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1 Definition of Culture
Culture as the most complex terms has countless different definitions
ranging from complicated phrases to the simple statement describing
culture as "the way we do things around here". The widely used
definition of culture is that of Meads (1951), "A body of learned
behaviour, a collection of beliefs, habits and traditions, shared by a
group of people and successively learned by people who enter the
society"(Joynt and Warner, 1996, P. 33). Hofstede(1980) created the
very illustrative definition of culture as "the collective programming
of the mind which distinguishes the members of one group or category
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they are moving to.2 Definition of Culture ShockNowadays there are many definitions for culture shock. The term Culture Shock was first mentioned in literature by Kalvero Oberg in 1960. In his article he defined Culture Shock as follows' the distress experienced by the sojourner as a result of losing all the familiar signs and symbols of social interaction' (Selmar, 1999, P.517). And these signs or cues include the thousand and one ways in which people orient themselves to the situations of daily life. Oberg mentioned at least six aspects of culture shock:(1) Strain due to the effort required to make necessary psychological adjustments.(2) A sense of loss and feelings of deprivation in regard
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Culture in simplicity is a body of learned behavior, a collection of beliefs, habits and traditions, shared by a group of people and successively learned by people who enter the society. Furthermore, culture is learned, not inherited. If this is correct, then it can be assumed that it is not impossible to learn new cultural traits and to unlearn old ones. Therefore, it must be feasible to integrate cultural differences. Cultural adaptation would involve many essentials as, language; verbal and non-verbal, economics, religion, politics, social institutions, values, attitudes, manners, customs, material items, aesthetics and education.Culture shock is primarily a set of emotional reactions to
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A SHOCKED CULTUREWhen speaking of the term "culture shock" immediately I identify with being in a foreign country for the first time. This is true but it is not the only exception of culture shock, many encounters can lead to culture shock. For example: starting a new job, moving to a new city, even moving to a new house. According to Kalervo Oberg, who is credited for finding the term "culture shock", there are four stages of this phenomenon. To assist me with describe the four stages I will use the events surrounding September 11, 2001. I will start with first explaining the honeymoon phase.During the honeymoon phase, just like that brief period after two people get married, it is a time
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"Preparing for a two year overseas assignment in Lagos, Nigeria, a U.S. business person during the 1970's submitted to no fewer than 27 shots as a protective measure against everything from yellow fever to hepatitis. Although he managed to avoid any dreaded tropical disease during his assignment, he contracted one malady for which there was no vaccination. The disease was culture shock". (Ferraro, 1998, 130)"Critically analyse why a manager working abroad might experience culture shock and what can be done to manage or alleviate it".From 1945 onwards, international business operations have become reality for a multitude of corporations. A profuse number of these companies' initial efforts
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to define the complex term of culture with varying elements of distinguishable characteristics is a difficult task. Today, culture is viewed as consisting primarily of the symbolic, ideational, and intangible aspects of human societies. The essence of a culture is not its artifacts, tools, or other tangible cultural elements but how the members of the group interpret, use, and perceive them I still remember the shock I got when I first moved here. What a terribly superficial culture this country has, I could not imagine. The way people treat each other, especially in conversations when they meet you, they may ask you: "How are you?" for that incidence beware that they do not really want to
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"Kids today have no moral values or sense of culture!" - a very common grievance of parents today whose parents -in their time- lamented about their lack of ethics and whose parents in turn complained of their unfavorable attitudes, whose parents again worried about the decline in tradition. This cycle of change in culture dates back even to times when what we now call 'our culture' and 'our ethics' were not even formed. It is evident that man has constantly felt the breath of changing values and cultural shock breathing down his neck, following him relentlessly over ages and posing him the same apparent danger that we claim to face today. Many have felt it, seen it, hated it and feared it
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Dealing with Culture Shock in American Expatriate Community
The American expatriate community is the population of all Americans that are temporarily or permanently living outside the borders of the United States. These overseas-Americans, numbering over 6.32 million strong (Association for American Residents Overseas), confront many issues when they leave their homeland and transition to a new life in a foreign country. These issues can include dealing with the local language or trying to unravel the esoteric tax laws overseas workers must follow.
