Throughout history cultures have come and gone. Cultures from many distinct civilizations and empires were able to be conceived but yet most became utterly ruined. However certain societies and cultures were able to thrive for longer periods of times and outlast others. The more sophisticated a culture was, the greater the influence it had over smaller ones eventually merging together to establish a strong society; therefore creating a longer lasting culture. How do these cultures develop and “outperform” others to survive for long periods of time? Through two factors: how advanced the society is technologically, socially, economically, and politically and the role of the society in world affairs. These principles help dictate the how valuable certain cultures are compared to others and ultimately extend the lifetime of societies and their culture.
American greetings are generally informal. Men and women greet each other with a smile and a firm handshake (United States). Close friends and relatives will welcome each other with a hug or a
There are many similarities and differences between the American wedding tradition and an Indian wedding tradition. Indian weddings have different attire, the groom doesn’t wait at the altar, and there isn’t a priest to facilitate the marriage. Though they have differences, they also have some of the same activities involved in the wedding. Both traditions have a get together at the end, both have pre-wedding ceremonies, and during the wedding someone has to give the bride away.
As a world traveler there are many cultures I have seen very different from the American culture. Things that make other cultures different from the way Americans do things are based off of their customs, their routines, and their traditions. For example, in Greece it is customary for the unfamous and poor to pay for the rich and famous’s weddings and funerals. That is different from the American culture because here in America it customary that families and sometimes even friends plan and pay for their own family member’s wedding or funeral. Another example of a difference between American culture and other cultures is the way we celebrate holidays. For example, my European family celebrates their countries independence day with solemn parades and reserved attitudes, while as Americans we celebrate our independence
When greeting someone it is expected that one would bow with their hands together. In the U.S., saying hello or goodbye with a hand wave is an acceptable gesture, yet in India a hand wave is a sign of saying “go away”. When communicating with another person it is an understood rule that there should be a one arm’s length between the parties during conversation. Overall, when communicating within the Indian Culture, there are many ways to easily offend them. Education of their culture could have great benefits to communication and respect. When doing business or just simply greeting an Indian person, the last thing you want to happen is offend them or their culture. Knowing there are different ways of communicating between cultures will have a positive outcome from a business aspect and also a social aspect.
One direct example is the way both cultures handle the basic decency of avoiding interruptions. “To interrupt another, even in common Conversation, is reckon’d highly indecent. How different this is, from the Conduct of a polite British House of Commons where scarce every person without some confusion, that makes the Speaker hoarse in calling to Order and how different from the Mode of Conversation in many polite Companies of Europe, where if you do not deliver your Sentence with great Rapidity, you are cut off in the middle of it by the Impatients Loquacity of those you converse with, and never suffer’d to finish it.” This shows how Natives are kind and listen to each other, and the Europeans constantly scramble to be heard and don’t mind who gets silenced because of it. Another comparison is made within an anecdote. “You know our Practice. If a white Man in travelling thro’ our Country, enters one of our Cabins, we all treat him as I treat you… We demand nothing in return. But if I go into a white Man’s House at Albany, and ask for Victuals & Drink, they say, where is your Money? and if I have none; they say, Get out you Indian Dog. You see they have not yet learnt those little Good Things, that we need no Meetings to be instructed in, because our Mothers taught them to us when we were Children.” This quote shows another difference in what is seen as standard decency n the different cultures. The native will treat visitors with kindness and respect, while the white man will demand to be
I grew up here in the U.S.A and my parents from the U.S also. I live in an ethnically diverse community that the residents show a deeper understanding of their ancestry’s culture. The term of senses that I witness is sight and audio. Since on the daily basis I hear, people speak other languages such as Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Hindi, Arabic, French, and Japanese. In the term of sight, I see who are from Asian background bow to each, African American nod at each other when walking pass, and people just slight smiling at each other. From my culture since I am African American we really do not that many of greeting each other. We would slight nod or smile and make eye contact or for the males who do a doing the handshake and shoulder bump maneuver.
Initially, in this country Americans have been raised with strong morals. Sit up straight, get your elbows off the table, act like a human being! In the American society most people are raised on proper etiquette. Follow the rules you will get far, break them no one will care who you are, where you came from, let alone what you're doing with your life. In the American society
Religion was one of the leading forces behind the conquistadors traveling across waters to new lands. Most of the time these conquests were also journeyed by not just conquistadores, but also religious missionaries (Foner, Give Me Liberty, 21). When these explores first viewed the indians, they saw them as “lacking a genuine religion” and worshiping “false gods” (Foner, Give Me Liberty, 11). Indian’s belief in spirits in nature compared with Europeans view of nature as a commodity, created a line between both religious groups that then later created breaches of freedom (Foner, Give Me Liberty 11). Freedom in this time period was intertwined with religion. Freedom to the Europeans meant that instead of leading a life of sin, they embraced
Proper business etiquette begins with addressing the senior person first, and realizing that the name may indicate to which Caste the person belongs. ("Doing business in,") Another important fact to remember about the Indian Culture is that the Indians view time differently than Americans do. This is important to remember when scheduling and showing up for meetings. An Indian executive may show up late for a meeting, but this is not considered disrespectful. ("Doing business in,") Understanding the culture will help to create trust between the business partners and will make the negotiations smoother.
Often, I consider whether there are other living creatures around that we have not yet found. A while prior I had a thought to investigate the universe all the more intently. In light of my interest, I recently went by an irregular planet called Earth. As I landed on Earth, everything was extraordinary; it was as though I was trapped in a snow globe all my life and did not know anything past. Consequently, I felt ecstasy as I walked through a narrow pavement exploring the nature around me. Our own particular planet varies in a wide range of viewpoints. In addition, there are frequent significant differences in other living creatures. I observed a common species and examined them well; they refer to themselves as humans, more specifically Americans.
They viewed the world different because they both were selfish and didn’t know how to get alone and work together. Native Americans viewed land as something that was only suppose to be used communally by all the members of their tribe and no one else. The Indians felt they didn’t have to share with anyone unless it was someone in their tribe. They felt like the other people should have to get their own since they had too. So since the Indians did that the Europeans felt the same way. So if both of them felt like that they could never had got along or worked anything out. Europeans saw it as a resource that could and should be owned by individuals who could keep it as their own and didn’t have to share. Everyone was so selfish when it came down
Because they have a very different way of raising their children, as the article says most children feel a lack of support from their parents, and that’s when most of them may have a need to attend counseling but are afraid too. Asian’s would be an extremely difficult population for me to work with. They rarely agree that they need help, and I have a feeling that if I try to listen and understand them, they would think they don’t need to be here. And that is just my experience from those that I have met through out my life. Of course, not all have been like that, but it also depends if they were raised more with an American culture than a Asian culture.
Culture is an enormous part of our lives. It can affect every part of our daily living from our health, nutrition, religious beliefs, and communication, to even how one is expected to think and behave. This paper explores various cultural beliefs on childbirth and specifically childbirth positions from three different cultures, Chinese, Indian, and American. The basic differences in cultures permeates one’s perspective on birth and is part of why certain beliefs and restrictions are present. How one brings new life into the world is steeped in traditions unique to each culture.