1. Define what you think “culture” is in one paragraph.
2. In the next paragraph, describe some aspects about your culture, including how the circumstances of where you grew up, your family, school, identities, and wider society have shaped your culture.
3. Next, write about an encounter with cultural difference (this could range from interacting with a neighbor from a different ethnic group or a different religion than yours to traveling or living in a different country).
A. Describe that encounter and what made it intercultural, and how you initially felt about the encounter and why. Was there anything about the encounter that made you uncomfortable and why (or why not)?
B. Describe any challenges you had communicating or understanding the other person, or if no challenges, why not.
C. Describe an assumption you held about them or vice versa.
D. Describe how you felt after the encounter and why.
E. Finally, based on your experience, describe one factor or characteristic that promotes a successful or rewarding intercultural encounter (maybe it was something you did, or something you realize you should have or should have not done). What did you learn from this intercultural encounter that might help you navigate a similar encounter in the future?
Explanation & Answer
➢ Elements of culture
➢ School, family, community and identity
Encounter with a different culture
➢ Western culture
➢ Lessons learned
Running head: CULTURE
People belong to different cultures but it is good to have a clear understanding of what
culture really means. Ideally, culture is the way of life of a particular segment of people. For
example, a culture of a person can entail the types of foods eaten, the accepted ways of
conduct, ways of communication, livelihood, religion and rituals among others. Basically,
culture can be said to be the totality of all learned and socially transferred behaviours.
Arguably, every society in the world has a culture and every culture is shaped by its unique
elements such as ideas, beliefs, customs and values. This paper, therefore, seeks to explore
my culture which is Chinese culture in details and also relate the same with the American
My culture, the Chinese culture is diverse as well as unique while at the same time
homogenous. Chinese people have remained to be the custodian of their culture for a long
time, and this is the reason the country has very strict r...