1 11th AP Language and Composition 09 December 2012 Adapting to a New Culture As an immigrant we are faced with the fear of forgetting our culture, it’s values, and the root or our origins. We have to deal with the guilt of leaving our beloved land of birth behind and emerging in a new homestead with all of its uncertainties and cultural changes. Empathy invading us as we fail to comprehend if these adjustments in our life will transform our identities as we strive to adapt and conquer this new journey. Most likely there will be a cultural-shock, but as an immigrant we must be willing to deal with the diversities associated with migrating to a new country, with all its indifferences. If we are not open to change, we will just make it that much harder on ourselves, as it is tremendously beneficial to accept this new experience and completely embrace it. Bharati Mukherjee, a Hindu immigrant from Calcutta, shares her story of migration on her article American Dreamer, articulating that she considers the arrival to a new country a gain rather than a loss as others may presume . Adapting to this unfamiliar ethnicity will have its challenges, however, if we persevere we will have gained an additional citizenship, with no loss or deterioration of our original nationality. We do not renounce our heritage simply because we assume possession of our new status; this simply makes us stronger. No one ever said it would be easy. Immigrants face many grievances as this country has its own standards and customs that we are not acquainted with. Even something as simple as our name can be a hinder to us when we migrate to America where as in our homeland it had a meaning. Firoozeh Dumas, an immigrant who came to America with her family at a very young
age, faced “the name” dilemma throughout her childhood. She endured endless humiliation, due to others ignorance, as her name would be pronounced wrong or changed for comical advantages not...
Adjustment to a New Life
Got used to life in a newculture it is easy or simple? Most people who move to another country that has a completely different culture from their have a difficult time for a first several years. Some people adapt very easily, but some of them take much longer to do so. Definitely, everyone need for some time to go through changes and start a new life at a new place. I’m not an exception. I came to the United States three years ago to start a new life with new opportunity. I just had imagination about America from movies, not from real life. Like many other once I crossed the threshold of another country and left everything I went to a newculture. Based on Peter Gardner’s “stages of cultural adjustment” (38) I was supposed to pass through all steps of cultural adjustment. But not all of those stages worked in my situation.
The first step according to Gardner is the “honeymoon period” (38). At this stage everything are supposed to seem “intriguing” and “exciting” (38). But I must skip this period because when I arrived in the U.S. I was really disappointed. All that I had seen on TV was not true when I came in Utica. I saw ugly houses, broken roads and no prospects in the future. I became sick. I was shocked. I did not expect to see “such America.” Probably my new life...
A Damage Culture: A New Philippines?
The article was all about the condition of the Philippines way back in 1987 after dethroning Ferdinand Marcos by Corazon Coquangco Aquino. But I could say that the description of the writer is strongly evident until now.
The article revolved around how the damage culture affects Filipino lives. The writer had made good points in chunking the details. It has three main topics/ideas namely as: The Post Kleptocratic Economy, The Meaning of the Smokey Mountain and lastly The War of Every Man Against Every Man.
Let’s discuss these ideas on how it was represented by the writer, first the Post Kleptocratic Economy. Kleptocratic means a form of political and government corruption. During this time there were two foreign economists said that the Philippines is not good for manufacturing, agriculture, service and other industries and resources investment due to some problems. Smokey Mountain for us is a place where a mountain of garbage is located but for the people who lived here it’s like a paradise in where they earn their living. The people there were from Visayas looking their fortune in the urban place. It’s ok for them to live there because they were near from the city and malls. And lastly The War of Every Man Against Every Man a challenge for us how to restore our culture damage and not to pin point who was the reason why we are poor.
...Adapting to a NewCulture
Adjusting to a new government, similar to adjusting to a newculture requires learning and adapting to new rules and norms. Dealing with this kind of change comes with new lessons, new understandings of life and new perspectives. Individuals have to learn things from scratch, learn to understand theculture and most importantly, people have to stop making assumptions. Moreover, a newculture requires a new level of open-mindedness. This is not always an easy process to go through. However, through education, creating valuable relationships and a positive attitude, it is possible to gradually get used to the new environment.
One of the most important ways of adapting to a newculture is through education. For one, it is important to learn and understand the new rules and traditions that you are getting into. It is also important to not only learn through listening but through asking questions. In addition, if there are things that are not understood, it is helpful to clarify them before getting into potentially awkward and confusing situations. For example, an immigrant in a new country can go to a newcomer’s centre which will have activities,...
... Adjustment in a New Country
When you arrive in a new country with a different culture you can experience a wide variety of feelings and reactions.
For example, you may feel confused, nervous, irritable, uncertain and dependent on others, and you may miss your family and friends more than you expected. All these could mean you question your decision to come to Australia. Was it the right decision?
