Cultural Diversity In The United States

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Much of the large population of America will not get to experience travels that expose them to other forms of culture in their lifetimes. A sizable portion of the American people will most likely remain in their home town or state; never leaving to explore new places or learn new languages. As Professor Mark Pagel of the University of Reading says, “Human culture is vast; the range of cultural practices, beliefs, and languages we speak is vast”. Due to a lack of exposure to foreign ideas or languages of different cultures in the majority of the American population, general youth cultures often reject the ideas or beliefs of an opposing culture. During my living in a multitude of places and journey moving from a home near Olympia, Washington …show more content…
During the time of my birth my family lived in Georgia which I vaguely remember, though during my toddler years our family moved to Alaska where we would remain for three years before and three years after my mother and father divorced and my mother remarried to my stepfather. Though there is a major difference between the customs of the southern and northern states, I was not yet old enough to recognize these though they did lay the foundation for my later understandings of different cultures within our own country. After our six year total stay in Alaska, it was on to Washington State to stay while my father moved to California with my stepmother. I was very soon exposed to a multitude of various cultures with trips to and from my father’s house at Fort Irwin military base in California and my home in Olympia Washington. After a couple of years in Washington, my father moved to Virginia and I drove across the United States with my stepdad and one of our dogs all the way to …show more content…
The total distance was about 2500 miles from one place to our destination and we stopped at various places and other states along the way. It took about 4 days to reach the destination at around 10 hours of driving per day. Along the path, I was exposed to even more culturally diverse states, with the dialect and attitudes changing from place to place that we stopped to rest. Social norms varied as well and when we reached Tennessee, my stepfather and I were invited to join a barbeque. This gave me a chance to get a general feel as to how people would be like living here and how it would be in general. I found that people from the south are generally more courteous and caregiving than those in the north which was, of course, a foreign concept to me at the time. Though since then my view on culture across the country and even across the world has changed drastically as I have adopted a view that allows me to see different cultures and become more accepting of their beliefs and ideals; I even support diversity among culture as they preserve and carry on the tradition of the ancestors before the modern generations. I believe that this experience has increased my abilities to adapt to different cultures and taught me never to judge someone based on what the customs are from wherever they come

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