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...ly is it neat to experience some of the ancient Asian treatments used to reduce things such as stress but every time we go I am in awe of how tightknit the Asian American families. In the bathhouse no one wears swimsuits (separated by gender), and it’s nothing to see a daughter and mother bathing and holding casual conversations not matter the age. Prior to going I could never imagine anyone my age sitting naked with their mom right now chatting it up! However, being able to see an example firsthand how differences in behavior can feel weird and even wrong, but place it in the culture context and it has a whole new meaning. The unity and collectivistic behaviors I saw were really inspiring. I think Asian and Asian American culture’s concept of family dynamics and natural healings are something many Euro-Americans could benefit from if we were to embarrass them more.
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