Native American Social Culture

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The value orientation of Charanjit and her family involves the respect of everyone, especially their elders. Despite her busy schedule, Charanjit’s mother raised her children to be polite. She taught them that if they respect others they will receive respect in return. According to Hofstede’s Value Dimension Model found on the Geert-Hofstede website, India scored quite high on the power distance dimension, meaning that they appreciate hierarchy within their culture. (The Hofstede Centre, n.d.) This appreciation of hierarchy can be observed within Charanjit’s family, as she mentions a high level of respect for the elders within her family. Charanjit’s father taught her the value of time and money. He educated his children about the basic needs…show more content…
It is possible that these struggles may be linked to the large contextual differences between the two cultures. The book Working Across Cultures indicates that “India is a high-context culture.” (Hooker, 2003, p.34) Through the analysis of Canada’s contextual style, it reveals that Canada is a low-context culture. These differences in context between India and Canada may impact one’s ability to learn and speak English fluently. Matsumoto & Juang (2013) state that “high-context cultures promote communication in which many messages are conveyed indirectly” (P. 262). This clash of contextual cultures may cause communication issues not only in education and the workplace, but in social settings as…show more content…
Charanjit’s mother cooks an assortment of delicious Indian dishes, often preparing Roti with different types of Sabzi (vegetables cooked in gravy). When cooking, her mother will use ingredients such as milk, paneer (cheese), ghee (butter), and yogurt. For desserts, her mother will make kheer (rice pudding), ghajrela (carrot pudding), and gulab jaman (a milk-solid based dessert). Charanjit’s father is also a great cook. Although he doesn’t cook very often, when he does step foot in the kitchen the family knows that the food will be amazing. Her father prepares all different types of food, but makes the best Chinese food. When he cooks Chinese food, he prepares vegetable Manchurian, noodles, chili paneer and fried
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