Why is Cultural Diversity a Positive Thing?

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The differences in culture include:

  • Language
  • Religion
  • Food
  • Special Dates
  • Migration
  • Education
  • Family

With your classmates think about ways in which one  culture can be different to another?

Imagine that suddenly every family in the world becomes like your family!

  1. Which foods would stop being produced/sold in the world?
  2. Which buildings would be opened up/ closed down in the world?
  3. Which types of clothing would be popular/disappear in the world?
  4. Which jobs would be affected?
  5. What would happen to the world’s sporting events?
  6. What would the education system be like?
  7. What would everyone in the world be like?
  8. What would happen to the world’s media?
  9. Which issues would governments focus on in the world?
  10. How would people in the world spend their leisure time?

Post 10 definitions of words that you had to find out in order to talk about this. For example:

  • Guava (Pakistani Fruit): any of several tropical American shrubs or small trees (genus Psidium) of the myrtle family; especially :  a shrubby tree (P. guajava) widely cultivated for its sweet acid yellow or pink fruit: Merriam-Webster Dictionary
  • Zori (Japanese clothing): a flat thonged sandal usually made of straw, cloth, leather, or rubber. Merrian-Webster Dictionary
  • Foundation Degree (UK educational system): Foundation degrees are intended to give a basic knowledge in a subject to enable the holder to go on to employment or further study in that field. They are normally offered by universities and further education colleges working in partnership. Wikipedia
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9 thoughts on “Why is Cultural Diversity a Positive Thing?

  1. Some cultures believe in more than one God, for example, Indians (e.g.Hinduism).
    Education is free in some countries.
    In other cultures it is accepted to have more than one wife.
    The vision of women in the Middle East is different from our Western point of vision.
    There are types of government in the world. This has an impact in people’s freedom.
    Each culture has its own dates and traditions. Many of them are related to religion.
    Music reflect the particular values and beliefs of a cultural group.
    There are different factors that influence the architecture of a particular culture.
    There is a strong connection between culture and location.
    Some cultures prefer to have larger families. This may be related to the concept of community v/s individualism.

  2. Lipsologist: Apparently these people make a living by reading your personality from your unique lip print. literally read your lips – like having your palm read but slightly less socially acceptable. And you don’t have to actually have to have writing on them like the guy in the picture.
    Advanced Placement (AP): program in the United States created by the College Board offering college-level curriculum and examinations to high school students.
    Henley On Todd Boat Race: The race is along the dry river bed using boats of all sorts with no bottom. People run along inside the boats in a mad dash to the line.

  3. I worked with Joaquin Oporto and Nicolas Gasto in this scheming activity.

    Shark Fin Soup: Shark fin soup (or shark’s fin soup) is a popular soup item of Chinese cuisine usually served at special occasions such as weddings and banquets, or as a luxury item in Chinese culture. The shark fins provide texture while the taste comes from the other soup ingredients. The soup originated centuries ago during the Ming Dynasty. Demand for the soup has increased as income levels of Chinese communities worldwide have risen. International concerns over the sustainability and welfare of sharks have impacted consumption and availability of the soup.

    Buddhist Beer Temple: The Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew temple in Thailand is constructed from a million glass beer bottles. Decorative mosaics at the temple are constructed from beer bottle lids. The mixture of brown and green glass allowed the incorporation of intricate patterns within the temple’s walls. Since the walls are colored glass they allow for privacy but also a beautiful but diffuse light to spread throughout the buildings.

    Langa – Voni: This is a type of South Indian dress mainly worn in Andhra Pradesh and also in some parts of Tamilnadu, Kerala and Karnataka. This dress is a 3- piece apparel where Langa or Lehanga is the cone shaped long flowing skirt that covers the body from the waist, reaching the feet. In some cases, it might be as long as knees or just lower than the knees too. The second part is the blouse, or a jacket, that covers the upper part of the woman’s body. There are many varieties in a blouse like the one that has long sleeves, short sleeves, sleeveless etc. The length of the blouse is usually short- from lower neck to a few inches above the belly button/ navel.

