On Different Values of Individualism in Chinese and American Cultures 1. Introduction Everyone, every social class and every country have their own unique values. It is the fact that value is the core of cross-culture communication and the differences of culture among countries depend on different values. Value exerts great influence on everyone’s daily life. Scores of people rely on value to obtain knowledge, master the basic skills and foster correct world outlook. China and America are two opposite countries in terms of different values. It exists in many different fields in China and America such as politics, literature and family structure. The essence of these differences actually reflects the cultural differences. The word
Individualism as an American Cultural Value Individualism is often viewed as a positive trait in America, suggesting a certain level of personal confidence. American society tends to reward independent thinkers and those who decide autonomously. To this end, individuality has become a value in many American homes. Although individualism is widely received and respected in American culture, it is not as well respected in other cultures. One culture in particular which frowns on individualism is the Asian culture.
The Case for Contamination Individuals of the same ethnic background share the same culture a factor that explains that there, as many cultures as there are ethnic
In Howard Zinn’s A People's History of the United States and Voices of a People’s History of the United States, he discusses a numerous amount of events that happened throughout the history of the United States. His readers are able to read about war, the middle class, common people working for change, struggles of the common people, present and previous struggles, Zinn’s hope for the middle class, the causes for wars, and how they affected others, his readers will also read about President Carter, Reagan, Bush Sr., Clinton, and Bush Jr. In his books, he analyzes these presidents and all of their similarities and differences concerning welfare, military affairs, civil rights, foreign affairs and the economy. Zinn also speaks upon the struggles
This paper explores Howard Zinn’s life as an influential historian and public intellectual. It argues for his critical, singular position as an academic who left a mark on generations of Americans as well as international persons by guiding us all to critically view various institutions and structures of power, particularly in the realm of government. By looking at four major aspects of his life, as radical historian, civil rights crusader, anti-war activist, and labor rights activist, the paper delineates Zinn’s impact in these areas and how he shaped the thinking of countless individuals on these topics.
Compare and Contrast Analysis Introduction Culture is defined by a construction of one's world-view, and it is transmitted by individuals and collectives through socialization and enculturation (Pederson & Ivey, 13). It contains values, beliefs, language, and perception. In studying cultural differences among members of distinct national, ethnic groups researcher have examined the concept of collectivism and individualism. People form individualistic cultures tend to view themselves as unique entities and independent form one another (Coon & Kemmelmeier, 348)
Upon reviewing Chapter 3, a key concept that stuck out to me was the Individualism vs Collectivism. Individualism focuses more on the personal freedoms of each individual, while collectivism focuses more on the well-being of the entire society. Political officials play a more limited role in an individualistic society versus a collective society. Historically, the United States has been a nation focused on individualism. Personal freedom is a staple in American society and politics. Within the past few months, the media has extensively covered the presidential election. One candidate, Bernie Sanders, has challenged the typical individualism we see throughout American history. His beliefs, which some consider radical, are beginning to gain traction
“Globalization has had a profound impact on culture, largely through the existence of very powerful world information and communications system (Baker 66) leading to ethnocentrism not only on the global scale but also locally. This causes the unequal treatment of individuals of different races, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds, labeling
In the United States, we see a lot of individuals change their focus of culture. In the article found from a website called, “How American Individualism is Evolving,” written by Daniel Yankelovich, he states, “I’ve long suspected the 1960s’ conception of ‘satisfy-my-needs' individualism is bad for society, bad for personal relationships, bad for children, and bad for the people who hold it.” Before, culture used to be oriented around family, which was usually around mom, dad, siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles. People do not look at culture the same and it has been reduced and the traditions have changed.
Television does not show how diverse America is. Lynn Elber, of huffingtonpost.com, author of the article, “ Is Tv In Danger of Facing a Virtual Whiteout?”. He states that there is, “A critical lack of critical programming by colored people , for colored people, or about people
“What we learn about the past doesn’t give us absolute truth about the present, but it may cause us to look deeper than the glib statements made by political leaders, and the ‘experts’ quoted in the press,” states author Howard Zinn (684). Throughout this book, Zinn portrays to the readers the history of the United States from the viewpoint of the people, not just from the rich, but also from the destitute.
Cultural Self-Analysis 1. What factors do you believe define culture? I believe there are many factors that define culture, such as language, food, traditions from past generations, religion, and values. All of these factors have the power to influence the individuals within.
Globalization is interpreted in many complex ways due to how confusing it can be for people to understand. Thomas Friedman wrote the article, “Globalization: The Super Story,” to explain how the three balances are the foundation of globalization. In Laurence Rothenberg’s article, “Globalization 101: The Three Tensions of Globalization,” Rothenberg explains what the three tensions are and how they have affected the world. By analyzing Friedman’s and Rothenberg’s articles and how globalization affects culture identity, effects will be brought to a better understanding.
Individualistic cultures tend to favor feeling free and less responsible for the members around them. In class, we discussed our own experiences of living in an individualistic culture. For example, if a parent were to become ill and more dependent, it is not uncommon for the children to send the parent to a nursing home. The ill parent would feel embarrassed if their child had to help them use a restroom or bathe themselves.Whereas, in a collectivism
More people are exposed to different global cultures through vacation travel, transnational jobs, international conflicts or migration. In these circumstances business that was previously domestic, now has a global precedent. Therefore, countries, in order to work to their advantage, must engage diversity. Multicultural societies are ahead in years beyond monolithic societies. As a matter of fact, intercultural countries have to spend less time and resources, in order to prepare its human resources, than monolithic nations. For these reasons, intercultural societies are dynamic and flexible before unexpected changes of the international arena achieving a better performance in the long