How would you answer these questions? Would it matter what culture you are associated with? Would it matter what culture you were raised? Why do we perceive culture and diversity in different ways?
- Perspective of a 35 year old women who grew up in poverty in Connecticut.
Culture – A persons family beliefs, spiritual beliefs, how they dress, rituals such as turning points in life as they grow, annual celebrations. It would also include how their ancestors were raised and passed down beliefs, and their particular way of life based on all the above information.
Diversity – A combination of different cultures and being open to all of them, sharing and accepting others.
- Perspective of a 33 Year old man first generation Mexican American who grew up in a middle class family in California.
Culture – A mixture of your heritage and family background makes your culture. Culture is the surroundings you grew up in like family and friends. Culture is the environment you attend or work at like school or work.
Diversity – A group of person with different family background that makes one unique based on religion, culture, family up bringing, morals, and beliefs. Diversity can also all the same race but from different social groups or social classes.
- Perspective of a 43 year old Chinese woman who grew up in china and is now raising her family the U.S.
Culture – Culture is how people form a particular geographic location handle a situation. For instance in Germany- it is considered to be on time one needs to be arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled appointment time, in the U.S. one time is to arrive at the scheduled time, in Asia up to 15 minutes past the scheduled time is acceptable.
Diversity – Diversity is how different cultures can coexist without conflict
- Perspective of a 34 year old women, born in Poland and is now raising her family in the U.S.
Culture – is your upbringing, your backyard. It does not have to be base solely on nationality, religion education, country’s cuisine, history, or family values. Culture is more a mix of all of those factors that shape you growing up. They make you who you are as a person. It’s your country’s and family’s traditions but also your values and beliefs that you’ve been taught growing up and shaped by the knowledge you acquired as a grown up.
Diversity – Is how things or people differ from each other. It’s expressing ones uniqueness and being true to it.
It was very interesting hearing different peoples definitions of culture and diversity. These four people are from many different walks in life with many different experiences with culture. Most of the perspectives are in alignment with Nadiyah Taylor statement, “culture has become so broad it’s like a pair of glasses. Everything we do is related to culture (Laureate, 2011).” All of the four perspective expressed family, heritage, and social influences as critical component to culture. The four perspectives included some surface culture, clothing, food, celebrations, traditions, and religion. They however focused mostly on “deep culture” what is below the surface, the unseen (Laureate, 2001). Deep culture is the way we function, interact and react to people and situations based on our family background, beliefs, values, influences of ancestors, friends, and coworkers.
The definitions of diversity emphasized the differences in people for a variety of reasons, which makes people unique, and a need for tolerance and acceptance. Interestingly not one of the four people I asked to answer these two questions mentioned language, gender, age, social class, or sexual orientation in their definition of culture or diversity. The concept of dominant culture was not included in any of the perspective of culture or diversity. Everyone seems to have his or her own idea of what culture and diversity is, this is because culture is not stagnate it is a continuous process. We are never finished developing our culture and adding to the diversity of the world.
Laureate Education (Producer). (2011). Family cultures: Dynamic
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Laureate Education (Producer). (2011). Culture and diversity [Video file] Retrieved from https://class.waldenu.edu