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Novel Windflower- Western and Eskimo Culture - ... This provides the possible connotation in spending in the story of WINDFLOWER is that of westernization. We are shown through the thoughts of Elsa that the influence of spending is strong but it is backed by the materialism of a certain character, Madame Beaulieu, who provides Elsa the thought that love is provided by the act of giving objects. "Her life was being used up buying him clothes as costly and toys as charming as those possessed by the children of Madame Beaulieu"(Pg 42). A motif of this story should be Madame Beaulieu herself as she is often referenced and used as a comparison whenever Elsa deals with Jimmy....   [tags: western influence, literary analysis] 1133 words
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American Business in Western Culture - Wal-Mart has very low prices and has a friendly atmosphere in the United States. American’s seem to enjoy the personal attention that the employees of Wal-Mart offer. It is hard to understand why anyone would not like the personal attention. Google and YouTube is very popular in the United States, but has failed in the western world because of their American culture ideas and the unwillingness to broaden their understanding of different cultures. Not being able to adapt to different cultures in the western world has created the downfall of Wal-Mart and Google....   [tags: Business Analysis ]
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Western Culture and Beauty Standards - ... Do parents care more about the society than their offspring. Are young men and women willing to make drastic changes just to obtain the approval of society. It’s not uncommon for Asian high school students to go under the knife. In fact it’s believed that the earlier you do it, the more “natural” it looks as you grow into your features. Many see beauty as a key factor in a successful job application. Job applicants are obliged to submit a photograph of themselves along with their resume. They are judged upon the first impression of their face....   [tags: asian countries, China, Taiwan, Japan] 715 words
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Eating Disorders and Western Culture - ... The whys and wherefores include malnourishment, substance abuse and reckless suicides. Eating disorders can happen to anyone; no matter whether they’re male or female, rich or poor, old or young. According to many researchers, eating disorders are caused by more than just food. There are numerous complex causal factors that could lead to the development of anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa even though no clear root has been specified. These include Psychological factors (low self-esteem; feelings of insufficiency or lack of control in life; depression, anxiety, anger, stress or loneliness), Interpersonal factors (history of physical or sexual abuse; troubled personal relationships; dif...   [tags: abundance of food] 854 words
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The Effects of Western Colonisation on Aborigines - For over 200 years Aborigines have endured a long history of suffering due to the adverse effects of western colonisation; in its attempt for cultural assimilation and to which has caused catastrophic consequences within individuals and the community as a whole. The extent and persistence of suppression inflicted upon the indigenous communities have severely disrupted the culture, which has not only made it susceptible to trauma, but can also trigger other catastrophic symptoms, which then lead to the transmission and intergenerational transmission of such behaviours or maladaptive coping strategies amongst its members....   [tags: Aborigines vs Western Culture]
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Non-Verbal Communication and Western Culture - ... In addition to this, there is also information which suggests that males are more likely to initiate the first contact with females in desire for potential intimacy. This theory also notes that women tend to be more reserved in their sense of touch and wait until a relationship has been established to reciprocate (Guerrero, 1990). However, it was interesting to learn that in the case of same-sex touch, women are actually more likely to engage in touch (Ford, 1977). The research suggests that women are far more comfortable with same-sex touching compared to men....   [tags: difference between genders] 1396 words
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The Role of The Female in Western Culture - In Susie Orbach’s essay, “Fat as a Feminist Issue”, she argues that being fat is a rebellion against western society’s view of women. She begins her essay by explaining how prominent the issues of obesity and dieting have become, and how these issues negatively affect women. “Almost inevitably, the explanations offered for fatness point a finger at the failure of women themselves…” (para. 2), Orbach contends. She suggests that feminism, on the other hand, aligns itself with the perspective that women suffer from compulsive eating, and consequently obesity, not due to faults of their own, but because of “those painful personal experiences [that] derive from the social context into which femal...   [tags: Gender Issues]
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Suppressed Horror: Conrad’s Western and Achebe’s African Revelations on Colonialism - Whereas Conrad presents the people of Africa and their culture as barbaric and inferior to Western culture, Achebe vehemently insists that Igbo culture, although not without its flaws, shares common elements of civility with Europe. Conrad’s moral justification of colonialism heavily relies on the questionable assumption that Africa and its inhabitants are unrefined. He portrays an Africa urgently requiring the implementation of civilization, whereas Achebe defends Africa with a compelling personal illustration of the civilized Igbo culture....   [tags: African Culture, Western Culture, Analysis]
