Non-material culture is the notions or ideas that shape our communities, family units, and society. It is the sense of duty that provides comfort to the young, elderly and infirm. Nonmaterial culture is the idiosyncrasies that define our neighborhoods and are unique to those groups of people. It is that silly song that we sing at every Christmas gathering and reminds us of holidays past. One of the values that I admire of Puerto Rican culture is the importance of family.
My parents were immigrants from Estonia with 16 children. They entered America with no knowledge of the language and young children in their hands. My mother worked multiple jobs to ensure we had food on the table, but what seemed like enough never lasted. My older siblings starved just so we could eat. Although, my family faced many challenges, we were blessed to come to a country that provided better opportunities.
Dive In The Culture Of Cuba Cuban citizens enjoy the rich culture and tradition of their nation. The vibrant culture of Cuba is a mixture of Chinese, European, African and North American cultures. A great deal of Cuban culture and music can be found all over the world. Most of the music, instruments and dance forms of Cuba are of African and European origin.
Las Vegas is where I was born and raised. That doesn’t mean that I just gave up on my Mexican culture. Like many others, I have a culture that is both American and Mexican. My culture has shaped my values, perceptions, and behaviors. The culture of my family, community, and society has made who I am as a person in numerous ways.
The Studies in the Arts: Dominican Culture course examined multiple topic that relates to the culture of Dominican Republic, the political system during the past and the present, and all forms of music and sports that are popular in the country. The introduction to Antihaitianism in the Dominican Republic was first introduce at the beginning of the course. Antihaitianism is defined as the, “prejudice against, hatred of, or discrimination against Haitians and their language, culture, and race”. The two race have been in conflict due to sharing of the same island. For a long period of time, the Dominican army would kill the Haitians with weapons.
The culture of Haiti is a diverse mixture between African and European cultures. Haiti culture was based on the French settlement in Haiti. Other cultures that influenced Haitian culture were Spanish Imperialism and people from the Caribbean. Some traditional holidays are Independence Day, which unlike the United States, is celebrated on the first of January. On January 2nd Haitians also celebrate Hero’s Day also known as Ancestors Day.
Growing up in Cuba, boys and girls were freely allowed to play with one another. Many girls would climb big trees to get fresh savory mangos. They would fall and scrape their knees while playing hide and seek and even play sports which were considered “manly”. Many girls preferred to work outside the house, they would perform jobs such as; repairing a broken fence or painting the house. Boys were never told not to play with the girls, in fact, they would also help out around the house and clean dishes after a meal.
According to Merrian Webster Dictionary, culture is a way of life and how we look at things (1828). It is easy to say that in this world divided by so many countries, it would be obvious that our cultures are different. From an American point of view, one of our neighboring countries that culture may seem so taboo to us is Haiti. Different is different but not like Haiti. From what they eat and how they work, makes up the cultural difference that we as Americans may seem as different.
"There is no more beautiful island in the world," Christopher Columbus proclaimed as he found the new world that we now know as the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic occupies the eastern two-thirds of Hispaniola, and Haiti occupies the western third. Whereas the Haitians are traditionally from a French descent, the Dominicans are a combination of a European and African descent with a Spanish tradition. The Dominican Republic has had a troubled history as foreign powers have battled for control of the country 's ports and sea lanes. Not until 1844 was the Dominican Republic granted its ' independence (Creed 9-10).
In this part of the final paper I will examine the religions in Cuba from an etic perspective. As Marvin Harris (1968, p. 575) said “Etic statements are verified when independent observers using similar operations agree that a given event has occurred”. From an etic perspective afro-Cuban religion probably looks strange to outsiders as other cultures looks to me. Looking afro Cuban religion in Cuba from an etic perspective is instructive because even though is normal to us may look strange and people don’t feel comfortable around it.
My parents and I moved to the Dominican Republic when I was thirteen years old. Living there as a young American came with many challenges. One of the biggest threats against foreigners is violence. Within my first years of living in Dominican Republic, I had experienced two incidents at it firsthand. The first incident happen a week before school began, I was mugged by two assailants; man on a motorcycle and another man on foot.