Culture

Sara Beshai and Cleon Jackson

Culture

What Is Culture?

Culture is a central concept in anthropology, encompassing the range of phenomena that are transmitted through social learning in the humane society.

What is culture in your own words?

It's a tradition way of living life within a certain group. People come together as a unified whole to have this lifestyle of specific traditions and customs. Each person in every culture support one another because they are all very similar in terms of their behavior and conduct.

What goes into and makes up a culture?

Many cultures are developed overtime because of a group's history or past. Some cultures are even shaped by current events happening in their community. A culture can also be modified by religion, attitude, and perspectives of multiple observations in life.

Examples of cultures that have struggled in the past that remain relevant today

  • In the Middle Eastern culture, many people are being wrongfully pinned as terrorists. "On Sept. 12, I was pulled off my train and my picture was broadcast worldwide next to Osama bin Laden's. I am an American citizen, yet I was associated with our country's worst enemy..."
  • In the African American culture, blacks are being pinned as thieves and/or thugs. "Forest Whitaker, an Oscar-winning actor, was accused of shoplifting from an upscale deli in Manhattan..."
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Culture Research: Tongan

Charcteristics

  • Mutual Respect
  • Cooperative and Unified
  • Generous
  • Loyal and Commited
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Customs and Traditions

  • A typical family unit may consist of adopted children, cousins and other distant relatives, alongside siblings and grandparents
  • Sundays are devoted to church, family, and rest. Vsitors are expected to respect Sunday as a day of rest. Businesses and shops are closed by law allowing families to spend the day attending church for a relaxed day of worship and feasting.
  • Mats are the most treasured possessions in Tongan households and are traditionally presented at births, weddings, funerals, and other special occasions.
  • A well known traditional dance is the 'Lakalaka' which is performed by both men and women, sometimes in spectacular groups of up to a hundred. Dancers step their feet and move their arms in certain gestures, and decorations include beautiful bracelets, neck garlands, and the tekiteki (a feather headpiece).
Tongan Song - Loka Siliva

Challenges

A cyclone had hit last year inflicting damage making a necessity for millions of dollars. This made medical costs and taxes in general very rough in terms of paying for it due to an increase of unemployment.
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Cultural Acceptance

Methods For Promoting Cultural Awareness

Some ways to promote cultural awareness is to really get to know and do research on other cultures, and to not be scared to talk to other people that aren't the same as you, they aren't bad. We need to step up as generation and be loving towards each other despite the differences.

Statements That Affirm the Need for Acceptance

Martin Luther King Jr. said," Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that." This means that if you see a problem with a group, be the positive one and fix it.

If Society Chooses to Discriminate Against Cultures:

It can lead to war, death, and poverty within states, countries, and regions which will only end negatively for both sides. A positive result will never be existent if society decides to discriminate cultures. Society needs to know we are all not robots, we are our own person and we have our own mindset on ways of life.

Six Word Memoirs

  • Black. White. Yellow. Red. Orange. Human.
  • We're here together, deal with it.
  • Know your neighbor, see them later.

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