Project #87663 - culture diversity

What do you believe are the advantages and disadvantages of learning about a specific culture if you plan to live or work abroad for a year? Explain the reasons for your answer and give examples.

 

 

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What do you believe are the advantages and disadvantages of learning about a specific culture if you plan to live or work abroad for a year? Explain the reasons for your answer and give examples.

Advantages: If I learned and know about the culture of any country that I want to go it should be easier for me to adapt with the environment of that country. For example, I have not been to any countries beside of my country except America. I was coming to United States to study abroad as international student. Before I came to United States, I have learned a lot of things about U.S. from my friends who are currently studying in U.S. and my uncle who has lived in American for more than 30 years to give me an advice. Moreover, I also did some researches about United States such as culture, life style, activities, and so on of American people. When I came to American, I had adapted with the environment here faster than other people who did not know anything about U.S. The only one thing that I trouble is language. It took me like a lot of time to learn English to be able to communicate with other people around me.

Disadvantage: If I plan to go to any countries that I have not been before without getting to know about the culture, life style, activities, and so on of that country, then it will be hard for me to adapt with that country especially people who are living this that country. If I do anything that not belongs to that country, then people will laugh at me and evaluate my country in a bad way. For example, Singapore is a one of a cleanest country in the world. If the polite or other people see you throw garbage on the street, you will have to pay for the penalty fee for polluting their environment. Also, people will think about your country in a bad way. They could think the environment in your country very polluted because there are a lot people doing a same thing like you.

Tony.

 

2nd:

The advantages of learning about a specific culture is that you are able to have an idea about how the community or social standards are applied in the country. Based on my experience, I used to study in singapore for awhile, fortunately me and my family have been traveling to the country before, so it helped me to assimilate myself in the new society with having known the basic of what to-do or not to-do. Different from when I was transferred to the states for the first time, and it was 2010. My dad told me to go by myself, since it was my first time in the states, seattle to be specific, I had to learn about the culture as I go daily without knowing any information about it before, however luckily I have a friend of mine from back in high school who I can ask for help. One of the disadvantages of not learning about a specific culture is that we can suffer culture shock. we may face different types of people coming from other backgrounds with a varieties of attitudes that we may have not seen before. The food and the weather might also shock us, just like when I was here the first time and on my very first week here in seattle the snow came, so I had to coupe with the weather conditions. Another disadvantages is that a person will have the bigger chances of being manipulated without learning about the specific culture. For example, there was a true story from the Indonesian student community here in seattle, where two guys was just arrived in seattle for at least 1/2 weeks to attend school in north community college. I was told by my friend who attended the same school, he said both of them went shopping at night and went home by bus without knowing that it is pretty dangerous to be walking with shopping bags after 9 or 10 pm. So in the middle of the way they got stopped by 3 black guys who took all their belongings since they can not fight back. Therefore, I believe it is important to at least learn about the basic of a specific culture before planning to live or work abroad.

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