Cultural Interview Essay Questions

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As I conducted my interview I asked important life questions such as, what was the most important thing you learned growing up in two countries? Also, I asked questions ranging from happy situations to difficult ones. The name of my grandma is Isabel Ruiz she’s 62, and was born in Mexico, and raised there until she moved to the United States at the age of 19. One of the constant things I realized as the interview went on is that she holds an understanding of what it’s like to grow up in two different social-cultural environments. For example, when I asked, what was the one thing you remember or appreciate the most when you were young? She went on to respond with “Now that I think about it I was lucky enough to live most of my teen years in …show more content…
Like mentioned in the text “The knowledge, attitudes, and behavior associated with a group of people, Culture can be linked to a particular country or people; to a specific point in time; or to groups of individuals who maintain specific, indefinable cultural traditions.” (Cavanaugh, Kail. 9) For my grandma, her life was molded by all these aspects. However, she had to experience a mixture of two cultures. When my grandma had her early and most important years in Mexico, she gained a basic understanding of the culture. When she moved to the United States, my grandma Isabel didn’t have a huge cultural shock, but she did have to adjust. Still, her cognitive development was introduced and formed in Queretaro, Mexico not in Texas. Like mentioned in class, “children are active scientist or explorers of the world.” As well, as the basic guidelines “Create environments where children can actively discover how the world works. Provide experiences just slightly ahead of children’s current stage. Help children actively discover inconsistencies in their thinking.” Taking this information from past lectures, I took into consideration that my grandma indeed did much of her learning by herself. When I asked, did you gain a lot of support from your family growing up in Mexico? My grandma went on to answer with “I can’t …show more content…
“Understanding the impact of culture is particularly important in the United States, one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. Hundredths of different languages are spoken.” (Cavanaugh, Kail. 9) Taking this point from the textbook it has some similtarity to Isabel’s life story. When she moved to Houston in her late teens and tried to establish a life in her early twenties it was an up and down experience. Like mentioned before, Isabel mentioned that Houston was a great choice due to the diversity. This helped her life experience by making her adjust to a new language, society, and overall culture. When asked the question of, how did you keep your culture alive with yourself and my mom while living here in Texas? Isabel answered with a serious comment. “I remember cooking for your mom the same food my mom would cook me, also, I tried my best to tell her stories of my childhood so she could understand of her culture Plus, I can only do so much to keep my cultural felling alive in your mom. She did well by the way.” Her change of country didn’t really change her social or cultural beliefs, but her sense of work and tough mentality did blossom while in the United

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