Culture Shock In Cold Water

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Cold Water The documentary movie “Cold Water”, produced by Noriko Ogami in 1986, demonstrates how different people feel and what kind of experiences they have when they first come to live in the U.S. All of those people have something in common about their experiences in a new culture; all of them experiences culture shock in some ways. Dr. Robert Kohls, the Executive Director of Washington International Center, describes a state of being in a culture shock as “when you realize by living in a new culture that your own values are being brought into question.” He farther states that when individuals step into another culture, they begin to doubt their own values. Values, which they were taught about by their relatives and environment. Immigrants begin to question those values because they see that values of people from different culture are different and work well for those people. Due to this, immigrants realize that they have to adjust to new values and even act as they are their own. However, it is hard to be themselves if they have to change their perspective. This is what happens when individuals experience culture shock. There are three stages to culture shock, which are defined in the film by Dr. Oliva Espin, a …show more content…
In the movie, he states that many people ask him where Zaire is located. Every time he answers that his country is in Africa, people respond that they think that Africa was a country. Some people even ask him who the president of Africa is. I agree with Zaire that some Americans, sometimes, are surprisingly ignorant. When I was taking a CNA course, I used to sit next to an American guy, who kept was asking me if there is running hot water in my country or if we have potato chips in there. I did not feel offended by his questions, but I was a little bit shocked that he thought that only America has those kinds of

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