Cultural Adoption : Looking Through A New Lens

1425 WordsNov 9, 20146 Pages
Cultural Adoption: Looking Through a New Lens A culture is defined by those who practice its every day customs, language, traditions, and uphold its beliefs, but one does not have to be of that culture by birth to do these things. In a world of highly-technologized media, social apparatuses, and widespread ideas, one would think that the prospect of cultural misunderstandings would be nil in their effects toward modern society, however, somehow these plaguing stereotypes, generalizations, and inaccurate prototypes make it through the filter of a highly educated world. Therein lies the problem-the world is not as educated as many might perceive. Thousands of developing nations power ahead to industrialization and standards of education sweep nations abroad, so what keeps cultural misconceptions so staunch in modern society? The answer lies in the problem of cultural understanding. In order to fully comprehend, appreciate, and respect another culture, one must delve into the deep regions of custom, language and tradition, as well as the historical prevalence that some of these misconceptions are steeped in. Learning a language is perhaps the best way to accomplish this cultural appreciation, and will certainly aid an individual in avoiding offensive and often detrimental cultural misconceptions. The fatal mistake of those who encounter other cultures is assuming that they are homogenous. Tens of thousands of years of civilization, religion, war, and migration have shaped the
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