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Running head: SOCIOAUTOBIOGRAPHY 1 Socioautobiography Raul Ramirez DeVry University 11/10/2014 Socioautobiography
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SOCIOAUTOBIOGRAPHY 2 As I think about my life experience with other cultures, I realize that growing up in a diverse environment allowed me to bypass culture shock and adapt to the various behaviors and customs of people from other cultures. My environment had no barriers and I was able to interact with as many diverse people as I could without any restrictions about who to hang out with. I had friends of many cultures including Chinese, African American, Guatemalan, Puerto Rican and Caucasian. Everyone had their own method of communicating with their own people. I noticed different verbal and nonverbal communication , various gender roles in our families, different languages and various symbols and demeanor . Each of us had our own ways of thinking and I remember that not everyone hung out with us. Maybe we were outcasts! Whatever the reason was, we didn’t care because we had fun adapting to each other’s habits, words, hand gestures and even symbols (TCO’s 3, 4 and 5). I always thought that all people in my culture lived the same as I did. Little did I know that my first visit to Mexico was the first time I experienced culture shock (TCO’s 3 and 4) . In my family’s home town of San Felipe, I met friends and family who I never knew before. My Grandmother took me to visit her childhood friend. She as very nice and smiled a lot. She lived in an adobe home with no doors or windows. She slept on top of a small thin mattress on the dirt floor. There were no windows so the outer walls were lined with broken glass to cut anyone who attempted to break in. There was no kitchen like ours back home, just a room with a fire pit and some homemade casuelas (pots). She was living a life different than ours and I felt sad for her.
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