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  • Arab American Cultural Center
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    Arab Americans SOCI 3306 - MINORITY RELATIONS BY VERNE J. WASHINGTON Arab American is a long and proud history. Arab Americans have made significant contributions to society. They are doctors, lawyers, and educators to name just a few. What I'll be discussing will be not only their contributions to society, but their stereotypes as well. To start off, Arab Americans have been assimilated into the American culture and society over the past hundred plus years. During this time there has been gener...
  • Initiation Into American Culture
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    Initiation into American Culture: The Hollywood Smoke Screen As a foreigner looking inward through a glass window, the foundation of the American culture appears to be based on the idealism of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Each year thousands migrate into the United States in search of freedom, democracy and the distinguished American Dream. The perception of the American Dream is initiated by several secondary sources; one of significance being American films. The cultural initiat...
  • Difference Between Indian Americans And European Americans
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    When comparing the cultural differences between European Americans and Native Americans, nothing can be said about Native Americans as a whole. Every tribe is different from every other in some aspects and similar in other aspects. In general we can express cultural differences; how differently we see things and vision things, look at things, language, religion, and cultural holidays. For instance, squatness is dominant in American mainstream culture. We presume that our way of living, our way o...
  • American And Japanese Cultures
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    Introduction It was my first day in high school. Standing alone in the middle of the play ground looking for anyone I know or can talk to, my eyes was searching all over the place. A pretty blond girl standing alone was a scene that, for sure, attracted my attention then. The moment my eyes saw her, my mind started thinking of ways to talk to her. After some time wasted thinking, I saw a girl I know approaching the blond. Not willing to waste such opportunity, I marched forward toward them. We h...
  • Mainstream American Culture Some Individual Sub Cultures
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    Critical Analysis Of 'Identity Crisis' and 'Oppositional Dress " In Minabrere Ibelema's essay 'Identity Crisis', Ibelema suggests that the mainstream american culture is so powerful that all cultures conform to it. Ibelema does this by showing how the mass media portrays African Americans in relation to their cultural identity by using situation comedies as a measuring tool. Of the episodes Ibelema uses very few of them look at African Americans cultural identity. However, what they do is briefl...
  • American Cultural Literacy
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    Cultural Literacy According to E.D. Hirsch According to E.D. Hirsch, to be culturally literate is to possess the basic information to thrive in the modern world. It is the 'grasp on the background information that writers and speakers assume their audience already has. ' Inh is book, Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know, Hirsch sets forth 5,000 essential words and phrases of which each person should be knowledgeable. The list ranges from idioms to mythology, from science to fairy...
  • Afro American Existentialist Tradition Posits Afro
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    Philosophy and the Afro-American Experience In this thesis, Cornel West attempts to illustrate that particular techniques in certain forms of philosophy could enable one's understanding of the Afro-American experience. West uses the term, Afro-American philosophy when referring to these techniques. The author shows historical background of these techniques, and the effect that have on Afro-American philosophy. West also depicts, what results such a philosophy should yield. Philosophers such as M...
  • American Idea Of Cultural And Racial Superiority
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    Deculturalization refers to the 'stripping away of a people's culture and replacing it with a new culture' (Spring 1). Deculturalization is one of the most inhumane acts one can partake in. A person's culture is his / her main defining feature. Culture is the medium through which people communicate their beliefs, values, and morals. Inserting one's own culture in place of someone's pre-existing culture is the basis of ethnocentrism. People have repeatedly become victims of deculturalization, esp...
  • Brave Orchids Stories Maxine
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    In her autobiography, The Woman Warrior, Maxine talks-story about how she grew up surrounded by the Chinese culture but went to American schools. How her mother told her stories of herself as a shaman and of Fa Mu Lan when Maxine brought home good grades. How she was put down by the Chinese sexism and rebelled from it. This is the story of Maxines search for a compromise between the American culture and the Chinese culture and how she eventually found a balance between the two cultures. When Max...
  • Specific Culture
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    Melting Pot or Mosaic, which one? Culture is a behavior that consists of several critical elements, such as language, religion, race and ethnicity, clothing and politics. Culture is what one does in his / her daily life. In order to understand others, we must first keep in mind that every culture carries its own set of values and assumptions. Culture is an evolving, ever changing civilization, which includes several different groups people. For immigrants, America is a land of opportunity; for o...
