My cultural immersion focus is on the religious war in Nigeria. One of the interesting things I found in my research was that, in Nigeria the Christian faith and the Muslim faith represents the greatest percentage of religions. I also learned that the Christians and Muslims pray every day several times a day. With that being said, I wondered if they believed in a higher entity prayed every day, who they are praying to? And what is their belief system based on? (question 1) Since their Christian faith seems to be divided into Catholic, Protestant or some other, I decided to attend a typical Catholic Church service and a Friday mid-day Muslim prayer service. Maybe I should not have used the
The music was so lively and the people were friendly. I really enjoyed that the concert was literally put on for veterans, and between almost every song the bands would thank the veterans and dedicate songs to them. For tribute to the veterans, we did the Pledge of Allegiance before the concert began. I thought this was a very nice touch to get the crowd involved and to show our support to our veterans. I originally only went to the concert for Three Days Grace, but I walked out with two new good bands to listen to. All three of the bands put on a good performance. I had expected Otherwise and Adelita’s Way to only play for about 30 minutes each since Three Days Grace was the headliner, but they both played for an hour each, leading up to Three Days Grace’s two-hour performance. I thought Three Days Grace would play more songs from their new album, but surprisingly they played a lot of their old songs and just a couple of the new ones. My favorite song was “Never Too Late,” because it’s always been one of my favorites and it was amazing to hear it live. All of the songs they played sounded better than on their CDs because you got to actually feel the music and experience it in real time. The stage lights were set up to where they blinked with the beats in every song, and it was really cool to see because it made the music even more lively. All of the bands worked well together and put on a great show. They all thanked
The cultural immersion experience that I chose to do was attend a Baptist Church in East Side Austin called Greater Mount Zion. I selected this event because one of my fellow colleagues attends this church. When I was growing up, I was only exposed to the Catholic religion. I thought it would be a great experience to expose myself to a different church where the majority of the individuals are from a different ethnic group. My preconceived expectations were that everyone was going to be dressed up and people were going to be screaming and shouting at church. I thought that people were going to look at me differently because only a certain type of ethnic group pertained to the church. I also had the conception that people were not going to accept me into their church or they were going to be looking at me differently. I believe that I felt this way based on what I have heard and the experiences I have encountered. Since I have been attending a Catholic church all my life, I knew that it was going to be completely different from what I am accustomed to.
I have chosen to do my cultural immersion project on adults with disabilities. I was able to visit with two different women with different types of disabilities Darlene and Rhonda. Darlene is around 60 years old with a developmental delay that had her mental age around 6 years old. Rhonda is around 50 years old with psycho-affective disorder with features of Schizophrenia, Manic Depression, and Bipolar disorder. One I thing I found interesting was how they were able live in the same household with very different personalities. Darlene is very much like a typical 6 year old talkative, hyperactive, and always on the go while Rhonda is more reserved, does not like to do any activities, and enjoys being a couch potato (her words). I assume that they would bicker like anyone would living in a bigger family in tighter corners ,
The life experience during the kid’s time is one of most important time in the life. I have learned this by the hard way. When people looking for how should their kids to learn, I think people should pay more attention to what are their kids learning. Times are changing, the old thought of teaching might not fit in today anymore. I am always hoping one day today’s student could teach kids， because today’s student knows more about what kids like, what should kids know at this time of the day. SEU’s CCU class’s Cultural Engagement Assignment have given me a chance to see my childhood dream in life. I have decided to go one of the activity on Saturday. I have gone three times, first time I want is because I have to; the second time I want is because I like it and I want to do something I can to help the kids, also I want to know about the kids grow up in the family that not so good. Before I want the activity, my understanding of “Cultural Engagement,” is the connection between the people and the cultural, but after I want the activity, my understanding of “Cultural Engagement” has changed, it became what kind of culture for the kids have been growing up have affected to their dream and behavior. I will never forget a point that so many pastors have mentioned - Christians should never need to tell others that they are Christian but people should able to tell that we are Christian. As being Christian, we need to show the love to others and share the God’s words and
This is my first interviewing anyone regarding their culture solely, and I interviewed my friend Jennifer on Skype. I have known Jennifer for a long time, and Jennifer is 27 years old. Jennifer is of African American descent. Jennifer’s parents reside in from Houston Texas, and they have lived there all their lives. Jennifer had Cajun roots, and her grandmother is white and her grandfather is Black. Her grandparents had an interracial marriage at a time when it was not acceptable. Jennifer’s grandfather and grandmother were born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and they experienced discrimination and unacceptance form others. Jennifer’s great-grandparents came to term with their relationship, and they were supportive, but not at first. Jennifer expressed being extremely proud of her Cajun, Anglo-Saxon, and African American ancestry. Jennifer comes from an upper middle class background, and it is a firm believer in working hard to achieve your goals.
