Coms Essay

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Every person, or group of people, has an identity and a culture. Our culture enables us to represent ourselves and to become aware of our surroundings. Sorrells stated that “cultural identity refers to our situated sense of self that is shaped by our cultural experiences and social locations” (15). An ‘identity’ is the image that one project out into the rest of the world, and ‘culture’ is the image which one has of themselves. It has been said that the worst act one could perform on another would be to strip them of their identity, and deny them of their culture. I am a Catholic Filipino American female, a student, sister, aunt, cousin, friend who enjoys playing tennis, traveling, cooking and basically everything that ends in –ing. In the article, Understanding Whiteness in the United States, Martin declared that “our identities are expressed through norms and labels-the communicative behaviors and terms that reflect the core symbols or priorities of our group-associated identities”. I am conscious that our identities are changing; I am not just a student, a female, Filipino American, I embodied all of these and more. For example, if I am explaining to a group of individuals how to cook a particular dish, my race would be highlighted. Any of one of my identities may be emphasized or even subdued based different situations, but we experience and understand our surroundings diversely depending on our varying positionalities. Everyone is constantly evolving and morphing to form and improve our identities and gradually we can develop our identities through intercultural communication. In the article, White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, McIntosh gives a long list of examples having to do with the advantages of white privilege. For example, one statement says, “I can go shopping alone most of the time, fairly well assured that I will not be

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