One of the major issues that American expatriates (or “expats”) confront is the issue of culture shock (Top Eight). Culture shock, in
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Warning: Ready for a Culture Shock
What really is a culture shock? According to Webster’s II 1994 Dictionary, Culture is a particular form of civilization, esp. the beliefs, customs, arts, and institutions of society at a given tome. In this essay I have to admit I will not be discussing how the world is going to be hit by some huge culture shock, but how Culture and Identity relate to situations in my life. For those that know me, know that I was a child exposed to many things while growing up. I moved to many different cities throughout my life and embraced all that I saw around me. These movements brought me to learn and understand cultures besides my own. The way I was raised
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Personal Narrative- A Lesson in Culture Shock
“ You want to be the same as American girls on the outside.” (Tan, Amy) Like Tan in her narrative “Fish Cheeks”, everyone has had a time in their lives when they wanted to fit in at school or home. Sometimes it is hard to try to blend into the surroundings. Moving from Boston to Tallahassee has taught me a lot about such things like honor, pride, and self-reliance. Such is related to us in Wilfred Owens’s “Dulce et Decorum est” which is about his experience in World War I. Sometimes experiences such as moving can teach more about life than any long lecture from any adult. As the old saying goes: “Actions speak louder than words.”
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A sudden change in one’s surroundings can result in culture shock. Culture shock refers to the anxiety and surprise a person feels when he or she is discontented with an unfamiliar setting. The majority of practices or customs are different from what a person is used to. One may experience withdrawal, homesickness, or a desire for old friends. For example, when a person goes to live in a different place with unfamiliar surroundings, they may experience culture shock. Sometimes it is the result of losing their identity. In the article “The Phases of Culture Shock”, Pamela J. Brink and Judith Saunders describe four phases of culture shock. They are: Honeymoon Phase, Disenchantment
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years during high school in Pennsylvania. Growing up in various locations proved to be difficult for Johanna. She had to assimilate to many new cultures while attempting to create and maintain an identity. As a self-proclaimed “sojourner,” it was interesting to speak with Johanna about how she negotiates her identity through an intercultural communication lens.
“Culture shock is the psychological and emotional reaction people experience when they encounter a culture that is very different from their own (Furnham & Bochner, 1986)” (Oetzel, 2009, p. 126). Although we all experience culture shock differently, researchers have compiled six different stages, which describe what
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Esmeralda JimenezBlock 28/9/03"Big Bob's Place"It is five years later and I can still remember my first, and last, visit to Big Bob's Place. Stopping in to see if anyone could tell us where to locate the turn we had missed, my mom and I, saw the most disgusting place we had ever seen. I could tell my mother was in total disbelief because of her red face and the loud gagging sound coming from her sunburned neck. She was about to throw-up the grease drenched fries and hamburger we had eaten earlier all over the beat- up chairs that couldn't withstand the weight of a feather. Big Bob owns and runs that restaurant in the middle of the town of Brownsville, Texas, ever since 1999. Even though the
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In this paper, I am trying to discuss the culture shock that people who study abroad face, or when they go to different cities. Culture shock refers to ‘‘the difficulties that you experience as you integrate into a new society’’ UCI Study Abroad Center. (n.d.). In my class I learned that there are many differences between cultures. These differences can be the reasons why people have a culture shock. For example, I had a culture shock first when I came to the U.S for study. My culture shock was because the relationship between men and women which is really different with my country. In Saudi Arabia the men cannot have a close relationship with women, which is okay here in the
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Culture in ancient times was defined as “the sum total of the equipment of the human individual, which enables him to be attuned to his immediate environment on the historical past on the other”. It reflects in effect what humans have added to Nature. It comprises the spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional features of a society and includes, in addition to the arts and letters, the value systems, traditions, modes of life and beliefs of the society. It also absorbs from other cultures and undergoes changes with time, sometimes beneficial, sometimes regressive. (Barlas, 15). Culture shock is a severe psychological reaction that results from adjusting to the realities of a
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ending.Mai Thi Heip goes through her first culture shock at the age of seven. She is brought to a more than confusing world where she is told to forget her past and who she is, when in life that's really all that matters, and all that is really known especially at such a young age. Fully Americanized Heidi finds herself getting ready to go to Vietnam to reunite with her mother, and to unexpectedly be hit full force with cultural shock once again.Many people have never even heard of cultural shock until after they have experienced it. Definitively cultural shock is the anxiety and feelings such as confusion, surprise, and disorientation someone experiences. This is caused by coming in contact
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Linton does not have enough knowledge to conclude with the right thought. She compares Toilets as the "shrine", hospitals as the "great temple or latipsoh", medicine kid as "the charm box", and etc. When she evaluate her culture with the Nacirema culture, it creates a certain degree of ethnocentrism, she believes that her culture is more correct and superior than the Nacirema culture, she later states that the Nacirema is "a magic -ridden culture". Culture shock is generated in piece of writing when she observed the Nacirema culture, she believes that the Nacirema culture is a strange culture. She concludes her writing by saying "It is hard to understand how these people have exited so long under the burdens of their beliefs".
