Class 01

Summary: At first, we had an orientation to the course, and you learned what you will be able to do by the end of the course based on the syllabus attached below and on the syllabus page. Then we studied and discussed the layers between identity and culture and the multiple dimensions of diversity and culture based on your own identity. You also learned more about your classmates and me.

Then, we worked on the communication framework and standards below in new pairs and used the questions in worksheet two to explore the unique aspects of culture:

Features of Culture Statements: 

  • No one is exactly like me.
  • I have many things in common with the members of my family and community.
  • Every person in the world needs some of the same things I need.

Features of Culture Questions:

  • Celebrations: What kinds of celebrations are important in your family? In your country?
  • Greetings: How do you generally greet people you don't know?
  • Beliefs about hospitality: How do you show hospitality in your community? In your school? In your home?
  • The role of family: Is there a particular age at which you celebrate an important event in your life with your family or community?
  • Attitudes about personal space and privacy: How important do you feel it is to have your own space and privacy?

Framework and Standards: 

Everyone has a culture(s). It shapes how we see ourselves, others, and the world. 

Essential questions: 

  • How does culture shape the way we see ourselves, others, and the world?
  • How does my culture shape me?
  • Why is it important to understand culture?

New Vocabulary: fault line, tectonic plates, inner core, polygamy, monogamy, bigamy

Attachments: The 4Cs Worksheet, Syllabus

Homework due by Class 02 on Tuesday 12/01/2020 at 4 PM:

Please choose one video that is the most interesting to you to view with the closed captions (CC) that you can also read. Then, reflect and analyze what you watched and take notes on the TED Talk 4-Cs worksheet attached below. The four Cs are concepts, challenges, connections, and changes. 

This New York Times presentation is perhaps easier to understand
the Chicano Culture in Japan with some Japanese language in the interviews:

Chicano Subculture in Japan: The New York Times

This talk explains why cultural diversity matters, and how language shapes
culture and vise versa:

Why Cultural Diversity Matters ~ Michael Gavin

This Ted Talk is about solutions for cultural diversity in the workplace: More diverse people!

TED Talk: The Surprising Solution to the Workplace Arwah Mahdawi

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