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The Development of Europe and Western Culture - The Development of Europe and Western Culture The development of Europe and Western Culture are highlighted by five key dates. The main four key dates and there are as follows: 500 B.C. is known as the Height of Greece. This is the time frame when distinctive European culture had emerged in Greece. It is also known as the Axis Date because the fundamental's of the great world cultures are being defined. During this period of time, Alexander the Great conquered the Persia and became the Great King of Persiah Empire....   [tags: Papers] 2725 words
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Traditions and Values of Western Culture - Traditions and Values of Western Culture missing works cited History is a part of everyone's lives. We exist today because of our history. People who lived before our time fought for the rights that many individuals take for granted. Especially for an individual to appreciate life, one must be fully aware of the past, so one could truly appreciate their existence today and the freedom they have. So when the question arises on whether or not "Colleges and universities serve to pass on to students the great traditions and values of Western culture?" Without any doubt the answer should be absolutely yes....   [tags: History Education Essays] 1685 words
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The Bible and Western Culture - The Bible and Western Culture 1. The Bible as Political/Philosophical Statement The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood The dystopia depicted in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale is a patriarchal society that prides itself in the protection of women. The marked hierarchy of power and status revealed here cannot be denied and the society’s attitude towards women is as anti-feminist as many could ever imagine. The society in which those without power are not only weak but ignorant is reminiscent of the early Middle Ages when only the highly educated and powerful were able to read, and even fewer were able to read the Bible....   [tags: Papers] 1562 words
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Western Culture Media: Hazardous to the Health of Females - I believe that as long as Western Culture promotes thinness as “pinnacles of beauty” (McClelland, p. 394), beauty advertising will continue to be damaging to women (Orbach, p. 386) leaving them desiring to be accepted, to be beautiful and to feel good about themselves (Orbach, p.387). Magazines, television, movies, and the Internet portray women who are successful in love, career, finances to be slim (McClelland, p.393). The influence of Western Culture was clearly demonstrated when just “three years After the introduction of TV into Fiji in 1995, 11.9% of adolescent girls were puking into the toilet bowl trying to change their Fujian build into one that resembled the Western images they wer...   [tags: Beauty ]
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The Influence of Martin Luthern and Cosimo de'Medici on Western Culture - Martin Luther and Cosimo de’Medici are known as some of the most important and influential people on the Western culture. Martin Luther shaped the Western culture socially and religiously with powerful words, while Cosimo de’Medici impacted the economy and politically through money and power. Cosimo de’Medici changed Florence in many ways by contributing to the Republic of Florence with his strong hand in the establishment of some of the most infamous renaissance masterpieces. Cosimo de’Medici ruled Florence without actually being in power in the political system....   [tags: investing, religion, economics] 635 words
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Tobacco and Western Culture - Tobacco and Western Culture The use of tobacco dates back to the 17th century. The primary reason for its beginning was purely economic at first. It later became apparent to researchers over the decades that tobacco was more than just a commodity to be traded for economic gain. It was actually a drug, nicotine, which developed into physical dependency and had adverse side effects as people began to live longer. Further research at the social level, revealed its social impact on the western culture....   [tags: Papers] 435 words
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Chinese Culture vs. Western and American Culture - Chinese Culture vs. Western and American Culture There are many different aspects on Ancient Chinese culture that differ from Western and American culture. Many things such as education, marriage, and community type can be different from what we have in our Western civilization. Although Chinese culture has evolved through many, many years some ancient traditions still uphold. There are a wide variety of differences between the Chinese and Western cultures forms of art and literature. One example of this is the importance of architecture in China....   [tags: cultural disparity, xenocentrism]
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Examining the Western Culture's View of the Elderly - I spent roughly thirty hours volunteering at Martin Luther Campus, during which I got to take a part in many experiences that were alien to me. Through participant observations, I was able to interview residents and draw out information that I would otherwise be unable to get if I used a “fly on the wall” approach. There were many things I witnessed, and experienced first hand, that made me very uncomfortable. Whether they were “bad” or “good is irrelevant, as I found that the things that made me the most uncomfortable tended to be the most relevant to this class....   [tags: Reflection ] 1636 words
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Logic and Law in Russian and Western Culture - Logic and Law in Russian and Western Culture ABSTRACT: The purpose of my paper is to compare those texts of Russian and Western thinkers where the relations between logic and law are discussed, and especially to show both the differences and the agreements of their understanding of this connection. Second, I would also like to show and contrast the place of logic and law in Russian and Western systems of education. Third, I propose to clarify some conclusions from my analysis of these relations for understanding the social life of a country and its culture....   [tags: Russia Russian Essays]
