What are the typical greeting and departure behaviors that you adhere to that make you part of your culture?

Please use first person in this analysis assignment (throughout) since the subject is all about you. This is your chance to talk about your cultural identity, beliefs, values, norms and practices.

Feel free to use any original content you\’ve posted on the discussion board throughout the quarter that applies to any of the questions asked in this assignment. Several of the discussion questions were designed to get you thinking about your cultural identity and prep you for this assignment.

Course Outcomes: This assignment allows students to (1) explain how environmental factors affect and make cultures different, (2) explain how cultural variables influence intercultural competency in communication, (3) explain how individualism and collectivism affect the communication in intercultural communication contexts, (4) explore their own ethnocentrism, (5) demonstrate their competence in applying concepts across cultures, and (6) identify and analyze their own cultural identity.

NOTE: This assignment is NOT a simple autobiography or detailed chronological story of your family\’s history. This is an analysis paper. In order to succeed on this assignment it is important that you review and understand the difference between analyzing and summarizing. For more information on this distinction, please see the link labeled \’Analyzing versus Summarizing\’ in Modules. That said, excerpts from your family\’s history may pertain to portions of this journal but are not the primary focus. The goal of this paper is for you to analyze the elements of your cultural identity as they relate to you. As such, please focus on you and your cultural practices in the present as much as possible. i.e. What are your values, beliefs, norms, etc. today? What do you actually practice? Do not get lost in what your parents practice or believe. This paper is about you.

In order to achieve the goal of this assignment, you will need to apply the course concepts and content learned this quarter to yourself. Using the definition of culture and the outline below, explore all the elements of your cultural identity. Who are you, culturally speaking? For the purposes of this journey, focus on behaviors you actually engage in. For each element be sure to provide an example from your present day life.

Following the outline below should be helpful in writing this paper for organizational and content purposes.


For the purposes of this assignment simply provide headings directly from the outline itself followed by your answers and examples. For example, you would start with the heading WORLDVIEW and then below it provide your answers to the questions posed in the outline along with appropriate examples from your life experience. The next heading would be VALUES followed by PROVERBS and so on. Please do not use up space in your paper restating the actual questions. Simply provide your answers and an example from your life experience in the space under each heading. Continue to do this for each topic on the assignment outline. There is no need to provide transitions between each topic.

Rubric: What I am looking for in your paper is

Completeness worth 20 Points and based on addressing every question asked in the assignment outline (see below) and providing an appropriate example from your life experience for every element discussed in the assignment,
Demonstrating adequate depth and thoughtfulness of analysis by sharing an honest and open analysis. Analyzing versus summarizing was evident throughout your journal – worth 20 Points,
Demonstrating a keen self-awareness of your own ethnocentrism – worth 20 Points,
Identifying specific biases and how you will go about keeping your ethnocentrism in check – worth 20 Points,
Appropriate application of course concepts and terms worth 10 Points: your use of course terminology and concepts should demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the subject matter and,
College Level Writing worth 10 Points: organization, conventions, grammar, syntax and spelling count.
Note: Since this paper requires you to explore aspects of you, it is appropriate to use first person throughout.

Be sure to carefully read \’Analyzing versus Summarizing\’ in modules.

This assignment is a quarter-long analysis worth 20% of your grade. In order to succeed on this assignment, students are strongly encouraged to start the paper no later than the 4th week of the quarter. If you need help with college level writing, be sure to plan well ahead and take your paper to the BC Writing Lab for assistance.

Before turning in your journal, review the CI Journal Checklist in modules.

Assignment Outline:

I. Worldview/Religion (See Chapter 5) Why do you believe you are on planet Earth? What is your ultimate purpose in life? This should be an explicit statement like \”I believe I am on planet Earth to…\” or \”I believe my purpose in life is…\” What are your beliefs?

II. Values

A. What do you hold dear? What do you treasure? What are your primary values? What is worth dying for? What is worth protecting? (See Chapter 6).

B. Choose three (3) cultural patterns from Chapter 6 that best describe your values and behaviors. Describe how your behaviors reflect each of the values you choose. Provide a specific example for each. The first time you use one of the course terms that describes you, be sure to bold or type it in all capital letters. No page references are required.

