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Things You Love About Your Culture

Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:47 pm

After having a discussion with a friend about the (REAL!) differences growing up in different regions of a country and having traveled a fair bit, I thought I'd share some of mine, and inquire about others'.  

I was born and grew up in the South, and my entire family is originally from the South, so naturally mine will pertain to that. Some of them I'm sure are not unique to the South, but I associate it with growing up in the South. There's plenty I don't like, but let's stick to the positives please, and if something on anybody's list annoys you, so what! It's what they love about their culture, lol.

Sweet tea
Arnold Palmers
Church picnics
"y'all"
Holding the door for ladies
Manners in general -- most of them are unspoken, and it can be difficult to explain the mentality to somebody who didn't grow up with it, one of those cultural-isms I guess.
The laziness of a refined Southern accent -- a dying thing  
Snow Days being more fun than Christmas when you're a kid -- all three inches of it
Being able to say f*ck you you're an a** to somebody while sounding pleased as punch -- it's considered an artform
Ice cream with fruit cobbler
Red clay!!  
 
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Thu Apr 14, 2011 10:07 pm

INDIA is a Country of Diverse Worlds,Climates,Cultures,Religons,Languages,Terrains,Food,Music..... & Yet its the Worlds largest Democracy.

Tradition is so vast out here.From Food to Music there is so much of all.

Friends from all religons mix well.

Amazing place.
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RE: Things You Love About Your Culture

Thu Apr 14, 2011 11:25 pm

Well here in the UK, were to start?

Fisn n Chips
Tea
British Accent
Roast Dinners
British Comedy
LGW Airport hahah

and loads more which I can't be bothered to list haha.
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RE: Things You Love About Your Culture

Thu Apr 14, 2011 11:32 pm

Hollywood! ORD and the California girls! Florida girls too.
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RE: Things You Love About Your Culture

Thu Apr 14, 2011 11:47 pm

Arizona:










I guess Filiberto's is good when I'm wasted at 3AM.

(sorry, but I can't stand the culture here.)
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RE: Things You Love About Your Culture

Thu Apr 14, 2011 11:55 pm

Aaaah, England my England!! I love the history, the green rolling hills, the chocolate box villages, the coastline with its dramatic cliffs, quaint fishing villages, broad sandy bays and rocky coves. The cities (outside the suburbs of London!)...I dare anyone to visit Birmingham and not fall in love with the place! I love the general camaraderie of the people...I love how I can visit a supermarket and exchange friendly banter with the person on the till! I love how we have such a diversity of cultures...I can go to a beautiful thatched country pub and have a delicious Sunday roast, or can head to an area such as Hounslow or Tooting and have an amazing curry. I love how I can select a cuisine that I fancy eating and chances are that I can find a restaurant not too far away that will give me just what I'm looking for...Lebanese, Filipino, Thai, Ethiopian, Chinese, Russian, Polish, Korean, Iranian, Mexican, pretty much every country in Europe, heck, even American should I feel so inclined!!

There are countries in Europe that have distinct words for coziness, such as 'hygge' in Scandinavia and 'gezelig' in the Netherlands, although we have no such equivalent in the UK, but I think we should! If we were to have such a word, it would encompass such things as log fires, country lanes, thatched cottages, verdant valleys, 'The Generation Game', Ant & Dec, Spangles and Curly Wurlies!! 
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RE: Things You Love About Your Culture

Fri Apr 15, 2011 5:46 pm

Ireland, ah where do I begin!

That off-the-wall sense of humour. The complete and total ability to laugh at ourselves, but how dare YOU if you try laughing at us!  

Being able to strike a conversation with pretty much anyone and not be considered wierd. The daily exchange of humour over just about any situation.

Olde world values of family, togetherness and loyalty.

Some of the world's most spectacular scenery, the sheer amount of open space. At the faintest hint of sun, everyone almost immediately strips off....

We are so disparaging of our own "cuisine", you can get pretty much everyone else's here if you like. The Pubs - the boisterous, raucous laughter, the characters therein.