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Acupuncture As An Alternative Medicine In The Western Culture - Debora Cytrynowicz Acupuncture as an Alternative Medicine ( in the Western Culture) Alternative medicine is a very general term whose definition can be very controversial. Basically, it is many holistic techniques for preventing and treating illnesses. Acupuncture, and many other therapies, have long been a part of Asian cultures and have recently been integrated into the Western culture. Since Acupuncture is such an important tradition in China, it has gained much respect from other cultures....   [tags: essays research papers] 1654 words
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The English Major - Essential to Western Culture -           The study of linguistics and literature is commonly joined under the head of “English,” a simplification and development of the 19th century term philology, or, “the love of words.”  While literature is the very essence of recorded history, and the nature of language itself even older, the formal critical study of such is necessarily newer.  The field of study is referred to as “English” because that is our language, from the American custom of combining the study of literature and grammar; also, much of the world’s written literature was written in our language.  The Western tradition of recording one’s thoughts—fiction and nonfiction—has led to an examination of those thoughts cr...   [tags: College Admissions]
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Globalism, The Unstoppable Force of Western Culture on the World - Author Michael Schuman said it best, “Globalization is very much alive and well.” He would be correct in this assumption, as many countries are accepting the western cultural influence as their own. As the authors, Foer and Appaih, strive to identify globalization with single references, as they lacks the overall annotation; globalism, and its unstoppable force. Appiah’s meaning for globalization is more specific than Schumans and on a personal, family, and religious level with acceptance and how others perceive them....   [tags: economics, globalization, sociology]
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A Comparison of the Culture of Things Fall Apart and Western Culture - The Culture of Things Fall Apart vs. Western Culture Many societies have beliefs rooted deep in ancient religion. Some beliefs include polygamy, polytheism, and patriarchy, or rule by men. One such culture is that of Achebe's Things Fall Apart. Polytheism and polygamy are custom in the clan, and the role of each family member is very defined. The men are overly domineering. The women and children are treated poorly and often beaten. Life in Achebe's Umuofia would seem very different to someone living in modern day America....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 2311 words
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Indian Culture Vs Western Cultures - A couple of years ago, I had invited my best friend Jenene, to attend an Indian wedding. I thought it might be fun for her to experience the different foods, clothing, personalities, and religious beliefs that were particular to my culture. Later on that evening she had pulled me to the side and told me that the culture that she was raised in was completely different from mine. She was raised in New York all of her life and she had never experienced such a distinct culture. At that time I told her that she did not know half the story....   [tags: World Culture] 1570 words
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The Western as Commentary about Decaying Values - The Western as Commentary about Decaying Values The Western, as a genre, is subversive of the values that its Christian characters possess. Western films frequently depict social depravity in terms of the mythology that developed during westward expansion. The mythology was inspired by the threat of the frontier wilderness to Puritan culture. In order to preserve their society, some Puritans departed from their ideal Christian lives. Western films portray compromises that cultures make of the values that they define themselves by in order to protect the integrity of their other values....   [tags: Western Culture Films Movies Essays]
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A Distant Episode by Paul Bowles - ... The east will be always an ugly place, while the west will be always a place for civilization. A distant Episode emphasizes the difference between the Arab culture and the western culture. In this short story, the Professor is an example of the western haughty civilized man who visited Morocco to look for dirt, to enjoy seeing primitive disgusting people and to smell the odors. Through his journey to find camel boxes, he meets a lot of savage, ignorant people who treat him bluntly and brutally, while he uses etiquette and thinks all the time....   [tags: arab culture, western culture] 671 words
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Western Culture And Policies That Have Shaped The Modern World - Western culture and policies have shaped the modern world, especially the Middle East, in many ways. Since the sixteenth century, the nations of Western civilization have been the driving wheels of modernization. Globalization is simply the spread of modern institutions and ideas from one high power to the wider world. Technological innovation and economic growth along with such concepts as democracy, individualism, and the rule of law administered by an impartial judiciary, set Western societies above and beyond any possible rival....   [tags: International Studies] 1507 words
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Roman and Greek Philosophy's Influence on Today's Western Culture - Advances in Art, science and politics were made in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea. Greek philosophers were among the first in the West to explore nature in a rational way and to make educated guesses about the creation of the world and the universe. This is why Greece is often referred to as the birthplace of Western culture. The ancient Greeks viewed the world in a way that one would today perhaps describe as "holistic". Science, philosophy, art and politics were interwoven and combined into one worldview....   [tags: essays research papers] 766 words
