Driven to Succeed: Cultural Imperative Within the Asian Community with Dr. Grove

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No one can ever deny the power of education. It can change and uplift our lives as it provides us with the knowledge and tools to survive in life. Yet many of us misunderstand the true essence of education and the real reason why learning is important.

Education isn’t just about the grade you are trying to get every semester or your professor’s lectures you’re reviewing just to pass your midterms or finals. Rather, it’s mainly about learning to find solutions to the problems you can encounter. There are several differences between Asian and Western cultures and one of these is how they view education. 

In this episode, Dr. Cornelius Grove joins Dr. Trinh to dig deeper into how culture affects our educational system and how American culture differs from Asian culture in terms of priority and passion for education.

Are you curious why most Asians prefer western education and why they choose to study at American universities rather than in their country? Listen to Episode 15.

Memorable Quotes:

  • What the family wants is what the members of the family want. - Dr. Grove 
  • In American culture, we emphasize “Follow your dreams and your passion” but I’m not sure if that exists in Asia because they’re more like what’s good for the family. - Dr. Dung Trinh
  • Your dream and your passion may require a great deal of education. - Dr. Grove
  • A CEO isn’t necessarily an A-student. - Dr. Dung Trinh

Other Resources:

Important Points:

  • East Asian families give high emphasis on academics
  • When children choose what they want to do and follow through with that choice, they’re more likely to be successful and satisfied.
  • A typical Asian family depends more on the collective family decision on important aspects like education
  • Education has two views: sports analogy and school learning
  • Americans and East Asians react differently to failure

About the Guests:

Cornelius N. Grove, Ed. D., is the author of the books “The Drive to Learn” and “A Mirror for Americans.” He writes non-fiction cross-cultural books of interest to American parents and teachers as his mission is to explain the historical and cultural reasons for their children’s comparatively mediocre performance in schools. Click here for more information.

About the Host:

Dung Trinh, MD is the Chief Medical Officer of Irvine Clinical Research, medical missionary with TongueOut Medical Missions, and holds leadership positions with multiple health care organizations in Orange County. He is a keynote speaker, best-selling author, and Host of “Health Talks with Dr. Trinh” which can be heard weekly on OC Talk Radio.

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