Mother’s Tongue vs. Public Language Richard Rodriguez and Amy Tan, both writers, talk about their experiences with non-American backgrounds living in America. In both of their essays "Aria: Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood" by Rodriguez, and "Mother Tongue" by Tan, are very similar in that they both emphasize the importance of language and describes how it affected their lives. Both Rodriguez and Tan stress the importance of their family's language. Tan expresses two major issues; how language has impacted both her and her mother's lives and the different English's she uses towards her mother and others. Similarly, Rodriguez explains how language has affected him and his family's lives and the transition from Spanish to English.
If we learn to look at another’s culture as their own particular style, it is easier to be objective, and less judgmental. Understanding the motives and purpose associated with behaviors, rituals, and beliefs of another culture is different than passing judgment and requires neither agreement nor disagreement. In an effort to gain a better understanding about differing marital practices for the purpose of this paper I will be looking at India’s arranged or pragmatic beliefs towards marriage from an emic or insiders point of view. Following the same vein, I will look at my own western belief system of romantic love from an etic or outsiders point of view. From the moment of inception until we are
Donovan Guerrero Professor Rebecca James English 1010 6 July 2014 In David Crystal’s article “2b or Not 2b”, Crystal discusses why he believes texting is not hindering or destroying language, but instead that the worries, which surround it, have come pointlessly with every new form of communication over time. He also says that texting may add a new dimension to communication, but that there are no substantial negative long terms effects. Ultimately he comes to reason that if a person texts in abbreviated English, they must already understand the way sounds and letters interact to actively create alternate forms of words, and that “If you are aware that your texting behavior is different, you must have already intuited that there is such
Her older son Haider is singing an American song, Susie Q, word for word but she recalls when she tried to get him to learn Urdu, “the words are too hard” (Naqvi 980). Naqvi is brave because she is raising a Pakistani family in America, but she still has the responsibility to maintain their native culture. This conception of the mixture of cultures resounds in her sons’ next question, “does that mean Mary is also a hybrid?” (Naqvi 980). This question alarms the mother because this is exactly what she was trying to avoid. Mary’s dad is Pakistani and mother is English which is comparable to a hybrid of some sort, but as a mother in America she must make sure her son doesn’t repeat those words because it is not socially
Tanya paints the picture with her observations with an example where after she introduced herself pronouncing her last name by rolling the r; she states, she picked up on the Hispanic instructor’s “Silent snag, the momentary hesitation I’ve come to expect.” (Barrientos, 2011) This hesitation makes her feel awkward like she may have to explain why she is Hispanic and taking an introductory Spanish course. She goes on to explain the similar reactions where the “white” people in the class give her subtle questioning looks. Sharing these personal experiences, make the reader relate and creates an emotional connection where they feel for
Provide the board with a summary on the legal approach to cultural inclusion. Include your ideas of a strategy for how ABC Corporation can encourage inclusion in the new multicultural workplace The legal approach to cultural inclusion is through the laws and regulations that encourage businesses to act in a fair and impartial manner towards its potential and current employees. The legal approach is to prevent discrimination The Civil Rights Acts of 1871, 1964, 1968, and 1991 discourage common types of discrimination Federal Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws make it a crime for an employer to discriminate based on race, national origin, gender, religion or creed. EEO goes beyond simply hiring somebody to include treating all employees fairly and justly ABC Corporation embrace diversity as a competitive advantage. Harmonizing and leveraging the diversity of our people will realize our full potential.
Baby steps such as legalizing gay marriage and racial profiling would eventually lead up to more direct laws to protect people against prejudice. And because the law applies to everyone and enforced, it cannot be ignored therefore will eventually be accepted society, removing prejudice from the picture. Any resistance against the law will be passing... fleeting and when people see it as a loss of freedom, it is not. As it liberates us from restrains such as discrimination that constantly holds us back. Initial rebellion and arguments against such laws will not last long and is a short term pain for a long term gain.
Decisions to assimilate teach newcomers how to behave in manners acceptable in the United States; however, rather than using the term assimilation, the better term is adaptation which, unlike assimilation, suggests finding equilibrium between retaining one’s past identity yet still accepting and submitting to new cultural values that are acceptable in the new country—those being English fluency and new traditions. While some proponents would argue that forcing assimilation into the United States denies freedom of expression, ultimately the government does not suppress values of different ethnic groups. Therefore, United States residents should be able to adopt new traditions more acceptable in this country while still having the choice to hold onto past traditions from their old world culture. Although the United States celebrates ethnic diversity, certain circumstances such as school, the workplace, and media require people to understand English. Granted, the nation has no official language, as English is only its de facto language (Shin and Bruno 1).However, as the 2000 U.S census bureau explains, “The ability to communicate with government and private service providers, schools,
Furthermore, Hofstede (1980; 1991, 252) had first argued that IBM culture as well as the occupational culture is homogeneous across all subsidiaries and that differences must hence be due to national culture. Later, he (1991, 253, 182) acknowledges that there are, in fact, differences in organizational culture (Spender, 1998) which, however, would allegedly (McSweeney, 2002) not reflect differences in values and hence not distort his findings. McSweeney (2002, 99) also questions the remaining assumption regarding universally shared occupational culture that is only determined by national culture and – presumably – not by social or institutional culture.
Cultural relativism is the view that each culture must be understood in terms of the values and ideas of that culture and not be judged by the standards of another (Miller, 2007, p. 11). However, critical cultural relativism poses questions about cultural practices in terms of who accepts them and whether they are harming or helping "universal human rights" (Miller, 2007). Consider and list some universal human rights that would be accepted by all cultures. Discuss why you consider these universal human rights for all cultures (for example: you might discuss the right to bear children, clean air, and knowledge). When we freely think of cultural relativism, we tend to kind of break out the box in terms were we have to understand the culture and its entirety.