When we first started discussing the concept of face, I thought of it as respect. Everyone in a culture wants to feel valued and respected by others. I thought that is made sense given that no human being wants to be mistreated, and devalued by others. I now see face as being a little more than that. I came to this conclusion for the obvious reason that there are types of faces, that I didn 't really feel like we when in depth with. I think the type that we focused on the most was the control face. I see this type of face as showing the respect by keeping each other '...
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...e power distance when my family and I traveled to Africa. My father gained more status, and power then he does here in the states. Although I can now identify power distance, I didn 't know that there was a title, or that power distance occurs in other cultures. I 'm not sure how I was familiar with individualism vs collectivism. I learned how individualistic my American culture is, and the collectivistic made sense as an opposite. I guess I have learned about collectivism without being able to identify it.
There are other topics in this course that we have discussed that I am not confident in, but I have learned many things as well. I have enjoyed learning about cultures, and I have gained more appreciation, and competence regarding cultures that are different from my own. This course will aid me in my desire to go overseas as a missionary sometime in the future.
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