As a student studying Intercultural Communications, films can be a great resource. Often showing interaction between people from different cultures, the advantage of films is that they can highlight, focus, entertain and inspire us in ways that help us become more thoughtful about the people and cultures that we encounter. (Quast, B.) This is a film analysis of the cultural clashes and communication challenges that exists due to cultural differences between the mothers and their daughters.
Growing up, I had the privilege of exploring different cultures in my community; one aspect - food. A love for going to a Chinese restaurant by my school and converse in Mandarin Chinese with the waitress, or go to the Mexican grills near my home and learn the cuisine in Spanish, spurred my passion for finding a connection to my own culture’s value of food. With so many wide ranges of cultural foods, I have begun to learn that it wasn't just one culture that loved food or good times, but a universal theme.
The culinary arts demands both creativity and technical skill. It is a paradoxical talent: it can be shared openly, yet it provides great intimacy. Layers upon layers of flavors add depth to food, just as cooking adds layers to one’s character.Cooking is a cornerstone of my life. In Chinese culture, food is representative of cherished traditions. In my family, it is a rite of passage. Each member of my family is taught how to cook at a young age and each is expected to continue doing so after adolescence. Much of my childhood was spent sitting beside the stove as my grandfather julienned peppers and onions while he shared many of the stories of his childhood. There is a certain pride that comes with a finished product, however there is more than what sits on the plate. Learning to cook transcends the preparation of food: it is learning to be autonomous, learning to adapt, learning to share.
In The Culinary Seasons of my Childhood, Jessica B. Harris- the author- attempts to help readers understand the relationship between food and identity. Harris gave a detailed, but relevant, description of how how food portrayed different cultures in her life and how it taught her many lessons about her family history and who she is; she also described how food brings people together as one and creates a connection that nothing else can. The author helps readers initially understand her ideas by showing examples of how food, even in the same culture, can reflect different social classes.“ Even though chitterlings might be on the menu, they could equally likely be accompanied by a mason jar of corn liquor or a crystal goblet of champagne”( Harris
“By participating in a meal, we participate in a moment, an experience, a sliver of life." (Horton, 2012). When people think about a certain culture, they initially think of the food associated with it. Food is a part of a culture’s identity, and because of that, it is a part of the individual’s identity as well. For example, the US is associated with hamburgers, Italy with pasta, and Mexico with tacos. This cultural association to the food we eat helps us to figure out who we are. Over time, food has become more of a spiritual act, rather than one of survival. We eat food for the feelings it elicits and the experiences it gives us. In a way, we really are what we eat.
There are cultural differences within all the communities that make up the world, we are constantly surrounded and reminded of these other cultures. In this paper cultural differences will be discussed from the film “Why Did I Get Married?” which is an African-American movie about the hardships one goes through in marriage, friendships, and trust. This paper is going to give specific examples of Hall’s perspective of culture on the screen and Hofstede’s five dimensions that are reflected in a particular pattern. Examples of both verbal and non verbal intercultural communication and how they relate to particular intercultural
I have chosen the video on food, Would You Eat It? 10 Weird Foods We Dare You To Try, to make connections between cultural norms, language, and personal identity. There are many cultural norms and values presented in the video, and it is interesting to be able to compare them to my cultural norms and values. Culture is what makes everyone different. Through enculturation we learn our norms and values through this process at a very young age. With culture, we have comfort and meaning for life. There are many cultures around the world have very different norms and values, as seen within this YouTube video. When the video first started I was caught off guard when I heard “10 most disgusting delicacies in the world” (TheRichest, 2015). It was shocking to hear the word disgusting, because everyone in the world has different taste buds and enjoys different things that others do not. Something disgusting may be delicious to another culture. Since we are grown up eating certain foods, we are accustomed to that taste and style, so cultures are use to their traditions and style of eating. Through out the video we hear ten disgusting foods that are from all over the world. There are so many cultures across the world and it was interesting to see so many and their norms and values they grew up with. The delicacies seen in the video are sometimes beliefs and symbols for cultures. They are norms, which are normal for them, and may come across strange to other cultures, but are meaningful
Food and cuisine is one of the most important and influential aspects of how a country's culture is shaped and by looking at how this has been accomplished, it is clear to see direct links between dishes and aspects of Japanese and Australian Culture. REFERENE By researching a meal from each country, Okonomiyaki and Damper, connections are made and analysed between identity, culture and the communication.
