Select a childhood game and analyze it in terms of how it reflects core
In order to best answer this question, you need to consider
and outline what are some core values of US culture? Then, explain
specifically how the game you have selected reflects some of these values.
Which of these values do you embrace? Which do you reject?
A childhood game that I enjoyed playing with my family was Scabble. I think if reflects
core American values and of US culture, because it is a good way to boost your English
vocabulary skills, enjoy time together as a family, and promote family friendly
competition. For me English was my second language, so as I child this definitely
helped with my vocabulary and learning synonyms and antonyms. The values I
embraced with playing Scrabble was having total family engagement without TV,
iPhone, and computers. I do not necessarily reject these core values. Family time is
very important to me.
2. Select two of the following categories and describe and discuss some of the social
norms in the U.S. which pertain to them:
a) Personal appearance:
This norm governs how we should look in public. For
example, my father has tattoos and some people do not like the appearance of tattoos.
They may perceive them as off-putting, however as an artist I think they are an
expression of yourself. My father is also a very smart and successful businessman. My
grandfather has very long black hair, he has often been criticized for his style choice.
People don't understand that he grows it and has donated it to charities for wigs.
b) General attitudes:
c) Gestures and communication:
I have always believed in being kind to people and how just a smile can
brighten up someone's day, but as I got older, I realize that for some people eye contact
and saying hello may be difficult. It is not that they are rude, it just may be harder for
them. My mother is very extroverted and can talk to people and conversation comes
very easy for her, but she has always recognized and raised me to give a smile when I
can but said its ok if I cannot always engage in a super friendly manner. I am always
kind and considerate and try to always give a friendly smile.
What might be the consequence of breaking one of the norms you have identified? For
instance, if I decided to wear a swimsuit to an interview for a job at a bank, I will break a
norm of personal appearance and there likely will be certain consequences.
What is the
purpose of social norms and why are we inclined to condemn the social norms of other
cultures when they differ from our own?