Unity Day

I went to unity day about a month ago. I have to admit, I would not have not gone if it wasn’t for extra credit but after going, I wouldn’t say that it was a waste of time. It was actually pretty interesting. I got to try ginger tea from Saudi Arabia. Now I don’t usually like tea but I actually enjoyed ginger tea. It tasted a lot more sweet than other teas do. It tasted like ginger, big surprise there. I saw a man wearing a Golden Robe from Uzbekistan, it was called a Ton, and it was for ceremonial purposes. I also saw another man wearing a pretty cool shirt called a Kurta, it’s a casual shirt from India. I watched a few different music acts, some I liked, and some I didn’t like but there was two that seem to stand out. I saw a man from Thailand playing an acoustic guitar. The music was real mellow and the guitar riff reminded me of “Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd. I then talked to the man after his performance and he explained to me more about the song he had just played. His name was Mu Priaphan. The name of the song was “Home” the song’s meaning is about people living in the Northeast of Thailand trying to find jobs. Also another performance that stood out, not so much to me but I noticed the crowd was really into it, was a Saudi Arabian group. It started out with just one man singing and everyone was silent when he started singing. It broke out into some rap song and there were a lot of people in the crowd clapping along and dancing.  It seemed as though many of the Saudi’s knew this song. I had a good time at unity day and it was interesting to see other students in their native clothing, speaking their native language, eating their food, and being around so many other cultures from the world, all in one room. It kind of got me thinking, why can’t our cultures always coexist like this? Unfortunately I do not see this happening in the near future but I would like to believe that one day all our countries will coexist and maybe even be as one. Unity Day reminded me of the song “Imagine” by John Lennon. ” Imagine there’s no counties, it isn’t hard to do, nothing to kill or die for, and no religion too, imagine all the people, living life in peace” This quote I believe, sums up the real message behind Unity Day.

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Social Norms in Different Cultures

Social Norms: The Western World vs. The Rest

Different culturs have different social norms that many of outsiders may think to be odd. Some other cultures may get offended by some of our social norms and we also may be offended or appalled by their social norms.

In Malaysia it is very common for someone to eat something like rice with their bare right hand. The reason why they eat with their right hand and not their left is because they use their left hand to take care of bathroom needs. So it’s understandable why they would get offended if you used your left hand to shake hands. In middle-eastern countries, many females wear a Vail. It is not just a religious peace of clothing but a cultural peace of clothing, just how in America, we wear jeans.

When many foreigners come to the western world they are shocked at the clothing Americans wear. We do not always cover much of our bodies and they think that is offensive while Americans think it’s completely normal.

I think people need to be less ignorant and more understanding of other cultures. Even if you didn’t know about the social norm, if you see something that’s different, don’t judge it. Be a little less narrow-minded and accept people for who they are instead of judging them and assuming things when in reality you don’t know anything, you’re just talking out of your ass.

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Creative-Freedom From How Most People Think and Live DRAFT

Freedom- From How Most People Think and Live

Have you ever wanted to do something like drive to somewhere far away but let reasoning get in the way of actually ever doing it. Have you ever spontaneously just dropped what you’re doing and done something completely out there that people say you’re crazy? If you haven’t, I recommend you do it.  I have been living my life with this philosophy on life for a few years now and I’ve had a lot more fun than I would have if I was reasonable. Not only that but I believe I would not make it this far in life without this attitude. I would not have gone to college, I would not have been on the IUP Cross Country Team, and I would not be writing this to begin with.

Just one of the crazy things I have decided to do. Just about a month ago I drove to Key Largo Florida and I had just decided to do it only a week in advance. It was a 20 hour drive and I and my friends Ed and Paul rotated for a drive that did not stop from Philadelphia to Key Largo. My friend and x-girlfriend Kelly works in Key Largo for the Ocean Reef Club as a cook. She hooked us up with housing for four nights and it only cost us ninety-five dollars each. I would have paid more if I had to. I believe that you can’t let things like money hold you back from doing what you want to do. I’ve been broke many times due to my lifestyle but I’m always doing what I want and I’m more than happy doing it. I’ll admit it gets stressful sometimes but I’d rather take my risks in life than sit back and think about what I could’ve done.

I believe that this really reflects who I am as a person. I’m not afraid of failing, I don’t let things like norms and what people say, get in my way of doing what I want to do with my life. I feel so much more free than I used to when I was in early high school, saving money and  playing it safe.

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Dreaming in Chinese

1.) She got through the security by using body language and acting natural and confident as if nothing was out of the ordinary. She studied Chinese body language and learned about how it’s harder to tell by their tone but when you looked at their body language it was easier to tell. Her husband was asked by the guard for his passport. He showed them his driver’s license an  she said her magnetic key card and said it was for her apartment in  Beijing and was let through.

2.) I wouldn’t try what Fallows tried in America, it would not work. Just make sure you are doing everything you should and act relaxed.

3.) That they didn’t have heat in public schools. I think that’s pretty ridiculous.

4.) I would warn them about the driving laws definitely because it could be dangerous if they do not understand them.

5.) Having to carry a passport at all times.

6.) Drinking under the age of 21 and drug violations like possession, intent to sell, substance abuse exc.

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1. It shows that there were so many different things that came from other countries and those countries probably got there ideas from other cultures. We think that everything is an American invention but really very little has come from America compared to the rest of the world cultures.

2. Waking up, going to the bathroom, organizing the bedroom, checking the weather, getting dressed, eating breakfast, and going to work.

3. He doesn’t seem very Pro-America but he has a great point about the presumptions Americans make. His purpose for writing this was to show us how everything we use is originated from other cultures. I wouldn’t say everything but there certainly is a lot from other cultures. He seems to almost forget The United States invented electricity.

1. I would show the rest of the man’s life and identify the different foods he ate from different cultures throughout the day, Like eating Taco’s from Mexico or spaghetti from Italy. He might have some ice cream which is from China. Then he would come home and use some soap in the shower which was invented in Africa. He would then go to bed and that would be the end of his day.

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Nickel and Dimed

1. Finding a place to live within the budget. Living in either a flophouse or trailer.

2. Do everything as well as you can. Well is not good enough. That the workers were too smart for the jobs that they had. I was most surprised when the co-worker said “next they’re not going to let us have sex on the job”.

1. Ehreneich is just a middle class investigative reporter worker at a dead end job and quits because she will be able to make more money at Jerry’s while Tomoyuki Iwashita is worker in a high class job and quit because of it’s corrupt ways.

2. Ehreneich talks about how the working conditions have a lot of pressure and rules while al-Shaykh is more focused on the rights of the female workers.

1. I found workers who work two jobs more compelling because I myself have worked two jobs and ended up still not making enough myself. She really showed how with even working two jobs. Workers can still not get by in America.

2. It didn’t really change my preconceptions considering I am one. I had to work 3 jobs this summer and barley was able to pay my rent and I am now broke and looking for a job. I’ve worked with people who have been through hard times and had a lot of trouble finding a job and ended up with a job like working at a cemetery under the table for seven dollars an hour as a forty year old father with no wife to help with his daughter.

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