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The Waste Land, written by T.S. Eliot, is poem portraying the lack and/or the corruption of culture in England during the post WWI period. Eliot uses a form of symbolism, in which he uses small pieces from popular literary works, to deliver his message. He begins by saying that culture during the post WWI period is a “barren wasteland.” Eliot goes on to support this claim by saying that people in England are in a sort of shock from the violence of World War I. Eliot believes that the lack of culture open doors for immorality to grow among the populace.
Eliot’s use of symbolism can be very disorienting. It has been proposed that this choppy medley is actually furthering his point by
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In the last few years, studying abroad has become an increasingly popular choice for higher education among international students (Accessibility Navigation, 2014). An average of 10% of students in universities all across the UK are international students from countries all over the world. (Accessibility Navigation, 2014). Although the experience is different for each individual student, there are many common problems that international students face. Those problems include: culture shock to varying degrees coupled with emotional issues(Bailey, 2005), Language barriers along with other communication problems (Sherry et al, 2009), and academic problems due to a change in school curriculum
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avoid cultural problem that they might encounter during their stay. With 98 years of experience, AFS knows that most of those cultural problems caused by miscommunication and cultural differences. Hence, the knowledge of “intercultural communication” is to be provided during the AFS orientation for every soon-to-be exchange students. For example, culture shock is one the first challenges for every exchange student upon their arrival in another country. Delia Flanja, a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy mentions that “Culture shock is the state of discomfort experienced by the intercultural traveler, in a more or less profound way, once he or she is placed in an unfamiliar environment” (Flanja, 2009
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that are needed to achieve their degree. That what makes a university different from others.
The different way of learning techniques that Australia University taught, language barrier that international students face; especially for those where English is not their first language, cultural differences and financial pressures, are some of the difficulty that international students are going through. It is not easy for students to adjust themselves from high school to university life, especially for international students. Culture shock is one of the variables that a lot of international students face when it is their first time studying abroad. Furthermore, the lack of cultural knowledge
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cultures. College provides many ways to become acquainted with new friends from various cultures. Universities open the doors to a cultural community, as well as a higher education. Overall, culture is a way of life, and student culture has and is influenced people’s walk to a better future.
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was to be used to administer electric shocks. The learner was told that though the shocks could be extremely painful, they cause no permanent tissue damage.The teacher was then taken to an adjacent room and seated in front of a 'shock generator' consisting of thirty switches set in a horizontal line. The switches were marked, increasing from 0 to 450 colts, 15 volts at a time. Each group of four switches was also marked, from lowest voltage to highest, "slight shock", "moderate shock", "strong shock", "very strong shock", "intense shock", "extreme intense shock", "danger, severe shock" with the last two switches simply marked "XXX" (Moghaddam, 1998). The participant was given an example
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more than half. By any measure these are remarkable achievements for the newly established democracy, and thereby ending the four-phase “shock therapy” program.
Why did Chile’s abrupt economic change work as opposed to that of Russia? The answer is based in Chile’s democratic structure, in accord with its drive to grow on a microeconomic scale. That is, the organizational, administrative, and political skills of the latter governments and their ability to create efficient, coherent coalitions allowed them to combine a free market policy with equitable development. There is no doubt that the government’s ability to develop and strengthen itself by developing an underlying political culture
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it is there. For example, American woman wear makeup to look beautiful and in other countries they may wear bones and view that as beautiful. Being immersed in a new culture and having to adapt is called culture shock. There is a real and an ideal culture. The real culture is how the culture really is and the ideal culture is how the society views their culture. When the gap between the two grows to be too large then there is social designation.As Americans we tend to be louder and more boisterous. Our culture is more vulgar and more straightforward then most. We tend to say what is on our minds without the fear of offending people. Our freedom of speech allows us to be more opinionated, we could stand on our soapboxes and preach all day long if we wanted. Where in other countries you are expected to be more reserved. Cultures may differ greatly, maybe even only slightly, but I don't feel as if our culture is lacking in comparison to others. Then again, I am bias.
