Culture And Its Value Of A Great Musician Or The Worth Of National Comradery

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Cultures have a tendency to regard their values and practices as superior to others. Ethnocentrism is universally found, from the Asian nations of Japan and China to the European nations of Poland and France. Of particular interest currently is the prevalence of Eurocentrism and combatting ethnocentrism as a whole. The idea of ethnocentrism is incorrect as the value of a civilization cannot be measured and compared to other nations as there is no quantitative measurement of significant worth. It is not possible to quantify the value of a great musician or the worth of national comradery, nor is it possible to assess the significance of café culture in Western Europe or the importance of karaoke in South Korea. Every culture has great merit and its value cannot be understated. Ethnocentrism at its core is a flawed idea because it assumes absolute truth where there is none. Differences in cultures are not due to the shortcomings, but rather variances in experience. Both the memoir Lost in Translation by Eva Hoffman and the novel Lost in Translation by Nicole Mones contribute to addressing this issue in an attempt to bridge the gap between cultures. Mones and Hoffman confront ethnocentrism by presenting the audience with an alternative philosophy on life, offering the cultures of China and Poland to the audience. Both authors present cultural specific elements to universal attributes of being human. In both readings one can observe the value that cultures place on art and the

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