personal narrative about culture

Topic personal narrative about culture
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This first part of the assignment asks you to examine your own cultural (saudi arabia) identity - to describe how you define yourself as a cultural being - and to show how that affects your communication style. The following questions are to help you construct that definition. You don't need to answer every question, and there may be points you include in your paper that aren't addressed by the questions, but use the questions as a jumping off point.
• What are my racial, ethnic, national origins?
• How do my gender and class define me?
• Are there particular myths or stories I remember from childhood that have helped to define me?
• Are there particular rituals I remember from childhood that have helped to define me?
• How does my personal cultural profile affect my relationship to American culture?
• How does my personal cultural profile affect the rituals I participate in now or the stories I tell?
• How does my personal cultural profile affect how I communicate both informally with friends and family, and in more formal settings as, for example, an internship, the classroom, or a club? Some aspects of communication style you could comment on are:
o topics you frequently find yourself talking about
o use of nonverbal communication
o use of interruption
o use of silence
o affinity for or dislike of argumentation
o channels of communication you rely on


This second part of the assignment asks you to examine your own stereotypes, generalizations, and spoken and non-verbal communication - and to show how these realities affects your communication style. The following questions are here to help you construct these ideas. You don't need to answer every question, and there may be points you include in your paper that aren't addressed by the questions, but use these questions as a jumping off point. Remember, this is a personal narrative, so feel free to express any thoughts, ideas, and feelings within the constraints of the above topics.
• How have my own stereotypes affected my view of other cultures?
• How has stereotypes affected me emotionally and intellectually?
• How has generalizations resulted in poor communication within your own culture?
• Why are people rigid and simplistic in their stereotypes about other cultures?
• Is diversity in the workplace good or bad, and how does it affect your communication style?
• How has some forms of spoken communication created problems in your life and how have you handled it?
• Do you prefer face to face communication or written communication? Why?
• How have you developed your own cultural and individual identity and has stereotypes helped you or hurt you? Why?
• Why is trust and rapport important in overcoming stereotypes and developing communicative relationships?
• What has a higher standard of status in your culture; spoken or non-verbal communication? Why?
• Why does face to face interactions have added time and performance pressures? Why?
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