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To what extent does one's culture inform the way one views others and the world?d

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Ariel Conner

on 18 October 2016

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To what extent does one's culture inform the way one views others and the world?
Point of view comes a lot from the culture a person was born into. So, simple things in someones life such as family and heritage do greatly effect someone's view on the world.
Family alone is enough to change one's views, but what about ethnicity?
What someone looks like and what others perceive of them is also enough to determine what someone potentially believes in. Bharati Mukherjee once said, "We would endure our two years in America, secure our degrees, then return to India to marry the grooms of our father's choosing." This quote shows a hint of her cultural normality and how her life was supposed to go, just based on her race. Her ethnicity, along with her culture's traditions, are only briefly mentioned. The word, 'would' foreshadows a change, as if that is not the way her life went.
In conclusion parts of a person's culture such as family and heritage effect someones view on the world. Before someone is put into the real world they are surrounded by the atmosphere presented by their family. When stepping out of this secure environment, people will see things they are not used to. And when things are new people tend to judge from experience.
How Family Influences Perspective On Others and The World.
Family influences greatly affects the way one views others and the world. In the personal essay, "Two Ways to Belong in America," the author, Bharati Mukherje states, "By choosing a husband who was not my father's selection, I was opting for fluidity, self-invention,..." In Bharati's Indian culture the father-figure opinion is held to great importance, even his decision on who his children will spend the rest of their lives with. This definitely influenced Bharai to embrace her freedom in America, without her father, and choose an unapproved man to marry.
Family is an important part to these simple things. In some cases fatherly or motherly figures appear like they do not affect an individual, but they do. Fatherly and motherly figures are one of the most important things growing up because they are the people that guide a child. Sometimes children veer off from families because the child's view point does not coincide with the family's. The children that venture off from their family are normally the ones that disagree with their parents because of their own views.
How are simple things like family and ethnicity affecting the world around someone?
Everything around a person affects how they are able see the world. The person you are is determined by the things we call simple in our everyday lives.
Another example is from Medicine Grizzlybear when he states, "Although you in western society may argue that such a method serves to hinder motor-skill development and abstract reasoning, we believe it forces the child to first develop his intuitive faculties, rational intellect, symbolic thinking, and five sense." When speaking about his son, Grizzlybear mentioned his ethnicity and how it actually helps his son. Doing what he does is forcing him to claim his own views on what he believes in. By both Medicine Grizzlybear and Bharati experiencing these moments, it is enough to show ethnicity matters.
In the short story, "Everyday Use," the author Alice Walker describes the mother of her story as , "...a large, big-boned woman with rough, man-working hands." Her daughter, Dee/Wangero, is ashamed of her mother and poor family background because of her mother's masculine manner. She views others as being as judgemental of her background as she is so she changes her appearance and name to fit into the standards that she has formed for herself. This is an example of family background influencing views and opinions on others.
The essay, "An Indian Father's Plea," by Robert Lake states, "He is not culturally 'disadvantaged', but he is culturally 'different'." The boy described here is a part of a tribe, meaning he comes from a more dynamic and complex community of family. Being raised in that type of community, he had a hard time adjusting to the educational world and his new peers. He did not take to the new curriculum or his classmates. These examples all prove that the way a person views the world and others is greatly influenced by their family and heritage.
Ethnicity (continued...)
Another important thing to address is the topic of ethnicity. Ethnicity is a label addressed to someone by the way they look or the place their family comes from and some people address this as something silly that does not matter. Ethnicity has everything to do with how a person views the world, this is mostly due to how people react to other people based on their race. Racism changes how people view the world and how a person may learn in some cases. These two simple things, family and ethnicity, are one of the biggest things when it comes how culture affects a person's view point of the world.
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