My mother use to work in the center for the old where she helps assists them with their living. This nursing home is called “The Salem Care Center” located in Oakland. My mom is already very fond of being acknowledged with the sense that many of the people she would work with will have their time into passing away due to their age. In my family’s culture, taking care of the old is a very different thing compared to the whole new western culture.
As I was researching about quinces, I really got interested. I wanted to know what was a quinceanera or what it meant because I didn't had one. A Quinceanera is meaningful to latin American girls because when they turn 12 is when they're closer to been a lady. Quinceañera (pronounced of "fifteen-year-old"), also called fiesta de quince años, fiesta de quinceañera, quince años or simply quince, is the celebration of a girl's fifteenth birthday in parts of Latin America and elsewhere in communities of people from Latin America.
Some may find having random sex with someone other than your partner very bizarre or unusual but to the Indonesian cultural this is usual as it gets. Seven times a year married women and men participate in a celebration called Pon. Where they have sexual intercourse with someone that is not their spouse because they believe that all their wishes and blessing will come true.
We live in a privileged country where for most people, expecting a girl is not a life or death situation. There are many countries in South Asia that practice Son Preference. Son Preference is a cultural practice of gender inequality and that having a boy is more desirable than having a girl. Of course that there are people who would generally prefer to have a son than having a daughter, but these cultures practice it in an extreme way.
A while ago, I did some research on cultural practices in my English class as a classwork. However, my REsearch was amazed me and it led me to continue REsearch on the topic. First, I ran across an article called “8 cultural practices America should adopt.” From this article, I learned many interesting culture and what catched my attention the most was the cultural practices in Finland.
Today, I did some research on cultural practices. I decided to specifically do some research on Ethiopian culture, since I get told that I look Ethiopian a lot. I was browsing on the web, clicking through different sites, and what I found was very interesting.
Fishtail, braids, curly or straight, we all use are hair to express something. Many use their hair to “complement” their outfits, unlike Native Americans. Native Americans, with their long luxurious hair, use their hair in many cultural practices. Native Americans pure hair. Filled with beads and self worth, their hair leads them in the right path. Hair being their cape, protecting themselves from evil. They walk this path, guided, lead by their long healthy hair.
This evening, I am practicing with some research tools that I will be using with my OHigh students over the next few weeks. Since we'll be reading a book that looks at the ways different cultures try to understand each other -- and often MISunderstand each other -- my students will begin their research by playing with the idea of cultural practices, and seeing what their research turns up!