In my own opinion, culture shock refers to the symptoms produced when a person is subjected to a dissimilar environment. Traveling to a foreign country is an extreme example of a time and place where one might experience these symptoms; but they can occur from slight changes too. For example, starting a new job, traveling to a neighboring state or town within the state you live. I personally remember feeling these emotions when I left for college.
I got the opportunity to meet new people, and experience an unfamiliar culture that held a different set of customs and ideas than what I had grown accustom to. Keeping in touch with my old friends wasn’t a problem; thanks to technology, I was able to communicate with them daily either online or via text message. Although I don’t still confer with my childhood friends every day we keep in touch through various social medias like Facebook, Twitter, and Insatgram. Something pervious generations didn’t have the pleasure of taking part
As an immigrant child that was brought here to the United States when I was a child, I definetly had culture shocks from both sides. Growing up, Ive had seen people telling Mexican immigrants “Go back go Mexico, where you belong”. As a child that was born in Mexico but that grew up in the United States, I felt like I did not know where I belong. At the moment, I experienced three cultures; Mexican, American, and Japanase Culture. When I was about fifeteen years old I had encounterd culture shocks from my mexican and american cultures. It allowed me to change my way of thinking, that has benefited me since. Also, the affects of culture shock has lead to a positive change in my culture attitude.
Many individuals in the United States have family or friends living in different parts of the world. Beforehand, for one to keep in contact with those living outside of the United States, they had to either pay additional money to their cellular device carrier to be able to make international long-distance phone calls or go purchase minutes from companies such as Boss Revolution, Nopin, etc. But now, with social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram, it’s easier to keep the long-distance relationship flowing. In Dunbar words, ““What Facebook does and why it’s been so successful in so many ways is it allows [one] to keep track of people who could otherwise effectively disappear”” (Konnikova 237). When one is able reconnect with another individual or reestablish their relationship they’re able to reconcile. There’s no need for people to spend money to keep in contact with an individual in another country no more, after all, social media is penniless.
MODULE 04 Cross-Cultural Competency Culture Culture is the pattern of action and the ways of perceiving, feeling, and thinking acquired growing up in a particular group of people Ethnocentrism Ethnocentrism is the attitude held by the members of a culture that theirs is the only true, right, and best way to view and act in
Immigration keeps America diverse; there is a lot of value in such diversity. It teaches citizens to respect and bond with one another regardless of differences. However, America has a dark history as it pertains to immigration. Our ancestors removed Native Americans when all they wanted was this: "Let me
Pederson (7) explains that there are stages of culture shock, which he identifies as the honeymoon, negotiation, adjustment, and adaptation. In the honeymoon phase, a person is likely to get excited about being in a new place, meeting new people, tasting new foods, and acquiring new habits. However, as time passes by, they get into a phase of negotiation, where the differences between the culture one is used to and the one they find themselves in start to become apparent. Feelings of anxiety, anger, and frustrations start to take shape as unfavorable events perceived as strange come in the way of the person 's life, especially if a person does not feel accepted in the new culture (Mukherjee 273). Loneliness may set in, and the urge to go back to the familiar culture strongly comes into play. However, as time goes by, adjustment sets in, usually within six to twelve months, and one gets accustomed to the culture and also comes up with a routine. By this phase, one knows what is expected of them, and life once again becomes ‘normal.’
Family seems to be a big topic in manys books but even bigger on the web and through cyberspace. Perry Patetic in his excerpt argues that our highly mobile and growing society is creating a lack of relationship with family and friends. The author supports his argument by first explaining how easy it is to just move away. He continues by explaining how far we do travel when we do move away and by what mode of transportation. The authors purpose is to persuade the audience to not travel far from family and stay relatively close so that relationships can be kept, preserved, and maintained. The author establishes a sincere tone for families. The authors argument is invalid because we are in the age of online technology and services that allow us to see family from afar and cherish the few moments that we get in person.
