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Problem-Solution: Building Relationships with People from Different Cultures

Preface

The purpose of this report is to look at How to build relationship with different people from different culture. The report goes to explaining what culture is, How to learn about people's cultures, How to build relationships with people from other cultures, Becoming aware of your own culture as a first step in learning about other people's culture. Building relationships with people from many different cultures. The report taken took at possible solution that there are many ways that people can learn about other people's cultures and build relationships at the same time.

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Introduction

Relationships are powerful. Our one-to-one connections with each other are the foundation for change. And building relationships with people from different cultures, often many different cultures, is key in building diverse communities that are powerful enough to achieve significant goals. Whether you want to make sure your children get a good education, bring quality health care into your communities, or promote economic development, there is a good chance you will need to work with people from several different racial, language, ethnic, or economic groups. And in order to work with people from different cultural groups effectively, you will need to build sturdy and caring relationships based on trust, understanding, and shared goals. Why? “Because trusting relationships are the glue that hold people together as they work on a common problem. As people work on challenging problems”, they will have to hang in there together when things get hard. They will have to support each other to stay with an effort, even when it feels discouraging. People will have to resist the efforts of those who use divide and conquer techniques pitting one cultural group against another.

The Problem

Culture is the system of shared beliefs; values, customs, behaviors, and artifacts that the members of society embrace. Culture is transmitted from generation to generation through learning, a process known as enculturation. Our culture helps to shape and influence our perceptions and behaviors

Society has assigned many descriptors to assist us in defining our culture. Global, or worldwide descriptors, such as ethnicity, race, nationality, religion and socioeconomic class, or status are broad categories that are often used to help define who we are as cultural beings. Often these terms are used interchangeably, which can lead to confusion. The following will help to distinguish some difference and highlight the similarities in these common cultural descriptors.

Ethnicity refers to a group of people within a larger society who have a common ancestry, memories of a shared historical past, and a cultural focus on one or more symbolic elements that help to define them as people. In other words, one’s ethnicity is their membership in a subgroup within an environment dominated by another culture i.e. Italian American, Jewish American, etc. These subgroups can be characterized by religion, language, customs, traditions, physical characteristics, and ancestral origin. Race is a group of people who are classified together on the bases of a common history, nationality, or geographical location. In other words race is an ethnic group that has assumed biological basis or physical attributes that are believed to be characteristic of that group i.e. hair type and color of the skin. Often times it is difficult to identify one’s racial background based on physical characteristics because many people have multiple racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Example to help clarify race and ethnicity: John is a male in his twenties. His skin color is black, his eyes are brown and his hair is tightly woven. For all...
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