My Conversation With Yen Mai

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My conversation with Yen Mai provided further evidence for influence of Christianity on Midwestern culture and how Chinese culture lacks this influence. In China, the religions of Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism are most common and are philosophical in nature. From these religions, it can be argued that Chinese culture adopted the values to honor family and treat elders with respect and obedience above everything. As a result, Chinese students treat their family and the elderly with more respect than America students. This also reminded Yen Mai of an important cultural difference she experienced, America’s “Good Samaritan Law,” which was fascinating. Because my culture is influenced by the Christian value of helping others, I take the “Good Samaritan Law” for granted. It can be argued “The Good Samaritan Law” stems from the biblical story in Luke [10:25-37] where an unclean Samaritan shows a stranger compassion by caring for him after he has been robbed and beaten. This law protects Americans from any legal action if harm is caused to a person in need when assistance is being provided. Yen Mai had witnessed strangers assisting a women who had fallen on a sidewalk in Red Wing. This confused her. In China, the strangers would be arrested because only the person responsible for causing the harm would aid a stranger. The influence of her culture prompted her to wonder, “Why else would you help the person?” This example demonstrates how an understanding of cultural influence

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