Post #9

I feel like media today tries to dictate our culture, personality and identity. There are lots of people with power, authority, fame, popularity and money that try to portray the way we all need to act and behave. We live in a world where social media controls and tracks our every move. Instagram, Facebook and Twitter are probably the most influential platforms that Americans use; that I use. Millennials specially are generation that are always looking for the next “big thing”. We’re always attempting to update, upgrade, follow, like and hashtag our lives. We do all these things with purpose of acquiring power, popularity or simply approval from those around us, because as media has stated several times, that is what makes us unique and special.

Monday’s lecture was really interesting. I found truly fascinating how our guest speak and his partner had to adjust and adapt themselves to the traditions and culture of the people in Ghana. They knew for sure that insulting or offending the natives would indeed bring their project failure, which at the end it did. I personally believe that it wasn’t their fault directly that their project failed. It was more of not really understanding the people of Ghana.

Post #8

I think I’m a good example of that. My girlfriend was born and raised in Utah. She lived in Lehi her entire live and never really traveled the world. Right now though she is serving a mission in Mendoza, Argentina and she kind of understand the Hispanic culture a bit better. Even though my background is hispanic, I have lived in the U.S. long enough to know the culture, tradition, etc. so our relationship wasn’t ver different or strange. She did have a bit of a cultural shock when we went to my cousin’s weeding in St. George. I think that was the first time she truly realized that I was part of totally different culture. She met a large part of my family that came directly from Mexico to visit my cousin and it was then when she noticed the differences between us and her. For example, the way we greet people was quite different from what she was used to. Mexicans in general tend to be really expressive and are not afraid of showing their feelings and emotions. So, when you greet your family or a friend that you have known for a very long time you tend to kiss them on their cheek, even among men. To my girlfriend this was a very interesting way of showing affection and intimacy.

The LGTBQ panel was quite interesting. I personally see them as individuals and people that deserve respect and trust. It is true that they have a different sexual orientation than most people, but they are also human who feel, eat, sleep like the rest of us. In moments like this I feel like family and friends are the ones who will help you go through everything and anything.

Post #7

My idea of privilege hasn’t changed very much, on the contrary I have felt like my own privilege has been taken for granted. I have been really fortunate and blessed to be able to have and do many things. It’s been a couple of weeks since I started to interact with refugees children and I’ve loved it. Seeing these kids and being able to somehow serve them has made me appreciate my own privilege. At the beginning of the semester I wasn’t very sure of what privilege meant, however my view of the world has expanded. As I already mentioned before, my transition and adjustment to this country wasn’t very rough. It was complicated, not hard. I’m very grateful for the people that helped my family when we most needed it. Nevertheless, privilege is something that I have been honored to have.

Post #6

I feel like this week we talked a lot about privilege. I really liked that activity that we did at the end of class. Doing that truly made me see where people stand on this particular issue, literally. Sometimes we do not realized how privileged we are until we see somebody else’s situation. Seeing some of classmates standing in back made me think of how blessed and fortunate I am with my life. I also was able to see other students like me. There are times that I have felt like I’m the only student with very unique and particular problems. However, seeing other people standing next to me opened my eyes to a whole new truth.

Privilege is very hard and awkward topic. Seeing both side of the issue made me feel a bit uncomfortable. I’m pretty sure that people do not want to share their problems or issues with the world. Although the step forward or back activity was pretty enlightening, I don’t think that people felt comfortable doing it yet we all participated it. It was a really awkward week and I guess learning such unspoken truths can somehow change the way our thinking works.

Post #5

I have been very privileged my entire life. I have not really fought or struggled with many different things. While we were doing that activity last week with the papers clip, I was able to realized how fortunate I am. Even though I’m Mexican immigrant, it hasn’t been too hard for me to fit in with the culture and society here. I was already mormon when I moved here and learning english was something kind of easy for me. I have at times struggled with communication and culture difference, but I have never seen myself in a situation where my ethnicity, language, or religion change the way people see or treat me.

Our guest speaker was amazing. His story and point of view about the apartheid were very interesting. My father had a mission companied who actually own slaves and was born in South Africa. According to our guest speaker my dad’s companion was part of the afrikaans; his name was John Dunn. John’s mother was a german and dutch descendant and his father was British. John was raised by a black nanny and as matter of fact he and his family moved to Dublan, Mexico before the apartheid ended in 1996 or so.They settled in the Mormon colonies, due to his father being a mormon. However, my dad always commented that John truly loved his nanny and disagreed with the poor and unfair treatment that blacks received in South Africa. Listening to our speaker on Friday made realized that there are lots of people out there, which we see each and everyday, that have a long and hidden story about their past and identity. Have we had the opportunity to know their history, we would treat a lot of people very differently.

