E2D1 - Jonathan Hagen Colleen Humanities 20C April 27, 2011...

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Jonathan Hagen Colleen Humanities 20C April 27, 2011 E2D1 Preserving the Culture If people do not preserve their traditions, beliefs, practices and values, they will be lost, and their identities will be gone. In order to maintain their customs, they have to face a lot of challenges. As the world changes more quickly, it is more difficult to keep their customs while adjusting to modern society. In the reading, The Warriors, Uncle Ralph talks about his efforts to preserve his customs and the difficulties he faces. He has problems adjusting into modern society because of his tradition, and it makes it difficult for him to preserve his culture. “Talking to the Dead”, a girl named Yuri Shimabukuro, meets obstacles in maintaining her traditions. Her mother does not understand nor support her. In my personal experience, when I moved to America from Korea, the environment around me had influenced me and I could not keep my traditions. Sometimes a dominated culture forces minor cultures to stop preserving theirs and follow its customs. In 1930s, Korean’s customs were stripped away from them because Japan had forced Koreans to stop maintaining their cultures. Preserving cultures is very hard to do because people have to face many struggles in order to keep their customs. Uncle Ralph meets hardships when he tries to retain his tradition. He is from a Pawnee tribe, says that he is one of the warriors and emphasizes the importance of preserving everything about his tribe. He keeps telling stories about Pawnee warriors, teaching a lot of Pawnee vocabulary and singing Pawnee melody to his nephews. However, as he is trying to do these, he has hard time adjusting to a new society while preserving his tradition. When the
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