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efficient to the new environment than people who are more self-centered and would like to have everybody do things in the same way. When the more self-centered people get into a new culture, the unawareness of the local culture and high-anticipation cause a big shock which in turn make the comfort level decreases. Those people have hard time to adjust to the new culture. However, people with realistic anticipation are fully aware of the culture difference would adjusted faster.
It is also pointed out by Cross-Cultural Coping model that the more self-centered people would like to impose their culture to people from other countries and force people to do things in their way. They would
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) also suggested that there is a certain period within acculturation for learners to master the second language and that is the Optical Period (Brown, 1980). Cultural adjustment or acculturation come about in four stages based on sociological researches: the honeymoon/euphoria stage, the culture shock stage, the anomie stage, and the recovery stage. According to Brown (1980), optimal period is the third stage of acculturation. This is the time that the learner stands neither in his/her native culture and nor the second culture. A significant element in this stage is the anomie feeling, when the learner experiences a social distance between both cultures and him or herself. This stage is, also
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open-minded and accommodating. For immigrants or guests in a host country, they may experience a ‘culture shock’, which is a “psychological reaction people experience when they find themselves in a culture very different from their own” (Lewis and Slade 2000, 136). In Schumann’s Language Learning 26 from 1976, (quoted in Holliday, Hyde and Kullman 2010, 119-120), the experience of ‘culture shock’ can cause “disorientation, stress, fear and anxiety” and the individual may “reject himself” or “the people of the host country” in an attempt to deal with it. A method to combatting both the intolerance by the host culture, as well as the ‘culture shock’ of the guest, is that of acculturation
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What is culture? Dennis Coon, the author of "Introduction to Psychology: Gateways to Mind and Behavior," defines culture as " an ongoing pattern of life, characterizing a society at a given point in history." This means that a set of beliefs, values and behaviors are shared by the members of a society, which make them distinct and unique from others. In this short essay, the Japanese culture will be compared and contrasted to the US culture in order to manifest its uniqueness and distinction. Learning such culture may provide information and less culture shock as one intends to travel or migrate abroad.Generally, it can be said that Japan and USA are similar in some ways. This includes both
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No1) "Studying adroa is better than studying in local universities." Do you agree with the statement? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.In Malaysia, there are many local universities that have a good quality and students have a variety of choice that they can choose. In my opinion, I disagree that studying abroad is better than studying in local universities. This is because studying in local universities can save the cost and it is as good as universities abroad while students who study abroad are exposed to culture shock and they will not have communication barrier.First, studying in local universities can save the cost compared to studying in universities abroad
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define the perplexing term of culture with varying component of distinguishable characteristics is difficult to restrict. Presenly, culture is viewed as consisting primarily of the symbolic, untouched and conception aspects of human societies.
The distinctive culture is not a man made object, tools, or other tangible cultural elements but how the members of the group interpret, use, and perceive them. It is still fresh in my memory the shock I got when I came to this country. This country has a unique superficial culture, I could not imagine. The way people treat each other, especially in conversations when they meet you, they may ask you: "How are you doing?" for that
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want to remember any details of her journey.2 years later, she did not want to have any contact with her family, because during these 2 years all the letters she received from them were about money. She said that she does not know them at all and they are like strangers to her.I think the problem was about understanding intercultural communication and there was a culture shock for Heidi. Culture shock often results in a failure to communicate, an erroneous reading of reality, and an inability to cope. The model which Heidi communicated with her family was like the constructivist model, because sender and receiver were different. Heidi and her family had their own observations, they saw
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Culture Shock Yeats' "The Second Coming" shares devastating final chaos and painful change with Achebe's Things Fall Apart. A powerful nation, America, built on religion and freedom of speech comes to a crashing halt in the twinkling of an eye. The nation grew in one hundred years, what others could not in one thousand. As Yeats believes that no civilization can remain static or evolve forever towards a more inclusive perfection. It must both collapse from with in and be overwhelmed from without and what replaces it will appear most opposite to itself being built from all that it overlooked or undervalued. If Yeats' beliefs stay true, America's civilization is doomed to change, as is, the
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American Directness and the Japanese
American and Japanese ways of speaking are so different that they often cause culture shock to both Americans and Japanese who visit each other's country. Most Japanese who come to the United States are at first shocked and have a problem with the American direct way of speaking.