Cultural Self-Assessment

Jorge Jimenez
Cultural Self-Assessment
Myself and the world
My name is Jorge Jimenez. I was originally born in Mexico City, Mexico. I consider myself a male Hispanic. My family and I are members of the LDS religion. We all speak Spanish and are pretty used to living in big cities. I can say that half of my life I spent in Mexico City. Living the though taught me a lot of things. I was able to learn the true essence about my culture and traditions. It is very true Mexico possesses a collectivist culture and that family is the most important thing of our society. My family is very religious. My great grandparents were some of the first Mormon converts in Mexico City and pretty much built the foundation of the LDS church in that area of my home country.

My family is extremely unique. We all believe in unity and mutual support. We know that our decisions could affect other family members. I have not taken many decisions that do not involve my family’s opinion, especially that of my parents. I am not saying, however, that we are bound to the idea that we cannot live an individualistic life. Since my parents and I moved to this country, we have always tried to keep our traditions and culture My siblings and I have tried our hardest to never forget who we are and where we come from. Our food, Mexican holidays and other costumes are rooted to our everyday life. Even though we live in this country, my parents, siblings and I treasure our identity with love and passion.

Moving to this country was a challenge. I have lived in Utah for about 10 years now. I do miss Mexico City every day. I actually go back there once a year to visit my cousins and friends. However, I have to say that I love living in big cities. I served my mission in Nashville, Tennessee and I absolutely loved it. I spent about 18 months of my mission in Nashville and it was great; just the fact of meeting new people, going to new places every day makes life in the city thrilling and exiting. Since I moved to this country I have always been in contact with people than a different culture than mine. I have learned how to adapt and interact with the people from this country, but it was not always the same.

My two cultural identification will be a race and socioeconomic class. I am a middle class Hispanic. I have learned that people that are wealthier than me are not too different from me. They do have more money, but they also work really hard and have spent time and resources on school education. However, I have had the chance to interact people who are part of a lower class than mine. Back when I was in Nashville, I was able to interact with people who consider themselves poor. They were not too different from me either. Even though they did not have a lot of education or money, they were people who believed in unity and mutual cooperation.
These people were very humble and caring. I guess that their lack of money made them more sensitive and open to collectivism and group support. Some of these people were Hispanic and share some of my same values and beliefs about family and even religion. It is admirable to see how their low resources did not impede their willingness to achieve their goals and dreams. Some of these people were actually really smart and intelligent. Should they have the resources to go to College, they would probably be very successful. I know that some people with a lower socioeconomic status are not really looking to change their ways. Nevertheless, many of these Hispanic families moved here in order for their children to have a better future and opportunities.

My parents always taught me to treat others with equality, no matter their race, ethnicity or sociologic status. As a matter of fact, my family has come in contact with a lot of people different from us. This is why they have taught me to always treat others with respect. Every person in this world has a different reason or motive to live. The world is indeed very different. We all have different traditions and points of view about certain things. However, I believe that we all contribute to the world somehow.Most of the knowledge I have gained about other cultures, races and ethnicities have come from my parents’ teachings. They really tried to teach me and my sibling about the equality of men and respect for human beings. I am Hispanic, therefore I am minority. I have had some teacher throughout high school and College who also from part of a minority group. I have to say that most of them shared some of my values and beliefs. Media today has tried to shape a concept about certain cultures and groups.

There are a lot of stereotypes and false beliefs about other countries and people that media has created throughout the years, which I believe is not completely true. For instance, that sushi video that we watched could be a perfect example of this. To us that short video clip was quite funny and entertaining, but there could be people out there that can actually believe that people in Japan do behave that way. Media can be quite powerful and even dangerous if not used correctly or ethically. I believe that at the end of this communication course my view about other cultures and countries will have truly changed. I want to be able to interact and understand other more. I guess some of the questions that I would like to ask you would be: Do you believe that racism was created for the lack of understanding and interaction? Do you think a person would be able to be a minority for one day? These are some of the questions that I have that kind of encompasses my doubts about race and stereotypes.

Post #4

I truly loved Adonica’s video. It was an amazing and inspiring video. She’s a great example of self-achievement. She never let anyone destroy her goals and dreams. As a matter of fact, Adonica always fought for her family and herself. She wanted a better future for those she loved the most. I’ve never been in her shoes before, but I can understand her situation a little bit. Moving away from home, not truly being part of ethnic group and the hardship of life can make a person doubt about their capacities and at times fail on every possible project or scenario. I loved how Adonica kept on going in spite of her difficult situation. She never gave up and she never quit. I see her as a role model for my own life and future.

