Culture- What makes us different!

Having had the opportunity to travel to the USA, I have seen both the cultures, mine and American.

I grew up reading English books, written by American and British authors. So before coming to Seattle, I knew some things about American culture and I knew the language well enough to surprise people ( they would ask me if I was living in the US a long time?)!

But there are nuances of society and culture that you get to know when you live in that society. There were mannerisms and traditions that I learned while I stayed in Seattle with my daughter. It was a real education to live and learn there.

I loved that people over there ( most of them) were kind and accepting of me. They were always polite and when we visited friends of my daughter, I never felt an outsider.

I think that it is good for our mental growth to live among people who are different from us culturally. Though in both cultures, or perhaps the world over, the best quality of humans is kindness!

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(Welcome to the Random Friday Prompt! This week, let’s work with the theme of culture. Poems, flash fiction, personal essays… all are welcome, and there is no time limit)

Written for RFP# 5 – Culture, hosted by Paula

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53 thoughts on “Culture- What makes us different!

  1. A lovely post Sadje. I have learned so much from other cultures, and I feel that there is more that is the same than is different. The differebxes are probably in the externals. We are all human beings underneath with the same needs and desires. We all need love.

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  2. I must admit I always regarded the US as foreign. Including language. We’re 99% alike in that but I’m always mindful that there is that 1% difference.

    Most importantly, we use the same word but with subtly different meanings, so there’s a risk maybe of upsetting people.

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  3. I agree with you, Sadje. Living among people of a different culture from ours expands our knowledge and appreciation of diversity. And knowing that people elsewhere are kind too makes the learning and experience complete. 👏

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  4. I didn’t grow up in a richly diverse area. Now that I’ve relocated, but mostly started blogging, I’ve learned so much. I love that we’re all different and all the same 🙂

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  5. I’d love to go to England and visit my blogging friends, but it would have to be on a boat and I hate boats. 😂 It surprises me the cultural nuances. Once, I helped a Japanese couple with a child put the right amount of change into the coke machine. That kinda sums up cultural differences: What we take for granted can be a cultural roadblock to another person.

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      1. Oh wow, the U-District is a fan favorite among locals and visitors alike! Wish I’d known you then, I’d have said, “come up and have a meal–I cooked plenty!!”💖

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  6. Agree on all counts. I so look forward to traveling at some point, hopefully soon! Am excited to immerse in cultural experiences across the globe. And, about kindness, that’s exactly it, Sadje. Wise. Completely agree.

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  7. I grew up near Seattle and went to the University of Washington. When I wen to the Udub I first encountered different cultures and learned so much. I fell in love with foods, customs and many aspects that I didn’t see in my small town.

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    1. Yes, Seattle is wonderfully multicultural. They are used to seeing people in all types of dresses and are accepting of everyone. I even discussed religion with random Uber drivers. It was a great experience. My daughter got her doctorate from Udub.

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  8. Experiencing other cultures enriches our knowledge and breeds acceptance of those from other countries. I am glad people in the US were kind to you, Sadje. I believe most people are kind and it’s just a few that are bristly.

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