Cultural differences effect many aspects of our daily lives. With the many different cultures embedded in the United States, it is important that everyone has an understanding and respect for the melting pot that is encountered daily in our communities, workplaces and schools. “Culture is not an exotic notion studied by a select group of anthropologists in the South Seas. It is a mold in which we are all cast, and it controls our daily lives in many unsuspected ways. Culture hides much more than it reveals, and strangely enough what it hides, it hides most effectively from its own participants.” (Hall) The United States populated from the beginning with people from different cultures. There were Irish, German, Italian and Europeans immigrants who helped develop the American culture and traditions. With the immigration of different cultures there seemed to be a common ground of what is meant to be an American. “I do not think that most American really understand the historic changes happening before their very eyes.” (Salins). Originally the idea was to have a common language, where as today we have a vast variety of languages written and spoke in our community. Signs in stores are scribed in different languages for the convenience of all patrons. When entering different business there are different signs as well as in most other public facilities. This makes us more aware of different cultures within our community. With this variety of cultures growing within our community this allows more opportunities for us to explore ethnic traditions. Such things as specialty food items being more readily available in our grocery stores. In our community there are more ethnic restaurants for us to experience dif.
. .n mind and with the understanding that all cultures have different beliefs and ideas we can be positively affected daily by working with one another in communities, workplaces and schools. Our daily lives can be affected more now than ever by the opportunities we are given to discover other cultural experiences. Works Cited Booth, William. “One Nation, Indivisible: Is It History?” The Myth of the Melting Pot. Washington Post, 22 Feb. 1998. Web. 14 Feb. 2011. “Business Advantages of Diversity in the Workplace.” EthnoConnect. N.p., 2009. Web. 13 Feb. 2011. Lindsey, Randall B., Kikanza Nuri Robins, and Raymond D. Terrell. Cultural Proficiency. Thousand Oaks: Corwin Press, 2003. Print. Reyes, Wilson. “Embracing Diversity: Bringing Advantages of Different Cultures to the Workplace.” Entrepreneur. Indiana Business Magazine, Sept. 2008. Web. 13 Feb. 2011.