Rugby - and how passionate our fans are. Our ancient Celtic arts and mysticism. The Gaelic sport of hurling, and its lightening speed.

How everyone celebrates our National saint's day with us, and make an even bigger deal of it than we do.

The fact that without invading anywhere, we have managed to get all over the world.....

Now ask me what I dont like about my culture... and I will fill another page.  
 
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Fri Apr 15, 2011 11:18 pm

Quoting luckyone (Thread starter):
Manners in general -- most of them are unspoken, and it can be difficult to explain the mentality to somebody who didn't grow up with it, one of those cultural-isms I guess.

As a life-long American Southerner, I will attempt to expound on these unspoken rules pertaining to manners (I only became aware of these upon marrying a non-Southerner who did not understand these unspoken rules):

1) NEVER debate with or disagree with an older relative.
2) Never make a "public scene" (expressing anger at a shop clerk, restaurant worker, etc.)
3) Avoid honking your car horn unless absolutely necessary.
4) Avoid conflict at all costs.
5) NEVER criticize Southern people or the South.

So, in some ways, American Southern culture has traces of similarities to an Asian culture.

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RE: Things You Love About Your Culture

Fri Apr 15, 2011 11:51 pm

Let's see...I'm from Naples, FL, which certainly isn't "the South," but isn't quite Miami either. But a lot of this applies to America in general:

1) General Camaraderie/Friendliness. I really took this for granted before I lived abroad, but things like the random helpfulness of people that you don't even know, in so many different environments/situations here, are simple ones that I've come to really appreciate.

2) Acceptance of different lifestyles/types of people/etc. Staring at people simply because they're different than you is not socially acceptable, nor common.

3) Casual/Down-to-earth manners and dispositions. Holding doors/elevators for people, obeying lines/queues, please and thank-you, etc. Manners are extremely important, but they don't necessitate, and certainly do not stem from, a sense of arrogance and exclusivity. Classic American manners, to me, are respectful but not overly proper. It's not about being better than someone, it's about having respect for everyone regardless of their social standing/upbringing.

Basically, while there is plenty of economic inequality in the States, there is still a strong underlying sense of social egalitarianism, and certainly much less emphasis on birth and wealth than a number of countries that I have been to. Of course, I'm sure that's just how I see things...

Edit: How could I leave this out:

American Sports! Basketball and "American" Football in particular...especially college level...nothing like it anywhere else!

[Edited 2011-04-15 17:51:01]
 
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Sat Apr 16, 2011 12:11 am

German sense of discipline and orderliness:


Our undeniable sense of style:


Our love for nature:


German efficiency:


No fake friendliness:


[Edited 2011-04-15 17:15:14]
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Sat Apr 16, 2011 12:26 am

Born in the Philippines from a Pakistani-Turkish family , grew up in New York City, lives in New York City.

What I love about the Philippines:

http://www.travelpp.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Pangulasian-Island-From-El-Nido-Palawan-Philippines.jpg

Our beaches



Filipino food, which is mainly Spanish with a touch of Chinese, Arabic and other Asian influences.

As for New York

1) The diversity of people, food and culture
2) The Manhattan Skyline
3) New York Yankees  
4) JFK airport 
5) JetBlue and Delta's Hubs  
6) 24/7 Public Transpo.
7) Times Square
8) A LOT MORE

I just love the city, the noise of ambulances, firetrucks, cars honking, the subway noises and the rude people....ahhh   



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RE: Things You Love About Your Culture

Sat Apr 16, 2011 12:31 am

Quoting BNAOWB (Reply 7):
1) NEVER debate with or disagree with an older relative.
2) Never make a "public scene" (expressing anger at a shop clerk, restaurant worker, etc.)
3) Avoid honking your car horn unless absolutely necessary.
4) Avoid conflict at all costs.
5) NEVER criticize Southern people or the South.

Let me add to that  

6) Anybody with the remotest possibility of being older to you gets a sir/ma'am until it's sorted out
7) In a similar vein -- strangers are Sir and Ma'am until they aren't, and elders are still Sir and Ma'am until you die.
8) Never insult the local SEC team...though I break this one all the time as I hate UGA.

