1 Human Diversity and Cultural Background Rachel White RADR 1201 -012 Raul Puga November 28, 20182 America has always been a nation of immigrants from the very beginning. It first started out with Native American tribes, in which they all interacted with settlers differently. It was so immensely diverse that many people of different countries and cultur es from more than one European country of origin.
They all raided the new continent, helping to shape America in many different ways. Many of it was orchestrated by the French, British, Spanish, and Dutch. According to www.studyhumandiversity.com , The German, Irish, Scottish, and Scandinavian were also amoung some of the many groups that came here next. The article also states that, “W ith the opening of the West to the relentless march of American expans ion, these people would be the backbone of settling the Western frontier, as well as providing cheap labor on the eastern seaboard. They also were frequently the ones starting new settlements and states out on the Western frontier.
” Eastern Europeans, Ital ians, Chinese and the Japanese came next. Around this time, as the industrial revolution came into full effect. These groups would be the ones who transformed American society.
The Chinese would make a very considerable contribution to the growth of the co untry, as they were mainly responsible for much of the backbreaking work of building the railroads that would connect the East and West for the first time. This was an amazing contribution to the United States. Lastly, since World War II, Mexican, Latin Am erican, Middle Eastern, and South Eastern Asians have immigrated in large numbers. Today, many of these people open businesses and have been, in large part, responsible for the construction boom in America’s ever -growing economy.3 So when you think about cultural diversity what is your first thought? Do you think of religion? What language do they speak? What is their culture like? W hat is their racial identification? Or W hat is traditional in their country? All of these questions mak e up what cultural diversity is all about. Culture is what shapes us in this country. It influences our behavior, identity, and how we live.
More specifically, culture can also be known as our “way of living”. Kind of like our shared language, beliefs, val ues, norms, and materialistic objects that are passsed down from generation to generation. Many different cultures have different traditions as well.
For example, in Mexico, it is common for a girl to have a big celebration for her 15 th birthday, also know n as a Quinceañera. It is a very traditional party in their country. Different kinds of races have such interesting traditions and beliefs that’s why I find human diversity so fun to learn about. I believe this is what The United States of America is built on.
Its built on human diversity and their cultural backgrounds along with religion as well. W hen other cultures bring their beliefs and religions here it gives us all an opportunity to explore their country and learn about their life and why they believe and do what they do. All races encompass a multitude of different ethnic groups. Characteristics such as culture, language, and religion refer to an ethnic group. There are many upon many ethnic groups in the United States, this contributes greatl y to America’s cultural hertige. From African Americans to Mexican Americans, the United States is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the terms of culture.
Although the the term “culturally diverse” is often used with the concept of “multicult urism.” Multiculturalism is reffered to as beliefs and behaviors that recognizes the presence of all diverse groups in an organization or society, acknowledges and values their socio -cultural differences, and4 encourages and enables their continued contribu tion within an inclusive cultural context which empowers all within the organization or society. While talking about human diversity, it is also interesting to know about your cultural background as well.
Many of our ancestors came to this country hundre ds of years back, so many people may not know much about their cultural background but it doesn’t hurt to look into it. It can help you explore your place of upbringing, religion, ethnicity, and socio -economic status along with other factors that created y our identity as a person. But you must first understand your culture before you can respect anyone elses. This understanding starts off with recognizing the customs, values and views of the world passed down from grandparents to parents or acquire your own experiences as you grow up. So if you are aware of your cultural background, it is definitely something to be proud of!5 References www.britannica.com www.
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