Cultural Differences

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Introduction to Cultural Differences / Stereotyping

                Everyone is unique. People differ in many ways. Some of these differences are due to their personality, how they were raised, what they were taught, but mostly due to their cultures. Knowledge of cultural customs can help avoid misunderstandings. To say, “they do this” and “they believe that” is stereotypical. Instead of just assuming why someone is doing something a specific way or what they are like, people need to generalize the reasons behind the behavior. People should be more open towards interacting with others who come from different cultures. They can learn about the other person’s culture in order to understand their behavior, the way they dress, their reactions, and some of their body language and gestures.


Cultural Differences And How It Can Contribute To Society

               Cultural difference is something that can be found across the world. Everyday, there are people who are treated differently because of their gender, race, and culture. Culture is what shapes us for who we are, and it also helps share our language, beliefs, and our values. Cultural diversity is an aspect that’s important to everyone. It is important because our country, workplaces, racial, and ethnic groups involve culture.

In everyday life, we learn from each other and strive to understand each other. Educating ourselves about other cultures helps us understand different perspectives within the world. If we understand diversity, we cancultural-differences1 eliminate stereotypes and bias opinions of other ethnic groups and their culture. If we are capable of this, we would be able to respect others and their ways of doing things without having the need to judge people. If we are able to interact with each other without judging others, we will be able to build trust between each other and respect different cultures in order to understand them.

So, if we were to make a more diverse society, it would make everyone capable of living a a more calm and peaceful life where they can be who they are and not be judged. Establishing diverse ideals would be a major leap for society to accept. It would contribute better communication, new ways of thinking, increased knowledge, and different experiences. It would be best if we just tried to make a difference, even if it is a little bit at a time.


Culture Differences In Business

               When it comes to business, cultural differences play a major role. Many cultures have their own way of speaking. For example some cultures are loud, direct, and blunt while others may be soft-spoken, or use indirect language and let someone finish what they were going to say. During a business meeting these differences will be present. There are also cultural differences in time. If 6882893_f520you show up late you might jeopardize a business deal while others might be willing to forgive it. There are always guidelines one has to follow to make a positive impression cultural differences aside.


 Racial And Cultural Differences By Mason Nicolay

              The content I worked on has valuable information in it. One of the meadeat.com websites had graphs of what men and women do in different cultures. The site was very informative. There are plenty of other resources that would be helpful in regards to this topic. It is hard for me to relate to this topic because I have not had any encounters likemap-shutterstock-128662346c-300x180 this because when I was in Germany, where people were very similar to us except when it comes to eating dinner and at restaurants. The culture between the U.S. and the Germany is not that much different, but that is because a lot of people in the U.S. are descendants from centennial Europe and Germany. The sources I used for my research further elaborated on the differences between these two particular cultures.


Other Sources / Resources

Cultural Race Differences

“Cultural Diversity in the United sates a Kaplan University.” Kaplan University

N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Apr. 2015.

               Kaplan University explains what it means to culturally diverse and why cultural diversity is a good thing. Their main argument of why cultural diversity is good is because of our country, workplaces, and schools, racial, and ethnic groups. That we can learn from each other and that we will need to be able to cooperate in the future. But getting to the point where people will accept each other will be hard. Changing the opinions of people will not be easy.

For more information visit :

 http://www.kaplanuniversity.edu/public-service/articles/cultural-diversity.aspx

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“Culture and Race.” Culture and Race.

N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Apr. 2015.

               Cultural and racial diversity may lead some individuals and societies to form prejudice about other people and cultures. This source talks about since humans can learn and adapt very well, it is hoped that acceptance and understanding can replace prejudice and discrimination.  Someday we’re going to need to accept each other and be able to live a life where everyone is equal. Where your ranking will not depend on your skin color and how you will be treated just because of your skin color.

For more information visit:

http://www.cliffsnotes.com/sciences/psychology/psychology/psychology-diversity-issues/culture-and-race

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Gender Differences

“Gender Roles and Gender Differences.” Gender Roles and Gender Differences.

N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Apr. 2015.

               The “Child Psychology” website provides a descriptive outline of different gender roles and gender differences. It goes in-depth of gender-role standards and stereotypes and also  gender differences in development. It talks about how males are expected to be independent, assertive, and competitive, while females are expected to be more passive, sensitive, and supportive. This also provides how kids develop as they grew up and what they were need to be taught. How different gender excel at different skills. Girls and boys grow up and go through different experiences and opportunities as they develop, which will change the outcome of their gender differences.

For more information visit:

http://highered.mheducation.om/scites/0072820144/student_view0/chapter15/index.html


Cultural Differences Video

“This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Michael Gavin, associate Professor of human dimensions of natural resources researches biological diversity, and discusses the importance that history, language and tradition have in the preservation of culture.”

“This video explains the difference between business in different cultures and she also talks about personal experiences she had to go through.”

“Stresses the importance of treating others with respect, making friends with kids from different background (cultural, ethnic, and racial), and speaking out if they observe someone else being teased or bullied. Features true stories from real kids who relate how their personal differences–their physical abilities, weight, or skin color–provoked bullying. Discusses how these kids empowered themselves against bullies.”

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