I really enjoyed the video and I thought that it put a really good visualization to what chapters we read this week. Personally I think that sometimes we hope and assume that because we are nice people that we would never be unconsciously incompetent, especially when it comes to another culture. However the documentary displayed that simply because of how we learn our history, we can be biased or judgmental without even trying. And we do it with the best of intentions, just like the young woman who hosted the documentary. I appreciated how we talked about in Chapter 3 the importance of Mindfulness and that while we all have biases, the first thing we can do is to realize and embrace that so that we can correct them. Something we also discussed was how we can develop competence by exposing ourselves, seeking feedback, and listening. The young woman in the documentary thought that she was perfectly competent but something that I really think she lacked and that most of us lack the skill of listening. I think that another thing that was taught in Chapter 4 that was importance to be more sensitive of in our society is the Evaluative Concept. This is reflected in the model of high culture and low culture. I think that this has actually been blended and there aren’t as many strict views related to this concept because culture is so much more accessible. I also think that having more access to education lessens the difference between low and high culture. That being said, I think that those who want to view high culture differently will do so, but that doesn’t necessarily separate themselves from the rest of society like it used to. Overall I feel like these chapters focused a lot more on cultural sensitivity.
I got to go to the Latino Fest for a bit last weekend. I had just eaten so I didn’t have any of the food but I was able to walk around and see what people were making. It was so awesome! It reminded me of my LDS mission in Chicago speaking Spanish. I got to eat food from lots of different hispanic cultures on a weekly basis and it was really cool to see some of those same foods again. I also got to dance for a bit to the music which was really cool. When you go to a dance with Americans, maybe there’s an inner circle of people dancing but for the most part, everyone is kind of just hanging out on the sides. However, something that I love about the hispanic cultures is that everyone dances! And it doesn’t matter what your moves are like, everyone dances and it is more of a social thing and celebration than anything else. Loved that!
Hey y’all. I’m actually way stoked to be in this class. I changed my major from social work to communications and I’m looking forward to finishing my bachelors asap (while still enjoying the moment) and going on to a masters in Organizational Psychology! I am from Salt Lake or Spanish Fork, but SLC always sounds cooler. I live in Provo, work full time at Vivint, and am addicted to Mountain Dew.
Chapter 1 I really liked how it talked about different symbols and I don’t think that we realize how often we are abiding our lives by the different conscious and unconscious decisions affected by symbols. I also thought that it was interesting talking about the technological imperative and how important that is, especially in today’s world. A lot of business is done over social media and you need a presence that isn’t just relatable to white young adults. I think that a great example of this would be Toyota, an international company who does a great job at crossing any cultural boundaries. Ford and Chevy and other companies are great but have yet to do this in my opinion.
Chapter 2 I really loved the picture of the cultural iceberg. Often we experience the social and visual aspects of a culture at the top of the iceberg and think that we are understanding and embracing a culture. We truly don’t even realize at that point what we are accepting because there’s so much more to the culture. I think that the importance of this class is to teach us not only to realize where we are at on the iceberg but to help us be more aware of the rest of the iceberg!
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