Elements Of Culture Analysis

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Elements of culture

Culture can be defined as “ the system of shared beliefs, values, customs, behaviors and artifacts that the members of society use to interact with their world and with one another”( Zoin and Kozleski, 2005). Generally, culture is considered as visible traditions such as food, and people usually be assumed by single cultural indicator. In fact, culture is an aggregation of thoughts, feelings, attitudes, beliefs, values and behavior patterns that are shared by people ( Zoin and Kozleski, 2005). Significantly, culture is not stable but changeable. In most cases, people usually change their views actively when they have opportunities, while in other situations, people change their culture positively because of the transitional
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When people talk about languages, it refers to both verbal,, written and body languages. It is obvious that rules in communication is different from one culture to another. For example, audiences may interrupt the speech and ask some question in some western countries while in some Asian countries, people have to keep their questions till the end of the speech and if the speaker is interrupted, she/he may feel embarrassed. In addition, some orientals do not have body languages as many as western, and in some traditional area of China, people are not allowed to have eye contact when the speaker is a supervisor such as parent, teacher and boss. Furthermore, questions like asking for the ages and salaries which is a taboo in western countries, are parts of common topics when Chinese people are chatting in the daily life. However, to be frank is always a taboo in most countries while in other countries, if people do not tell the truth directly, they may be regarded as…show more content…
One of the examples is that, in some African tribes, teenagers must leave home to acquire knowledge and skills outside of the village in order to escape from poverty and starvation at 16 years old, while in other countries, parents do not allow their child leave home until she/he gets married. Additionally, people who are 50 years old are permitted to retired and be defined as elderly in China, but in new Zealand, the retired age is 65 and no one can be defined as elderly unless he/she thinks in that
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