Originally Posted by chanwmr
Now, how does "An Asian person born in the US will develop western traits" disprove what I said.
Easterners living in the west pass western traits onto offsprings. Children takes on similar traits as their parents even though they may not live together. Asians look different than those who are born in Asia and Blacks look different than those who are from Africa. ...and so on. That is how genetic inheritance and evolution, which includes some aspects of cultural changes, work (if you believe in it).
I will simply point out that your understanding of genetic inheritance (a pillar of your argument) is erroneous, and mrzinwin's statement does indeed disprove what you've said.
Your understanding of inheritance, as reflected in your statement, is Lamarckism. FYI, that was an early theory of evolution based on folk wisdom of the day, which was rejected in the mid-19th-century, even before the advent of Mendelian genetics, not to mention modern molecular biology.
It's not a matter of "academics," but rather a matter of "you don't understand this subject of discussion."
Cirquerider: I apologize. I know it is technically a violation of the guidelines you just posted, but I made a point to use non-inflammatory language as best as I could.
ontario: +1. Kudos for fighting the ignorance. I admit that I don't make enough of an effort anymore.
5ki8um and Rick: +1. You guys hit the nail right on the head as to explaining what the OP has observed here in the States. US immigration laws for Asians bias for white-collar professionals. In addition, those that get to vacation in the States are relatively well-to-do and better, which is a result of the pay and standard-of-living differential between here and most of Asia.
Truth be told, "cultural inclination" is also inadequate to describe the situation we observe today. What needs to be understood is this particular point in time in the development of many Asian industrial societies. Most East Asian and South Asian societies are still developing industrial societies, not developed industrial societies like those in the West, and Japan. It has only recently become socially acceptable to devote any significant time and money to luxuries such as personal athletics, not to mention expensive outdoor pursuits. As such, there aren't really that many, if any, great Chinese skiers (using my own ethnic group as an example), as there hasn't been enough time nor participants.
This actually has huge ramifications for a current-day newbie-on-the-slopes in terms of confidence and personal expectations. At some point in response to difficulty, they might ask themselves, "are Chinese even supposed to be good skiers? I've never head of any good Chinese skiers." For many, their answer will allow themselves to accept a lower level of effort and performance. They've convinced themselves that they can't be good skiers, or at least will never be as good as a Caucasian, who they've seen on TV and print to be dominant on the mountain, and more-likely-than-not is the race of the ski instructor in front of them, demonstrating what they have now concluded is near-impossible for a Chinese person.
Of course, this psychology will change simply with time as Asians become more affluent as-a-whole and increase their participation in expensive outdoors pursuits (a la the Japanese). But instructors today should understand this and take it into account.
Edited by DtEW - 3/14/2009 at 09:41 am