Welcoming the Stranger Among Us: Unity in Diversity
Research on the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis looks for ways in whichlanguage influences perception and thought. But language is notthe only way that a culture can influence cognition. Otherresearch looks for cultural differences in language and perception thatare not necessarily mediated by language. For example, there isresearch suggesting that cognition can be affected by methods ofsubsistence or social values.
Cultural Group Guides – Dimensions of Culture
The ultimate resolution of the problems associated with forced migration and illegal immigration lies in changing the conditions that drive persons from their countries of origin. Accordingly, we urge the governments of the world, particularly our own government, to promote a just peace in those countries that are at war, to protect human rights in those countries that deny them, and to foster the economic development of those countries that are unable to provide for their own peoples. We also urge the governments of the "receiving" countries to welcome these immigrants, to provide for their immediate needs, and to enable them to come to self-sufficiency as quickly as possible.
The Special Needs of Youth
Of special concern are the youth of immigrant communities. Some are themselves immigrants, who despite a facility for acquiring English may feel especially torn between their original culture and that of their new home—fully at home in neither one culture nor the other. Others were born in this country, and though their first language may have been that of their parents, they quickly acquire the fluency of a native not only in the English language but in the prevailing culture in their schools and neighborhoods. In either case, young people may find themselves frequently in conflict with their parents and elders over ways of behaving and speaking, values, and beliefs, as they become "American" while living within an immigrant household and community that retain the country of origin's culture. Such conflicts are painful for both sides, and one or the other may call upon the Church to defend its particular claims and values. Young people can also experience conflict with their peers who—because of insecurity or insensitivity—cause unnecessary division.
Arab Cultural Center: Understand the arabic culture
Despite the Euro Crisis, Greece continues to face illegal immigration problems that impact the rest of Europe as well. In 2011, 140,980 people entered Europe illegally, a 35 percent increase from 2010. Of those who came illegally, 40 percent came through Greece. The country’s economic problems and budget restrictions hamper its efforts to stem the tide of illegal immigrants. Greece’s border with Turkey is particularly problematic and many migrants come there fleeing Afghanistan or Pakistan (Stevis, 2012).
The Post-9/11 world is not an easy place for people of Arab descent
In this context of opportunity and challenge that is the new immigration, we bishops of the United States reaffirm the commitment of the Church, in the words of Pope John Paul II, to work "so that every person's dignity is respected, the immigrant is welcomed as a brother or sister, and all humanity forms a united family which knows how to appreciate with discernment the different cultures which comprise it" (Message for World Migration Day 2000, no. 5). We call upon all people of good will, but Catholics especially, to welcome the newcomers in their neighborhoods and schools, in their places of work and worship, with heartfelt hospitality, openness, and eagerness both to help and to learn from our brothers and sisters, of whatever race, religion, ethnicity, or background.
Cultural Aspects of Pain Management – Dimensions of …
All these contrasts suggest to some that the notion of a meme ismisleading. Cultural traits are spread in ways that differsignificantly from genes. In an effort to bypass the comparison togenes, Sperber (1996) offers an epidemiology analogy. Culturalitems, which for him are representations, are spread likeviruses. They can be spread laterally, and they can reducefitness. Viral transmission depends on contagion, and, likeviruses, some cultural traits are catchier than others. That isto say, some traits are easier to learn—they are more psychologicallycompelling.
Miner's "Body Ritual among the Nacirema"
Most people who fear heights would not avoid visiting a friend who lived on the top floor of a tall building; a person with a phobia of heights would, however.