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Asado Argentine Grill and Cafe

So my friend, Zack,  served an LDS mission in Argentina. 

I had never tried Argentine food.

So, naturally, that fact needed to change.

He took me to this great authentic Argentine Restaurant named Asado. The restaurant looked amazing. Zack pointed out the authentic Football jersies hanging on the wall and the mural of his city, Buenos Aires. He told me stories of different street vendors he would run into and the standard street dishes, one of which was on the menu: Choripan.

Zack claimed that you could get one or two for about $1.50 down there, and so that was what he would eat most of the time. It was his favorite dish, he claimed. 

Grinning, I decided to order it to see what the fuss was about.

a generic Choripan that was similar to the one I ate

It. Was. Delicious. 

Choripan is this sausage sandwich with cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, onions and some sauce that I couldn’t quite identify but was amazing. I took one bite and I was hooked. Mouth watering, Zack asked if he could take a bite. I obliged. He ate it, slowly swallowed, and pronounced that the Choripan he ate wasn’t ever nearly as fancy as the one I had in my hands. I still thought it was amazing, and am thoroughly excited to go back to this restaurant and try authentic Argentine food again.

February 21, 2018   No Comments

Post 4

If I had to pick out one thing so far in the semester that has stood out to me it is my own shallowness. I have always considered myself a considerate person and I try to look for the good in others and situations. This class has happened to open my eyes even more. I have come to understand that there are things that I have not even considered when looking into others culture and situations. I think that one of the main learning outcomes of this class for me is to learn to be open to others and learning. I think that this class has helped me to learn to only take offense if something is meant to be offensive.
Adonica Limon reminded me not to be so quick to judge others. Everyone in life has different challenges. Her story reminded me to smile at others. I was taught growing up that you should smile at others because you don’t know what they might be going through, someone could have died, they could have been in a car accident. I think in any culture and situation you should try to uplift and cultivate positive things in your life and in the lives of others. Because of my own paradigm, I am quick to forget that others have much harder situations. The overall takeaway for me from the video was that if you persevere and find self-worth you can show the world that you are important.

February 19, 2018   No Comments

So Far So Good

Just a quick update on the class seems about right at this point. We have spent the last portion of the semester talking about culture and self-identity. We have even gotten into presentations within the class talking about different types of language, like ebonics. We have looked at the difference between peace and harmony and the way it can be seen in a different light from culture to culture. 

So far, the discussion of self has been the most interesting for me. There are a great deal of factors that go into dealing with self, and allowing the self to develop. Learning to develop yourself, and being comfortable to really face yourself are two challenging things to face. Culture has such a huge impact on how a person develops, what they see in life, how they act, the way they think and respond. Culture is everything in regards to who we are. 

In Adonica Limon’s video we watched of her story, she really had a challenging experience growing up because of her ethnicity. Though she was an islander, she was very light skinned for being an islander. So she was called names referring to her lighter skin. Then coming to the united states, people see her as black, or they have a hard time seeing her ethnicity and who she is. This feeling must seem very liminal in nature. Belonging in two places, but not feeling like either is home. This would not make it easy to find peace with yourself, or others, nor harmony. 

I don’t have the experience that she had growing up, but I certainly had my own challenges when it came to developing myself, and journeying through my own experience with culture. It is not that this pursuit is easy, but rather necessary to discover life to its fullest. 


February 18, 2018   No Comments

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One thing that has stuck with me from our classroom discussions was self-identity and culture. What I’ve kept with me and thought about is how we gain our sense of self. We do this through interactions with others, comparing ourselves and then making decisions, and by what other people say about us. I think that it’s very true that people can become what others label them as. It sometimes has a sad psychological effect, like with telling someone they’re lazy or not very smart, so then they begin to believe these things about themselves. This topic of self-identity really made me think about myself and do a self assessment of how I’ve gained mine and what’s influenced it. 

I’ll be upfront and honest that I didn’t get through all of Adonica’s presentation before I was interrupted and forgot to go back and watch it. But, I did make it through a little more than half. I’ve actually thought about her each day and how difficult her situation was, yet how bright she is and her perseverance. She graduated high school early and went on to pursue college as a single mother despite all of her life challenges. I’ve thought about the comment made where she was too white in Hawaii, but too dark in America. This separation from her and the rest of her culture must have been difficult on her as a young girl. 

Over the past few weeks what I’ve really noticed is how I’ve become cautious when it comes to talking about/with other races, ethnicity, and cultures. Because of this class I think I’ve become hyper-aware of being respectful and understanding. I know that I am naive when it comes to people who come from different lifestyles, religions, countries, etc. and I believe it has a lot to do with where I was raised. I grew up in North Ogden, UT where it’s very white. If you were a different color you were either 1. adopted or 2. Hispanic. I grew up in the “in group” there wasn’t the feeling of needing to be courteous of other’s ways of life and culture like I feel now. Just about everyone was like me: white, the same religion beliefs, and around the same socioeconomic class.  