Culture shock occurs because most Japanese cannot easily escape from the formula "politeness= indirectness." Compared to the American way of speaking, Japanese speak much more indirectly. Directness is considered a form of impoliteness in Japan. Therefore, when we want to be polite, we speak and act very indirectly. For example, we seldom say, "I'll go to a bathroom
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Transitioning from academic nursing student to Registered Nurse/New Graduate Nurse (NGN) within the healthcare environment is a challenging task for many NGNs. They may encounter a number of challenges, such as the following: transition shock, professional isolation, lack of clinical experience, stress, lack of a support network and cultural incompetence. At the end, this essay will discuss the rationale for developing my two most important goals for the next twelve months.
I presume the role transition from academic nursing student to Graduate Nurse will be challenging and rewarding. In their findings, the researchers Doody, Tuohy & Deasy (2012) stated that for a successful transition
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and down- dressing and undressing to use the pot outside. This taught Thor and Katie to adjust as well. She adjusted to the slower pace of the villagers in winter-more time for visiting and eating. The slower pace allowed for more personal interaction and interviewing.
7. How does she finally deal with culture shock?
Barbara deals with her culture shock by loading Sarah and Thor in the car and heading to Fyn. Barbara’s friend, Tove, suggested they go to her brother’s house in Fyn for rest, relaxation, and recuperation. Barbara and Thor had a previous week of no quality work. They both felt a week away would do them some good.
8. Why does Anderson conclude her discussion of her
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freedom and abilities than they had back home. People acknowledged that they see big difference between cultures. Eventually, when people earn a new language they also learn a new culture, so they have to learn how to isolate two different cultures.Culture shock is a fact, and everybody is going to face this problem as a foreigner in a new place even though they have been in many places. Each country has different cultures and customs; they have to put in mind that they are not going to see the same things that they see back home. To make studying abroad a fun experience, it takes a person with an open mind and willing to try American customs during their visit.References:Ngo, L. Students experience culture shock in reverse after returning home. The Lariat Online. Baylor University.
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compared to western standards. Beer and a good pair of jeans can be purchase from a vending machine. This experience can be a delightful and exciting culture shock to most travelers. Aside from the urban culture, traditional Japanese wear a gourmet called a kimono and tea ceremonies are still practice today.Finally, traveling is a journey of knowledge and with knowledge, comes understanding and becoming more open minded. Statistics shows that people who travel often are more friendly and respectful to other nationality in terms of race relation. The benefit of traveling exposes a person to discover how diverse the world is and that there isn't just one right way of thinking or doing things
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one’s efforts to reduce a fear of the unknown, culture shock may develop if one is unable to acquire proper intercultural communication techniques. Mrs. Moore seemingly develops culture fatigue after a terrifying trampling in the Marbar Caves, however, her discomfort is due to a spiritual experience and it is instead Ms. Quested who succumbs to what Barna describes as “Culture Shock” (376). After her alleged assault at the Marbar Caves, Ms. Quested’s “…senses were abnormally inert…Everything now was transferred to the surface of her body, which began to avenge itself, and feed unhealthily…No one understood her trouble, or knew why she vibrated between hard commonsense and hysteria
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Chineua Achebe, Nigerian writer claims he wrote with specific purposes, having goals he wished to accomplish through his novels. In this paper I will use two of his works to demonstrate the ways in which Achebe held true to his intentions. I will use themes and scenes present in his novels to demonstrate that he does present an accurate view of daily Ibo village life in Things Fall Apart and also an accurate portrayal of the Culture Shock that youngObi Okonkwo must have experienced in the novel No Longer at Ease. In each novel there is conflict both with peers and with Europeans. Inside these scenes of life as usual in Nigeria there are also moral questions embedded in the text. Chineua
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pleasant it would be to say yes and give in and wear a sari and be meek and accepting and see God in a cow. Other times it seems worth while to be defiant and European and - all right, be crushed by one's environment, but all the same have made some attempt to remain standing”.
