Essay about Cultural Interview

1193 WordsFeb 5, 20085 Pages
Interview with Maria Mexican culture is colorful and rich, enriched with pride and heritage. Family values and strong moral constitution have sustained the culture for hundreds of years. I have had the pleasure to interact and consort with the Mexican culture most of my life in the business that I'm in. Dedication and hard work are the stables that bound the stigma of the Mexican culture. Being that I truly honor the culture I have chosen a friend of mine that I work with to perform my interview upon. My interviewee is Maria Dimas; she was born in Cancun Mexico but has lived most of her life in the United States. Maria and I eat lunch together almost every day in the cafeteria where we work. I asked her a few weeks ago if she would be…show more content…
She didn't really seem to understand the question but replied "I just want to fit in and be accepted". Which, personally, I didn't quite understand the question myself; who is to say which culture is normative and which one would it be. I asked her if she had any recommendations on how to effectively communicate with people of other cultures. She replied that she just treats everyone as she would like to be treated, to just be herself and treat everyone the same. We discussed her answer and I agree that there doesn't have to be ways on how to interact with people of different cultures. People are people and most just want to be treated with respect. I moved onto the list of questions that I formulated earlier in the semester. I began by asking her what value her culture hold in high esteem. She replied that "family values are it in my opinion; we are nothing without our families". She went on to explain that all through her life that she had been taught to value family above all others. Secondly, I asked her what she thought could be done about racism and prejudice. It took her a minute to reply, she said she wasn't really sure what could be done. She said "we need to just treat each other with kindness and respect". She didn't seem to think that there is a solution; that people will always fear what they don't understand and so there will always be racism in some form. I have to agree with her on this point just
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