  4. Jeria-Barriga

    Chickpeas: An annual Asian plant (Cicer arietinum) in the pea family, widely cultivated for the edible seeds in its short inflated pods.
    Hijab: The headscarf worn by Muslim women, sometimes including a veil that covers the face except for the eyes.
    Kidney beans: An annual plant (Phaseolus vulgaris) cultivated in many forms for its edible pods and seeds.
    Falafel: (Cookery) a ball or cake of ground spiced chickpeas, deep-fried and often served with pitta bread.
    Kilt: A knee-length skirt with deep pleats, usually of a tartan wool, worn as part of the dress for men in the Scottish Highlands.
    Baccy: Law / Recreational Drugs) Brit an informal name for tobacco.
    Faded (pants): Having lost freshness or brilliance of color; “sun-bleached deck chairs”; “faded jeans”; “a very pale washed-out blue”; “washy colors”.
    Distressed (pants): Processed or treated to appear faded or wrinkled, as if from long, steady use.
    Cardigan: A knitted garment, such as a sweater or jacket, that opens down the full length of the front.
    Suspenders: An often elastic strap worn over the shoulders to support trousers. Often used in the plural.

  5. Miss I work with Urzúa.

    Nem cuon (salad rolls), a nem dish wrapped in banh trang (Vietnamese Food)

    Deep-fried mantou, a popular Chinese dessert, served with sweetened condensed milk

    Mandir: Hinduism temple.

    Hijab: is a veil that covers the head and chest, which is particularly worn by a Muslim female

    Rickshaw: is a two or three-wheeled passenger cart, called a pulled rickshaw, generally pulled by one man with one passenger.

    Kabaddi: is a popular national sport in India, played mainly among people in villages. It is regarded as a team-contact sport and as a recreational form of combat training.

    Hazara: are identified by their specific oriental like facial features such as pointed cheek bones, asian like eyes, nose and many more asian physical atributes.

    Jihad: a war fought by Muslims to defend or spread their beliefs.

  6. 1. Entomophagy
    the practice of eating insects as food

    2. Xenophobia
    fear and hatred of strangers or foreigners or of anything that is strange or foreign

    3. Herring
    valuable flesh of fatty fish from shallow waters of northern Atlantic or Pacific; usually salted or pickled

    4. Fugu
    any of various very poisonous puffer fishes (family Tetraodontidae) that contain tetrodotoxin and that are used as food in Japan after the toxin-containing parts are removed

    5. Witchetty grub
    any of various large white grubs that are larvae esp. of moths of the genus Cossus, that frequent the roots of Australian acacia, and that are used as food by the indigenous people

    6. HaKarl
    Decomposed shark. The shark is buried to ferment in its own fluids for several months, then cut into strips and hung up to dry.

    7. Balut
    a fertiliized duck embryo boiled in the shell.

  7. Reynolds-Oporto-Gastó

    Burqa: is an enveloping outer garment worn by women in some Islamic traditions to cover their bodies when in public.
    The face-veiling portion is usually a rectangular piece of semi-transparent cloth with its top edge attached to a portion of the head-scarf so that the veil hangs down covering the face and can be turned up if the woman wishes to reveal her face. In other styles, the niqāb of the veil is attached by one side, and covers the face only below the eyes, allowing the eyes to be seen.

    Reality television: Reality television is a genre of television programming that documents unscripted situations and actual occurrences, and often features a previously unknown cast. The genre often highlights personal drama and conflict to a much greater extent than other unscripted television such as documentary shows.

    Capitalism: Capitalism is an economic system based on private ownership of the means of production and capital goods, and the production of goods and services for profit in a market economy. Central characteristics of capitalism include the process of capital accumulation, competitive markets, and wage labor. In a capitalist economy, the parties to a transaction nominally determine the prices at which assets, goods, and services are exchanged.

    Bullfighting: traditional spectacle of Spain, Portugal, southern France and some Hispanic American countries (Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela and Peru) and the Philippines, in which one or more bulls are baited, and then killed in a bullring for the entertainment of the audience. Although a blood sport, by definition, some followers of the spectacle prefer to view it as a ‘fine art’ and not a sport, as there are no elements of competition in the proceedings.

  8. Entomophagy: is the practice of eating insects, including arachnids and centipedes.

    Aardvark: A burrowing mammal of southern Africa, having a stocky, hairy body, large ears, a long tubular snout, and powerful digging claws.

    Cicadas: Any of various insects of the family Cicadidae, having a broad head, membranous wings, and in the male a pair of resonating organs that produce a characteristic high-pitched, droning sound. Also called cicada.

    The Lantern Festival: It is a festival celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunisolar year in the lunar calendar marking the last day of the lunar New Year celebration, at China.

    Waboba: is short for water bouncing ball, deriving the two first letters in each word into what is both the company as well as the product name. Waboba is also the name of the ballgame that is played in knee- to waist high water, using the Waboba ball.

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