The key here would be to keep an open mind but in the end remain true to yourself and who you are, because if you indeed try to be something your not then you might become lost and in the end you wouldn't know which foot to stand on and be crushed by whatever environment you find yourselves in. If we'd have to relate this to “what's up with culture”, we have to look at the term cultural shock, which is defined in
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the students in the school shared many cultural values. Some of the most obvious values were respect for instructors, educational goals, and responsibility. All these values help us understand our surroundings and form our personalities. Being introduced to a new culture can cause some individuals to experience culture shock, from encountering a new way of life that is unfamiliar to them. When experiencing ?culture shock? an individual can be left feeling disoriented, lost, isolated, and out of place. One may have problems relating to other students, and feel overwhelmed by everything that?s happening, due to the fact that there is so much stimulus and they?re quite not sure what to do with it
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Personal Narrative Sociological Concepts in My Trip to Europe
My trip to Europe was an eye opening experience. It awakened my senses to so many different aspects of life I had not already been introduced to. It was almost like watching a movie, from the minute I stepped of the plane everything was different. When I think about the trip and what experiences I had many sociological concepts come to mind, such as culture shock, ethnocentrism, culture, social locators, cultural transmission, norms, language, and subculture. It seems being placed directly in the middle of something that is so different made it easier to pick out the different concepts.
When I first got off the plane I
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Indigenous health is a vital tool in health care today. The case study is about an indigenous lady who is from a remote community. This case study will define culture shock, transcultural theory. Finally it will states the recommendations that can be acquired to improve the current indigenous health care issue as it can be noted that the indigenous health tends has been deteoriating.
Culture is all about an individual knowledge based on belief ,art,morals customs.Therefore culture shock occurs when people have different values and beliefs and are not tolerant of each others differences(Eckermann,Dowd,Chong,Nixon,Gray and
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come to a new country they go through four variable stages. During the second stage, the student experiences a bit of culture shock (Richard-Amato). This culture shock will lead to the student feeling isolated and frustrated while losing their sense of identity. With multicultural literature, the teacher is able to provide a sense of security to this student. If the student is able to read literature that relates to them and is familiar they will not feel such a strong feeling of shock, they will instead feel more secure knowing they are not alone in how they feel. Being able to relate to the characters in these works will also allow for more in depth discussions and understanding (Dietrich
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to fight more and more as time progresses and eventually the man is ousted for carrying on extramarital relations. The other couple you see three times that year; the first two times they're as happy as newly weds although the third time they're featured on the news after the wife assaults the husband with a bat after he was caught sleeping with a night club hostess. The latter would obviously come as much more of a shock and would be more upsetting because they were seemingly happy. The "snapshot" viewpoint that is for the most part our culture's only lens into the lives of celebrities sets them up for downfall. As a culture, we are well versed in the superficial business of celebrities. We
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The Body Ritual of the Nacirema
It is human nature to describe one's own culture as the most advanced and most intellectual. Unfortunately, it is also common practice to look down upon the practices of another culture because they are not similar to one's own traditions. The ability to do this can sometimes be a damaging characteristic for society as a whole. Horace Miner realized the implications of egocentric views and wrote a groundbreaking essay to open society's eyes to their biases.
'The Body Ritual of the Nacirema' was written by Horace Miner for shock value. The article describes the rituals of a people which on the surface seem to be barbaric and highly out of
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focusing on talented fields. Also, they tend to focus on their studies rather than getting involved in campus life not only because these courses are challenging, but also to win the scholarships that are limited for international students.
Furthermore, international students face problems in cultural adjustment. Many students go through culture shock when they move to a new country as their expectations and enthusiasms turn into stress and discomfort. Students who are going through culture shock experience four stages. First, they have confidence to overcome the differences and challenges of a new country. They are optimistic about the new culture and passionate to learn about it. This
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Training Session Report
IntroductionWith the development of technology and economic globalization, trade would be made cross the borders of nations. Because of fast development of economy and the low cost labor force of China, many companies expand subsidiary in China. In this report, we design a cross-cultural training session for some Australian people who are going to work in China. This training session includes some fundamental understanding of Chinese cultural factors, survival language, social customs and business etiquette, which can help to letdown the culture shock and work effectively. A detailed six-months training plan is presented, followed by the rationale and content of
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society; however, “racism, poverty, maladjustment, and cultural shock” have overwhelmed most of these attempts (Deiter-McArthur 380). The fifth generation of First Nations people are integrating into the rest of Canada’s society as far as they often leave their reserves to seek better futures.
BP1-c – separation
Previous generations of First Nations people experience forced separation and adoption from their families, sometime never seeing family members again. For decades, children were taken from their native homes and raised with no contact or knowledge of their original culture or community. Unable to stop the state from taking custody of native children, these children were denied contact