Culture, language, and identity are always closely connecting to each other. Just like what Alshammari, Sultan indicates in the article “The Relationship Between Language, Identity and CulturalDifferences: A Critical Review”, language is the carrier that reflects people’s identities to others and it is the tool to express their culture. Identity is “people’s concepts of who they are, of what sort of people they are, and how they relate to others” (cited in Hogg & Abrams, 1988, p. 2). Culture can’t exist by itself because it is constituted by people from different nations around the world. It is spreading by the language interaction of different community members. People share the knowledge of their own culture to others in order to help and learn by using language. This is why language mostly represent the culture of certain nation in a great part. Alshammari points out that, “language is a link that is used to ‘make sense’ of things, and meaning can be exchanged and produce.” It is the tool that shows a person’s identity and culture background. Correspondingly, language is also a very significant part of culture or identity.
Hogg, Michael and Dominic Abrams. (1988). Social Identifications: A Social Psychology of Intergroup Relations and Group Processes. London: Routledge.
The story is about my experience of facing the issue of identity, culture differences, and racial stereotypes as I came to the U.S. for study. I will first talk about how I feel uncomfortable with the western culture when I first came to the U.S. five years ago, how I couldn’t get used to the etiquette and custom liking hugging, praying, or worshiping god. People in China definitely won’t give a hug to the person who just meet. However, this is what most of the people do in America. I couldn’t understand these as I first came to the United States, but with time pass by, I started to accept this kind of western custom and enjoy hugging with people even the strangers because this is just the way they express their friendliness to others, the most direct and unmannered way. Besides that, God is a really important part of American’s spiritual life. They believe there is a special relationship between each of them with God, I figure this out after studying in a Christianity school for 3 years.
There is still misunderstanding and confuse for American about Chinese or Asian. Because of the lack of knowing to China, many American still think that Chinese’s civilization is not developed as well as the modern society yet. Some of them think that we still have a relatively outdated technology. Most importantly, the race discrimination of Asian is still exist. Many western people think that sports like basketball, football, or ice hook is not for the Asian since they are not as strong as them.
Therefore, the story is really about how I face these discrimination and misunderstanding from others, and try to be the best of myself when others are questioning me. How I grow and become stronger not only physically but more importantly, mentally with these difficulties. Proofing myself with my effort.
Identity is what gives everyone his or her background information including name, nationality, culture and race. Identity is so important since we can’t live without it, otherwise everyone may just have the same name or come from the same country. It helps us to separate people into unique individual, and none of us has the right to judge another person because of his or her own identity. This is because we are all living in this world equally as a human being, nobody has more privileged than another. Race of individual is like a DNA inside their blood, nobody can’t change it including themselves. As a resident of earth, we should all be proud of our own identity and more importantly, respect every other’s identity.
Using me as an example, I am a native Chinese who was born in the southern of China 20 years ago. I love my country and I am proud of becoming a Chinese since it is the place where raise me up and teach me everything to live in today’s society. Even though, I study aboard in the U.S. right now, I will never forget what I should do for my country if there is possibility for me to dedicate myself for better development of China. However, I am very respectful to everyone who has different race identity as me. America is a mix-cultured country where everyone is part of this big family, we all come from different places, speak different languages, have different color of skin. But, none of these affect that we are all one of the human being who enjoy the equal right in this earth. I am familiar with my own Chinese culture, but this doesn’t mean that I don’t need to know other cultures which is also important for me to improve myself.
By: Mana Unadkat, Yifu Wu, Hao Wang
We all agree that the first audio narrative that talk about technology by Kevin Keslo is very interesting since the author uses many interesting sound effects that match the content perfectly which gives the audiences a visual picture of what he is talking about.
Besides that, the audio track that he uses is also novelty at the time he created this record, even today I feel really fresh when I listen to his background music. It helps the audience get into what he was saying during the audio. All these cool techniques that he uses in his audio is what we need to duplicate in our own projects.