III. Proverbs: What sayings do you live by? List at least two of the most important ones to you and how you follow them. (See Chapter 2 pages 45-47. Also see ProverbsAroundTheWorld (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

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http://www.topics-mag.com/internatl/traditional-proverbs.htm (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.)

IV. History – Analyze each of the elements below regarding your cultures history and its affect on your thinking today.

A. How did/does the geography and climate of the locale you were enculturated in come to affect your thinking today?

B. Choose one important story from your cultures history (may be a past event, a myth, or a legend) that deeply affects your thinking today.

C. Name two well-known people from your cultures history that you look up to. Why do you admire them?

D. In what specific way(s) do the form(s) of government of your culture affect your thinking today? What biases do these affects of your cultures history create for you regarding other cultures?

V. Cultural Norms:

A. What are the typical greeting and departure behaviors that you adhere to that make you part of your culture?

B. What are the typical eating (dining) behaviors that make you fit in to your culture?

C. How does the way you dress affect your cultural belonging?

VI. Language and nonverbal behaviors:

A. What language(s) do you speak? Who do you speak it to? How often do you use it?

B. What nonverbal behaviors reflect your culture? For the purposes of the assignment, choose two unique nonverbal ways your culture communicates. This may include anything in the areas of: tone, eye contact, touch, proxemics or gestures that stand out as a bit different in your culture than in other cultures.

VII. Bias(es): With these elements of your cultural identity in mind, what are some of the biases you hold about other cultures or co-cultures? Identify at least two biases you have about other cultures or co-cultures. Be specific. Be sure that the culture(s) or co-culture(s) you identify meet the definition of what a culture or co-culture is (see Chapter 2). How will you go about keeping an open mind and monitoring your ethnocentrism? Be specific.

If you are having difficulty identifying your biases, here is a helpful tool. Try exploring your personal biases and preferences by taking the Implicit Association Test (IAT) sponsored by Harvard University. Go to http://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/demo/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

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Be sure to choose the Project Implicit Social Attitudes option, then select from: the Race IAT, Skin-tone IAT, Arab-Muslim IAT, Sexuality IAT, or Disability IAT. (You may think you have a test figured out and that you can out-smart exposing any of your biases, however, stick with it. You will be surprised how subtle differences can influence what we think.)

Another source to try is the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences \’Test Your Cultural Sensitivity\’: http://cda.uams.edu/cmte/diversity-inclusion/test-your-cultural-sensitivity/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

VIII. Addendum Poem

Read the poem below and then thoughtfully write your own using the example or the template provided. This will be the conclusion of your Cultural Identity Analysis Journal.

Poem Example:

Where I\’m From by George Ella Lyon

I am from clothespins,

from Clorox and carbon-tetrachloride

I am from the dirt under the back porch.

(Black, glistening, it tasted like beets.)

I am from the forsythia bush

the Dutch elm

whose long-gone limbs I remember

as if they were my own.

I\’m from fudge and eyeglasses,

from Imogene and Alafair.

I\’m from the know-it-alls

and the pass-it-ons,

from Perk up! and Pipe down!

I\’m from He restoreth my soul

with a cotton ball lamb

and ten verses I can say myself.

I\’m from Artemus and Billie\’s Branch,

fried corn and strong coffee.

From the finger my grandfather lost

to the auger,

the eye my father shut to keep his sight.

Under my bed was a dress box

spilling old pictures,

a sift of lost faces

to drift beneath my dreams.

I am from those moments —

snapped before I budded —

leaf-fall from the family tree.

WHERE I\’M FROM (Template)

I am from ____________ (specific ordinary item),

from __________ (product name) and __________.

I am from the _____________ (home description. adjective, sensory detail).

I am from the _____________ (plant, flower, natural item),

the ___________ (plant, flower, natural detail)

I am from _____________ (family tradition) and ____________ (family trait),

from ___________ (name of family member) and _____________ (another family name)

and _______________ (family name).

I am from the _______________ (description of family tendency)

and ____________ (another name).

From ______________ (something you were told as child)

and ____________ (another).

I am from (representation of religion, or lack of it. Further description.)

I\’m from _____________ (place of birth and family ancestry),

____________ (two food items representing your family).

From the ______________ (specific family story about a specfic person and detail),

the ______________ (another detail),

and the ____________ (another detail about another family member).

I am from _______________ (location of family pictures, mementos, archives and several more lines indicating their worth).