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Middle Adulthood as a Twentieth Century Phenomenon in Western Culture - Middle Adulthood as a Twentieth Century Phenomenon in Western Culture Middle adulthood is a 20th century phenomenon in Western culture. In 1900, the average life expectancy was 47 years, but now life expectancy has increased- people are living longer and more professionals are studying life during this age period. Between the ages of 35-64, there are vast changes in many areas of their lives....   [tags: Papers] 1716 words
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Movie Analysis: Brokeback Mountain and The Love of Siam - Brokeback Mountain and The Love of Siam are two movies, which two main characters from each film, namely Ennis and Jack from Brokeback Mountain and Mew and Tong from The Love of Siam, all four of them have a connection that goes from friendship to a homosexual relationship, respectively. Four of them are commoners that end up being infatuated with each other. These commoners have situations that they breeze along that directed them to a same-sex relationship amongst them. In particular, Ennis and Jack takes on shepherding job on Brokeback Mountain together, and while being there together for a long time and having each other’s back, their friendship becomes stronger....   [tags: Ennis and Jack, western culture] 547 words
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Visual images Reinforce Traditional Gender and Sexuality Stereotypes - Visual images reinforce traditional gender and sexuality stereotypes through the manifestation of the masculine and feminine miens. An examination of print media advertisements highlights the social and cultural ideologies associated with traditional gender roles that are expected and imposed on by society. “Advertisements are deeply woven into the fabric of Western Culture, drawing on and reinforcing commonly held perceptions and beliefs” of gender and sexuality stereotypes. They have a strong role in shaping society by reflecting, reinforcing and perpetuating traditional societal values and attitudes towards gender roles and identities....   [tags: media, advertisment, western culture]
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The Negative Effects of the Modern Mom - Modern moms in western culture have a much different role to play than simply caring for their children and their house. According to statistics Canada, 72.9% of women with children under the age of 16 are participating in the workforce. This means that women have adapted a new role where they must balance work, social, and home life and face significant consequences if they are unable to succeed. However, this role shift is almost expected of women in our culture. With such a great majority of women in the workforce, those who have chosen to remain at home are questioned on their decision and criticized by their peers for not being an “independent women”....   [tags: Western Culture, Adult Supervision]
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Dispelling the Myths of Ageism - Ageism is prejudice in which people are categorized and judged solely on the basis of their chronological age (Berger, 2008). Our western culture has embedded ageism into our everyday lives, and we may not be able to identify the ageist behavior when it occurs. Older adults are frequently given negative labels such as senile, sad, lonely, poor, sexless, ill, dependent, demented, and disabled. (McGuire, Klein, Shu-Li, 2008) It is inevitable that we will experience decline in physical and mental capacities....   [tags: Age Discrimination in Western Culture]
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The Impatient Western Fast-Paced Culture - Tea. How many of us have ever enjoyed a tea in our lives. Many of us, right. Well, drinking tea is world known, especially to the Japanese. In the late twelfth century, during the Kamakura period, Matcha, also known as "finely powdered tea" was introduced to Japan from China (Sayre 302). During this period, tea wasn't just prepared the way most of us prepare it. It was prepared carefully and delicately, especially in Zen temples. The delicate tea making ritual continues today and it is generally performed by a master for his/her guest in a comfortable and relaxed setting....   [tags: taking time for tea and other things]
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Rasheed Araeen: New Internationalism - The questionable influence and dominance of western culture is at the forefront of a new form of seemingly ephemeral diplomatic history that is termed ‘new internationalism’. Internationalism itself is not really a new concept, and is basically a system based on equality for all people and cultures on a global scale. In the global art world ‘new internationalism’ is an active topic and was the focus of a 1994 INIVA Symposium entitled, A New International Symposium. The topics discussed included: Recording the International; Art, History and the Modern Museum; Beyond Diversity and Difference; Curatorship and International Exhibitions.1 During his lecture at the symposium, sculptor, essayist a...   [tags: influence and dominance of western culture]
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Influence of Greek and Roman Culture on Western Civilization - There are many different ways that modern cultures in the west have been impacted and built upon, but there are two ancient cultures that were the most influential. The Greek and Roman cultures helped shape Western Civilization in many ways. Both were very important factors in the development of Western culture. The Greeks contributed through art, architecture, government, philosophy, education, and science. The Romans contributed through language, engineering, law, and government. “The Greeks molded the mind of Western Civilization, if not the body and the culture” (PowerPoint #6)....   [tags: democracy, government, philosophy] 530 words
