HW #3

1. One topic that is usually rude to talk about is deffinately income. Americans usually concider it part of their privacy and tend to keep that to only close friends or family. I think this is because most Americans are affraid that their income maybe low or lower than another person and don’t want to be looked down upon. Another personal topic in some cases can be their relationship with their spouce. Alot of Americans today end up becoming seperated thus the topic can be one that is followed by pain or anger. A final topic that tends to be rude is relgion. Someones relgion can be a very personal topic. If were to ask about someones relgion i think it could offend them fairly easily and put a bad vibe in the conversation.

2. Care of the elderly in the United State is very different. Here in the United States I see alot of families that feel as if care of the elderly is a burden. This is usually because we are such an independent nation that most families are miles apart and it requires much travel to take good care of our elders. As for Buddhist philosophy, they focus mainly on restraint and moderation. This is the exact opposite of American culture where we thrive on the theory “give me more, and more, and more,” from money, to objects, to food.

3.I think just growing up in my family has givin me a great deal of individulism. They have always preached to be my own person, and from a young age have givin me the freedom to become whoever I want to be. Some societies may more strict in who you should become or what is respectable to become, but that’s never been apart of my life.

Assignment #1

  1. In TV and the movies I’ve seen, it seems as if Americans would be depicted as people like Tom Cruise, or Charlie Sheen. By that I mean we are flashy people who tend to be all about themselves, with little concern for others. Also, on TV you see these real exciting, and crazy scenes that is supposed to be American life. This of course is not really how life in America is. I think movies and TV shows like to gives us this” big time” image because as a kid growing up, a lot of people probably want that type of life. The life of success, making a lot of money, with day to day excitement I guess is supposed to attract people to our country. It seems to me as if they want people to want to be Americans.
  2. The pamphlet depicts that Americans value their time greatly. “Time is money,” is a common phrase used in American society. I’m thinking a lot of Americans view their time as valuable, because we as a whole always seem to have something next on our plates. Like for example, we have to finish our work quickly, so we can hurry to get dinner, so we can go home and relax for the night before doing it all over again tomorrow.
  3. In the pamphlet it says that Americans don’t like to be interrupted because it is believed that it’s courteous not to do so. I agree. In most typical scenarios allowing all parties to say their part, usually allows conversations to go smoothly. Although, as we all know, this doesn’t always go as planned.
  4.   “However, differences based on social status may be more difficult to perceive than in many places and do not always have obvious effects on student life.” I find this sentence interesting because it’s something you don’t always think about. I definitely agree with it, and it really kind of makes you wonder what types of backgrounds the people you see every day actually have.