  • Ideal For American Culture
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    Conformity in the 1950's During the post WWII period in America, the face of the nation changed greatly under the presidency of Truman and Eisenhower. America underwent another era of good feelings as they thought themselves undef eatable and superior over the rest of the world. Communism was the American enemy and American sought to rid the world of it. Because of the extreme paranoia caused by Communism, conformity became an ideal way to distinguish American Culture from the rest. Conformity b...
  • Similarities Between The Yanomamo And Americans
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    There are many differences between the South American Yanomamo culture and the North American culture that we have adapted to, but just at there is culture diversity between us, we have some similarities. The ethnography, which is chose, was "Yanomamo" written by Napoleon A. Chagnon, anthropologists. Chagnon tells us how to it was to live among the Yanomamo family, political and warfare system versus the American Culture. The Yanomamo are of patrilineal culture, male oriented and very sexist. Fo...
  • American Writers Exploration Of Identity
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    In the second keynote address, Deborah Madsen (soon to take up the Chair of American Literature at the University of Geneva) spoke on Americanisation and Exceptionalism, a talk stimulated by a recognition that globalization is not limited to economic forces in general or even capitalism in particular, and some fear its impact as they see it upon the USA itself. Fundamentalist Christian web sites already see globalization as a multicultural threat to American exceptional ist values. The exception...
  • Save Face Cultures
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    In the book Iron and Silk, written by Mark Salzman as his point of view, is all about China. Throughout the book, Mark experiences many differences between the Chinese culture and his own American culture. Chinese people want to save face by doing some weird things. First example, kissing in China over the age of two is embarrassing for both children and parents. Mark finds Teacher Lui telling him a secret. Every night Teacher Lui kisses his older children when they are asleep. In the United Sta...
  • Part Of The Common Culture
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    Diversity of America has been affiliated by assimilation. This type of endeavor has been uniting the American people for many decades. Due to the general will of society, the common bond of being an American unites the cultural divergences. Although many cultures exist in society, the formation of a mutual purpose is shared. Many influences have contributed to the willingness to be part of the common culture shared by citizens of the United States. People want to be a part of the American cultur...
  • My Culture And The American Culture
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    Introduction Culture is the enduring behaviors, ides, attitudes, and traditions shared by a large group of people and transmitted from one generation to the next. In this paper I will describe what I think are the differences between my cultural background and the American culture. I will discuss some of the ideas and social structures found in my culture as well as my parents. I will also cover the attitude differences that exist between my culture and the American culture. Everyone knows that ...
  • Spread Of American Culture
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    It was the 1st of May 2003, my parents and I took a major decision. And we wondered if it was the right decision. A few months from then, their daughter would be on a jet plane flying thousands of miles away. Their lovely girl had secured admission in a prestigious American college. All the formalities were now complete, bags half packed and emotions on hold. It was a crucial period for my small family. I was in a suspended state of emotion myself -half scared, half excited. From the time my app...
  • Americans Into Three Different Groups
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    To define what an American is can either be complex or simple. America is full of diversity and to try to put a definition on such a unique and heterogeneous type of society can be rather difficult. But the fact that everyone in this country comes from somewhere else and that every person has the same unique drive to succeed makes it easy to define American as one type of people. In J. Hector St. John De Crevecoeur's "What Is an American?" he took the challenge in defining the American and expla...
  • Heritage From Other Countries
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    What is an American? Well that sounds simple, anyone with citizenship of the USA. But the problem with that answer is that nearly all of these citizens are just Americans by legal papers. The roots of Americans almost never originate from this country, or really even this continent. Thus, these citizens are really from other countries. When all of these people of separate cultures and ancestries combine, then we get Americans. Therefore, America is a melting pot of cultures. What really makes an...
  • American Culture And Globalisation
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    American Culture And Globalisation American Culture And Globalisation Essay, Research Paper The issue of American culture and its globalisation has raised a lot of controversy. Today we are able to witness an essence of American culture almost everywhere around the world by what we call cultural icons of our times. Sneakers, blue jeans, burgers, Hollywood blockbusters are only a few. To many, globalization is synonymous with Nike, Levi's and MTV. It crowns the United States the king of pop cultu...

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