Culture Shock

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Daniel Dhanaraj

Descriptive Essay

Culture Shock: An Integration in a New Country

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February 21, 2011

The word ‘CULTURE’ has been derived from the Latin word ‘CULTURA’ which means to cultivate, to grow (Harper 2010). Anthropologist Edward B. Taylor, defines culture as “That complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, art, law, morals, custom, and any other capabilities and habits.” (O’Neil 2006). This is the basic premise that beliefs, morals, and customs are all based on one’s culture. In the essay, “No Place Like Home” by Neil Bissoondath, the author describes how multiculturalism creates uneasiness on different levels to immigrants in Canada. The author points that Canada’s Multicultural Act, focuses on cultural
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Living in Bangalore, the food culture that I was exposed too was something I had never quite experienced before. The combinations of highly aromatic seasonings and flavours along with a mixture of hot, sour, sweet and salty dishes from different parts of India, were all available within walking distance from my house. Every alternative day, I would have either breakfast, lunch, or dinner from the nearly dozen restaurants, cafes, and food stalls that had opened for business within three months since I arrived. This became sort of a hobby, sampling the variety of dishes available, one that I cherished the most. The booming economy and burgeoning development has made India more accessible to the world in-terms of tourism, business growth and quality of life for its citizens. Influences from North America and Europe and funding by the government has provided cities and towns all over the country with supermarkets, Walmart, that contain products from all over the world, mega shopping malls with the latest designer clothing such as Tommy Hilfiger, Louis Vuitton and many others, modern restaurants, bars, and clubs such as KFC, Subway, McDonald’s etc... In addition, people have more money to spend, especially the growing middle class as the economy has grow rapidly since the late 90’s. I was surprised to witness, people of every ethnicity purchasing automobiles, high end
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