Hello everyone, my name is Joseph Mastoloni, and I am currently a nineteen year old university student from the United States studying in London. I am from the suburbs of New York City, and attend Syracuse University in the United States. The purpose of this blog is for one of my classes titled “CRS 400: Intercultural Communication and Social Media.” I am going to share with you what we have talked about in the class, and some events that take place while I am in London. The topics discussed will usually be about culture.
The first subject I am going to discuss is about my cultural layers. All of us are members of certain “groups” or cultural layers. They can range from what our ethnicity is, to where we are from, even to our religion. Within those cultures there are certain values that those cultures hold, and teach. After you study the values that some of these cultures hold, you will realize that some of these values can then be portrayed through some cultural norms. These norms are what happens when people want to portray the values that their culture taught them. I am going to give you an example of what I am talking about down below.
My original ethnic background or my “culture” is Italian. My grandfather is from Italy, and he has instilled many Italian customs throughout my entire family. He spread most of these customs down to his children, and then some of these Italian customs have reached his grandchildren. A big Italian value that is shared among most Italian families (that I know at least) is that FAMILY COMES FIRST! I have learned this from a very young age. If any one of my family members was in trouble, and called on me for help, I would be there in a flash! So, a cultural norm that is we all meet for family dinners at my grandparents house, or we go to the country club, and share a meal with my grandparents. It is a great time. However, sometimes two cultures can clash within myself.
In Italian culture (generally) family comes first. However, another culture that is within me is the American culture. I was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City. The American culture generally does not focus much on family. It is more focused on the individual, and many other things are put to the side, so we can please ourselves. An example of how these two “cultures” clash is the same example at family dinners. Often times, I will try to get out of going to family dinners, or will try to leave early. This is just one of many examples of how different cultures within yourself can clash.
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