With my refugee mentorship coming up I hope that everything we’ve talked about in class will help me feel prepared. I don’t know entirely why I’m feeling nervous, but the majority of it probably comes from my desire to not be a someone who makes them fell like they should do everything “the American way” or offending them in some way. So far though, I’ve learned that if I am kind, willing to learn about them, and show them that I’m trying everything will work out ok!


February 18, 2018   No Comments


I have been surprised at the depth of unawareness I have found myself in. I never realized how difficult it is for different people who are in cultural out groups to be efficient in a new culture. They have a lot more work to do.


I also have been surprised at how much I value culture. We need it. To me culture is like leave no trace. It is super important to go visit wild places and leave them wild. In the last blog post about language change I had such strong feelings stirred. We need different cultures. It is so important to preserve them and maintain the values from each one.. I would say I lean hard that way much more than I lean toward combining cultures for my own convenience.


Watching that video was slightly annoying at first. I was struggling with the fact that she was so avoidant of sharing her age and struggled with so many things. My eyes were violently opened when she started sharing her story about her marriage and her sons. DANG. She has gone through so much. Many things I have never experienced myself. I was humbled and felt a great deal of empathy for her.


Our perspective is EVERYTHING. The paradigm she held as a full time student (overtime) thinking that over twenty credits was normal.. Wasn’t normal. In fact it was amazing. She was incredibly determined to double major and double master. She has done some incredible things because she wanted to give her children a better life than what she had. I have so much respect for her. I want to change the perspective we have about brown people.

February 18, 2018   No Comments

Post #4

I have really enjoyed taking this class and have noticed a lot of things stand out to me so far. I have become more aware of how I perceive other people and how I communicate with those who are different from me. I also have started to observe what is apart of my culture and how I identify/present myself. This class is different than any other class that I’ve taken because I’m actually applying the things that I learn. I have a stronger desire to understand those of a different culture than me and am trying to communicate more effectively with those that are different from me. 

I gained a lot from watching Adonica Limon’s video. I was moved by her story and by her resilience. It was interesting to hear how other’s viewed her with their cognitive concept’s and how that affected her. I think it’s inspiring to know that there is someone who has created her own destiny. She acclimated to a different culture and created a better life for herself. I love that she showed even if you were given nothing, you can make what you want of it.  Adonica inspired me to be more compassionate to those who are living in poor conditions and to try and serve others whenever I can.  

February 18, 2018   No Comments

Post 4

I’ve really enjoyed attending class this semester. I’ve found myself looking forward to the topics that are going to be brought up in class. I can relate to many of the experiences that are brought up. I really like the fact that everyone comes from a different background and everyone brings a new perspective to everything. It really allows you to appreciate other people and the differences in culture. I have started to look at people different in a totally positive way. I feel like I can accept differences much easier and that essentially make me a more patient person and more pleasant to be around.

Communication is such a vital tool to human existence, and I’m really enjoying learning more about it. Adonica Limon taught me a lot about that. Watching that video made me more grateful for my life, and made me feel super blessed. I sometimes think that things like that really don’t happen, but they are a true and sad reality. When we learn from other people, we built as a community and nation. I want to help people who feel like they don’t belong.

February 18, 2018   No Comments

..she was a lion all along

There are a lot of concepts that have stood out to me this semester but the thing that especially changed my perspective was watching the Babakiueria film because it helped me look beyond my own viewpoints and see how another person could feel discriminated against because of the color of their skin.

It also demonstrated how easy it is to misunderstand and make assumptions about another culture. I think this concept of misunderstanding ties into what we learned from the Ebonics presentation because many people assume that black people are “dumb” or “illiterate” because they talk differently.

However it was pointed out that the way they talk is rooted in their history and that we mistake them for being “dumb” or “illiterate” because we fail to realize that black language is a part of their background and culture.

I loved Adonica’s story and found her to be an incredibly inspirational and amazing women. I appreciated her vulnerability and her willingness to venture back to the dark places in her life in order to share with us not only her trials but also her triumphs.

It seemed that from a young age, Adonica struggled with feelings of adequacy and acceptance. My heart dropped when she talked about how neither culture accepted her because she was half Hawaiian and half American.

She said she didn’t fit in with the white kids because she was “too brown” and she didnt fit in with the brown kids because she was “too white”. I can’t image feeling like a didn’t belong at such a young and impressionable age.

The other thing I noticed is that she didn’t have a lot of people in her life that encouraged her and told her that she was capable of doing hard things. She described a memory of how her school counselor told her that she should choose a different career path after she told them she wanted to be a doctor because they didn’t believe she had what it took. 

