Monday, May 8, 2017
In this unit, we learned about culture. This unit was the most interesting to me because I learned so many new words and the meaning behind them. A word that we learned this unit was ethnocentrism. Ethnocentrism is the evaluation of other culture according to preconceptions originating in the standards and customs of one's own culture. In today's society, people tend to judge others based on their culture. For example, in Muslim culture, women must cover their entire bodies with a hijab. People who are not Muslim may believe that women should not have to cover their entire body from head to toe and should be more free with the clothing that they wear, but that is what Muslim culture follows. We also learned that many cultures use different gestures, norms, and language. In order to get a waiter's attention in the Middle East, you clap your hands. But, in America we just call them over to our table. Also, in other cultures, certain hand gestures can be offensive. In America, when using the hand gesture "ok" it means ok, but in Italy it means "butthole!" I had no idea that it meant butthole in Italian, until Mr. Salituro stated it. I think that that is really funny! I think that it was a fantastic idea to learn about the different gestures and norms in different cultures. It was interesting to see how America is different compared to so many other cultures.