Food can partially shape a person's cultural identity. Geeta Kothari explores the cultural nuances between American and Indian food in the essay, “If You Are What You Eat, Then What Am I?” She expresses this through the symbolism of food, growing up and living between two different cultures. Kothari begins her story as a nine-year-old child curiously wanting to eat the same foods as American children: tuna salad sandwiches and hot dogs. She does not have the guidance from her mother regarding American food and culture. Kothari’s mom curbs the curiosity by reluctantly letting her daughter indulge in a can of tuna fish. Kothari describes the open can of tuna fish as “pink and shiny, like an internal organ” and she wondered if it was botulism (947). The way
Anthony Bourdain (American chef and author), in his show, “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown: Brazil” (2013) evaluates how a country’s culture is made of more than its current circumstance. Bourdain grabs the viewers’ attention by using his personal experience and aspects of the everyday culture. His goal is to show the world that the best way to learn about a country is through active participation in the culture. His use of informal diction, coupled with cultural dialect, establishes a trusting relationship with the audience and allows him to better convey his main points without sounding condescending.
While it is difficult to pinpoint the exact time human beings began to consume foods, for millions of years a diverse range of culinary patterns and convivial customs were cultivated. As the human dining habits evolve, food can be seen as a continuous reflection of the different cultures around the world. In fact, “food is perhaps the most distinctive expression of an ethnic group, a culture, or, in modern terms, a nation” (Flandrin, Montanari and Sonnenfeld 1999, p. xvi). The huge wave of globalisation in the past few decades made cultural exchange commonplace, however, indigenous dishes from an alien country may come as cultural shocks to people who are foreign to the certain culture. This essay intends to explain how Asian identity is expressed
The text ”When Rich Came to Sunday Dinner” by Amy Tan, brings up multicultural aspects in the USA such as cultural differences. In the text the daughter of Chinese parents brings her American boyfriend Rich to Sunday dinner. Rich and her parents experience cultural differences which consequently make for misunderstandings between the two parties. An example of the cultural differences is during the dinner when Rich refuses to have seconds. The father took small, but several portions of the dinner, whereas Rich took big portions and declined seconds. This scene from the text portrays the different values these two cultures have when it comes to food. By declining the chefs food Rich insulted he, according to
We formed a group as an academic project-Confront Culture-Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. The objective of this project is to demonstrate cultural foods and gain understanding in various cultures as a viewpoint from an Anthropologist. The examination of foods is not just about food. It is bringing together several methods of a culture such as rituals, traditions and purpose as it relates to foods. The type of foods chosen in different cultures provides Anthropologist background knowledge of a culture, changes over a period of time, characteristics and devotion of in relation to an individual or a group in society. Anthropology is the study and the relativity of human mankind. There are four important fields in Anthropology (MCDowell, 2007)
It was a life changing experience to move to the United States from Armenia. The United States has a very rich diversity of cultures and therefore, there is diversity of cuisines. Although America’s population is massive, many people living in America are not from America; they are from other countries. As they move to America, they try to stay true to their culture and have a small community of their culture in the new environment. One of the most common ways to maintain one’s culture in America is through food and its practices in order to honor and remember where they came from. Another way of saying maintaining cultural food practices and sustaining tradition would be sustainability. Therefore, traditional food can represent a whole culture and a way to find out more about any culture is to taste their food. Tasting another culture’s
This paper will discuss the multifaceted relationships among food, and culture. I will be looking at the relationships people have with food, and explore how this relationship reveals information about them. Their food choices of individuals and groups, can reveal their ideals, likes and dislikes. Food choices tell the stories of where people have travelled and who they have met along the way.