Quoting BNAOWB (Reply 7):
Off topic, Luckyone, is that Yerevan, Armenia, in the second photo on your User Profile? If so, I would love to hear about your trip there. Feel free to IM me. I absolutely love that country!

Sure is. I'll send you a PM.
 
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Sat Apr 16, 2011 12:59 am

New Zealand

I love the lifestyle, I love the landscape I love the coffee culture. You cannot buy filter coffee here.

Other than that, NZ is only an OK place to live in.
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Sat Apr 16, 2011 1:11 am

Culture? What is that?

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RE: Things You Love About Your Culture

Sat Apr 16, 2011 2:42 am

Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 13):
Culture? What is that?

Signed,

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RE: Things You Love About Your Culture

Sat Apr 16, 2011 4:42 am

Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 13):
What is that?

Going to museums to look at paintings that look a lot like what comes out of the local preschool?

Quoting luckyone (Reply 11):
8) Never insult the local SEC team.

The southern college football cretins are like no others. Like the whole tree thing.
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RE: Things You Love About Your Culture

Sat Apr 16, 2011 7:08 am

Quoting shamrock604 (Reply 6):
Ireland, ah where do I begin!

Pretty much agree with everything here, though you can keep Paddy's Day (too much Paddywhackery and booze) and the sporting angle (not a sports fan at all) . . .

I'd add "casualness and informality" to the list. While the former gets to me at times (particularly when you're expecting something or someone on time), on balance I think it's a good thing. A friend dropped by unannounced one Saturday morning and ended-up staying not just for lunch, but dinner as well. Was a great day!

While we may have our problems, it's still a good place to live and bring-up children. And it's too small a country to have serious barriers to social mobility: the ability to talk is as much -- if not more of -- a door-opener than money or social status.
 
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Sat Apr 16, 2011 10:27 am

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 16):
I'd add "casualness and informality" to the list. While the former gets to me at times (particularly when you're expecting something or someone on time), on balance I think it's a good thing. A friend dropped by unannounced one Saturday morning and ended-up staying not just for lunch, but dinner as well. Was a great day!

While we may have our problems, it's still a good place to live and bring-up children. And it's too small a country to have serious barriers to social mobility: the ability to talk is as much -- if not more of -- a door-opener than money or social status.

Agree on all counts!

Also, the fact that Irish people still manage to get outraged at crime, social issues etc that really go un - noticed in most modern societies. While our sometimes OTT reactions piss me off, I like that people still care enough to get upset in the first place.

Oh, and I love the fact that we want to be bigger, better and more succesful than the small size of our little country dictates... that might have taken a dent lately, but you know we'll be back fighting!
 
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Sat Apr 16, 2011 3:45 pm

I don’t think I’m proud about anything within my culture!

I just accept the normal variations within Canadian culture as being the norm. When I go anywhere else, I compare what I experience there against my norm. Sometimes things are better, sometimes, worse.

I like the slogan one of my countrymen abroad had on his sweater: “Content to be Canadian!”

I’d like to make a comment about “rude” New Yorkers though. We were waiting in NYC on what seemed to be an active subway platform, as people streamed by us. One passer-by said in an impatient voice “I hope you’re not waiting here for train?” Ahh, yes, we were, thanks mister! Helpful without being sweet about it!
 
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RE: Things You Love About Your Culture

Sat Apr 16, 2011 5:35 pm

Quoting ronglimeng (Reply 18):
I don’t think I’m proud about anything within my culture!

If I were you, I sure would be proud.

Canadians have great humour, are laid back and are welcoming and accepting.

Lots to be proud of!
 