What I’ve learned so far this semester has been the different perspective and cultural norms that a country possesses. The video that we watched a couple of weeks ago about the Australian experiment has a huge impact in me. It’s really easy to always follow stereotypes and other wrong ideas about certain ethnicities or individuals. However, that particular video shows that no matter what color you are or where you’re were born, we all have someone whom we love, traditions and goals. So far this class has been really interesting. It has opened my eyes in many different way. I really feel like I have learned new things.

English laws?

I don’t think that we have to make english laws. Every language is unique and beautiful on its own. Diversity is what gives life to our world. By only having English as the only language of the world will only make our world boring and grey. I speak three language; English, Spanish and Portuguese, and I have to say that I love them each and everyone of them. It’s been a great blessing and opportunity to be able to interact and communicate with others.

Every country, community and person has a story. At time languages contain the history, traditions and costumes of the people who speak it. We cannot say that languages are not important or special. As an immigrant I completely understand what is like to learn a new language. It is not easy to not be able to express your thoughts and ideas. Making a law out of a language really takes away the true essence of the world.

I have not yet decided on what I’m going to do for my service project. I’ve considering teaching English to refugees. I like teaching and helping others with their languages challenges. So I think I will opt to teach refugees English.

Post #2

Ch. 3
It was a quite interesting chapter. I was able to identify myself with the term “identity negotiation model”. When I first moved to this country, it was really hard to adjust to this new culture and for a while I had not identity. Later on, as I started to learn the language and more about this culture, I was able to truly interact with others. I still feel like I’m learning new things, even though I’ve been for almost 12 years. Also I have to say that thanks to my parents I was able to keep my traditions, culture, and language. However, I feel really happy that I was able to learn how this culture work. Now I can say that Utah is my home.

Being from a different country includes having different customs and traditions. As I already mentioned, it was hard to adjust and be able to interact with others. “Difference in habits and costumes” is probably one of the mores accurate concepts about the world itself. As an immigrant you can really see the distinction between both cultures. For example, we Mexicans tend to whistle at someone when you want to get their attention. However, here in the U.S. if you whistle at someone is complete rude and even appropriate. Whereas in Mexico is something that people do on a daily basis.

It was really interesting to see the different angles and point of view about this particular issue. Seeing that white people were the ones being surpassed by black people was truly odd. Society has taught us that only black were the subject of suppression and slavery. And to see this in that video really makes me realized that it doesn’t matter the color of your skin, we’re all humans and deserved the right to live, be happy and free. Never have I realized how important it is to help others and respect everyone than today.

Post #1

My name is Jorge Jimenez. I was originally born in Mexico. My family and I moved to Utah when I was just 12 years old. I’m the oldest of two children. I grew up in a very unique family, whom I love and adore. I served a spanish-speaking mission in Nashville, TN about a year ago and I absolutely loved it. I’m double majoring in Aviation and Communication with emphasis in Public Relations.  I love to play racquetball, spend time with family and friends, and traveling. The reason why I’m going into Public Relations is because I like to interact  and communicate with people. I find fascinating the different traditions, costumes, cultures, language, etc that this amazing world has to offer. I think that that’s one of the reason why I’m also going into Aviation. I want to travel the world and get to know all these different places and people; discovering new mysteries and surprises therein.

Ch 1:

I really like this chapter. I feel like it’s the perfect intro for a class like this. As an immigrant I completely understand that change could be a hard transition.  When we talked about the different work ethics of the business in the world, I was able to related to my different experiences I had on my mission. Even though Tennessee is still part of the U.S. the culture there and costumes are completely different. I’ve lived in Utah for about 12 years now and I have been on the west coast multiple times. However, the south really is a very foreign place, which totally indicates that even within a country people tend to have different ways of doing certain things.

Ch 2:

This chapter was a really cool chapter. I can truly identify myself with this chapter. Since we talked about norms and rules, I honestly still find myself in the midst of confusion and uncertainty about the ways things are done here. Till today I still have much to learn the U.S. culture.  It is fascinating to see how different cultures can see one thing in so many different ways. In Tennessee I grew to love the great devotion that people have for their faith and religion. It is admiring the great importance that religion has in this part of U.S. I can truly say that 70% of the population there has some connection that a belief that makes them wake up in the morning and keep up with the different challenges of life.