Dr. Benjamin Arah
Philosophy 103 - 555
December 5th, 2014
Book Title – When Cultures Collide By Cosmas Uchenna Nwokeafor
When Cultures Collide by Cosmas Uchenna Nwokeafor
About the Author, Dr. Cosmas Uchenna Nwokeafor was born in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. Before his arrival in the United States in 1985, he earned a National Certificate in Education at the Alvan Ikoku College of Education, Owerri, Nigeria. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism at Howard University, Washington DC in communication at Howard University and a Doctorate in Mass Communication in 1992. Dr. Nwokeafor is currently the Assistant Provost for Graduate studies here at Bowie State University. He is also the author of “My Father’s Journey: A True Story,” which is a biography of his father. He is the founding associate editor of the journal of African Communication; founder and editor of the school of arts and sciences’ newsletter. Dr. Nwokeafor currently holds the rank of full professors at Bowie State University. When Cultures Collide, the title of the book is self-explanatory. What happens when two people with different beliefs clashes? Think about this, what happens when and Economic professor tries to teach a nursing class? I’m certain at the end of the class the students will be confused. Unless this professor has a background in both economic and nursing I doubt the students will learn anything from him or her. Same way when two different people come together without knowing the background of each other, they most likely will clash somewhere, like their beliefs.
In this book, the author talks about the challenges of raising African children in a foreign country. I can personally relate to the topics discussed in the book. Born and raised in Ghana, my culture and beliefs defines 95% of me. I lived in Ghana till the age of 14, when I was asked to join my parents here in the United States. Everything is so different here, one of the biggest challenges I faced here was starting high school here. The classes, teachers, students, food, games, and accent everything was different. I felt like I didn’t belong here.
The authors thesis I believe is “This learning process seems to guide the way people speak, their mode of dressing, their lifestyle, their food, their value system, beliefs, artifacts and the way they behave as a result of their learned and shared human patterns or models existing in the environment where they were born or raised.” The author’s thesis tells us everything he talks about throughout the book. He focuses on these points to remind the readers of some main challenges African parent’s faces when raising their children in a foreign country, and to remind African parents that they should maintain their culture so as to deal with the circumstances, and problems that concern their lives.
The author’s purpose for writing this book is to make known or raise awareness about the challenges of raising African children in the United States or any other foreign country. Is difficult to move to a new country to start your life over, there are always challenges you’ll face. But raising a child in a foreign country could be more challenging. Not only do you want them to adapt the new culture but you also want them to keep their main culture as well. Sometimes it becomes tough for the parents and the child as well. Coming to American my parents always said I have to speak my language to them all the time because they don’t want me to lose it. They were afraid of me forgetting my culture and beliefs. My mother once told me don’t tried to be like the American kids just because you want to fit in. Embrace who you are. Most of the African kids that come to the United States forget who they are and where they came from so quick. They forget how to speak their language, they stop eating their native food, and they try to Americanize their names so people won’t...
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