Cultural differences in the U.S. society

  1. Implications of Cultural differences in the U.S. society revealed by Joey Skaggs’ Hoax

One of the main outcomes that openly revealed itself from Joey Skaggs’ prank is the cultural intolerance being practiced by various individuals and sectors of the American society. His fictitious name and company was credulous and widely correlated with Korea amongst American public hence the pessimistic responds being directed to the Asian culture in general. Eating dog meat is a cultural taboo in America and so Joey’s hoax was subjected to public and media outrage on the perception that the culture was weird and alien because dogs are considered pets in America.. This outrage was also fuelled by the advertisements which most Americans saw as unnecessary and compelling although it would not create such public uproar in Korea and other parts of Asia. Joey’s hoax confirmed the historical stereotyping of Asians have and the vagaries of cultural chauvinism imminent in American. It also brought forth the low significance of relativity in America although it’s a society that claims to embrace all cultures despite its practices.

  1.  The Cultural differences between the U.S. and Sudanese Lost Boys

The story reaffirms the differences in verbal communication, social organization, and the overall cultural values. The Sudanese social structure connects, supports, and incorporates their family, friends, villages, and the nation at large. This is corroborated by their cohesive and affectionate behavior toward each other in response to most cultures in Africa which values and calls for collectivism. This culture is quite unusual as opposed to the American culture which expects one to do everything alone hence encouraging individualism. A cultural difference is also noted in the game of basketball which most American players use their roughness instead of their ‘brains’, therefore depicting the aggressive and assertive nature of the American male. There is also a fundamental cultural difference in housing with one of the Sudanese boys having an anxious feeling towards the size of an apartment building. The Sudanese boys also see a huge cultural difference at the amount of food within American’s disposal and the regularity at which they consume these foods. This documentary is quite riveting and trades in humor and hope rather than the many despairs in life. It also focuses on the integral values that other cultures can bring in solving daily dilemmas in life, while also serving as the basis for new innovations and creativity which embeds in the general society. This film brings out the view that although we might be separated by our cultures, we are all connected by the morals and sense of humanity.

  1.  Personal Cultural Identity and Stereotypes Effects

Stereotyping is the false judgment of individuals or groups in dependence on their nationality, race, and sexual orientation, just to name a few. Since I come from an Arabian country, such qualities have relatively characterized my general personality when being stereotyped. People usually form stereotypes out of anger and fear for the main purpose of secluding certain individuals, groups or even nationalities from various agendas, social events or simply for the intentional  purpose of ignoring other views and ideas. Such stereotypes usually impede successful communication due to the wrong fixed perception of one’s personality therefore deeming them contemptible to relate with.

  1. High Context and Low Context Cultures

High context cultures is that which the people are perceived to be very homogeneous, in that they have identical experiences, norms, values, and information networks, to name a few. The culture is only seen to be High-context due to the little change occurrence in their history and tradition over time. They are familiar with their environment and can express or even interpret their feelings without saying a word. This culture does not necessarily need the daily transactions in life to communicate and rather do this through gestures, inference, or even silence at times. Since High-context cultures can be nonverbal when interacting, they frequently use an indirect fashion for communication that other cultures cannot easily comprehend. While Low-context cultures is that which the people are perceived to be less homogeneous, mainly because they tend to ‘catalog’ their actions when communicating and interacting with each other. They do not have a common experience and therefore need extensive background details for a successful communication. This also means that they depend on verbal messages. Communicators in Low-context cultures tend to talk more rapidly with a frequently raised voice.

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