On my dad’s side of the family, my grandmothers along with grandfathers always told me that I need to respect others. Even if it was just thanking someone for their generosity or taking a plate to one of elders that can’t walk or see. I’m not saying just for the reason that I’m Native American that is the only reason I am respectful, but it’s just how I hold myself. And that is how Native Americans hold themselves. Native Americans were always told to be respectful to their elders.
Different cultures shouldn’t come between the communications of people as everyone is equally the same. However everyone perceives things in different ways, especially when it comes to communicating. Many other cultures can misunderstand the context of a message they may receive, it could be perceived in a positive or a negative way. Some words and expressions we use in this country can have a very different meaning in another culture. This is where you need to be careful when communicating with cultural differences.
For e.g. shaking hands when you meet someone may be correct for one culture but will not be appropriate for another. Talking loudly and maintaining constant eye contact would be unsuitable for some people while in case of certain individuals not making any eye contact would be considered rude. Hence it is very important to make sure that we understand this diversity and communicate with them effectively. Different professional backgrounds also affect our relationships and the way we communicate.
Norms are the specific cultural expectations for how to behave in a given situation. They are the agreed-upon expectations and rules by which the members of a culture behave. Norms vary from culture to culture, so some things that are considered norms in one culture may not be in another culture. For example, in America it is a norm to maintain direct eye contact when talking with others and it is often considered rude if you do not look at the person you are speaking with. Some example of norms includes Folkways, often referred to as "customs."
Culture can help us build a community that involves people who have the same beliefs and agree on certain subjects. However, culture can also create discrimination and otherness. Sometimes, we “other” people just because we do not understand their culture or because their beliefs are different from ours. The act of “othering” can often lead to conflicts or misunderstandings. So we have to ask ourselves, is there a way for us to preserve and respect a culture without othering
Culture shock is a feeling insecurity, confusion, and anxiety that a person experience when they are unfamiliarity with a different culture customs, belief, values, language, and norms. When experience culture stock the person we feel culture shock because the new culture has different norms from our own; which these new norms we don’t know how to act appropriately in our new environment and the people in our new environment act differently than what we are used to. Also for people who have fantasy about a country will feel unhappy and confused if those fantasy didn’t turn out as they had thought it would. When cultural shock happening same people might becoming homesick, starting to withdrawal or spending time with people who are the same
That might not be true though, the person might be keeping from making certain expressions because he or she is trying to concentrate on what is being said more than what I would be used to from another expressive fellow American and because I am not used to this this could be interpreted to me through my lenses as rude. I know that I see the world through different lenses than many other people around. For example, I see friendship as going out and doing things together or having long conversations about anything at any random time, however, someone from another culture with different cultural lenses might not view their friendships in the same way, they might see friendship in a more simple or extravagant way than I do. However, I believe
In spite of these advantages, however, there are also some challenges you will encounter, you may experience something unfamiliar to you in an alien place. Those unfamiliar things include language, climate, religion, food and educational system, how people make decisions, spend their leisure time, resolve conflicts and express their feeling and emotions, body language such as messages on hand, face and body movements etc.. All these can create confusion and emotional stress, dealing with the