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Cultural Difference: Borat, God Grew Tired Of Us, And Going Tribal

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People of one culture who find themselves living among another seem to approach the situation with some trepidation. This was the case in all three movies I viewed. Curiosity and excitement also played a big role in the initial transition of all those involved. After the initial shock wore off, all of these people found that they had to adapt to their surroundings. This paper discusses their experiences.
God Grew Tired of Us covered many of the discussions that were held in class. The Lost Boys of Sudan were both excited and nervous about coming to America. They found themselves in a landscape that was drastically different than the arid land from which they had come. Paved roads, an ...view middle of the document...

Their cultural belief in the importance of family was displayed by the selfless acts of sending money home, bringing family members here to America, and even one man returning to Sudan to be with the ones he loved.
The Lost Boys came to America recognizing the practice of cultural relativism. They understand that they are in a foreign land and respect our practices and customs. They, understandably, have some reserves and questions about these things. This is only natural. Some of the Lost Boys, the older and more traditional men, practiced pluralism. That is the holding on to some or most of their own culture while adopting the necessary aspects of American life. They seemed almost disgusted to see that some of the younger men were assimilating themselves into American culture as much as possible. They feel a sense of identity by holding on to the traditions of their home land. All of the men picked up some of the American slang, instantly showing that they were becoming part of our culture, no matter the degree of which they held on to their own.

Going Tribal is a very insightful series about how a Westerner, Bruce Perry, immerses himself in very different cultures and lives among them, trying to become accepted while participating in their day to day lives. I watched SE1 EP1: Adi and SE1 EP3: Kombai. Both of these tribes are very secluded and have their own cultural identities. The Adis, having been defeated by the British in 1911, expressed their nervousness upon seeing a white man walk into their village. This shows how past their past experiences with Westerners has implanted a sense of foreboding when it comes to outsiders, especially whites. Bruce soon became not only accepted, but also respected in the tribe after showing that he could be a hard worker and earn his keep. Everyone in the tribe has a role to play, and by Bruce showed that he could meet the standards of a man of Adi. These standards help define the tribe as a unit. The men are to hunt and gather, build and protect. The women are to cook, clean, and see to different types of preparations. There is a chief but he does not rule. He too has to help with daily tasks.
The traditions and beliefs are a mixture of old and new. The female shaman expresses that she is an important part of the culture but she is slowly becoming almost an outcast as the tribe discovers more modern ways of medicine, celebration and technology. While the people wear modern clothes and have requested a road be built near the village and electricity be installed for their use, their wealth is measured by their cattle. Mithun are a crossbreed of water buffalo and cow and represent a living currency among the tribe. The people of the tribe attend Christian church and believe in the power of prayer, but they also ritually sacrifice Mithun for blessing new homes and annual ceremonies. The young men and women who leave the tribe to pursue education return expressing that they do not expect to live their...

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