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Culture of Fear - Culture of Fear Culture of Fear, by Frank Furedi, is a book that looks at how widespread fear impacts Western cultures like the United States and Great Britain. Frank Furedi believed that society tends to panic too much, as we actually enjoy "an unprecedented level of safety." I admit that Frank Furedi's novel is based upon a novel concept, and an interesting one at that. However, Frank Furedi comes off to me as little more than a fear monger and an intellectual elitist. His book, to me, seems redundant more often than not....   [tags: Frank Furedi Western Culture Essays]
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Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis - Western culture has often misperceived the east and the way that their society functions. In Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, Satrapi uses graphic novels as a way to demonstrate to the western culture how the east has been misrepresented. The use of media helps to depict to the west how their views of the east may have been unfairly formed in the past. The media has only revealed limited knowledge that only shows partial perspectives because it is difficult to get perspectives of the minorities although they are the ones who hold the most truth....   [tags: history, western culture]
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Oedipus Rex: Significant Writing from the Ancient World - Oedipus Rex: Significant Writing from the Ancient World One source of momentous stories of Western culture comes from Ancient Greece. Numerous generations of students study these imperative works of genius. Sophocles, who created many of these significant tragic plays, thrives in the four hundreds B.C.E. Oedipus Rex, also known as Oedipus the King, is one of the notable tragedies written by Sophocles. The overall message of the play is to be not full of pride and arrogance. The reason for choosing Oedipus Rex is that I read this play before, and I have study this tragedy in school previously....   [tags: Western Culture, Ancient Greece, Sophocles]
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Black Gold Using the Theoretic Works of W.E.B Du Bois - In many U.S homes, as is the custom in most western cultures, the first beverage consumed at the start of every day is coffee. From its origins in Ethiopia, the strong black liquid has evolved from its modest beginnings to become an art form, a gourmet luxury, and the addiction of millions. The documentary Black Gold directed by Nic and Marc Francis addresses issues that rarely cross the minds of its consumers: who produces the coffee, and how does the coffee we drink directly affect the livelihood of those farmers who grow it....   [tags: western culture, coffee]
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Core Pillars of Globalization - Topic 1- Globalization Growing up in twentieth century, the subject of globalization has drawn numerous supporters and opponents alike. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the core pillars of globalization are movements in trade, capital investments flow, human resources and information knowledge transferred across geographic boundaries. (IMF, 2000) While some view this process as beneficial and needful, others regard it with hostility and even fear. In Ladakh, “Little Tibet” Observing first-hand the effects of globalization on local communities is Helena Norberg, founder of the International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC)....   [tags: western culture stifling domestic cultures] 970 words
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Chinatown: The Spread of Eastern Culture in a Western Society - In the past few decades of history, the span of globalization and mixing of world cultures has been particularly prevalent. Through the spread of technology and communications across national boundaries, the various superpowers of the world have begun immersing themselves into foreign cultures and have introduced their own cultures to nations that are not their own as well as have accepted certain parts of foreign culture in their own homes. One of the greatest examples of this exchange of culture is the prevalence of Chinese culture in the West through the establishment of various “Chinatowns” throughout popular cities in Europe and the Americas....   [tags: Spread of Technology and Communication]
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Female Identity in Japan - Is western influence in both the media and society affecting the authenticity of traditional gender roles and female identity within contemporary Japanese Culture. The face of unfamiliar and irrelevant representations is it difficult to assert as sense of identity. Although this is a concern of female assertion of identity and position in many different cultures, including western cultures like the United States. The essential issue that is wished to be resolved within these findings is whether cultural imperialism is the disabling factor of the female identity within Japanese society....   [tags: Western Culture, Japanese Gender Roles]
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Western Culture and Customs Destroyed the Vietnamese Family Structure - As soon as families come to the U.S., both parents have to go out looking for jobs to support their family. At the same time, the children spend most of their time at school or with friends. The family has very little time to be together after work and school, in order to discuss family problems or schoolwork. The family no longer consults, advises, encourages, or consoles. As a result, the family bond gradually dissolves. Since the children spend more time outside of the family than with their family, it is natural that they become Americanized quickly....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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Kopano Matlwa's Coconut: How Western Cultures Influence African Culture - Introduction We live in the world that has change significantly, looking at the fact that post-apartheid has influenced young, black females to adopt Western styles. When looking at the world as a whole it is important to know your identity as it refers to the distinct personality of an individual. Most young, black females have neglected their identity as they move around the world because they are affected by many circumstances which change their way of living, language and cultural rituals. On the other hand, Western people use their power to influence African people to adopt their styles and view their culture as non-important....   [tags: Coconut Essays]
