The ability to see the world as others do occurs only once. This is before the instance of any stimuli, any thought or experience; before the first breath. Culture is a foundation of beliefs and morals that are specific to one’s ethnicity. This is the distinct quality that everyone has based on their abstract views and varying backgrounds. The foundation of how people identify themselves and others is shaped by their experiences and interactions throughout life. Family and social norms are the two most prominent factors of how perception is influenced by culture. Culture assimilation is almost inevitable to those being constantly exposed to social pressures. A person's reflection of themselves is likely to be altered when these societal …show more content…
Family ethics and values are determined by a generational sequence from a person's family and ancestors. These values surpass childhood and form the primordial mentality. Family determines the basis at which a person takes in account the world around them. Wind-Wolf, a 5 year old Indian child, in "An Indian Father's Plea" is portrayed as being "Caught between worlds, torn by, two distinct cultural systems"(112 Lake).Wind-Wolf gathered experience from his family and established his cultural identity. As Wind-Wolf struggles in school to adapt, his father argues rather that the school accommodate for his cultural differences. His struggle in school illustrates how influential family beliefs are to one's identity and perception. Additionally, in the novel "The Joy Luck Club" by Amy Tan, family is a reoccurring thematic element, especially between mother and daughter figures. Waverly, a central daughter, says "I . . . looked in the mirror. . . . I was strong. I was pure." in front of a mirror before she is forcibly married.(58 Tan) In this scene she is realizing a special "invisible strength" inherited from her mother.(50 Tan) Waverly uses this strength throughout her life to maintain her family values and persevere past adversity. Moreover family is one of the most important cultural aspects to perception considering family is based on the close connections of
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I agree with you about the father being scared his son will lose his culture trying to conform. Children should not have to choose one culture or the other. Wind-Wolf is five years old and he does not have enough experience and knowledge in making this important decision. Wind-Wolf understands is he is treated differently because of his culture. It is understandable for Wind-Wolf to want to conform to stop getting bullied.
Oeun Maryta Response paper Music 171 09/25/2015 Chapter 1 A Different Mirror Ronald Takaki When I finished reading the first couple pages from the article "A Different Mirror" by Ronald Takaki, I feel that this particular story relates to my story. I am a new immigrant to this country, U.S, and when I first arrived here in the U.S I felt that I looked different, I even felt that it is really hard for me to fit into this new culture. However, I learned to adapt and view everybody the same, even if we all have different cultures, skin tones, and languages.
Culture is the building block for life. It sets society's standards, it sets our own standards, and everything we know is all because of our culture. Culture is a way of thinking, a way of behaving and learning. We express our opinions based upon our beliefs, and define ourselves by what aspects of our culture we choose to show. Culture's impact on someone's perspective of others and the world is greater than its other influencers because it can change how you interact with people, your ability to change, and your opinions of the world.
One’s perspective of the world can be influenced by their culture because their culture is what they consider normal, and tend to judge everything else based on it. An excellent example of how culture shapes one’s perception of the world manifests in an excerpt from “Dave Barry Does Japan.” In this excerpt, Dave Barry details his immense culture shock when visiting Japan. First off, he says this in his work, “one of the biggest problems… is that the Japanese are extremely reluctant to come right out and say no, a word they generally regard as impolite” (Barry).
Michael Ignatieff once stated, “To belong is to understand the tacit codes of the people you live with”. In society and in certain groups, group identity is often craved by all and highly prized once obtained because, by most standards, a person is defined by their social standing, which is a common theme throughout literature such as The Scarlet Letter and The Crucible. To thoroughly understand Ignatieff’s statement, “to belong is to understand the tacit codes of the people you live with”, one must determine what the word, belong, means. According to the dictionary, to belong means to have the right personal or social qualities to be a member of a particular group. But how can someone truly learn to belong in society?
Culture is the behaviors beliefs and characteristics of a particular social ethnic age group. That means you have many different cultures like family culture, friend culture, and interest culture like music culture do you think any of these cultures affect how you view the world? Well, culture affects how we view things entirely because our cultures helps us define our moral senses. For example culture, ‘A’ and culture ‘B’ will clash on their moral senses because culture ‘A’ could believe they are doing something right and culture ‘B’ is doing it the wrong way and visa versa with culture ‘B’ so your moral sense would be affected by the culture.
There is no extent for which culture affects the way a person views others and the world. The passage "Two Kinds," by Amy Tan, the main character, Ni Kan, refuses to accept any part of her mother's culture. "I looked in the mirror above the bathroom sink, and I saw only my face staring back- and understood that it would always be this ordinary face," (Tan) Ni Kan shows no emotional attachment to any part of her culture throughout the whole story. The more her mother tried to push her into being a "Chinese Shirley Temple," the more Ni Kan rebelled against her. "I won't let her change me, I promise myself, I won't be what I'm not," (Tan) not only does this show how culture can impact families in a negative way, but it shows how this young girl
People have different perspectives on what makes a good or bad parent. Some people think that being a good parent means someone who truly cares for their child while others think that a good parent is someone who fills the needs of their child. The "Joy Luck Club" by Amy Tan documents the narratives of four pairs of Chinese American mothers and daughters. The parents in this novel are good parents for a number of reasons. One reason why the parents in this novel are good is because they try to build respnsibility in their child.
In addition, many people don’t expect Asians to be able to understand English at all; simply because they are Asian, they are viewed as foreigners who don’t understand the language. When an Asian worker met a customer he conversed with over the phone, the customer will exclaim, “‘I didn't realize you were Asian.’... and on the other side when I met them what I really want to say was, ‘Oh, I couldn't tell you were black over the phone either’” (Tuan 113). Many people in America wrongfully make assumptions about people just by the way they speak.
If you walk down a street in America, what do you typically see on the faces of individuals? It’s a trait that distinguishes Americans from more homogenous countries, such as China and Zimbabwe. Americans are much more likely to have a smile on their face. Why is this? Are Americans happier than people living in other countries?
Culture is defined as the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group. (www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/culture) It is the history of the people; their reason for conducting themselves the way they do. The culture of a group of people is something they are proud of. It showcases the very things that make them unique and separates them from others. While culture does provide a uniqueness to groups and regions, all cultures do have similarities.
Culture is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as “The customary beliefs of one culture, social forms, social group, or religious; also: The characteristic features of everyday existence, such a way of life, shared by a group of people in a place or time”. Culture is unique in the world of nature; it is only adapted by humans. People that share a culture can relate to one another and often, experience “culture shock” when immersed into a foreign culture such as North Korea. Merriam-Webster dictionary. (2016)