There's no denying that Bill Nye had a huge influence on children and teen's of today. Just ask any American child of his name, and you will get an immediate recollection, perhaps even the chorus of his show's theme song. Bill Nye incorporated the essence of many of our childhoods. His videos feature an eccentric scientist that uses goofiness to relate to young children and teach them aspects of science. In many ways, he portrays the archetype of the "mad scientist", not through ways of insanity, but more through offbeat and "wacky" behavior.
The issue of cultural appropriation versus cultural appreciation is growing bigger and bigger in our everyday lives. However, how can we be sure of how to categorize this issue? What checklist must an issue go through to be ultimately claimed as an appropriation issue in this day and age? There are countless reports and articles that call out celebrities as Katy Perry, Gigi Hadid, and others on their cultural acts. There is the over all issue of dressing up as Native Americans for Halloween, or any other culture.
If I Should Die Before I Wake by Han Nolan is about a young girl named Hilary who lives in present day Germany and is part of a Neo-Nazi gang. After being in a huge motorcycle accident she is taken to a Jewish hospital. While at the hospital she goes into several long comas, and in each of these comas she travels back in time and into the life of a Jewish girl named Chana living during the Holocaust.
Out of Eden tells the story of one man's trek to take photographs across the world. Photographer, Paul Salopek, takes note of any and all things he deems interesting in his path. This allows him the liberty to catch the finer details. This is important, because while countless hours of planning has gone into a trip of this gravity; page 13 of his blog reveals that his journey is about that small unexpected technicalities, the uncontrolled, and the things one cannot plan for. Page 13 showcases the almost minuscule details of our world's culture.
Paul Salobek is walking around the year. He is taking seven years and following the path of human migration so he can tell stories about the world like no one ever has, and so he can report on his usual topics, like economics, political turmoil, war, and so forth. On July 24, 2014, Salopek was in the Shiloh settlement on the West Bank. He discussed the turmoil in the region between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
On January 29, 2014, Paul Salopek sat outside of the ruins of Petra, Jordan. Petra is a 2300 year old civilization with ruins of homes, columns, stairs, alters, and aqueducts. Most every thing is carved out of the sandstone in the area. I thought this was one of the most interesting places, at least on this page, because it seems like such an amazing place to actual be, and to see with your own eyes. Being in that desert environment with the ruins of what was once a great and prosperous empire.
Culture is a beautiful thing. It makes each and every one of us unique, and defines who we are. It’s a way to express ourselves in a different light and gives us a connection to others with similar backgrounds. Many people have access to and practice more than one culture, especially here in America, where it’s so diverse. The amount of ethnicities, religions, and ways of life that are available to us are endless. This contributes to how we, as Americans, act as a whole. With all the cultural options, it highly impacts and affects our everyday life.
In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain explains follows the journeys of two people with very different backgrounds. One is the escaped slave Jim, who is trying to run away from slavery in order to live life on his own terms, and the other is Huckleberry Finn, a 13-14 year old white male who tries to run away from the foster parents who will undoubtedly try to ‘sivilize’ him, which he simply cannot stand. The issues that Huck and Jim are trying to run away from are at the same time similar, but also different.
If I should die before I wake was an amazing book, even if I didn't like the ending very much. A big part of the story is the culture in the story which shows the darker parts of culture and its results. Usually culture is looked on as a good thing, the more culture the more diversity which is suppose to be a good thing, but in some cases, culture can lead to anti antisemitism. The German culture during WW2 for the Jews was very cruel and unforgiving.
For my Literature Circle book, I read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. It’s a very interesting book, centered around a boy named Christopher who has Asperger’s syndrome, a disorder on the autism spectrum. Because the book is written from a first person point of view, I gained a lot of insight on what the world is like through the eyes of a person with autism. The one that stuck out to me the most was that autistic people lack empathy, so there wasn’t much emotion at all in the book. It was a very different perspective, but I enjoyed it just because it was so different.
After reading Welcome to the Ark my perspective of culture has changed. Overall I liked the book but think that the author could have ended it better. A few examples of cultural artifacts and characteristics in this book include language, art, music, gender roles, and what it means to be a part of a family.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon, is a mystery novel told from the perspective of a fifteen year old boy with asperger’s syndrome. Christopher isn’t like other people, because he has no concept of emotions, and his brain works incredibly logically. He doesn’t understand sarcasm, metaphors, or social convention, but is very intelligent with math and science. In our lit class the last few weeks, we have been talking a lot about culture. There isn’t really that much broad culture in the book, other than the fact that it is set in England.
I recently finished reading the Doomsday Book by Connie Willis. It is a fictional story set in the future and the past at the same time.
A young university student, named Kivrin, wants to go to the past to the 1320s. The person in charge of the drop, named Gilchrist, wanted her to go to the time of the black death. Gilchrist changes the coordinates to the 1340s. Kivrin goes back but becomes ill.
Why should we embrace our diversity? Our culture? The real question is, why shouldn't we? Everyone is unique in a different way. What makes us unique is in fact our culture. The way we dress, the way we talk, the way we present ourselves. Culture is the invisible bond that ties all different people together. By understanding and learning others culture can be very benefical to your own by taking their better ideas or aspects of culture and adding to yours. Whether this means starting a new tradition or finding a new food source it effect the way you live which is your culture.
