This class has not only reinforced my cultural beliefs, but it has also challenged some preconceived notions of all cultures. I am a first generation Mexican American. My parents were born in Mexico and came to American 25 years ago. In contrast, I was born and raised in California with my older and younger brother. My brothers and I constantly struggled between two distinctive cultural norms— the Mexican culture, and the American culture. My parents are from a small town called San Juan De Los Lagos in Jalisco, Mexico. San Juan is centered on religion¬– it is the home of La Virgin De San Juan, Henceforth, both of my parents were reinforced with strict religious values. My mother attended an all girls catholic primary school. My father was less fortunate and had to attend public primary school, however, since San Juan is grounded on religion, public schools also integrated reliogious values. My parents constantly compare and complain about the lack of values schools in the Unites States teach in their curriculum. Things like: respect your elders, and proper etiquette skills. Due to stricter boundaries here in the U.S, I can see why integrated such things can become problematic. For example, both of my parents experienced physically getting scolded with a ruler for things like: talking back to professors, being disruptive, and even for having dirty fingernails or a messy appearance. Although my parents were raised in strict catholic environments, they have not reinforced
In our society today, culture is not what it used to be hundreds of years ago. There is no more “pure” culture. Our culture today is enriched with many different traditions and customs that are being shared and adopted. Due to emigration and immigration, a variety of diverse customs, beliefs, and knowledge moved with every exiting and entering human being. Thus, changing and shaping the culture of many. Throughout the world, the beliefs and religious views of culture are dissimilar around the world. By taking the time to read, listen and learn about certain people’s culture, there will be knowledge and understanding that will be gained.
Getting my new text and being filled with curiosity is always a great feeling prior to starting a class; Cultural Anthropology, such a foreign topic, so I thought. Once I began to read the first few chapters of the book I began to recognize words and details that I have previously been introduced too. Thinking back to when and what classes I have had the same experience, I recall Multicultural Counseling and Psychology. Stepping out my comfort zone is what really came to mind. Growing up in a society that has changed so much over the years you would think that I would be used to it; however, asking to look at your community with a different set of eyes is uncomfortable and brings feelings of disbelief most of the time.
My life experiences with different cultures began in my hometown, when Prairie Island Tribal Council members educated students about their culture through lectures, dance, and band performances. This allowed me to appreciate my Mdewakanton classmates’ culture. My exposure to different cultures expanded during an internship at a medical examiner’s office, because death is universal. I learned being culturally respectful and sensitive begins by listening to their stories and experiences before answering their questions honestly and reassuring them the deceased would be treated with respect. As I traveled to rural Honduras on a medical brigade and as a student studying abroad in Italy and Germany, I realized by listening and observing without judgement, I began to understand the cultures. In addition, I discovered generalizations of a culture give an incomplete view and I cannot assume I understand a culture. Instead, individuals are unique based on experiences as well as their culture.
By reading all those different stories, I got closer to these authors’ thoughts and feelings; in that way I could comprehend and share their sorrow; I learned a totally different way to get to know a person, a more spiritual one. As a result, I think this is what I am taking with me, because I am going to work with people. In addition, after this course, I do not see my students as empty containers that I am going to fill with content, but I rather see them as spirits, full of knowledge, with a background, because each and every student is an entire world of beliefs, traditions, and culture. Even when they all share the same nationality, they do not share the same life experiences, and the same story; and those small differences between them can be determinant when it comes to learning. I will show my students the importance of respect, the power of listening, and the importance of
try to give my classmates a better understanding about the way this culture lives, in what is to
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Being open minded to the different practices and environment allows us to learn more about a person individually. Not only that it allows us to learn innovated ways practices may or may not work within our own children and families that can make impacts. Overall this class has changed how similar and different families and children are raised within their culture as it is a huge role to their personal
As soon as we start our educational journey, we are indoctrinated with the ideals and values American society hold in high regard. From the moment we walk into our classroom, on that first day we meet our fellow classmates, who will become apart of our daily lives. These classmates come from different backgrounds, and cultures. Each one a different set of ethics and some practice differ religions and customs. We are taught to work together as one, despite our varying differences. We become connected to each other throughout our learning process. Soon we learn that we were all connected to each other, even before we stepped into that classroom. We discover this by practicing a custom all americans in public school, no matter their cultural
The Sugar Plum Bear and I became friends. As we were walking through, what seemed like peppermint trees, we stumbled across the “Sugar Cookie Trail”. Both the bear and I looked at each other in confusion. As we walked across the delicious road, I wasn’t paying attention to where I was going, and ended up in what appeared to be frosting.
It is a challenge to provide important information about specific cultures without the appearances of stereotyping and many educational programs are focused on helping learners to understand how to communicate with individuals from other cultures or with beliefs and experiences that are different from their own. (Fetters, 2005, p. 1307)
Hello, I’m Blossom and I am currently getting ready for the cold season up ahead. My mom will be teaching me how to make clothing so we don’t freeze to death. I will also be making pottery and jewlery.
I also learned that no culture is greater or less superior than the next, all people are equal. I believe that culture has a big impact on who you are but it does not completely own you as a person. Just because your culture is opposed to something does not mean that you as an individual has to agree with that. While culture is important to embrace it is alway important to ignore. You could be proud of your individual culture but not judge someone if theirs is different than yours. “Regardless of our differences, we are all the same.”
Final thoughts: Students behavior can be influenced by many things such as their cultural influences, living situation, and what they are exposed to. Ms. Rollison needs to be aware of the cultural influence that affects the student’s behavior. Every culture is different and it influences how a student will interact and respond to authority. Culture can influence the way they talk with their peers, views on sharing, and the way they act all around. Having many students with different culture background leads to a diverse class with different views on how they act toward their peers.