Human beings are a social species that relies heavily on human interaction throughout their daily lives. There are roughly six billion people on this earth, and those human beings inhabit one hundred and ninety six countries. The varying countries have developed their own customs, languages, values, music, and style that give them their own identity, or “culture.” According to the Oxford dictionary, culture is defined as “the ideas, customs, and social behavior of a particular people or society .” An understanding of the meaning of culture and its characteristics provides the foundation to better comprehend specific cultures. By exploring a country’s cultural identity, one can gain a better understanding of a country’s values and viewpoints within a global context. Through an exploration of culture and its characteristics as well as the specific culture of Ukraine, it can be argued that the current conflict in Ukraine could potentially become an area of conflict for the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
In North America the culture is very diverse. In Canada french and english are the dominant languages. Just south of Canada is the United States of America the dominant language in the US is english. In Mexico spanish is the dominant language. North America is one of the most diverse
Contemporary American culture is defined as common themes of political attitudes, religious beliefs and news events that lead trends during the present time. Today, we see contemporary American culture portrayed in many more ways than that. We see it through art, music, and literature. In literature, for example, The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas by Ursula Le Guin, contemporary American culture is portrayed throughout. The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas represents contemporary American culture by portraying the exploitation of others, the symbolism of Americas political systems and oppression of the lower classes, and the lacking of moral responsibility.
1. How can an understanding of the complexities of culture help us make sense of the day-to-day world which we live? Give an example from your life to illustrate your answer.
The dominant U.S. culture can learn from the Ukrainian culture because Ukraine takes pride in their festivals, games, and dances. According to Ukraine.com, Ukraine has different dances and games that unites their culture together. They also have many holidays to celebrate their culture. The culture of Ukraine also has many religions to pick from so you can worship in the religion you want.
Culture has a significant role to play on one’s life and defines the character of a person, so being Indian-American, my world is split between two cultures, forcing me to play a dual role. For instance, I spend half-day at school living as an American, and at home experience a true Indian lifestyle. As an Indian in America, I face the world with self-identification issues, are open to a great selection of opportunities, and have an impact on society from the moment I was born.
Growing up half Nigerian and half caucasian, I have grown up in very diverse and unique environments. I can say that because of this I have been privileged enough to experience two different sides to any type of celebration, talking point, or current event: from views on political issues, opinions on current events, to how a certain holiday is celebrated. For example, if I were to go celebrate Christmas with my dad, who is Nigerian, the majority of the day would be spent in the church, whereas with my mom's side of the family it is more a traditional American Christmas celebration spent at home with family and friends. These experiences have made me more open and accepting to anything from different and odd traditions to even opinions that
This was a bit interesting, because I am from another country and I have been in America for about eight years now. I still do identify with my Ukrainian culture and those roots very much, but I have been in America for long enough to adapt this new culture as well. This assignment really had me thinking about where I identify more, I really never thought about it much before. In my mind I am Ukrainian and I live in America and I am a citizen of U.S., but I feel like I am an American as well. As I think about it more this is how I identify with each culture. I think of myself as a Ukrainian and my roots are from where I was born and lived till I was fourteen. My mind was molded by my Ukrainian family, the way I act, the way I am as an individual is because of how and where I was raised. I still notice myself doing things that I did when I was in Ukraine, or thinking a certain way, as I did when I was in Ukraine. Things that my parents taught me, are still things I do sometimes, my thought process is still centered around those teachings. Mentally I identify with my Ukrainian roots, but the way I live my life now is much Americanized. I do also identify with American culture and I would not change one thing about it. But as a teacher in the future, I know that I will have to explore my American culture and use it in the class more, because a lot of my students will identify with the American culture. I think it is very important to really think about the culture you are in
Scandinavian-Americanists argued that the continuation of traditional practices and customs allowed for the formation of the modern Scandinavian-American culture. Traditions in this case take the form of religious or secular practices that extended a connection between these migrants and their places of origin. Traditional practices were aided in their perpetuation by institutions established by Scandinavian immigrants and their descendants to maintain their heritage and connection to their homelands. Schools, churches, and social clubs acted as forms of cultural preservation and continuance within the United States. The continued existence of these institutions into the late-twentieth and twenty-first centuries exemplifies how Scandinavian-American culture maintained its existence and influence over those who identify with the ethnic identity that originated from these cultural distinctions.
An American’s identity is characterized not by an individual's religion, race, and culture, but by how they use their freedom and how they . The United States culture and identity developed long ago when early settlers and immigrants came to the states for new lifestyles and mostly for religious freedom. American’s identity was built off of the settlers and immigrants who set the standards of who we are. America is made off of a diverse platform of race, religious, ethnic groups, and social class. All of these people are Americans. We look to be different, but we share the ability to welcome others of different backgrounds into our lives.
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
My cultural experience with an ethnic group includes the Native American (Potawatomi) citizen nation tribe located in Shawnee Oklahoma. The descendant of seven families that were forced to relocate from
Between 40,000 and 12,000 years ago, hunter-gatherers migrated from Asia to the Americas. They began migrating all over the americas. The North American cultures were less developed than those in South America and Mesoamerica, but the people of North America did establish complex societies. Some of these societies were able to organize long-distance trade and create magnificent buildings. The land from Oregon to Alaska was rich in resources. The most prime of these resources was the sea. Some tribes hunted whales using 15 person canoes. As well as the sea, the coastal forest also provided many different foods. In some coastal tribes families showed their wealth by hosting elaborate ceremonies called potlatch. In the ceremony the host family would give food, drink, and gifts to
Culture is like the gentle, cool breeze that sweeps about the smoldering summer air to the delight of all, but misconceived by many of in its origin and purpose. Many wipe the sweat from their brow yet covet the whirls of natural coolant produced by the Earth, ignorant to
American ethnical values are built upon the respect for the dignity of every human life, the hunger for discovery, the ability to maintain harmony with others and nature, establishing a government built for the people, and ran by the people. These ethnical values have been the basis for American culture since the beginning and they continue to make an impact and grow in today’s society. The Iroquois Indians had a very open and accepting democratic society that involved everyone, including the women which wasn’t very prevalent in culture at this time. Compared to the Puritan society which didn’t have strong leadership or a healthy working government, Puritan society also looked down upon women. The Puritans saw other people as an inconvenience,