ABC's of Culture

Created by: Sydney Pollock

This is a map of Turkey and its surrondings

Y is for Yum!

- Turkish Cuisine is famous for Meze. Tray or table of hors d'oeuvers. When you go to a Meze restaurant you would typically order two or more plates. The portion size is very small.

- Turkey is know for their unique soups. Such as yayla which is a yogurt soup. Also, tarhana is popular too which is a cracked wheat, yogurt, and fermented veggie soup.

- Baklava is a Turkish dessert which is a syrup dipped pastry. Also, Mu Hallebi which is a milk pudding.

This is a popular meal called Moussaka which is ground lamb, eggplant, and tomatoes, with cheese on top.

F is for Family!

- A family normally consists of a mother, father, unmarried children, and sometimes married sons with a family.

- Its uncommon to have someone living alone. This is normally because of economic reasons.

- Married children are expected to visit their parents very often.

A typical family does lots of things together. Everyone is very family oriented.

P is for Population!

- 75% of Turkey populaton is Turkish, 18% is Kurdish, and 7% belongs to smaller groups.

- The capital of Turkey, Ankara is populated with about 4 million people.

- People in rural areas tend to be more ethnically segregated than other ares.

There are lots of people in Turkey. This is Eminonu Square.

G is for Government

- Turkey is a constitutional republic with multiparty Parliament.

- The voting age is 18 like most areas.

- The military plays a constitutional role in protecting Turkey

This is when our president, Barack Obama, visited Turkey.

C is for Current News!

- Ban on private schools was passed when the final bill passed.

- There are protesting plans for women to get more rights for themselves.

- In 2014 Turks participated in the country's first direct presidential election.

This is a group of women protesting for more rights for themselves.

Take Away

Principle of Culture 1, culture is shared among everyone relates to Turkey because culture is shared among everyone in the country. They have traditions of their own and its shared. Principle of Culture 3, culture is learned or inherited relates to Turkey because traditions are passed down generation to generation and family to family. Cultural traditions can be inherited from parents and families. I have learned a lot from this unit. I learned not to judge other cultures because their culture is different from our own. I enjoyed learning about other religions and cultures. When we read about the "Nacirema" culture everyone laughed and thought the culture was ridiculous just because we didn't know it was our own. Eventually we found out we were making fun of our own culture. After that lesson I realized that everyone is different and nobody should be judged in any way. Even if they are different from ourselves.


Map of Turkey. Illustration. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 4 Jun 2015.

Moussaka. Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 5 Jun 2015.

Providenciales Island, Turks and Caicos Islands.. Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 5 Jun 2015.

People at Eminonu Square in the old town, Istanbul, Turkey, Europe. Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 5 Jun 2015.

U.S President Barack Obama visits Turkey. Photographer. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 5 Jun 2015.

Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 5 Jun 2015.

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