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Idenitity in Marjarie Satcapi´s Persepolis - During our class discussions, the issue of identity in Marjane Satrapi’s novel, Persepolis (2004), became a contentious issue. The question was asked whether Persepolis might be understood to being in-dialogue with western ways of seeing and did the effects of modernization influence the identity of Marjane’s protagonist in Persepolis. How does the novel involve the issue of identity. I will extend the argument and, through the exploration of Marji’s changing ideologies, I will attempt to prove that Marji is caught between the traditional eastern culture and western modernization....   [tags: culture, western, modernization, tradition] 1933 words
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The Extent to Which Relationships Have been Shown to be Different in Wester and Non-Western Culture - The Extent to Which Relationships Have been Shown to be Different in Wester and Non-Western Culture Relationships can differ hugely from one person to the next, this can be due to numerous factors; one of these being culture. In a Western culture, ideals are inflicted on individuals which lead to a certain type of relationship present for the majority, as is the case in non-Western cultures. Obvious differences between cultures may include religion, which in turn could lead to arranged marriage, hence affecting the formation of a relationship....   [tags: Papers] 723 words
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Globalization and the Identity Crisis of Prague and Berlin - "…North American Culture will ultimately impose itself, standardizing the world and annihilating its rich flora of diverse culture. In this manner, all other peoples, and not just the small and weak ones, will lose their identity, their soul and become no more than 21st century colonies - zombies or caricatures modeled after the cultural norms of a new imperialism that, in addition to ruling over the planet with its capital, military might, and scientific knowledge, will impose on others its language and its ways of thinking, believing, enjoying and dreaming." -Mario Vargas Llosa, 2001 The social, economic and political consequences of globalization have been monumental in cities all over t...   [tags: Europe Western Culture Essays] 3061 words
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The Kingdom of Benin - This essay will attempt to discuss the reasons why the ownership and location of the art of Benin have been consistently debated between the European Museums and the people of Africa, specifically Nigeria who were once known as the Kingdom of Benin. How both parties are actively seeking a negotiated method that will allow both sides to have their needs met; this is of course a method that has yet to be resolved. The Museums, who want to display the artwork to the world next to countless other historical artefacts from other countries and the Africans who want their cultural sculptures back within their territory due to the provocative method in which the art of Benin was originally taken and...   [tags: Western Europe, Africa, Culture, Museums]
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The Growth of Japenese Anime - ... He took the deep emotions that the German and French cinemas are well-known for and adapted them into his own work. His innovation brought a fresh breathe into the Anime industry and drove it to what it is today. The picture above illustrates Japanese animation over the years. As we can see, the very first picture from the bottom, shows a Japanese (or at least of Asian ethnicity) lady. The picture sends a vibe of Japanese culture, which is perfectly fine, except for the fact that it might not, and actually does not appeal to a wide audience....   [tags: culture, cartoons, icon, western] 1993 words
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Orientalist Attitudes in Film - One of the most polarizing criticisms of Western society is the theory that Western bias has led to a misrepresentation of Middle Eastern culture. Columbia professor Edward Said initiated discussion about this controversial topic in 1978 through his book Orientalism. The term Orientalism has come to represent portrayals of the Middle East which have been affected by Western social influence. Said describes Orientalist thinking and it’s impact stating; Orientalism is a style of thought based upon an ontological and epistemological distinction made between "the Orient" and (most of the time) "the Occident." Thus a very large mass of writers, among whom are poets, novelists, philosophers, poli...   [tags: Western Society, Middle East Culture]
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The Cradle of Western Civilization - Most people in today western society think that their ancestors made up their current cultures and traditions by themselves. Unfortunately for them, they were incorrect. Most of western societies are based upon Greek culture and ideas that were passed down to the Romans, to Europe, and then to Americas. The people in western society would still be sharing the same characteristics with the ancient world. “There is no doubt that Greece has been the largest single source of the elements that compose modern European civilization” (Martin Bernal)....   [tags: Culture]
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Japanese Spirit, Western Thing - Japanese Spirit, Western Thing After reading the article, Japanese Spirit, Western Thing, I searched online for further research and discovered the website to the United States Navy. Within this website I found a history link. It was more detailed than the article in regards to the events between Commodore Perry and the Japanese. It provided an engaging account of Perry’s voyage. I did not think too much about how much time had passed between when Perry arrived in Japan’s borders and when they actually signed a treaty....   [tags: Culture]
