Social Issues Essay

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Effects of Culture on Today's Generation People live in a world which cultures, traditions and rituals are practiced and passed down from generation to generation. Their values and manners are influenced by these elements. Thus it forms expectations people would have. People in collectivistic cultures are said to have interdependent selves, whereas people in individualistic cultures are said to have independent selves. However, people not only absorb domestic culture but also absorb that from other parts of the world. In a country that has cultural diversity, similar to the United States, multi-culture and double identities are everywhere. People, who have this experience for example immigrants, might change their culture because they assimilate themselves into a country that has diverse cultures. Julia Alvarez and Andrew Marantz mention the idea that culture has effect on an individual, especially in one’s value and manner. In Julia Alvarez‘s essay “Selections from Once Upon a Quinceanera,” she searches the true value behind the quinceanera and talks about how it influences people as a traditional event. In Andrew Marantz’s essay “My Summer at an Indian Call Center,” Marantz experiences a series of culture training in an Indian call center. he and his coworkers analyze their clients. They see different expectations from people that come from different regions. On his Indian coworkers, he also sees that Indian’s culture changes because of the globalized economy and economic competition. Culture influences people’s value and behavior. On the other hand, culture itself changes because people’s way of life changes due to the environment and economy. Culture refers to the shared values, beliefs and norms of a specific group of people. A culture is a social system that shares a set of common values, in which such values permit social expectations and collective

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