I realized how there were a lot fewer brown students in this whole city than in my high school. This phenomenon of being culture shocked made me realize that I just entered a school where I wasn 't just a student, but I was female Latina from a low socioeconomic background. College has made my identities stand out and because of it, they are more important and relevant in my everyday life.
Arriving at a foreign country at the age of eleven years old was and exiting and yet intimidating experience. High buildings, wide roads, newer and nicer cars on the streets were some of the first things I noticed when I arrived to the city of Los Angeles CA. Living in a country where you were not born in could be difficult some times. Although Spanish is spoken at a grand scale in CA, it was difficult to communicate with and understand the teachers from my classes at the elementary level since all they spoke was English. Los Angeles is a city of great diversity, therefore it is believed to be the perfect place for any person arriving from another country to not feel like a foreign, such believe
The girls I see this evening are young teens who are wearing too much makeup trying to be seen by the young boys who are wearing expensive sneakers and saggy pants. A few of the young girls I see are young mothers pushing baby strollers and conversing
After my first cultural immersion experience interviewing Rabbi Tepper, I resolved to experience my second cultural immersion activity with the Jewish community. Ultimately, I wanted both of my encounters to be with one culture. I desired to achieve a deeper understanding of one culture, rather than gaining superficial understanding of two dissimilar cultures. Furthermore, I wanted my second immersion experience to consist of several activities. Rabbi Tepper was kind enough to invite me to attend Shabbat (Jewish Sabbath) and Torah study. These comprised a large portion of my overall experience. My hope was to include an activity that was more intimate as well, such as social time spent in the home or a shared meal. As luck would have it, I was able to share a meal with the congregation after Shabbat. This meal was a celebratory meal of the conversion of two individuals to Judaism. I was rather nervous leading up to attending the Shabbat service (my first activity), but I was also excited. The nervousness partially stemmed from not knowing what the proper etiquette for attending a Shabbat service and part of it was just a general anxiety about experiencing something new and different.
The Father/Daughter Dance was very nice. Mr. Rau stated that it was his first time being able to attend and he thoroughly enjoyed it with his girls. Mr. Rau gave kudos to everyone at WTC that helped put it together. The gym looked amazing.
For my second culture immersion project I went to eat at a Mexican restaurant. I went with my group members Ryan, Brian and Brian's girlfriend. I went this pass Tuesday after we had our group meeting. I don’t recall the name of the restaurant but I know it was downtown Appleton near by the Walgreens. . This was good choice for the project because I never have eaten at an actually Mexican restaurant before.
Of course everyone was trying to recover from the night before. No one is use to the cost of everything here and also the drinks here. I swear that their liquor here was stronger than the United States. So everyone was taking it pretty easy before the night comes again because of course we were going out. This time we decided to go to a much fancier hotel called 5 Sewor. It was jammed packed with people wearing all black of course. We sat next to two guys that were at the table already. They were super nice and loved to talk. They were telling us all of the best spots to go to. Which they ended up taking us to the best spot there was in Newcastle. This was a legit club. It cost $10 to get in and the bouncer process was crazy. First you give
On the first night, we went out to the karaoke bar where we met the first group of interesting people on our trip. The bar was relatively small, probably a little smaller than the size of a tennis court with a couple pool tables and dining tables on one side, a dance floor on the other, and the bar ran along the back wall. We met a couple of
Especially the age difference. There were old people, middle aged, teenagers and even little kids. There was this one woman that stuck out like a sore thumb. She was just going crazy with the dancing, and was just singing out every lyric to every song. But what was more impressing, (especially since her dancing wasn’t) here kids that couldn’t have been any older than 9 or 10, were also singing every lyric. They were singing songs that I had never even heard.