Perceptions of Different Cultures

I found the activity that we did today — Heelotia, a cross-cultural simulation — to be quite interesting and educational. I helped me realize that being immersed in different cultures can create conflict and confusion, even if everyone is doing what they think to be right. For example, I was a Hokie, and when I “traveled” to Heelotia, there was lots of confusion. I wanted to speak to someone, but in my culture a handshake was necessary to begin a conversation. The Heelots were not allowed to touch me, so it created conflict.
The same situation may happen quite easily all over the world. If someone travels to a place that they have never been to before, the could easily break the rules of the society without even knowing it. In our ever-changing world, it is quite important for people to be able to learn about other cultures, so that may remain open minded and well educated. I feel that culture should be taught more in our foreign language classes, so that we can stay up-to-date on global cultures. If we do not know about any cultures but our own, we will become close-minded and disconnected from the rest of the world. If this happens, interaction with other countries and cultures will become quite difficult, which will affect our own culture economically, politically and it will even affect our own culture.


2 thoughts on “Perceptions of Different Cultures

  1. Nice reflection, Lily. I’m not exactly sure what you’re saying with the last sentence. Would you clarify (you mention culture twice, but I think you’re referring to them as meaning something different each time).

    • Hi Mrs. Forster! In the last sentence, I mean that our own culture must be educated about other countries’ customs. If we don’t know about their ways of life, we will not be able to interact with them, which would severely impact our own politics, economy and culture.

      Thanks! Lily Fitzpatrick

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