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Babakieuria video

Well first of i liked the Babakieuria video and thought it was very informative (in a interesting different way). I think it helps shed some understanding to non minorities how have very little understanding of what its really like to be a minority. The start of the video, were the “Blacks” find the barbecuing “Whites” and ask what they call this place, the “Whites” replay with “barbecue area”. The “Blacks”  state “I like it” and then place their flag and claim it. This simple first part of the film has a deeper meaning then just something funny. Later in the film a “White” family is asked what they have planned for the founding holiday. The reply “oh i did not know about that” tells about the difference in views of the two cultures. The “Whites” had been their long before the “blacks” and their founding day would obviously not be the same as the “Blacks”. So the Whites” do not hold the founding day with any importance. Its interesting that the interviewer states the day is to celebrate how they (both “Blacks” and “Whites” cultures) have grown so much. Yet as you clearly see throw out the video, the”Blacks” are really only celebrating what they have done. Interesting to see the far different culture views explained here.

One of the most interesting facts i got from the book chapter 3 was conscious incompetence. I believe most of use reach this point very quickly when we enter a new culture. Most of use can pick up on non verbal contamination. This basic form of communication is cross cultural. If you were invited to eat at a friend home, in lets say Tonga. But you did not eat very much food. they may see this as a insinuate to there cooking. You may not even notice your wrong doing until you see how people are looking at you. At this point you will start to pick up that you may have done something wrong. Although you will not know what that is unless you ask or someone tells you. Non the less you know due to non verbal communication of a wrong. This is Conscious incompetence.

September 13, 2017   No Comments

Journal # 2

There’s a lot I’ve thought about over these chapters, and I’m not sure how to organize my thoughts. Firstly, I want to mention the concept of competence. This idea was first introduced to me when I called an intercultural consultant in the area to ask him if I could do an internship with him. He was unable to undertake me, but he did give me some advice. He told me if I want to work as an intercultural consultant, I need to get to the level of unconscious competence with Japanese culture. In some ways, I’m already there. I bow, I sense the atmosphere, I know how to eat. But in some ways, I’m so far off. Mostly, I’m not there with the language. If it’s an easy conversation, I can speak without thinking. But if it’s new vocabulary or something complicated, I stumble. I need more practice. 

In regards to Babakiueria, I feel that this film was brilliant in many ways. The satire was used perfectly to explore what it would be like to reverse the roles of racism. Of course, I had thought about this before. What if I, a white privileged American, was in the position of a minority? How would I feel? But watching it be played out in the film was eye-opening indeed. We had to laugh, but it was also disturbing to know that the Aboriginal genocide, the stolen generation, and other atrocities really happened not that long ago. This notion of colonialism and white man’s burden has always disturbed me. Why is our culture imposed upon theirs? What would the world be like if we had not destroyed so many ancient and beautiful cultures? One can only imagine, but sadly it is too late. I simply hope that we can try from here on to be more sensitive, engaging, and encouraging members of society rather than insisting that our way is the best. 

September 13, 2017   No Comments