Intercultural Experience Report

World orientation tells people how to locate

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World orientation tells people how to locate themselves in relation to the spiritual world, nature, and other living things (Lustig & Koester, 2013 p. 93). I asked if human beings are naturally good or evil? “Yes, we all make choices and we decide to do good or bad to others. Especially when you have been taught. Religion plays a big role as a person, it would make you think twice before doing bad. In my culture religion is very important and I was raised very religiously,” was his response. I also asked if spirits of the dead inhabit and affect the human world. He responded, “when a person dies their breath of life is returns to God. But I do believe that spirt of demons and angels affect the human world.” The final cultural pattern is time orientation, which is how people conceptualize time (Lustig & Koester, 2013 p. 94). I asked him how should time be valued and understood. He answered, “by using it wisely we learn to value and understand time. When I was a kid I use to skip school and my teacher would ask me where I have been. I would tell him I was out playing and as punishment I had to wrote two pages with the sentence wasted time may never be recuperated.” I also asked if time is a scarce resource, or if it is unlimited. “Time is limited. We are only here for so long and then we are gone,” was his response. How do the cultural patterns affect interpersonal communication? High-context cultures prefer to use high-context messages, in which most of the meaning is either implied by the physical setting or is presumed to be part of the individual internalized beliefs, values, norms, and social practices. I would agree with Hall’s High- and low- context cultural taxonomy when it come to Mexican culture (Lustig & Koester, 2013 p. 102). According to Hall’s cultural taxonomy, Mexican are considered a high-context culture while Americans are considered a low-context culture. Growing up Alejandro was able to understand hand jesters or brief comments and commands from others. Working with others here in the United States he 5
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I N T E R C U L T U R A L E X P E R I E N C E R E P O R T learned that he had to make sure to explain what he needed in details because hand jesters or brief comments and commands caused confusion. My father in-law Alejandro stated that the Mexican people are very loud and express themselves with a lot of hand motions. They are very passionate and its not uncommon to see drama unfold out in public. By having a better understanding with one another, in any form common ground can be found, including verbal or non verbal. It is difficult when you are learning another language. For him it was hard to communicate when he was first learning English and understanding the American culture. American seem to be loud and boastful in a different way which seemed more disrespectful. As a Mexican, pride and respect is a big thing and without it you are nothing.
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