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Mon Apr 18, 2011 3:10 am

Quoting luckyone (Thread starter):
"y'all"

I love speaking in my Texas twang and saying "y'all" every time I go to the West Coast or Vancouver. They expect me to have a thick Asian accent and just completely surprised when I bust out with "Bless your heart, sugar! How Y'all doin?"   
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Mon Apr 18, 2011 4:36 am

I just had a big conference in NYC this weekend discussing this. I like to think that something most Portuguese have in common is that they fit in really quickly, are very good at adapting to new circumstances. Wherever you go in the world, Brits will always be Brits, Spaniards will always be Spaniards, etc. - this goes for posture, social circles, etc. On the other hand, Portuguese people will blend in very well with the local culture, to the point they will go almost incognito. Hergé had a character in Tintin that is quite a good caricature of a Portuguese person - no matter where in the world Tintin goes, no matter how exotic, he is already, slumming it with the locals (and selling them stuff).

Whenever American people I meet tell me they don't know any Portuguese people I usually reply we are like ninjas - you might be surrounded by Portuguese people right now and not even know it.
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Tue Apr 19, 2011 3:02 pm

There are lots of things wrong with Ireland right now, but at least we cans till have the craic (and educate others as to what it is while they don't even realise they're "havin" it)

 
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Wed Apr 20, 2011 5:38 pm

Quoting Pyrex (Reply 21):
Hergé had a character in Tintin that is quite a good caricature of a Portuguese person - no matter where in the world Tintin goes, no matter how exotic, he is already, slumming it with the locals (and selling them stuff).


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Quoting Pyrex (Reply 21):
Spaniards will always be Spaniards, etc.

Wouldn't have it any other way! 

What I like about my culture:

1. We will always be Spanish, and yet there are so many kinds! Castellanos, Catalanes, Gallegos, Vascos etc. etc. all with their particularities and customs.

2. Our food, the raw materials for cooking and the gastronomic culture in general. I love it.

3. Our sense of tradition, respect for the elders and the strong connection to our past.

4. We sometimes remember that Portugal exists 

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Wed Apr 20, 2011 6:25 pm

Hmm well being mixed background from two very strong cultures I love lots about them.


Greek :

The food , Souvlaki/Tiropittas/Salads/Olives/Mousakka/Wines

The wonderful Islands and beaches.

The traditions and music.

The history of Ancient Greece and the ancient sites dotted around the country .


Guyanese-Indian :

The food , Biryani,korma,tikka,daal takka,birfi,rassogulla

The history and music.

The amazing buildings and ability to make something out of nothing.
 
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Wed Apr 20, 2011 7:14 pm

Quoting ronglimeng (Reply 18):
I’d like to make a comment about “rude” New Yorkers though.

Having just come back from a visit to New York, I found the people to be the friendliest of any big city I've been to!

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Fri Apr 22, 2011 11:04 pm

Quoting signol (Reply 25):
Having just come back from a visit to New York, I found the people to be the friendliest of any big city I've been to!

I second that. I found New Yorkers to be incredibly polite and friendly.

Sure, they dont suffer fools easily, but I found manners and willingness to help a foreigner to be second to none!
 
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Fri Apr 22, 2011 11:11 pm

Quoting shamrock604 (Reply 26):
Quoting signol (Reply 25):
Having just come back from a visit to New York, I found the people to be the friendliest of any big city I've been to!

I second that. I found New Yorkers to be incredibly polite and friendly.

Sure, they dont suffer fools easily, but I found manners and willingness to help a foreigner to be second to none!

Yep and I third that! Was in NYC for the New Year and had no bother at all, great people.
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Sat Apr 23, 2011 12:18 am

I'm from Neponset Valley area, Massachusetts, and like everyone else here I'm all about the Red Sox (hence the username) and Clam Chowdah! I love most of our sports teams, win or lose, though I've had a love-hate relationship with the Patriots for the past few years. In Seattle I was presenting my poster at a conference and jokingly described something as being "as we say in Massachusetts, a wiked big difference", though I was surprised nobody laughed when I said "regahdless". And of course, like 40% of everyone in Neponset Valley/South Shore, Massachusetts, I'm of Irish decent, so there's a lot of Irish culture here as well. But Boston and its blending of old and new is what makes it so great.
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