Having English only laws is something that would be counter-intuitive for being an american, in my opinion. The United States is a country that is based upon many different cultures from many parts of the world. Arguably, this would be unamerican to enforce English only laws because of what the United States has built its foundation upon.
The United States of America does not need another reason for being divided. English only laws would seemingly target minority groups who may not have the necessary knowledge needed -or have the means to achieving those needs- and would harm them.
I’ve been thinking about what I want to do for my service project lately. There are a few things that I want to accomplish for my project. I want to walk away knowing that I have influenced someones life and/or many other peoples lives in the most positive way. I want to be able to give back to those who may have experienced very unfortunate events. Therefore, I am leaning towards working with refugees from countries in the middle-east. I feel that I would find great meaning in my service project by doing this.
The Babakieuria video was very interesting. I appreciated that the video put white people in the shoes of the aborigine’s people of Australia. It gave me an idea of what it could be like being a minority, and how I could be treated inhumanely as well. One scene that sticks out to me- it is hard to believe that this happened because of the inhumanity- is when they gave people a “challenge” in order to become different. In order to change for the better. What surprised me the most is just the fact that this video was based off an actual event.
Intercultural communication is not something that you would imagine to be simple, and the author does a great job at showing its complexity in the text. It is important for people to understand the way they view the world, and how their biases may hinder their intercultural communication. A problem I see and hear today is the idea of cultures being better than others. Ethnocentrism, by Sumner, is the “name for this view of things in which one’s own group is the center of everything, and all others are scaled and rated in reference to it,” (pg. 52). I’d argue that this is willful ignorance of a culture, and an elitist mindset attitude towards your culture being the right way to do things.
I took an interest to the Cognitive Concept as discussed on page 73. The author discusses how a person’s lens, a person’s view of culture is created from the mind. What we see in our daily lives impacts who we are, our identity, and our perception. Chapter four is a great example of showing how complex culture is, and arguably, is just like an ice berg. Cultures may seem like they show everything at times, however, there is very little on the surface with what is seen in cultures Vs. the meaning and the reason cultures are the way they are.
My name is Joey Warstler, and I am from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. I was born and raised in Oklahoma and moved to Draper, Utah at the age of 13. I attended and graduated from Alta HS from 2008-2011. When I graduated I immediately enlisted into the Army as an Infantryman and went to Fort Benning and many other places. I exited military service at the end of 2014, and began attending school at Utah Valley University. I am now a Junior planning on graduating spring 2019. I am a Communication Public Relations major and am also the President of UVU Army ROTC. I will be commissioning as an Army officer in 2019 and am hopefully going to earn a Public Affairs position!
I always found intercultural & cultural meaning interesting. What fascinates me in particular is the Social Construction Approach discussed on page 16 in Anastacia Kurylos’ text “Inter/cultural communication.” As a junior scholar I often find myself asking questions such as “Is culture real?” and “What makes us see the world the way we see it?” Everyday we are surrounded by things that mold who we are and how we see the world! We may not even notice these things because we have become so accustomed to these things; we may just see these things as a part of our everyday norms. This chapter has helped me to understand how my everyday norms are influenced by my cultural biases.
Going into a different culture without any background knowledge can be very problematic. For example, the way an American may act individually may be seen as offensive in some Asian cultures. What I have gained from this chapter is understanding the importance of understanding other cultures, biases a cultural you are born into affects the way you act and see the world, and being aware of cultural biases so that you may become more prepared to be involved with more cultures. If you can see your biases, it may become much easier to understand another culture. However, if you do not recognize your biases it may be difficult to understand a different culture.
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