Funny in Farsi Essay

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Justin Barney Psy 41 Professor Strahan Funny in Farsi Analysis The focus of this paper is an analysis of the book Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas using concepts from the Lives Across Cultures textbook. Ten concepts are identified and defined from Chapter readings. Following definitions, examples from the novel of these concepts are shown. Ethnocentrism is defined as the tendency to judge other people and cultures by the standards of one’s own culture and to believe that the behavior, customs, norms, values and other characteristics of one’s own group are natural, valid, and correct while those of other’s are unnatural, invalid and incorrect. For example, in Funny in Farsi Firoozeh experiences ethnocentrism from citizens here…show more content…
She speaks of being invited to many households for sleepovers as an individual with an unfamiliar but intriguing culture. Formal learning is set apart from the context of everyday life and is typically carried out in the institution we know as school and is characterized by an explicit and highly structured curriculum. Firoozeh is enrolled in American schools and is formally taught. Later in life she attends Berkeley and funds her learning mostly through scholarship applications. Informal learning is not characterized by a defined curriculum and is generally picked up by means of observation and imitation. The responsibility of the learning usually falls on the learner and is generally picked up from extended family members. Firoozeh focuses on her father in her novel and ideas gleaned from his character. Her father being an engineer is methodical with his decisions, sometimes “cheap” as described by his shopping experiences, but often with good advice. In collectivist cultures, emphasis is on group success and individual ambitions are generally set aside for the attainment of group goals. Firoozeh’s Iranian culture is principle collectivistic. She shows examples of this quality through the closeness of her family such as shared meals by her aunt, financial support between family members, an uncle that cohabitates with her family, and encouragement of cousins toward success. Fluid intelligence involves the ability to form concepts, reason abstractly,
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