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Family Culture Essay

family culture Essay

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Often times when we hear the word culture, we think of the differences of different countries. That statement may be true; however, there are different cultures within the same country, even within the same city. No matter what culture we call our own, there are distinct differences between that of other cultures around us. One of the major differences occurs in the realm of family; family affection to be more specific. When talking about family affection, we should consider many different aspects. It was my task and privilege to explore these aspects.
I consider myself having a strong American culture. My family has been here for many years and has adopted the “American Way”. After being born and raised in Wisconsin, I now spend my…show more content…

Teresa, however, does show a little affection towards her family “by teasing or making fun of them…the stupid things. By laughing together, that’s how my family shows our affection toward each other.” My family does tease each other too, however, we more of consider that having fun than showing affection. The simple act of showing affection is very different throughout different cultures.
     Another aspect of our different cultures is our reactions to the affection that is shown to us. As my family members show affection to me, I feel good about it. To me there is nothing better than to know that my family cares about me. I usually show affection back to them after they have shown some affection towards me. However, this is not the case with Teresa. “If a family member did show affection I would probably just shrug it off and think they lost their mind for a moment or something,” explains Teresa. Affection is very important in my culture, so if we showed affection toward a family member and that person just shrugged it off, we would think they are being rude or that something is wrong. A lot of how we treat each other as a family member depends upon reactions to affection and caring.
One thing to think about when talking about a family showing affection to one another is how the family interacts in public as compared to in private. In my culture, it does not really matter if we are in public. We show just as much affection for one another

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Essay about Culture Makes a Family

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Culture Makes a Family

What makes a family? Some might say love, others say happiness but can you really define a family? Or can it be defined in more than one way. I was born into an extended family in the Caribbean’s on a small island called Haiti. About 80 to 90 percent of families in the Caribbean are from an African background, and came as slaves to the region. Being forced to work in plantations and fields Dominant Male slaves were also used as ‘studs’ to breed top quality slaves. As a result forced families were conceived. Before this family structure was maternal and extended. Common-law unions and illegitimacy were seen as failed attempts to imitate white norms (Frazier 1966 as cited in Barrow and Reddock 2001).So does the…show more content…

Culture Makes a Family

What makes a family? Some might say love, others say happiness but can you really define a family? Or can it be defined in more than one way. I was born into an extended family in the Caribbean’s on a small island called Haiti. About 80 to 90 percent of families in the Caribbean are from an African background, and came as slaves to the region. Being forced to work in plantations and fields Dominant Male slaves were also used as ‘studs’ to breed top quality slaves. As a result forced families were conceived. Before this family structure was maternal and extended. Common-law unions and illegitimacy were seen as failed attempts to imitate white norms (Frazier 1966 as cited in Barrow and Reddock 2001).So does the concept of a man, women and a child mean a family? The definition of family in the Caribbean’s differs from that in the United States and tradition plays a big role in that. Growing up we didn’t have too much but what we did have, we took pride in. A family was something you could call your own. The role of extended family is significant in Caribbean families which includes aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents. Single parenting is not an option when it comes to an extended family. When parents are at work or are away someone else steps up. In a family everyone has a role. The father is the provider and protects his family. The mother is the nurturer in the family and the kids are the prized possessions. Having roles doesn’t make a family

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