Cultural Influences On My Cultural Identity

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In my life, I had various cultural and social factors that have greatly influenced my cultural identity. Cultural customs, expectations, and beliefs have impacted my deep culture. These deep cultural impacts are implemented in my life and they stand for what I believe in. My surface culture consists of multiple factors who describe who I am as a person that can be easily seen by others. My preferences, dislikes, and who I am as a person were heavily influenced by my cultural settings and environments. All of these factors contribute to who I am as a person, surface culture, and what I stand for and what I believe in, deep culture, in which all together create my cultural identity.
Various surface culture factors represent who I am as an individual.
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