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I need help getting started on the following assignment.

The assignment asks: How do you see cross-cultural connections in your life? To start consider the following cultures: China, Japan, India, the Middle East, and Native Americans. Now, consider the artistic, spiritual, political, architectural, and/or social structures of these communities. Have you connected with any of them? Try to base your response around this connection. This may take a little self-reflection.

I guess I am not too sure what is meant by connection. Also, I'm not sure how to structure this paper. I would like to have a strong introduction that discusses cross culture and what is meant by cross-cultural connections. I think from there, I can try to self-reflect and figure something out with how I may connect with one of these cultures. I worked for a Native American tribe for several years, but I'm not sure how I would use that as a connection. Also, I am familiar with the Chinese culture as the majority of my friends are from China, but also, I am not sure how I could connect this. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Dear Student,
Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. It seems to me that you have a background that is very much connected to other cultures. You are exposed to diversity and you live in a diverse community according to your post. The solution below is a reflective narrative that takes on a 'persona' based on your account with a few embellishments. This is to show how you could explain reflectively from a first person-perspective from your experience. If you have any questions, just let me know via the feedback section. Good luck with your studies and thank you for using Brainmass. Good luck!

OTA 105878/Xenia Jones

Cross Cultural Connections: A Reflection

Social scientists talk about sociological imagination as an exercise in critically looking at the social threads in one's life, between people and cultures, between organizations and communities. They look at how they affect and influence each other in the social dynamics. Culture is an important element in the social dynamics. What is culture? It is those practices, beliefs, norms, mores, traditions and language shared by a people having developed overtime and nurtured as part of their heritage. Culture comes from the Latin word 'cultiva' which means 'to cultivate' - hence the practice and time element - it has to be shared, acted on, preserved, nurtured and used. I have come to understand overtime that every group of people, every society, every ethnic community and nation have their own cultural practices. But culture is not exclusive. As a social act and product, it can be shared an encountered in the process of social dynamics. Before, I thought I lived in a specific 'American culture' that belongs to the 'now and modern' and when I experience something so other from mine (i.e. Chinese, Vietnamese, Native American), I feel separated from them like they are incomprehensible and utterly different from my own.

Overtime though, I have come to realize that culture is not exclusive. We in our current society live in a very diverse social system where people from various cultures and ethnicities integrate ...

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The solution provides insight, advise and information about the topic of cross-cultural connections. The solution is in the form of a reflective essay that discusses cross-cultural connections from a first-person perspective in reference to the information set by the original posting (see above). references are listed for further exploration of the topic. A word version is also attached for easy download and printing.