Culture is one group’s solutions to perennial human problems.
Race refers to a set of learned behaviors.
Culture is the biological difference between people.
Race defines how a person worships, thinks, and learns.
“When I need a new outfit, I ask my gay friends since they probably know a lot about fashion.”
“If you want to learn how to speak Japanese, ask my friend Naoko. She’s taking Japanese this semester.”
“If you want to learn how to play basketball, ask Greg. He’s African-American."
“When the college hires the new president, it should pick a woman because she will be more sensitive to students.”
Repeat the same words over and over again.
Avoid using gestures.
Speak faster and louder.
Print what you are saying in block letters.
The government is forcing us to live with other cultures.
Foreign students are taking all the good jobs away from Americans.
Our daily lives are a cultural tapestry on a shrinking globe.
It causes us to lose the ability to function effectively on teams.
Giving up your own culture in order to discover the new one.
Seeking out opportunities to speak with members of that culture.
Finding a person who represents that culture and asking her a series of questions.
Tape-recording conversations with people of that culture.
A company that recruits men to perform jobs traditionally held by women.
A textbook that shows only men in leadership roles.
A school with only a women’s volleyball team starting a men’s team.
A counselor giving information to a female student who needs a brochure about teaching.
We celebrate our own culture.
We gloss over our individual differences.
We are displaying self-justification.
We speak of cultures that promote multiculturalism.
Present and resolve conflict with co-workers on project teams if you acknowledge their differences.
Enforce communication skills.
Undo stereotypes through creative and critical thinking.
Assume differences in meaning and divide teams according to their cultural orientation.
Being concerned with making major mistakes.
Worrying about the smaller details of a plan.
Doing things on your own and not asking for help.
Reminding others of the long-term vision.
Assertive behavior shows confidence and respect.
Aggressive behavior is generally more effective.
Assertive behavior is the same thing as domineering behavior.
Aggressive behavior treats all people fairly.
Learning from mistakes.
Blaming the true causes.
We should participate in every conversation that we can.
We can choose conversations that exhilarate and sustain us.
Conversations with instructors are often frustrating.
Often we do not have any control over whom we have a conversation with.