Multi-Cultural Inquiry

By: Casie Wilford, Period 4


Define culture using definitive definition

The arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively.

What is culture in your own words?

It's a group or thing that people believe in or are born into or something that it's taught to someone causing them to believe in the thing they were taught.

What goes into and makes up a culture?

People, artifacts, customs, clothing, beliefs, religion

What are examples of enduring questions and conflicts that cultures have struggled with in the past that remain relevant today?

Racism, sexism

Culture Research

Select a culture, any culture (school, church, ethnicity), so long as it is not one of your own.


List 4 physical characteristics the culture you selected exhibits

It's thriving culture, technologically advanced, black hair, organized

Find 4 customs and/ or beliefs of the culture that are followed or practiced

  1. Ozoni (mocha soup) is eaten after midnight on New Year's Eve
  2. Removing your shoes and putting them next to the door before walking into a house.
  3. The number "four" should be avoided at all costs, it sounds close to the word of "death" and is very unlucky
  4. Not tipping, if you tip a waiter at a restaurant it is considered rude And sometimes degrading.

Describe one of the challenges that the selected culture faces

Limits space, most of the population live in Japan, off the coast or South Korean. Thought much space is taken up with farms and also major cities, they are beginning to run low on space.

Literature and Culture

What influences a writer/ composer to create a literary text?

A lot of old Japanese literature was influenced by Chinese contact and interaction with Chinese literature.

Oku no Hosomichi (The Narrow Road to the Deep North) by Matsu Bashō was written to demonstrate the power of travel and how it can change a person over time.

How is literature like (or unlike) life?

It can talk about how something changes s person and how it would affect you like in Oku no Hosomichi, it talks about how travel can change you and finding new places and experiencing new things can change who you are and how you think.

How does literature reveal the values of an individual culture?

It reveals the past present and future of a culture, some writings found in some cultures tell prophecies about great rulers or the end of the world. Literature for a culture can let people knew what has happened in the past and learn about their ancestors. It can also list various customs and beliefs that are practiced in that particular culture.

How is our understanding of culture and society constructed through and by literature?

It allows us to understand a culture and where their beliefs had come from and how they were formed.

To what extent are there universal literary themes, ideas, and issues of interest or concern to all cultures and societies?

To some extent, cultures can believe in gods, yet not believe in particularly the same God. Also religious beliefs like praying or going to a temple can be found throughout various different cultures.

Cultural Acceptance

What are some methods or strategies for promoting cultural awareness and acceptance?

Cultural tolerance, even if you don't agree with someone's culture doesn't mean you can't like the person for who they are, just forget the culture and just love people for who they are not for what religion, school, ethnicity they were born as.

What are some statements that affirm the need for cultural acceptance?

Accepting other people for what they believe in. People believe/grow up learning different things so people have different opinions, so everyone should accept each other because they were just born that way.

What is at stake if society chooses to discriminate against other cultures?

There would be more wars and less peace between one another country. There would cause a lot of deaths just for being born as you.