Anthropolgy : Field Experient

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Stephanie Saintyl
Personal Anthropology
April 23,2013

At the beginning of the semester, I was not aware of what certain things I would be learning about in Intro to Anthropology. I didn’t even know what anthropology was and was just taking it to fill my pre-requisites requirement. Now that the class is coming to an end, I realized that I learned so much about my culture, self, and my community that I was unaware of before. There were …topics that I thought deeply about and realized that I can really relate to race, language, the book I never really realized there was a difference between race and ethnicity. Usually when people mention it , they are mentioning them as synonyms of each other; nor did I know that there were specific ways to classify someone by their race. I personally am African American, but both of my parents are Haitian. When people ask me what race I am I tell them I’m African American. However, when they ask what ethnicity I am I tell them I’m Haitian. The reason why I tell them I’m Haitian is because ethnicity is based on cultural similarities and differences among society such as language, ancestry, religion, and geography. When I am at home both my parents either speak Creole or French, we usually eat a lot of Caribbean food, and we attend a Haitian church that most of the people speak Creole or French. It never really occurred to me why do I say Im African American when referring to my race, but say I’m Haitian when referring to my ethnicity. I think it’s due to the fact that society always have 4 main categories to choose from when choosing what type of race you are. For example, when we take a standardized test or a survey, we are asked to pick the type of race you are from a list of Black/African American, Caucasian, Hispanic , or other. Society usually never asks for specifics and just generalizes people under 1 of the 4 categories, even though all of us have an ethnicity behind the race. Another thing that I found very...
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