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Community Forging - A need for both socialization and a sense of identity forge tight community bonds that many maintain throughout their life. Their life may center on religion, race, or even which socioeconomic class he or she falls in. Communities reflect these aspects by grouping individuals in similar situations and beliefs together. Pang-Mei Natasha Chang’s Bound Feet & Western Dress expresses the importance of tradition and culture in community identification by detailing the life of the traditional Chang Yu-i and her relationship with a westernized Hsu Chih-mo....   [tags: culture, Bound Feet and Western Dress, Chang] 1420 words
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Eastern and Western Parallels - ... The theory of being oneself, ontology, is portrayed as all things together in a relational or interrelated manner. In order for balance, one must “regulate” each of their relations (Chan [1963]: 86). Each stage of the relationship cycle is necessary to gain a state of “clear character” (Chan [1963]: 86). Learning and perfectibility are cardinal values in Confucian thought, with an emphasis put on always becoming a better being. Confucianism suggests value to be intrinsic in the world and humankind to naturally gravitate toward goodness....   [tags: westerners, eastern culture, ethnocentric]
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Linear Time Structure of the Western World - Thanks to the linear time structure of the western world, time is no longer infinite. People of our culture constantly have to stress over rushing to arrive at an appointment on time, turning in an assignment by a particular day, or having a prepared meal on the table at 5 o’clock on the dot. As days are filled with schedules dictated by time, the time itself just seems to slip away. This passing of linear time creates the worry that life is too short and this generates the concern about death, especially about what happens when one dies....   [tags: Sociology, Culture, Circular Time] 1441 words
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Ancient Athens: The Prototype for Western Democracy - ... Women and foreigners were excluded from this lottery, as citizenship in Athens was determined by bloodline, not land ownership. Under this new reform of laws, slavery for agricultural debts was terminated, as was the incurring debt of farmers. During this assembly, current laws were constantly under review and revision, and new laws were voted on and passed by popular vote. City officials were also elected and dismissed, court trials, and appeals were also conducted by citizen vote. The assembly was held monthly, with citizens rotating in and out with each new lottery....   [tags: center of Greek culture]
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Chinese Women Modify to Western Ideals - Chinese women in the U.S are pressured to reconstruct their identities to assimilate and conform to be accepted in American Society. Julie Chen, Chinese American TV Host, recently decided to get a double eyelid surgery to achieve a more “westernized look” and to look less Chinese. She was tired of having small Asian eyes, in Asian cultures the bigger the rounder your eyes are the more beautiful you are considered. Julie Chen was pressured by a big time agent to get the eyelid surgery done to guarantee career advancement....   [tags: identity, United States, American society, culture]
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Performativity of an Ifá Divination Tray in a Western Museum - Fowler’s Museum curator of African arts, Gemma Rodriguez, examines a selection of African divination objects in Intersections: World Arts, Local Lives (2010b). The exhibit includes a 19th century Opon Ifá, or Ifá divination tray; a pair of Madebele Senufo divination figurines; and a 19th century Kashekesheke divining instrument from the Congo. The museum considers the exhibition of these objects as a “close study of works that reveals the diversity of African cosmological systems and differing concepts of fate, destiny, and causality” (Rodriguez, 2010a)....   [tags: African Culture, Paraphernalia]
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The Cowboy Language of the Western Genre - When people hear the phrase “Howdy, Partner!” they often will associate that phrase with the sublime Western genre. Along with similar settings and themes in all writings of the Western genre, there is also a similar language that stories share. Common themes of the stories include remote western American towns with the cattle culture, plots with a simple hero versus villain conflict, or a protagonist’s encounters with different cultures like the Indians or Mormons. These heroes often will have to “rid the community of savage forces (generally Indians or outlaws) to make way for the ineluctable coming of civilization” (Levinson)....   [tags: western genre, gender genre]
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How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization - Roles of the Catholic Church in Western civilization has been scrambled with the times past and development of Western society. Regardless of the fact that the West is no longer entirely Catholic, the Catholic tradition is still strong in Western countries. The church has been a very important foundation of public facilities like schooling, Western art, culture and philosophy; and influential player in religion. In many ways it has wanted to have an impact on Western approaches to pros and cons in numerous areas....   [tags: Western Civilization] 1811 words
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Binge Eating in Non-Western Cultures - Literature regarding eating disorders in non-Western cultures in general is scarce. Very few studies address disordered eating in cultures outside of the Western and Westernized world. This could be because of the perceived lack of eating disorders in non-industrialized countries or even because there is an overwhelming amount of concern over eating disorders in Western society. However, there have been several studies done on binge eating and dietary restraint in non-western citizens and in non-Caucasian women in the United States....   [tags: binge eating, eating disorders, non-western, cultu] 1032 words
