Culturalagram Analysis

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Introduction I originally was going to interview a girl from Singapore for this paper, but I had to go back home and I was not able to talk with her after all. So while I was back in my home town I interviewed a girl I went to school with, and for the sake of the paper I am going to refer to her as Sally. Before interviewing Sally I knew how our physical appearances differed, but I didn’t realize how culturally different we were.

Understanding Others
Sally is different from me in number of ways, but some of our differences are she is a mother, she refers to herself as a Christian, she still lives in the town she grew up in, and she has a job. Although I did have a job I had to quit it when school started because it interfered with classes,
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One of those parts was her reason for relocating, or in her case her reasons for not relocating. I really hadn’t understood why she hasn’t moved, but then she told me it was because she needed her family’s help. A large majority of her family lives in the same town, and even on the same plot of land. So she has always had a helping hand if she’s ever needed it, and she’s always been used to having them so close. She told me since having her kid she has had to rely heavily on her family’s assistance, and if she were to move she wouldn’t be able to make ends meet on her own. Talking about her reliance on her family also lead into the topic of her values about family. When we talked about family values what stuck out to me was she talked about all of her family, not just her immediate family. When I think about family values I think about my immediate family and what our values are, but when Sally talked about family values she included her extended family because they’re all so close in terms of relationships and distance. It seems so silly and simple, but having her talk about these things help me better understand her lifestyle and the choices she makes because of …show more content…
I think the most helpful guidelines were to approach the interviewee with respect, acknowledging the limitation of my knowledge of the interviewee’s culture, and to display an attitude that not one culture is better than another, but rather equal. I think using these skills in my interview with Sally helped me establish a comfortable environment, where Sally didn’t feel like I was going to judge her or criticize her for her culture. One thing I learned about myself during the interview is that I tend to get distracted while the other person is talking, and this is something I will have to approve upon other than that I think the interview went well. I would like to think that my social identities are rather average and hopefully the people I work with in the future won’t feel intimidated by me. Maybe people will find it easier to relate to me and feel comfortable with

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