian literature might be used to CHALLENGE cultural traditions

If someone would not want to fallow the cultural traditions it would being great shame to there family (Nguyen).

Provide at least three illustrations/images related to Asian culture.

Provide at least one additional link and one video that relates to and enhances the information you have collected

Works Cited


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Hokusai, Katsushika. Under the Wave off Kanagawa. 1830-1832. H. O. Havemeyer Collection. The Metropolitan Museum Of Art. Web. 13 Jan. 2016.


Nguyen, Linda. "Characteristics of the Traditional Asian Family." Characteristics of the

Traditional Asian Family. Linda Nguyen, 2002. Web. 14 Jan. 2016.


Shao'ang, Zhao. Chirping Bird. 1978. The Lin Yutang Family Collection. The Metropolitan Museum Of Art. Web. 14 Jan. 2016.



How Cultures Make People Conform." Psychology Today. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Jan. 2016.