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Awakening

Hey Y’all. I’m going to be straight up with you and be fully transparent with this post. I started this class with what chapter one calls a,”economic imperative” for learning more about inter/cultural communication. I knew that it would benefit me in the future in business and what not seeing how I am going into HR and a part of my future career will delve heavily into inclusivity and diversity. However in just the past couple of weeks from reading the chapters and going to class I have realized that my paradigm or view of intercultural communication is shifting and I am motivated to learn more about it because I see the value in using what I learn in this class to become more a more ethical US and world citizen. I am also more motivated to learn in this class to help promote more peace in our society that desperately needs someone to advocate and understand and communicate competently with other cultures. I would say that that is the biggest “take aways” I have from our reading from chapter 1 and 2.

So I am from Draper Utah and I come from a LDS background. I served a mission in the New Hampshire Manchester Mission and I am now a junior here at UVU studying speech comm with a minor in HR. I have been married for just over a year now to my amazing wife. I look forward to getting to know all of you more.

September 8, 2017   No Comments

introduction

I absolutely love learning about culture and all the different diversity that it entails. I am lucky enough to have been able to experience many different cultures in my lifetime. My dad was born in Syria and immigrated to the U.S. when he was younger, so I was raised in a big, loving, Armenian family. They do things a lot differently, and I grew up seeing a lot of my dads siblings in their arranged marriages and different way of living. They brought a lot of traditions and components from the “old-land,” so I was raised on Armenian food, growing out hair and wearing black after a death of a family member, going to Armenian school, and participating in Armenian funerals. 

In Chapter 2, we talked about different components and mores that are apart of culture. It is so interesting to learn about these when it is something we have participated in our whole lives.  For example, some hidden components in American culture is not to talk about weight or even body changes in general. However, in Armenian and Middle Eastern culture, there is no offense in bringing up how much weight you’ve gained or the size of your feet or the acne on your face. This blunt truth is something that isn’t considered rude or impolite, even though to Americans it is incredibly innapropriate. 

We learn so many different aspects to our social identification in our different cultures we are raised in as well as surrounded by. It is so interesting to learn about something we might not necessarily be aware of even though it is something we are involved in everyday.  

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Introduction and Chapters 1 and 2

Hey everyone. My name is Jordan Berger. I’m originally from a small dairy farming town right outside of Ogden, Utah called Farr West. I’m currently studying at communications at UVU and hoping to be a journalist one day. With the intercultural communications class that I’m in we just recently studied the first two chapters that were about what culture is, intercultural and cross-cultural communication. I actually really enjoy studying about other cultures even though I’ve only been out of the country once in my entire life (and it was only to Alberta, Canada). The point that really hit me between these two chapters was when we talked about cultural mores and how bias is reinforced by powerful groups and social structures. Other than when I’m in a class studying culture I don’t really think much about culture and how it affects my daily life. For me it’s crazy to see how much our own cultures really do affect us. For example, I agree that there are many social norms, values and beliefs that affect us greatly. I also think that a lot of times we don’t even think about it especially if we’ve been apart of the culture for a while. There obviously is a specific culture here in the United States but I would say that there’s even one here in Utah and there was even one in my hometown. In my hometown, almost everyone knows everyone and a lot of people are even related to each other. This is because most people when they grow up, leave for a little while for usually college but then they come right back to Farr West and live only a neighborhood or a few streets away from their siblings or parents. Whenever someone who was brand new moved into the town and wasn’t related to anyone else, they were seen as new and different. Not bad just different from the social norm. Everyone in that town is also very friendly to their neighbors and most people know everyone else. So neighborhood and city social gatherings are a very common thing where I’m from. This is something that is the social norm in that town and it’s because a powerful group (the big families in my hometown) keep traditions like that going. Because my family grew up in that culture, we were always very close with our extended family as well. That’s why I feel that it was strange for me when I got married and my wife automatically met all of my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins and we’ve done many things with them since then but she’s not close with her extended family at all. In fact, I haven’t met most of them and everyone else I’ve only met once or twice. The funny thing is that it’s not like my wife grew up on the other side of the planet but she grew up in Highland, Utah. So we weren’t raided too far away from each other but there was already these differences between the cultures we grew up with. So going over these things during these first two chapters really made me think specifically about the cultures I grew up with. 

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Thoughts on Chapters 1&2

Getting to know me:

Hi, I am Kaylee Bott. I am a junior at Utah Valley University and I am majoring in Communications and Public Relations. I play softball for the University. This is my first semester here after transferring from Salt Lake Community College. I have one brother and he has autism. He is one of my best friends. I love to travel and do activities outdoors.

Thoughts on Chapters 1&2:

I liked from chapter one the self-awareness imperative.  The definition of ethnocentrism stuck out most to me because it states how we see the would from our own perspective and not everyone else’s. We often times see things as someone doing something wrong, but in all reality, we don’t try to see how it could be right. 

Chapter two was about cultural mores. We discussed norms, values, beliefs, customers, perception, traditions, relationships, orientation of time, and components of competence. Five areas of common cultural problems are; power distance, individualism vs collectivism, masculinity and femininity value, uncertainty avoidance and long term vs short term orientation. These are all very common problems you see in todays world. I also really like the components of competence because many times you do not realize you offended someone or are naturally refusing to go against your norms. It is good to be aware of that. 

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