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Western Colonization - There were many countries that had ever been colonized in the world. India is one of these countries that affected by the Britain very much. From 16th century to 20th century, British colonialist began the aggression and expanding. England had ever governed many countries by using force methods . Absolutely, India became the target because of its widely nature products and lack of military power. The ancient country was suffering the colonial bearing. As English invade , many parts of India were changed such as culture, traditions and political structure....   [tags: Western History]
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The Western Blindness to Non-Western Philosophies - The Western Blindness to Non-Western Philosophies Western philosophers still tend to think that philosophy, in a sense that they can take with professional interest, does not exist in non-Western traditions. To persuade them otherwise would require them to make an effort that they prefer to evade. I attempt to begin to persuade them by closely paraphrasing a few arguments by the early Chinese philosopher Chuang Tzu and a few by the Indian skeptic and mystic Shriharsha (about 1150 CE). One of Chuang Tzu's arguments has some resemblance to Plato's Third-Man argument, another with the impossibility of distinguishing between waking reality and dream, and a third with the impossibility of object...   [tags: Philosophy China Culture Papers] 4289 words
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Western Feminism is Promoting Colonialism in the Third World - Chandra Mohanty argues in her essay “Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses” that many Western feminists write about women in the Third World as if they were a homogenous mass. She argues in her essay that the Western feminists need to see the variety among women in the Third World. While at times she falls into the same generalization trap that she accuses the Western women of making, she ultimately proves that the feminist believe that Third World societies oppress all women elevates the Western world view as the superior one again and is similar to the colonialism of previous times....   [tags: under western eyes, chandra mohanty]
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Changes in China and Japan as a result of Western Impact - From the eighteenth century through the early twentieth century, China and Japan had similar views regarding Western penetration, yet both countries responded in different ways. By subverting colonial powers, both countries had to adjust their traditional cultures, economy, and political structures in order keep up with westernization. In the past, China was always hesitant to foreign occupation and wanted to keep them out as much as possible. During the Qing dynasty, trade was greatly discouraged....   [tags: Colonial Powers, Traditional Culture, Economy]
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Indian Culture And How It Translates to America - India is a captivating country full of humble traditions, lively festivals, and honest beliefs. With over 2 billion people, India has a vast array of religions and languages with Hindi being the most popular. The Hindu culture is a culture of love, respect, honoring others and humbling one's own ego so that the inner nature, which is naturally pure and modest, will shine forth (Mailerindia Infotek Limited). Hindi is a kind and peaceful religion. It is only fitting to combine a temperate religion with a humble society of people....   [tags: Culture ]
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The Damage Caused by Western Imperialism - In asserting themselves through trade and through imperialism, Western cultures have damaged the world, devastating scores of cultures by imposing their own identity on them. Although colonizers have forms of assistance to offer, such as advanced technology, modern medicine, and education, colonialism has effectively subjugated and obliterated scores of people as evidenced by this list of sources and histor-ical events. Effectively, the lengthy history of European imperialism dates back to the twelfth and thir-teenth centuries, in which the Christian Western Europe embarked on a series of religiously sanctioned military Holy Crusades to restore control of the Holy Land....   [tags: Western Imperialism Essays]
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Culture is a Gift to Humans - Anthropology shows culture to us as a gift to human beings because without culture we would not exist. As described in our first reading culture is observational. As a result, anthropologists study ethnographic fieldwork. “Whether in a jungle village in Peru or on the streets on New York, anthropologists go to where people live and ‘does fieldwork.’ ” This means participating in activities and asking questions, eating strange foods, interviewing informants, and learning a new language. Above all, anthropologists are observers of culture....   [tags: culture, anthropology, ] 1538 words
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Negotiating in a Foreign Culture - Case Study Summary When Anne Burns, an American expatriate, moved to Jordan with her husband to promote female entrepreneurship through the non-profit organization ExportJordan, she had no idea that her American style of communication and negotiation would clash so severely with the Jordanian culture. As she settled into her new office aided by a western educated female employee named Hayat, she quickly ran into a number of minor differences such as men not shaking her hand. Major issues soon started happening, as evidenced by her less than warm welcome by Jafar, a male employee who warned her about her attitude and actions with cryptic phrases and obvious disapproval....   [tags: Culture Sensitivity]
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