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United States Culture

The purpose of this presentation is for students to learn more about the diversity of culture in U.S. as well as some typical cultural patterns and values of Americans.
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Ariana Johnson

on 21 July 2014

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Transcript of United States Culture

United States Culture
The U.S. is like
a Salad Bowl

Some Facts:
Latin American
African
What is culture?
It's like an iceberg
only 10% is visible from the surface.
Hard to see parts of culture
Beliefs and Values
Religious Beliefs
How to raise children
What is fair?
Ideas of modesty
Priorities
Approaches to Problem Solving
Importance of Time
Thought Processes

Assumptions and Norms
Etiquette
Ideas of Beauty
Notions of "self"
Perceptions
Personal Space
Clothing
Dance
History
Arts
Language
Music
Easy to see parts of culture
Food
European
Asian
Native American
Personal Control over the Environment
There is no fate
It depends on Hard work and initiative
Problems come from laziness and not taking responsibility.
Change is a good thing!
Tradition is less important to Americans
Change means progress and development!
Change, make mistakes and learn from them.
Americans like to update and see what the newest things are.
Use Your Time Wisely!
Time is very important and is always measured and kept track of.
Being on time is often more important than relationships.
Arriving late can be seen as a sign of disrespect
This can cause Americans to be very productive!
Individuality and
Independence
We are each special!
In the U.S. people like to express themselves and their opinions freely.
They like to have time to themselves. - Privacy-
Informality and Directness
Bosses often tell their employers to use their first names without titles.
Americans tend to dress very casually. Jeans and shorts in any occasion.
Informal greetings and speech.
Americans like to get to the point! We tend to be direct and honest.
People who are not direct are sometimes seen as untrustworthy.
Some American Cultural Patterns
By, Dr. Robert Kohls
a renowned writer and researcher on American cultural patterns and cross-cultural value differences.
A list of 13 commonly-held values which help explain to first-time visitors to the United States why Americans act as they do.
positive or negative values??
The "American Dream"
"The early Bird gets the Worm!"
"Time is Money"
personal space, greetings, bus rides
Presented by: Ariana Johnson
Agenda:
1. Previous knowledge
2. Warmup Questions
3. What is Culture?
4. Activity
5. American Cultural Patterns
Warm-up Questions
Previous Knowledge
American Pop culture
1. The past plays a limited role in American culture. It is the future that counts.
2. There is an obsession and breaking-up of time.
3. Americans believe that sitting around “doing nothing”
is productive.
4. Being part of a group is more important than self-interest or self- expression.
5. Privacy of the individual is not important.
6. Bigger and more is better.
7. Americans do not tolerate mistakes.
8. A person is defined by their work.
9. Americans are patient toward actions perceived as “slow”.
10. America is a “non-contact” culture.
11. Promptness is not highly valued.
12. Americans value speaking to the point.
Activity:
Draw a fruit that you feel represents you and your personality
Share your fruit with two or more people around you.
Example:

I am like an Apple.
Apples are very important where I come from. I can also be sweet but crisp. I like to travel and apples are sent all over the world!
I am like a ___
Because I ___
Different people and cultures combine but remain distinct and different from eachother.
This mix creates a new and special "American" culture
1. The past plays a limited role in American culture. It is the future that counts.

2. There is an obsession and breaking-up of time.
3. Americans believe that sitting around “doing nothing” is productive.
4. Being part of a group is more important than self-interest or self- expression.
5. Privacy of the individual is not important.
6. Bigger and more is better.
7. Americans do not accept mistakes.
8. A person is defined by their work.
9. Americans are patient toward actions perceived as “slow”.
10. America is a “non-contact” culture.
11. Promptness is not highly valued.
12. Americans value speaking to the point
Warm-up Answers
True
True
The U.S. is the world's 3rd largest country!
What do you know about American Culture?
True
False
False
False
True
False
False
True
True
False
What do you want to be when you grow up?
sports
I, Too, Sing America
I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

Tomorrow,
I'll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody'll dare
Say to me,
"Eat in the kitchen,"
Then.

Besides,
They'll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed—

I, too, am America.
by Langston Hughes
One out of every ten Americans were
born outside of the U.S.
True or false?
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