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.


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