Coping with culture shock requires a special effort, but it is important to remember that you are not alone in your feelings of distress. Most people in their first weeks and months in a new country experience similar reactions - it is a normal response to a drastic change in your physical, social and cultural environment.
The following tips will help you adjust to a newculture:
Listen, observe and keep an open mind
You may be unfamiliar with the social rules in Australia. People show differences in their attitudes and behaviour. Try to listen carefully to what people are saying and observe their body language closely. In other words, concentrate on both verbal and non-verbal communication techniques. You may discover the meaning intended by observation and interpretation rather than assuming from past experience in your own culture.
If some of these non-verbal signals are insulting in your culture, don't take it personally. For example,...
...NewCulture, New Language
Imagine being in a new place in a new country, where you can’t understand the people talking to you, or even a simple street sign. This all happened to me the summer before my first year of high school when I went to Guatemala. By working closely with the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate, there was no hesitation when my church was offered the opportunity to work internationally with such an amazing organization. Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit Christian housing organization that works all over the world providing low cost homes for those in need. The chance to go to Guatemala sounded amazing, but going to a country with such a different culture and language than my own made me nervous. On the other hand, I was so excited to be able to have such a great opportunity presented to me.
I planned on taking my first ever Spanish class in the up coming fall semester of my freshman year of high school. I knew going on this adventure that I would be at a slight disadvantage with the language barrier, but what I didn’t know what just how big of a disadvantage I had. While traveling to the country I thought it would be no big deal that I didn’t know the language. Little did I know, as soon as I got off the plane I felt like I was walking into a different world. I could not read a single sign in the Guatemala City Airport; I couldn’t even find the restrooms...
...The difficulties when I first adapt to western culture
With the accelerated process of globalization, the collision of the different foreign modern cultures brings enormous challenge to us. How to adapt to a unfamiliar culture soon is becoming an important element for the people who want to study or work abroad. The same as others, when I graduate from high school, I go to Australia to try a new life and start my university career. When I first arrive to Adelaide, I find a homestay whose host are Greeks. From then on, I first meet the western culture which is much different from Chinese culture and of course more or less I meet problems and misunderstand their meanings. I find that blend in a newculture is not easy but very interesting. I learn much from that.
Firstly I want to describe the problems in daily talking. My landlord’s name is Michael and landlady’s name is Olga. When I first see them, they let me directly call their name. In china, when you call older people’s name, you must say brother or uncle after their surname. That is a respectful form of address. However in western people more likely to call the name of the people no matter who they are. Even if they are your tutor or boss. In just few days, I am very shy to call their name and instead I call Micheal uncle and Olga aunt. They are very unhappy of that and told me that is misbehavior....
...Arriving in a new country or culture is something that all experience differently. Some it is all excitement at the new experiences and opportunities afforded by the change, for others it is largely fear at the changes they must undertake, learning different ways to function in their new environment, but for most it is a combination of the two, sitting somewhere between fear and excitement, expectation and trepidation.
As we become a more globalized society one would think that it would be easier to accept or even become a part of a different culture. Even with the current mainstream melting pot theory where all immigrants were expected to assimilate into the American mainstream while fighting for one country (immigrant assimilaiton, 1998) it is still a challenge to be completely assimilated to one culture. A few challenges are communication, customs and rituals, and interpersonal culture.
There is a common connection between communication and culture. They are termed the monolithic force and reflexive force.(J.Hall, 2005) Monolithic force states that casual force dictates how we will interact or communicate. Sherman Alexie mentioned he “grew up in a monoculture” where everyone knew each other. (Alexie, 2013) By living in a culture where everyone is interacts with each other daily one can predict how others will interact with you. Reflexive...
...Culture of new Zealand:
British and European Custom interwoven with Maori and Polynesian tradition.
Maori tradition dominated the beginning of human existence in New Zealand and has stayed around even as the culture modernized.
Māori established separate tribes, hunted and fished, traded commodities, developed agriculture, arts and weaponry, and kept a detailed oral history.
Regular European contact began approximately 200 years ago, and British immigration proceeded rapidly during the nineteenth century.
Colonists affected the Maori tradition by introducing religion, technology, and the English language.
European New Zealander’s, despite being far from Europe, kept strong ties to the “mother land.”
These ties were weakened by the demise of the British empire and their loss of special access to British meat and dairy markets.
More recently, New Zealand culture has been broadened by globalization and immigration from the Pacific Islands, East Asia, and South Asia. European and Māori remain the two largest ethnicities
Maori and Kiwi:
Language has evolved to two major languages, Maori and English. The two have influenced each other
Maori are friendly and place great value on hospitality
They are easy to get to know and will say hello to strangers.
They often break into speech or song and even if they don’t know each other they...