Diversity Interview Reflection

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Summary
Diversity means understanding that each individual is unique, while recognizing and accepting individual differences. These differences can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs and other ideologies. For this paper, I have chosen to explore the differences between ethnicity, nationality, gender, and religious beliefs by interviewing “Andy” a Romanian, agnostic, non United States Citizen male, who is studying in America.
Tell me two things about being Romanian that you really appreciate or are proud of.
A: The Romanian culture is very blunt and straightforward. He prides himself on his romanian humor.
Tell me why you appreciate these things or why they make you proud.
A. Humor is big in Romania, they laugh at everything the good and the bad. This is the way that him and his culture deals with everything. Being blunt is great because so many Americans do not expect it and are actually refreshed by our directness regarding specific topics.
Tell me two things about being Romanian that you see as a challenge.
A. Not being a US citizen and language barriers.
Tell me about why you see these things as challenges.
A. Without being a US citizen jobs and opportunities are scarce especially in the higher end fields. Language barriers can also be an issue with American phrases, slang, and unfamiliar items they don't have words for.(ex: tongs)
When was the first time you realized that you were different from others because of being a Romanian non US citizen?
A. When he came to America and did not know the Pledge of Allegiance.
What was that like?
A. This made him stick out to everyone around him and make it aware that he was not from this country...

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...at “Andy” and other romania's grasp too because they can be a part of the American culture, but still have their own culture, as well.
Professional Development
After conducting this interview and having been close to “Andy” and his other Romanian friends, it was clear to me that Romanians want the American experience. This can be defined in various different ways and can mean something different for each American, but thats the beauty of it all. The Romanian society wants to take in all of what America has to offer, especially are business tactics. When marketing or servicing to this group, one must present the image of the American Dream. This holds much meaning to the romanians, and is something that they grasp onto. Providing a cornucopia of opportunities and understanding within the tourism field can attract this group of people and make them feel more accepted.
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