Thursday, October 05, 2006

Cultural Identifiers

So I was thinking about the people we stayed with in New Zealand. They weren't "good kiwis" as they put it, in fact they were Brits who had lived in England, Kenya, Germany, and Tanzania before coming to NZ. This got me thinking, how do you get to know someone else's culture, really? What separates them from Americans? What makes someone a "good kiwi"? But for us on this trip, we're moving about so much we don't really have the time to get to know anyone on an intimate level, so lets say you wanted to figure out what separates and kiwi from a Queenslander from a Yankee, could you do it in just three questions, and what would those questions be?

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you are emerging yourselves as much as you can with the culture. Travelling as you are makes it difficult to get inside their heads. We set the pace for design, music, etc??? I'm not so sure, it always look greener on the other side! Besides the price tag is very high these days! What are their dreams, passions, legends to be made???? You may or may not be surprised at the commonalities - don't forget, we are all one...

ren said...

I agree w/ the above post. We are all one. We have so many similarities, we allow ourselves to create the perception that others are so different. We are sociallized to believe that economic status, culture, education, ethnicity, etc. makes us so "different" but that's really not the case.