As she was telling these experiences, I thought about chapter 6 and how it talks about self-identity and how it is shaped through society and our social interactions with others. I couldn’t help but wonder how society and Adonica’s interactions with people, like the school counselor, affected her identity and how she thought of herself as a person.

 As she continued her story, I could tell that she had to fight against the identity that society and others helped her develop. She had to overcome those thoughts of “I am not good enough”, “I am not smart enough”, “I am not pretty enough”, “I am not brown enough, “I am not white enough” to accomplish what she endeavored to do.

For this post, I chose the picture of a cat with the shadow of a lion because it reminds me of Adonica’s story. Her whole life she was told she was a small simple cat but the truth was she was a fierce and courageous lion the whole time.

I am grateful for Adonica’s story and her example of service, love, and endurance but even more so, I am grateful for this class and the knowledge it is giving me in learning not only to communicate with other cultures but to understand them as well. 

February 18, 2018   No Comments

Post 4 2-18-2018

So far this semester I would have to say that one of the things that has stood out to me the most is just the amount of exposure I am getting to other cultures through both the official lessons that our professor presents and the lessons that each group presents on Wednesdays. I’m particularly a fan of the Black language lesson we did a few weeks ago and the little quiz that involved trying to figure out slang and other words that come from Black culture. It was just really interesting for me to not only learn these new words, but to learn where they originated from as well. One of the other lessons that I really liked was the recent one where the students invited the hypnotherapist woman whose name unfortunately escapes me. I had never really though that stuff like hypnotherapy worked, but after following her instructions during the example I have to admit that I had never really felt quite that relaxed before and it has made me want to look into it more to help me with my sleeping problems. 

As for the Adonica Limon video I have to admit that I was really touched by the story that was told through the video and the hardships that Adonica Limon had to deal with growing up really just blew my mind and really made me think about how different my bringing up was. I actually found it kind of hard not to tear up a little bit and I really liked some of the questions that the students posed. I felt like it really helped add to the whole lesson that the story was trying to convey about how our cultures and backgrounds effect not only our history, but our present day selves as well.

On a side note, I went and saw Marvel’s Black Panther this weekend and, while the story is set in the fictional African country of Wakanda, the story still deals a lot with Black culture all around the world and how the places we grew up in and the people we were around during our lives really effect our world view and the decisions we make. I found it to tie in astonishingly well with a lot of the stuff we have been discussing in class lately and I would definitely recommend it to any classmates who haven’t seen it yet. You can even watch it without really having to have seen all of the Marvel movies up until this point all you’ll end up missing out on is a joke or two. 

February 18, 2018   No Comments

Post 4

Intercultural Communication Encounters has been a fun class so far. I have always enjoyed learning about other cultures, and there are a few things that have really stood out to me this semester.

The first was when we watched the video on “babakuarea.” It really made me question the way that we think of and treat people of other cultures. It was frustrating watching people who didn’t understand our culture, try to explain it. It also felt very condescending. I can understand now why people think that tribal cultures are savages or primal, because that is the way we have been taught. It may not have been intentional, but it is the consequence of our actions.

In Adonica Limon’s video, she mentioned some cultural references that she hears on a regular basis that seem to bother her. She talked about how people ask her if she plays the ukulele or if they can touch her hair. I personally never thought questions like that would be offensive, but I understand that she feels stereotyped by them. It has made me rethink what I will ask people when I meet them, in hopes that I don’t offend anyone. I suppose this shows some of my unconscious incompetence in this area.

Adonica also mentioned that she didn’t feel as if she belonged into any particular in-group because she was half white and half islander. She didn’t feel fully accepted by either race, and so she had a hard time fitting in her communities, both in Hawaii and Utah.

On a different topic, something that I really enjoyed learning about this semester was cultural language. For example, some students did a presentation on ebonics, and it was fun to learn a few of the words that are used in black culture. It was also fun to watch the videos on how people from the southern United States vs. eastern United States have different words for different things. Having lived in various parts of the country, this lesson made a lot of sense to me. Silly things from when I was a child have never changed from when I grew up in the east coast. For example, when someone sneezes here, most people say “bless you,” where I say “excuse you.” Also, when people play the game ‘rock, paper, scissors,’ most people play on the word “scissors,” where back east you add the word “shoot” at the end and play on “shoot.”

Finally, learning about in-groups was also very interesting. The visual aid of splitting up into groups based on shoe choices, and then making assumptions about those people was enlightening. I realized that I have made many assumptions about out-groups that probably weren’t true, and I have been upset at others for making assumptions about my in-groups. As stated earlier, I will strive to stop making assumptions about other people in the future.

February 18, 2018   No Comments