Getting the family together for the holidays may be a little harder when they are 1000 miles apart. Perry Patetic in his passage, claims that it is too easy to move away from the friends and family of our past, this creates a loss in friendship and or relationships. Patetic supports his argument by first explaining why people are able to move so far away. He continues by comparing the differences between a close relationship to a long distance relationship. The authors purpose is to point-out the struggle of a long distance relationship in order to change one’s opinion on the topic. The author displays a sincere tone for the newer generation.
This semester I had the opportunity to interview a person who immigrated to the United States. I interviewed my friends mom, Betty, who is from Greece. I have known this family for over five years but before this interview I had no prior knowledge about the country Greece. After this conversation with her I have a better insight on what it is like growing up there.
Today, anyone can rekindle old flames with social media or update their status to keep distant friends close at heart. Somehow, Maggie Jackson sees facilitated communication as “clashing streams of rapid-fire imagery, floating in limitless cyber-worlds” that loosen any grip on intimacy (546). It’s understandable that face to face moments are deemed an essential aspect of connectivity. Still, a digital barrier seems minute in many circumstances. Every year college students drift far from home in the pursuit of higher education. For most, leaving family behind is extremely difficult and can even hinder the way a student manages emotions. With powerful tools like Skype and instant messaging, communication isn’t so difficult. Although looking at a screen isn’t “the real thing”, it allows people to feel closer and connected. A few glances at funny pics of mom or a second to see what a friend posted about their life back home can give a feeling of comfort to those that need it. This is progress. This is proof of successful innovation. Yes, focus is briefly split into “alternative virtual universes” but the benefits of cyber-mingling far outweigh the small cost of attention (Jackson 547). Focus dispersed between real and computerized life should be seen as a positive symbol of cultural
The authors of “Assembling Social Space” argue that everyone, no matter where they live, is locally and globally connected to people who do not necessarily live near them through media and technology. Wiley states that we are all globally connected, but live in a local way (Wiley, 2015). Living in a technology-driven society, we are able to stay connected with people and have access to resources from all around the globe. The thesis is that as individuals, we are all locally connected within our environment and ultimately globally connected due to the interconnection of these two types of societies. This is important within the field of communication because it explains how individuals are able to be locally and globally connected with people from all over the world.
Twelve years ago, my life changed forever. Giddy with the idea of a new opportunity, my family made the decision pick up our lives in Fujisawa, Japan, and fly to the other side of the world. As a seven year old girl, I was oblivious to the hardships that
A sudden change in one’s surroundings can result in culture shock. Culture shock refers to the anxiety and surprise a person feels when he or she is discontented with an unfamiliar setting. The majority of practices or customs are different from what a person is used to. One may experience withdrawal, homesickness, or a desire for old friends. For example, when a person goes to live in a different place with unfamiliar surroundings, they may experience culture shock. Sometimes it is the result of losing their identity. In the article “The Phases of Culture Shock”, Pamela J. Brink and Judith Saunders describe four phases of culture shock. They are: Honeymoon Phase, Disenchantment Phase, Beginning Resolution Phase, and Effective
Culture Shock has played a tremendous role in the growth of cultural ecology because it is an issue that is constantly growing all over the world. In the United States, it may not seem like things are changing involving culture shock, but it is not any different then the changes in places like Africa and China for example. It is developing equally across the world because there are now more ways to travel. So, what exactly is culture shock anyways? Well, it is known as going to a foreign or unfamiliar territory that one is not used to, so they may feel symptoms of anxiety such as nervousness or shock because the customs, actions, beliefs, etc of those people may not seem familiar to them, so one may feel ill-prepared for the changing environment. Also, for example, if one was to go to school in the U.S. but came from China, they would feel culture shock because the rules in China are not the same as rules in the U.S. and so it may make one feel uneasy about the situation because they are not use to change and maybe the move was to quick for them to adjust properly. The United States is very different from foreign areas because the culture is very different. Where have people of Africa seen movie productions, music, sports, universities, iPhones, computers, etc? The answer is not where they live but in the United States if they traveled there before. This is exactly the issue with culture shock in ecology. Culture is what people behave like, feel, and do. Shock is a symptom