However, the challenge will be to make our voice clear enough when mixing all these different sound effects together, and make sure our voices are not overpowered by the sounds, and also put them in the exactly correct time when talking about the relative content. Last but not lease, instead of the regular format audio essay, the way that Kevin talk in his audio is more like a casual chat which make the audience feel like it is a normal conversation in daily life, and all the sounds effect he used make people need to pay attention to listen otherwise them may lost miss the important content.
The main expectations of this assignment are that to refer on my history for a deeper understanding of my own culture,race, and language identities, to make others learn something from my own experiences, to improve my skill of using new digital tools as a way to write, to know the differences of making an audio essay and writing in paper. The challenges I may face during this assignment is that to mix and edit music or soundscape in an appropriate way, to use my voice as a instrument that attract people into my story, to make this story be an interesting and attractive one. I am planning to choose a relatively slow and comfortable music to let everyone can listen to the context of essay clearly and the music will kind of go with the context so it won’t sound very strange as people listening to it. I will make an appropriate break between each sentence and paragraph so that people can have time to listen and think about the context deeply. The music won’t be too slow and quite that makes the audiences feel boring or even sleepy. There will be different period of the music that is not always in the same tune so that audiences can listen to different type of music as the context goes into different vibe or emotion. I will try to be creative when doing this assignment.
Almost everyone mentions the difficulty for immigrants to learn English in his or her response including me. Xianglin uses an example of a history class to illustrate the process for immigrants’ children to translate English into their own languages and understand the meaning. Kexin uses numbers that tell it will take six to seven years for a foreign to adapt and use a new language as proficient as the native speakers. I mention the educational gap between immigrants and native citizen because of the language issue, but I don’t mention the violence to immigrants because of their races which is a huge issue of race discrimination. What they don’t have is the potential mental problem of immigrants like depressing that cause by lack of communication with others. Both of them use the author’s own experience as a supporting argument for their viewpoints like there is still unfair treatment between immigrants and citizens, and it is hard for them to get used of a new culture. However, we all agree that keeping his or her identity is very important even if they move to a new place. But, I am more into that every culture is unique and we should all respect it and try to get into it.
Yifu Wu, Kexin Zhang, Xinglin Xu
As one of the well-developed countries in the world, the United States has less amount of immigrants in the nation compared to before. According to the report from the United Nations, the number of refugees admitted to the United States is on pace to be the lowest since the advent of modern US refugee policies in 1980. This increase the difficulty for refugees to resettle in the United States.
The majority of admitted refugees in the United States are mainly from Africa and East/South Asia in 2015. Most of them have to leave their own countries and come to the U.S. because of persecution based on religion, race, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. Until now, the U.S. has accepted more than three million refugees from all over the world since 1975, and half of them have built new lives for their families in all 50 states. However, there are still challenges for them to face to adjust in the U.S. beside political issue. The biggest problem for those refugees is communicating with other native speakers since most of them can’t speak English fluently with a relatively low educational level. In order to improve their English level, the U.S. government offers free ESL courses for them. Therefore, they need to find a balance between jobs and caring for kids and learning English.
The next biggest problem is that it is very difficult for them to find a stable job to afford the cost of living since their poor English skill and lack of enough work experience. Beside that, refugees are easy victims for discrimination and exploitation in the workplace. Some employers recognize the sense of urgency and desperation among these groups to keep their jobs, so they will have them take the less desirable and even dangerous roles.
Hello, everyone. My name is Yifu Wu, you can also call me Joe. As a international student who grow up in the South of China, I am a tradtional Cantonese from Guangdong, Zhuhai. I love seafood since my hometown is a beautiful seaside city. I have to say that Cantonese food is the most delicious food in the world. This is part of the reason why I came to San Francisco since it is a place that similar to my hometown, and it also has many nice seafood restaurants. One of the interesting fact about me is that I can’t speak Cantonese very well since my mother asked me to speak Mandarin when I was a little boy. My biggest hobbit is roller skating which I can enjoy the speed that it brings to me. Besides that, I will sometimes do some work out and play basketball during leisure time.
As my second year studying in University of San Francisco, I would like to make more friends here! Nice to meet you!
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