Cultural Background Summary

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Culture is defined as the system of shared beliefs, values, customs, behaviors, and artifacts that the members of society use to cope with their world and with one another, and that are transmitted from generation to generation through learning. Culture helps us understand how things are created, developed, managed and changed. Each culture is unique, I do not think people will find any culture that is exactly like another culture but I think that they can find many similarities. Some similarities that I have noticed are their dedication to their families, religion and their own native cultures as well fitting into fitting into the culture in which they live. Differences between cultures seem to almost outweigh the similarities. Some differences other than the obvious language barriers that I have noticed are personal and family values, what is considered polite, how hygiene is regarded to the food that they eat. I believe that my culture has shaped the way that I have lived my life. Within my community as a child there were major Catholic influences, from my parents to the rest of the people living around us. My parents both grew up with those Catholic teachings all their lives as well, considering my father grew up in a pure Italian family and my mother came from a Ukrainian background. Today I continue to live my life with those same virtues and have also passed them down to my son the same way my parents did to me. As I have gone through the experiences of assimilation, acculturation, and a climate of pluralism; my identity has been molded. Assimilation is the process of becoming part of or more like a group you were not previously part of. Assimilating into a new group involves the addition of new knowledge or information or traits from that group’s culture to what you have already learned or know. My grandparents moved to Chicago from Italy as young adults. They had learned basic English in school as children but still hard to work hard to...
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