I recently made a collage of the Mexican culture. I Chose this culture because my father's family came from mexico.I know a good amount of Spanish and my Dad always speaks Spanish when he talks to my grandparents. One of the things I shared in my presentation was the story of the Mexican flag.It goes that the Aztec people were told by their god to build a city where they would find an eagle killing a serpent. The eagle turned out to be in a very difficult place to build: On a Cactus, on top of a rock, in the middle of a lake.
I believe that the United States of America is a paragon of a country that acts as a strong beacon of sturdiness and resilience in a changing world. I believe that the United States of America has become the greatest empire ever to grace this planet. I believe and know that despite all hardships and struggles, internal or external, my country will forever stand strong in the face of danger.
Today in the American society, people with foreign ethnicities often struggle to blend into the broad American culture. This happens because they are accustomed to their own culture and aren’t used to the American culture. It’s difficult for people to blend into the American culture while being a part of their own culture, with differing practices and customs to the American culture. People of different backgrounds are often mistreated for practicing their own customs, and it disgusts me how some people are even judged because of the color of their skin.
A lot of people misinterpret the definition of culture. Culture, defined by Merriam-Webster dictionary is “the beliefs, customs, arts, ect., of a particular society, group, place or time”. No where does that definition say anything about appearance or race, and I honestly don't believe race to be a necessary component of culture. Our differences in belief are what makes use similar, and if people focus on that there would be less conflict dependent on race. The fact that each culture has differences is the similarity between them.
How do you define American culture? I believe that you only need simple words to express culture. For example when I think of America I think of equality, liberty, democracy, and many other qualities. I don't think of myself as a very cultured person, but I cherish and appreciate my culture. Do you appreciate your culture? What defines your culture?
I have thoroughly enjoyed learning more about culture in my Literature class. To me imparticular, I was most excited to learn about branding, and fashion. I found out that in these industries, it can be hard to stay on top.To get their name out there, companies will go to extremes such as photoshop to make their products give a false hope. Unfortunately that's not the only downfall. Advertising also offers a perfect reality which is not in any way practical. An example of this could be a toothpaste commercial.
One thing that interests me is how a person’s individual culture is impacted by all of the cultures to which they belong. A common person would be impacted by the culture of their nation, the culture of their geographical region, the culture of their community, and many others. All of those have customs and beliefs which narrow as you get more specific. If a person were to have lived in two different countries, two different geographical regions, or two different communities, their culture would be influenced by both of those places.
Recently I read an article about a multicultural person, who thought that the people around her were always trying to classify her to just one culture, instead of letting her be the multicultural person she is. I don't really understand this, because I think it would be great to be a multicultural person and to know multicultural people. You could have a much better understanding of the different types of cultures in this world, and more importantly, the people who follow the traditions and beliefs of their culture. This would help you get in better relations with more people.
I’ve recently been reading Welcome to the ARK by Stephanie S. Tolan. One of the main characters, Miranda Ellenby, is incredibly smart. Her IQ is over 200, and she graduated from high school at the age of nine. As other people found out about her, she became more and more famous. She was known as the Phenomenon of the Century. Most of the reason that she was so well-known was because of how her parents treated her gift. Her mother wrote a book, Phenom in the Family, and her father began a multi-million dollar business focused on teaching parents how to turn their children into geniuses.
Being multicultural is usually stressful for many teens who are trying to find themselves. Many teens want to fit in with their peers, and being of a different race/culture oftens get in the way. I think we should all embrace our heritage and be proud of who we are. I can understand why teens aren’t proud about their background, especially if that culture is a minority. Even after living here for 5 years, I’ve stayed connected to my culture and background. Only difference is that America isn’t Iraq. The food, weather, language, and people weren’t easy to get used to.
When we talk about different diverse cultures, what is taking it too far? Different people have very conflicting ideas on how we embrace other’s cultures. Every year, my school has a “diversity assembly,” where people from all different backgrounds can share a dance, a story, a song, and tradition that influences them. I believe it is a fantastic idea to have the school come together to learn about our peer’s traditions, but when we have one single day, out of the entire year, it almost seems that we are downplaying the cultures. Shouldn’t we subsume culture everyday?
In our American culture fast-food plays a large role. Many other countries in the world stereotype America as a country that is based of off fast-food. Why do other countries believe our fast-food restaurants are such a big deal? In America, eating has become something we must do rather than something we do for pleasure. Some countries have meals that may last to be three hours long. Fast-food restaurants allow us to consume food on the go, taking no time at all. Also, the popularity of fast-food restaurants is growing and so are the size of the food and drink options.
Culture. It plays a role in just about everything. I recently started reading a book called Welcome to the Ark. This book has a sort of culture, a “norm” for the people that live there. The premise of the book includes some teens going to a mental hospital for doing or saying things that society finds forbidden. One of them, the main character, is sent here by her rich parents because she said that she was an alien. Another one is sent because she believes that she can read people and make them do things with her mind.